May 2021 District 3 Newsletter

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Placer County District 3 Newsletter

May 2021

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My April newsletter included a link to information on the success of Placer County’s Firewise Communities program. Firewise Communities are locally-led organizations that help neighborhoods work together to reduce wildfire risk in their communities. Placer County has 62 official Firewise Communities, the second highest number in California, and we are in the process of forming many more.

Each year the fire season in California is starting earlier and ending later. The length of the fire season is estimated to have increased by 75 days across the Sierra, including the majority of Placer County.

 Building on the success of the Greater Auburn Area Fire Safe Council under the leadership of former Auburn Mayor Kevin Hanley and Auburn City Councilmember Daniel Berlant, Supervisor Cindy Gustafson and I have recently formed the North Auburn Ophir Firesafe Council. I am also happy to share that Supervisor Suzanne Jones and I are in the beginning stages of forming a South Placer Firesafe Council that will be made up of members of the communities of Loomis and Granite Bay.

These two Firesafe Councils will lead to the formation of several more Firewise Communities that will bring neighbors together to work for the common goal of fire prevention.

Additionally, on April 21, 2020 the Board of Supervisors approved the Hazardous Vegetation and Combustible Material Abatement Ordinance update. Among other abatement requirements, the ordinance requires the maintenance of 100 feet of defensible space around all buildings and structures and specifies the location for property address posting for faster access by emergency response personnel.

Early removal and maintenance of non-compliant vegetation and brush, and other fire hazards within defensible space zones is your best defense. I encourage you to learn more about Firewise Communities in Placer County and find out if one has been established in your neighborhood. I also recommend that you take some time to read the Hazardous Vegetation and Combustible Material Abatement Ordinance to make sure your property is in compliance, and to help reduce the risks of wildfire in our communities. You can visit the Placer County Air Pollution Control District website at to locate your local fire district for a defensible space inspection, and visit the links below for more information on how to prepare for and reduce the risk of wildfire:

Firewise Community Program

Placer County Hazardous Vegetation Abatement Program

CalFire Wildfire Prevention Information

Placer County Resource Conservation District Cost Share Programs

If we all work together we can help make Placer County fire safe!


Warm Regards,

Supervisor Jim Holmes

Placer County removes 5,200 hazardous trees threatening county roads and infrastructure

Tree mortality

Placer County has removed 5,200 hazardous trees threatening county infrastructure, making the completion of its hazardous tree removal project.  Learn more...

More Placer County renters now eligible for rent, utility payment help

PC Rental Assistance

Hundreds of Placer County residents may be newly eligible for help with rental and utility payments after income limits were loosened at the federal level.  Learn more...

Placer County looks ahead to prepare for future demands for parks, trails and open space

North Park

The Placer County Board of Supervisors supported a recommendation from the County Executive Officer Todd Leopold to move forward with the creation of a newly formed county parks and open space department.  Learn more...

Placer County Probation launches new community mobile work crew program

PC Probation Seal

The Placer County Probation Department has launched a new in-house mobile work crew program with the goal to provide increased accountability for program participants, while allowing the opportunity to give back to the local community.  Learn more...

Placer County District Attorney's Office launches a new victim services webpage


In honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the Placer County District Attorney's office has launched a new victim services webpage to support victims of crime in Placer County.  Learn more...

Placer County Seeks environmental and community analysis of the Truckee River Recreational Access Project Plan

PC Truckee River Access

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Ascent Environmental Inc. to complete an environmental impact report and community impact analysis for the Truckee River Recreational Access Project plan.   Learn more...


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Learn more about the Board of Supervisors, including information on upcoming Board of Supervisors meetings.

Learn more about Supervisor Jim Holmes. 


District 3 Municipal Advisory Councils (MAC's)

North Auburn MAC
May 11, 2021
6:00 PM

Newcastle/Ophir MAC
May 20, 2021
7:00 PM

Horseshoe Bar/Penryn MAC
May 25, 2021
6:00 PM (NEW TIME!)

Please check our online MAC meeting calendar or contact the Board of Supervisors Office at (530)889-4010 for updated information on  meetings.


List of Active Projects

County Jobs

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