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posted Sep 11, 2018, 9:38 AM by Kristin Snell

by Hank Weston, District IV Supervisor—Nevada County Board of Supervisors

It was 30 years ago next month that the 49er Fire tore through District IV burning 33,000 acres and surrounding structures - we are not out of danger until we have substantial rain wetting our area. Remember, the fires that ripped through Nevada County last year were in October, so the worst of fire season is yet to come. If you haven’t done so already, please get a copy of your 2018-19 Fire Season Guide from the Nevada County Fire Safe Council’s website at  Be sure to get a fire Go-Bag together using the guide’s evacuation checklists. Taking the time now to prepare could save you a lot of time and some heartache down the road.

We have also all noticed the ever-increasing smoke in the air that hangs above our heads. Please be mindful of the impacts of smoke in the air and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. An advisory put out by the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District outlines that high levels of air toxins can cause or worsen asthma and other cardiovascular diseases. As of the day I am writing this, air quality advisories indicate that air pollutants that most affect how we breathe are at orange (unhealthy for sensitive groups) and red (unhealthy for all groups) alert levels. This means that sensitive children and adults should avoid or limit prolonged outdoor exposure and activity. Therefore, please take the necessary steps to take care of yourself and those around you. You can find more information about our air quality and preventive measures at 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate our County Executive Officer (CEO) Rick Haffey on his many achievements and wish him a wonderful retirement, as he steps down from his position with the County this September. Without a doubt, Rick has been instrumental in his leadership of the County and should be credited with ensuring the financial stability of our County. Over the years Rick has provided invaluable input and important recommendations to the Board of Supervisors that have served the County and ultimately the public well. But with his departure, I am also pleased to report that Alison Lehman, our Assistant CEO will be taking over as Nevada County’s new CEO. Alison has the full support of our Board and I have no doubt that she will serve the County just as well as her predecessor. As Alison noted, “I'm looking forward to stepping into the role of County Executive Officer in September and appreciate the Board's confidence in appointing me to this position. Nevada County is a great community that I've been able to call home for over eighteen years. I am excited to continue serving our local community with a commitment to outstanding public service, while working hand-in-hand with Nevada County's skilled staff, our elected officials, local businesses, and the non-profit sector.”