Wildfire + Power Outages

Wildfire + Power Outages

September 25, 2023

Recent Wildfire Forum & Town Priorities

In September, the Town of Truckee and community partners hosted a Community Wildfire Forum at Truckee Town Hall with agency partners who collaborated to provide information and answer questions about wildfire preparedness, evacuations, and all emergencies. Town of Truckee, Truckee Police, Truckee Fire, Nevada County, Nevada County Sheriff, Truckee CHP, Truckee Donner PUD, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, CalFire and 211 Connecting Point representatives were in attendance. The meeting was full of beneficial information.  You can view a recording of the Truckee Community Wildfire Forum here. 

Emergency preparedness and minimizing risk are Truckee Town Council’s top priorities. Town Councilmember Jan Zabriskie explain’s the Town’s focus areas and action items in this informative video. 

What all Truckee Residents Can Do to Prepare

Knowing what to look out for, how to prepare, and how to stay informed will help protect all of us from wildfire disasters.  For the most current information about wildfire preparation, go to TruckeeFire.org

What Is a Red Flag Warning Day?

A Red Flag Warning is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions combine to produce the possibility of extreme fire behavior. Any combination of these conditions can prompt a Red Flag Warning Day: Strong sustained winds, high temperatures and low humidity levels (20% and below), dry fuels, possibility of dry lighting strikes.

Fire Ban

The Truckee Fire District issued a district-wide fire ban in May 2021 and has continued the ban starting in May every year since. This means, with the exception of campgrounds, all wood and charcoal burning fires are banned, including fire pits, barbecues, and bonfires. Natural gas, propane, and pellet-burning barbecues, and fire pits are allowed. For more information, visit truckeefire.org.

Power Outages During Wild Fire Season

Residents and businesses are urged to be prepared for prolonged power outages this summer if NV Energy turns off power transmission to Truckee due to extreme fire danger. NV Energy has announced an expansion of their wildfire safety de-energization program referred to as Public Safety Outage Management (PSOM), much like PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). Go to the TDPUD’s website at tdpud.org for more information and to sign up for automated alerts via text or email by clicking on My Account in upper right corner. TDPUD will attempt to notify all customers if a NV Energy PSOM is planned between 48-24 hours and 12-4 hours before the outage.

Emergency Plan

Every household will have a different plan for what they do and where they go in an emergency. Here are some questions to ask yourself when creating your household emergency plan: 

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • Do I know my emergency “zone”? 
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route?
  • What is my family/household communication plan?
  • Where is the most accessible location to store my emergency preparedness kit?

Find Your Five & Share Your Plan

Increase your preparedness by sharing your plan with five trusted Emergency Allies and do the same for others. The more connected we are, the more likely we are to get accurate information in a timely manner and survive an emergency. You and your family may not be together during a fire, so consider communication strategies for your loved ones who spend time with others. More information can be found at mynevadacounty.com.



Truckee Police Department and the Truckee Fire Protection District switched from Nixle to the CodeRED Emergency Alert System in 2022 as their primary method of communication during critical incidents. CodeRED is an opt-in notification system, and these alerts may be received as text, email, landline, cell phone, and TTY. By joining CodeRED we will be on one platform with Nevada County creating continuity between our jurisdictions. Residents and visitors are encouraged to subscribe to CodeRED to stay informed in the event of an emergency.

If you were a subscriber of Nixle you will need to subscribe to CodeRED. Beginning June 1, 2022 all emergency alert communications will be sent via CodeRED.

Register for CodeRED emergency alerts:

Know Your Zone

In the event of an emergency evacuation, it is critical that you Know Your Zone, meaning the unique zone name in which emergency services will reference when attempting to rapidly communicate evacuation orders.

Know Your Zone in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Visit community.zonehaven.com

2. Enter your address into the search bar

3. Find your zone in the pop-up window and write it down Help spread the word, share this video, talk to friends and family about their preparedness plan, and stay #ReadyNevadaCounty!

Stickers and magnets available at fire stations and cultural events throughout Nevada County.

The following websites provide useful information for emergency preparedness and planning and information regarding current incidents. Take the time to plan ahead and create your own personal action plan with the useful information that can be found on these websites:

Go Bag

Take time to make an emergency plan and kit for your household. Kit should contain a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency, as you may need to survive on your own for several days. Checklist can be found at ready.gov/kit.

Defensible Space

One easy and proactive way to protect yourself and your family from any potential wildfire threats is to establish a defensible space around your property. 

Defensible space is a barrier you can create between your home and the vegetation that surrounds it, including trees, grass, pine needles and cones, and shrubs.  Removing all vegetation within a 30-foot perimeter of your home and keeping the grass mowed no higher than 4 inches is a good place to start.  If your yard extends further it’s smart to also remove low-hanging branches on trees and thin out the vegetation to create space between any clusters. It’s safest to not store firewood near the home or under a deck and to remove any build-up on your roof and rain gutters. 

There are several ways Truckee residents can responsibly dispose of yard waste:

Yard Waste Service

Keep Truckee Green has worked with the Tahoe-Truckee Sierra Disposal to launch the Yard Waste Service in 2019. Every household can request up to three green carts (and make special requests for more) which are picked up every other week every May – November. 

Greenwaste Punch Card

Every May – October the Eastern Regional Landfill allows for residents to drop off up to 6 yards of yard waste for free. Bring in your ID and a utility bill and you’ll receive your transferable punch card for the season. Keep Truckee Green also organizes Green Waste Drop Off Events each spring that can be found at KeepTruckeeGreen.org.

Dumpster Rental & Additional Pick Up Service

The Tahoe-Truckee Sierra Disposal offers one-week green waste dumpster rentals and four additional waste pick-ups each year for all residents. Both services must be scheduled in advance by calling TTSD or at Waste101.com.