Communities across the Sierra are proactively preparing for wildfire, but language barriers create a divide between fire-ready community members and those excluded from fire safety programs and outreach. As the threat of catastrophic wildfire in the Sierra Nevada becomes better understood and communities develop plans and strategies to respond to this possibility, The Sierra Fund has created a program to engage Spanish-speaking residents in the region. Beginning first in Nevada County, where Spanish-speakers represent the second largest ethnic group, the project will improve access to information and resources in Spanish about becoming fire-ready.
Due to climate change, wildfires are growing in size, frequency, and intensity, and wildfire seasons are becoming longer. This project serves environmental justice at the nexus of wildfire in rural Nevada County to ensure that everyone has the tools they need to protect themselves and their families when wildfire is on the horizon.