Happening Now - July 2014
Published on Jul 1, 2014 - 6:35:25 AM
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July 25, 2014 at 9:04 PM Tankers have returned for the night to Grass Valley Air Base. They'll be over the Sand Fire first thing in the morning. Firefighters will work throughout the night to protect the homes in the area and take advantage of downcanyon winds to establish control lines.
Tanker 88 drooping in the Sand Fire, looking North from Story Winery. Courtesy @rhonist (Terre Rouge & Easton Wines)
July 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM
The vegetation fire near Big Reservoir has been fully contained at 1/4 acre. Resources are being released.
July 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM
Report of a vegetation fire near the Morning Star Campground at Big Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest near Foresthill.
July 25, 2014 at 6:08 PM
Fast-moving wildfire in Amador County now at 300+ acres. http://yubanet.com/CAFires/SandCA.php Smoke is visible from Sacramento, Roseville.
July 25, 2014 at 6:04 PM
Vegetation Fire near Morningstar Campground.
July 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM Rapidly rising temperatures - take precautions, do not overexert yourself and keep hydrating.
July 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM Accident on the 10800 block of Ridge Rd. Lane going towards NU is blocked.
July 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM WB I-80 at Weimar, all lanes back open. Had been closed due to fatal crash.
July 25, 2014 at 9:20 AM WB 80 at Weimar, lanes still closed but vehicles are being allowed through crash scene via shoulder.
July 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM Per Caltrans: WB I-80 closed at Weimar, west of Colfax, due to big rig vs. motorcycle crash. Detour being set up for passenger vehicles. Big rigs held.
July 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM Triple digits coming to a shadow near you. Daytime temperatures will remain near to several degrees above normal through the coming week. The Sierra crest will see a threat of thunderstorms Sunday through much of next week and possibly as far north as the Shasta County mountains on Wednesday.
July 24, 2014 at 8:43 PM A small vegetation fire near Garden Bar is being actively monitored by firefighters. Numerous resources on scene, the fire is about a tenth if an acre, in an irrigated pasture. Many resources on scene due to the presence of power lines no threat to structures, no road closures. Power lines will be re-energized after the fire is completely contained.
July 24, 2014 at 4:04 PM Air ambulance requested for vehicle accident on Hwy 20 near Penn Valley. Helicopter landing zone will be at Clover and Penn Valley Drive.
July 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM Vehicle accident, two vehicles rolled over on Hwy 20 1/2 mile east of Penn Valley. One lane of Hwy 20 is blocked.
July 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM Vehicle accident on Hwy 49 at Cherry Creek Road. Car vs. pole. Units en route.
July 24, 2014 - Here comes the heat again. High pressure building over the west coast will bring warm temperatures to the region over the weekend. Near normal temperatures today will increase to above normal by Friday and the weekend. Daytime highs Saturday and Sunday will range from about 2 to 10 degrees above normal.
July 24, 2014 at 6:50 AM Recap of last night's fire activities: Busy night for firefighters - 3 wildfires and 2 structure fires
July 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM Firefighters have located a small vegetation fire near the Foresthill Divide, approximately 1/4 acre, slow rate of spread. Units on scene can handle.
July 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM Some chatter about a light column of smoke in the Foresthill Road area, possibly Chicken Hawk Road. Units are out looking for it.
July 23, 2014 at 8:37 PM Some smoke reported by Duncan Peak lookout, near the Foresthill Divide.
July 23, 2014 at 1:43 PM Estimated time of full reopening of Hwy 49 between Nevada City and North San Juan is 3:00 pm. One-way controlled traffic for now.
July 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM One way traffic control in place starting at Newtown Road on Hwy 49.
July 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM Some resources are being released from the Reader incident, CHP is setting up 1-way traffic control now.
July 23, 2014 at 11:46 AM Garbage truck with a tire on fire on Towntalk Road in the Brunswick Basin. Units en route.
July 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM Per CHP: Approx 30 minutes for complete closure then can open for 1-way traffic control.
July 23, 2014 at 11:38 AM The fire is contained, resources on scene now extinguishing spots and mopping up. No ETA for reopening 49 yet.
July 23, 2014 at 11:33 AM Incident commander is reporting some spotting outside the main Reader Fire, two additional engines requested. Firefighters are making progress in containing the main body of the fire. Conditions in the river canyon are very windy.
July 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM Air attack is monitoring the Reader Fire.
July 23, 2014 at 11:22 AM Numerous engines on scene, reporting difficult access in steep terrain.
July 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM Sizeup is given at approximately 1/4acre, burning at a slow rate of spread. The fire is on the south side of Hwy 49.
July 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM CHP advisory: A grass fire Hwy 49 just 1 mile north of the south fork of the Yuba River Bridge (Nevada County) Hwy 49 will be shut down in both directions and traffic is being turned around.
Approx. location of the Reader Fire
July 23, 2014 at 11:11 AM Air attack and one dozer are being dispatched to the Reader Fire. The fire is approximately 1 mile no of the Yuba River Bridge.
July 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM Highway 49 has been shut down by CHP.
July 23, 2014 at 11:06 AM Additional units being dispatched to the Reader incident. No sizeup yet.
July 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM Vegetation fire reported near North San Juan, Hwy 49 and Reader Ranch. Power lines reported down.
July 23, 2014 at 7:18 AM Warming on the way - again. After another below normal temperature day today expect a warming trend Thursday into the weekend. The Sierra crest will see a slight threat of thunderstorms early next week.
July 23, 2014 at 7:14 AM A deer in the roadway at Poker Flat and Hwy 20 WB.
July 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM New lightning map. Lightning activity moderated somewhat on Monday with 1,125 lightning downstrikes recorded, as opposed to the almost 9,000 on Sunday. 410 lightning bolts touched down on National Forests lands, mostly in the Modoc National Forest.
July 22, 2014 at 8:53 AM Reports of rain in western Nevada County. The National Weather Service in Sacramento posted an updated map:
July 22, 2014 at 7:02 AM Last hurrah for thunderstorms, heat returns tomorrow. Thunderstorms threaten once again today, not just in the mountains. The wave will move to north tonight and bring in drier and more stable air Wednesday. Expect above average temperatures for Thursday, Friday, and into the weekend after a mild start to the week.
July 21, 2014 at 7:39 PM Update on the Cherokee incident near Oroville from CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire: Firefighters responded just before 3pm to Cherokee Road in the area of Oregon Gulch Road. Upon arrival the fire was approximately 10 acres. Firefighters stopped forward progress quickly and the fire was contained to 16 acres at 4:26 pm. Road Closures: Cherokee Road at Thompson Flat and Cherokee Road at Oregon Gulch - Closures will remain in effect until approximately 10pm tonight.
July 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM Vehicle vs pole at Banner Lava Cap Rd / Gayle Ln.
July 21, 2014 at 3:54 PM Forward progress of the Cherokee fire stopped at approx 20 acres. Cherokee Rd remains closed and crews will be at scene for several hours, per Cal Fire/ Butte County Fire.
July 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM Vegetation fire east of Oroville, called the Cherokee Fire. 20+ acres on lower Cherokee Rd x Big O Rd. East of Oroville.
Chroekee fire burning in grass and oak woodlands. Image: Cal Fire/Butte County
July 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM Vegetation fire on Iowa Hill Road, on the Colfax side. Updates will be posted here: http://yubanet.com/nevada/Iowa.php
July 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM Prepare for Iowa Hill Road to be closed to traffic.
July 21, 2014 at 1:33 PM The vegetation fire is on the Colfax side of Iowa Hill Road, near the river. Numerous resources converging on the incident.
July 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM Moderate rate of spread reported on a vegetation fire in the Iowa Hill area. Firefighters are waiting for air attack to get a better location.
July 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM 11,956 lightning strikes hit California this weekend. The weekend brought 11,956 lightning downstrikes to California. Activity by Sunday morning was moderate with 3,935 strikes registered throughout the state. 1,926 strikes were detected within the National Forests. The Northern and Central Sierra Nevada were the target of the storms, mostly accompanied by heavy precipitation.
July 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM Thunderstorms, sprinkles before another heat wave. Expect more mountain thunderstorms today, while just over the northern mountains Monday with locally heavy showers, hail, and outflow winds. Some showers may occur this morning in the valley. The area heats up mid-week into the weekend as valley temperatures will likely be 100-plus and foothills and mountains in the 80s and 90s.
July 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM North San Juan EMTs and an ambulance dispatched to Hwy 49 and the South Yuba bridge. A juvenile broke his leg, State Parks is at scene.
July 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM Extinguished grass fire just off Hwy 49 near the Brunswick off ramp. Units are on scene, fire is out.
July 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM Strong t-storms forming in the Sierra. People on area lakes & reservoirs seek shelter! Don't get caught on the water!
July 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM More thunderstorms in the higher elevations, chance of sprinkles elsewhere. Thunderstorms are possible again this weekend over the mountains (mainly Sierra). There's a chance of sprinkles with a slight chance of thunderstorms for the valley and foothills Saturday night into Sunday.
July 18, 2014 at 9:27 PM Vehicle accident on Oak Tree Road in North San Juan, across of Blue Sage Way. Engine en route.
July 18, 2014 at 5:55 PM Our favorite picture from today's Premiere of "Planes:Fire&Rescue" at Sierra Cinemas.
A BIG hug for Smokey Bear
July 18, 2014 at 4:23 PM Fire at Collins Lake is contained. Heavy mop-up will go on for a while, aircraft have been released.
July 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM Air attack is reporting good progress by firefighters on scene at Collins Lake.
July 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM Air attack is reporting smoke on the west end of Collins Lake.
July 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM Vegetation fire in the Dobbins area, air attack reporting approximately 1/4 acre.
July 18, 2014 at 9:28 AM The Placer County Sheriff’s Coroner has released the identities of the two women who were pronounced dead at a vehicle accident on I-80 in Auburn Thursday. They are Shapre Nina Monique Nichols, DOB 02-01-91, and Antoinette Danielle Powell, DOB 11-16-91. Both were from Sacramento.
July 18, 2014 at 9:13 AM Right on time for your weekend: Happy Wanderer (and Paddler) | Beautiful Lake Spaulding
July 18, 2014 at 8:34 AM Lightning Map: 2,417 Lightning strikes hit Sierra Nevada. The Tahoe National Forest recorded 212 strikes in 24 hours. 146 for Yuba River Ranger District, 40 for Truckee Ranger District, 26 for Sierraville Ranger District.
July 18, 2014 at 7:58 AM The Mountain Messenger | Is that fire coming this way? Even the Messenger is telling you to get ready - in typical Messenger style of course.
July 18, 2014 at 7:57 AM High country thunderstorms, cooler temps prevail. Once again, we're looking at moisture and instability over the mountains to bring a chance of showers/thunderstorms to our forecast area. Keep in mind that showers and thunderstorms could also develop outside of our forecast area in the mountains. Daytime highs will continue to be near to below normal. Mountain showers and thunderstorms will continue through the weekend.
July 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM National Weather Service, Sacramento: Severe thunderstorm warning for North Central Nevada County and Sierra County until 7:45 pm.
July 17, 2014 at 3:21 PM NWS Reno: Severe storms impacting the north side of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley and Northstar thru 4 PM. Highways 89, 28, and 267 impacted. Take shelter!
July 17, 2014 at 2:42 PM Traffic still backed up in Auburn after a rollover on Maple very briefly closed the westbound lanes on I80. All lanes open again, per Caltrans.
July 17, 2014 at 1:25 PM Severe thunderstorm warning for Alpine County. At 1:15 pm...National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size hail...and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. This storm was located 7 miles southwest of Woodfords. Torrential rain and localized flash flooding is possible with this storm.
July 17, 2014 at 1:20 PM NSJ Fire and rescue dispatched to the main parking lot of State Parks for a female hit by a boulder.
July 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM Vehicle accident on Hwy 20 at Steep Hill Rd (Nevada City) One vehicle overturned. Emergency services and CHP on scene. Thanks to reader Lisa for the alert and the photo.
Image courtesy Lisa Drageset
July 17, 2014 at 7:09 AM Search and rescue activity on Hwy 20 near the Rex Reservoir Overcrossing. No further details.
July 16, 2014 at 7:11 PM Extension to the wildland on the structure fire on Dry Creek Road was limited and has been contained. Heavy mop-up will be ongoing for several hours.
July 16, 2014 at 7:08 PM Additional dispatch for the structure fire on Twin Pines Trail off Dry Creek Road.
July 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM Firefighters on scene of a vegetation fire near Bell Rd / New Airport Rd. Multiple units on scene, air resources have just been released. The fire is on the east side of the Auburn airport. Additionally, a structure fire is burning on Twin Pines Trail off Dry Creek Road in Auburn. Air attack is over the incident.
Image courtesy reader Cindy Moine
July 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM We really like the title of this map! NWS: Some thunderstorms have been developing along the Sierra this afternoon. Take shelter indoors due to lightning.
July 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM Tankers 88 and 89 are currently assisting on the Evans Fire in Sierra County, air attack is flying recon after yesterday's lightning event.
July 16, 2014 at 8:27 AM
Jerome Barr has been located alive. Details to follow.
July 16, 2014 at 7:34 AM Monsoon moisture, threat of thunderstorms and cooler. A mix of showers and thunderstorms expected during afternoon/evening hours then dissipating and becoming just showers overnight. It'll feel muggy again with the higher humidity and daytime highs will be slightly lower than yesterday.
July 16, 2014 at 7:30 AM Smoke check in the Scotts Flat area, near the campground. Units en route.
July 15, 2014 at 5:56 PM Firefighters on scene found a single tree with a 20 by 20 spot underneath. Except for air attack, all units are canceled.
July 15, 2014 at 5:46 PM Air attack should be over the fire in 5 minutes. Ground units are arriving on scene now.
July 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM One of the units responding to the Lookout fire reports significant lightning about 20 minutes ago. Location of the fire is at the connector of the 700 and the 900 roads
July 15, 2014 at 5:36 PM Full wildland dispatch, lightning strike-caused vegetation fire at the bottom of Lookout Mountain in the Northstar area.
July 15, 2014 at 4:09 PM For the east side: Special Weather Statement: Thunderstorms with gusty winds and heavy rains this afternoon
July 15, 2014 at 3:37 PM Missing Person in Nevada County: Jerome Barr The Missing Person, Jerome Barr, age 69, is an employee of California Land Management. He currently resides in employee housing at the Woodcamp Campground on the south end of Jackson Meadows Campground.
July 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM NWS Sacramento reports: Thunderstorms in the Southern Sierra with very heavy rain and lightning. Several hundred strikes and counting.
July 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM Finally! Fire Restrictions Start July 21 on BLM Lands
July 15, 2014 at 9:23 AM Smoke check in Rough&Ready. Units en route to check for possible fire near Rough&Ready Road and Hillaire Road, white smoke seen.
July 15, 2014 at 7:07 AM Not as hot today, chance of thunderstorms increasing. Monsoon moisture will bring mostly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures through Thursday. There is a chance of thunderstorms over the Sierra and northern mountains most of the week.
July 14, 2014 at 8:53PM Thanks to reader Bonnie for alerting us to a small vegetation fire on Brewer Road near Wolf Creek. Firefighters are on scene.
July 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM A hot Monday will give way to cooler, more average high temperatures the rest of this week. Humidity will rise though, with warm, muggy nights expected. Monsoonal moisture spreading into Norcal this week will also bring mainly afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms for the mountains Northern California. The thunderstorm threat should be mostly for the Sierra Nevada south of I-80 today and will spread northward to Shasta County by Tuesday. The best chances for showers and thunderstorms are on Wednesday, when some storms could spread into the foothills and possibly the northern Sacramento Valley. The rest of the area could see some light sprinkles at times.
July 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM A small grass fire under the guardrail on Bell Road in Auburn. CAL FIRE on scene.
July 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM Fire on I80 E / I80 E Dry Creek Rd Offramp in Auburn. Fire is in between the frontage road and I80. CAL FIRE on scene. Use caution, the smoke is blowing onto I80.
July 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM A truck is blocking Farrell Ravine Way near Jackass Flats Rd.
July 14, 2014 at 7:09 AM Hot weather will peak today followed by a slight cooling trend into mid-week. A chance of Sierra crest thunderstorms south of Lake Tahoe today, then thunderstorm chances spread north into the northern mountains during mid-week.
July 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM Smoke check in Alta Sierra, in the vicinity of Lower Circle Drive.
July 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM Hwy 49 is clear again after vehicle accident near Pleasant Valley Road.
July 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM Vehicle accident is on Hwy 49, north of Pleasant Valley Road.
July 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM Roadway is currently blocked because of phone lines down on the Pleasant Valley incident.
July 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM Vehicle accident on Hwy 49 and Pleasant Valley Road. North San Juan Fire en route. Vehicle vs a pole. CHP en route.
July 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM Marysville Road is open again.
July 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM Motorcycle accident on Marysville Road near Shadow Lane, Marysville Road shut down to land air ambulance.
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