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Happening Now - October 2014


By: YubaNet

Happening Now is a feature designed to bring updates, announcements and info on news items throughout the day.

You are invited to participate. See a road closure? A business opening? A smoke plume? Email us at news@yubanet.com or call 530-478-9600. You can also text us at 530-409-9888, but please don't text or call while driving. Thanks!

October 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM Fire near Ralston Reservoir is extinguished. Unit at scene reported a single branch on a tree on fire. All additional units are being canceled.

October 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM Possible vegetation fire in the Ralston Reservoir area in Foresthill. Two Washington Ridge crews are being dispatched to assist local Foresthill resources.

October 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM Smoke check on East Main Street on the 1500 block. This is where last night's structure fire happened. Units will return to the incident now.

October 22, 2014 at 9:08 AM Dry today, then cooler and breezier ahead of rain. A couple of Pacific weather systems are forecast to move through northern California over the next few days bringing light to occasionally moderate rain and high elevation snow. The first system is forecast to move through NORCAL late tonight through Thursday. The second system is forecast to move through the north state around Saturday. Cooler temperatures and breezy winds will accompany these systems.

October 22, 2014 at 3:31 AM Mop up operations are underway, PG&E crew has arrived. Incident commander reports excellent progress being made.

October 22, 2014 at 2:59 AM ETA for PG&E is approximately 30 minutes. No power loss to adjacent homes reported.

October 22, 2014 at 2:54 AM Firefighters report no threat to adjacent structures, no road closures.

Image courtesy Misty-Dawn Twitchy Morris
October 22, 2014 at 2:51 AM Firefighters have contained the extension to the vegetation and are working on the structure. All units on scene will be committed for several hours.

October 22, 2014 at 2:34 AM Residential structure fire in Grass Valley on the 1400 of East Main Street near Sierra College drive. Reported to be an abandoned structure, fully involved. Power lines are down and PG&E has been requested to the scene. Firefighters are making good progress.

October 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM Report of a vegetation fire I80 eastbound near Dutch Flat. Units en route.

October 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM The last two units have checked the length of Rollins Lake Road and the adjacent area, no fire located. All engines are back in their stations.

October 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM Firefighters checking the Rollins Lake area have been unable to locate the alleged fire. All but two units are returning to their stations.

October 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM Report of a vegetation fire in the Rollins Lake area, reported as a roadside fire. Rollins Lake Road and Glen Elder Road. Units en route.

October 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM Found! Pallets with Sample ballot booklets located, distribution begins today. Nevada County voters will get their sample ballot booklets before the end of the week.

October 21, 2014 at 8:09 AM Sunny until the weekend, then a chance of real rain. An active weather pattern is setting up later this week. Dry and beautiful fall weather will return Today and continue through Wednesday. More rain will end the week, mainly north of I-80 for Thursday and Friday. A more significant system will bring windy conditions and a better chance of rain Friday night and Saturday for all areas. Significant rainfall accumulations will be possible across the far northern sections of California.

October 20, 2014 at 5:33 PM CHP Grss Valley: SR-174 near Bartlett Dr (near Union Hill School): Rollover collision, eastbound lanes blocked.

October 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM The fires are apparently illegal debris burns.

October 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM Firefighters are requesting a prevention officer to the scene, multiple fires needing investigation.

October 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM The Scotts fire has a line around it, firefighters are calling it contained and estimate another 45 minutes of mop-up. Air attack is being released back to Grass Valley.

October 20, 2014 at 2:41 PM Air attack is still over the Scotts incident. Forest Service helicopter 514 has deposited their crew, they are making access to the fire now.

October 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM Firefighters on scene report a 20 by 20 spot, all units still en route are being canceled, so is air support. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

October 20, 2014 at 2:26 PM Firefighters are at the the southern end of Scotts Flat Lake, making access to two very small vegetation fires. Additional engines, a Washington Rodge crew and a helicopter on order. Both fires are very small, but in a very steep and inaccessible area.

October 20, 2014 at 9:32 AM Today is the last day to register to vote if you plan on casting your vote in the November 4th election. We recommend that you go to the Elections Office at the Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City if you are registering today.

October 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM Firefighters are being dispatched for a transient campfire downriver from the Bear River Bridge on Hwy 174 on the Colfax side.

October 19, 2014 at 4:17 PM Smoke from the burning rice fields (ag burns) in the valley is visible in a wide area. No wildfires are burning at this time in Nevada, Yuba or Placer counties.

October 19, 2014 at 12:48 PM Hwy 174 northbound lane is now clear.

October 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM Accident on Hwy 174/Chicago Park at Old Grass Valley Rd. Two vehicles involved, on car blocking the northbound lane. CHP end emergency services on scene.

October 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM The first two units at scene can handle, they'll remain on scene approximately 30 minutes to ventilate the smoke and reset all systems. Any additional units have been canceled.

October 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM Report of a multifamily residential structure fire on the 300 block of Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Multiple units responding.

October 18, 2014 at 8:54 AM Heads up! The 2014 Orionid Meteor Shower peaks on Tuesday, but you can see them over the weekend too.

October 18, 2014 at 8:49 AM Warm and dry weekend followed by cooler Monday with a chance of rain. High pressure will provide dry weather and seasonable temperatures for the rest of the weekend. Weak weather systems will provide precipitation chances Monday and Tuesday.

October 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM CHP issed traffic advisory: motorists may experience heavy traffic and delays in the area due to the earlier accident.

October 17, 2014 at 4:51 PM Both SB lanes now open on Hwy 49.

October 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Overnight lane closures on Hwy 20 in Grass Valley next week for striping. Project completion target date is Nov. 1

October 17, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Lanes blocked on Hwy 49 at Rio Oso Road near Lake of the Pines due to vehicle vs. pedestrian collision. No ETO

October 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM Air ambulance for traffic collision, not on Linnet Lane but near Hummingbird Lane, north side of the river. New incident on Slate Creek Rd / Little Deer Creek Ln in Grass Valley.

October 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM Head on traffic collision on Sr49 / Linnet Ln. Reported as a solo vehicle collision with one party ejected from the car. Emergency services en route.

October 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM The Grass Valley Blotter Files: A person reported a brown Toyota pickup parked at Sutton Way and Dorsey Drive on the shoulder. The car was occupied by a dog. Another dog was attempting to get into the vehicle. GVPD secured both dogs. Unknown if the dogs were arguing.

October 17, 2014 at 8:01 AM The Inn Town Campground approved - Glamping comes to Nevada City. To celebrate the approval, Dan and Erin Thiem are introducing their new project on the website, by giving away one of these stylish flasks. Check out Erin's blog entry, answer her question and you too could toast the project in style.

October 17, 2014 at 7:39 AM Chance of rain over the next few days. A weak storm system will move into NorCal today and linger overnight. Expect up to a third of an inch of rain across the Coastal Mountains including higher terrain in the western half of Shasta County with showers starting this morning. For the Sacramento valley into the western Sierra slopes, showers will start this afternoon into evening, but rain amounts will only be a few hundredths of an inch. Daytime highs today are forecast at 5 to 10 degrees below normal. Drier and warmer this weekend, then another round of wet weather arrives Monday.

October 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM A bumper and other debris in the roadway causing a hazard at La Barr Meadows Rd / Dog Bar Rd.

October 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM Supposedly your vote by mail ballot and the sample ballot are in your mailbox. Or maybe tomorrow. Why? Delay in mailing of Vote by Mail and Sample Ballots due to Nevada County asking printer to halt work during court challenge on Measure S ballot title

October 16, 2014 at 7:44 AM Mixed bag of weather for the next 7 days. Near to below normal temperatures through the middle of next week. Weak weather systems will bring precipitation chances Friday and Saturday and again Monday and Tuesday. Heavy precipitation is not expected.

October 15, 2014 at 10:15 PM Power outage in Lake of the Pines has been reduced to 51 customers. 10:30 pm is still the estimate for full restoration.

October 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM 1,345 customers still out of power at Lake of the Pines. Crews are working to restore power by 10:30 pm.

October 15, 2014 at 5:09 PM NSJ firefighters have located the pile. Extinguishing yet another illegal debris burn.

October 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM Another debris check in North San Juan, this time near the intersection of Sweetland and School Street.

October 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM North San Juan firefighters have found the illegal burn pile. They will extinguish it.

October 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM A black sedan in the embankment at Sr20 / Omega Rd, just west of the Omega outlook.

October 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM Smoke check for a possible debris burn between School Street and the trailer park in North San Juan.

October 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM Overturned big rig blocking EB lanes of I-80 just east of Donner Rest Area. Caltrans en route to assist

October 15, 2014 at 11:50AM @CHP Grass Valley TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Head-on collision on Dog Bar Rd. Lanes are still affected as we are trying to remove the vehicles from the roadway.

October 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM Two ambulances requested for the accident on Dog Bar Road.

October 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM Traffic collision on Dog Bar Rd / Mount Olive Rd. EMTs and CHP enroute.

October 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM According to PG&E spokesperson Brandi Ehlers, this morning's power outage in the Smartsville/Lake Wildwood area was caused by a bird nest. All customers have been fully restored.

October 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM Vehicle into the embankment on McCourtney Rd in front of Becker Horse Ranch.

October 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM Roadway is flooded at Golden Center Fwy N / Sr20 E Idaho Maryland Rd Ofr, all drains are clogged by debris. Use caution.

October 15, 2014 at 9:45 AM Caltrans: I-80 westbound at The Donner lake interchange big rig in the wall CHP reopened the #3 lane. ETO 10:30 am.

October 15, 2014 at 9:09 AM Caltrans: I-80 at the Donner lake Interchange big rig crash blocking all westbound lanes CHP on scene. No ETO.

October 15, 2014 at 8:12 AM Debris check, firefighters found a 10 by 10 pile now extinguished by the homeowner on the 12000 block of Hwy 174. The burn ban is still in effect.

October 15, 2014 at 8:07 AM The PG&E outage started at 5:01 am, as of now 512 customers are still out. The cause of the outage is under investigation and PG&E expects to have everyone fully restored by 10:00 am. The remain outage is along Hwy 20, stretching from Smartsville to Marysville Road.

October 15, 2014 at 7:55 AM The Applegate Fire is now 100% contained. Mop-up and fire suppression repair continues. Firefighters continue to patrol the perimeter.

October 15, 2014 at 7:32 AM Reports of traffic collisions are piling up. Slick roads and poor visibility throughout the area. Leave more distance between cars and give yourself a little more time for the morning commute.

October 15, 2014 at 7:07 AM Power outage stretching from Rough& Ready Highway to Smartsville via Lake Wildwood. Almost 4,000 PG&E customers affected.

October 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM Cooler weather pattern to continue - with some precipitation. The cooler weather pattern will continue over the next week as a low pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska pivots multiple small fronts through Northern California. Each of these fronts will have the capacity to produce at least light rainfall. Mild temperatures are expected with daytime highs forecast to remain near or below normal through the coming week.

October 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM No fire or smoke located by units at Iowa Hill Road.

October 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM Smoke check at the top of Iowa Hill Ridge in Colfax.

October 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM As rain starts to move in, be prepared for slick roads. Extra distance between cars is highly recommended. Hwy 49 is open again.

October 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM Due to an accident SR49 / Old Downieville Hwy is blocked. Emergency personnel and CHP on scene.

October 14, 2014 at 7:01 PM Dorsey Fire contained at 1/2 acre. Heavy mop-up is in progress, multiple engines on scene. One water tender requested. No road closures, but watch for fire equipment in the Dorsey Drive area. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

October 14, 2014 at 6:44 PM Engines are on scene of the Dorsey Fire. No road closure yet, but expect a safety closure soon.

October 14, 2014 at 6:36 PM Firefighters will make access through the construction site for the overpass, at 244 Dorsey Drive.

October 14, 2014 at 6:34 PM The vegetation fire's updated location is now being reported as across from 200 Dorsey Drive.

October 14, 2014 at 6:31 PM A roadside vegetation fire on Dorsey Drive and Hwy 20, south of the Dorsey Overpass. Units en route.

October 14, 2014 at 4:31 PM As a reminder: The burn ban is still in effect. No burnpiles anywhere in Nevada, Yuba or Placer Counties. The predicted rain does not change the CAL FIRE ban still in effect.

October 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM Traffic accident at Empire Mine Cross Rd / Sr174. Lanes blocked.

October 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM For the $550,000 Maybert Road Bridge Project, the Nevada County BOS just approved sending a Notice of Intent to consider adopting a Resolution of Necessity. In plain English, this board will hold a hearing to consider using eminent domain to take private property. One of the private property owners, Michael Stuart, was present at the meeting and stated he was against building a bridge with an unrestricted weight limit. "It would change the demographics," Stuart said. All supervisors expressed their reluctance to go forward with the actual taking but they will schedule the hearing to take public comment.

Photo: YubaNet
October 14, 2014 at 9:09 AM The Nevada County BOS was just presented with a plaque for their efforts with the Save Our Bridge committee.

October 14, 2014 at 6:08 AM Change in weather is coming, very slight chace of rain later today. Much cooler and breezy today with precipitation possible later today into Wednesday as a Pacific frontal system moves through the region. Another system will bring a threat of precipitation Friday into Saturday.

October 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM The Applegate Fire is back in the hands of the local CAL FIRE unit. The remaining firefighters are continuing mop-up of the fire interior and will patrol the fire perimeter. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

October 13, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Traffic is flowing again on SR 20 in Grass Valley.

October 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM CHP Grass Valley: Multi-vehicle collision on SR-20 eastbound near Brighton St near Grass Valley. Use caution for traffic and crews working in area.

October 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM Fire near Georgetown is 1/2 acre and they have a hoselay around it. Cancelling air support, only crews and water tenders to continue in. Good progress being made.

October 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM Vehicle accident on Sr20 / Sr49 near the Lime Kiln.

October 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM Report of a vegetation fire in the Bottlehill Road area of Georgetown. Immediate threat to structures. Full wildland dispatch underway.

October 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM Mop-up is underway for the Sunflower fire.

October 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM Helicopter 205 has been released from the Sunshine Incident.

October 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM Progress on all fronts: Bucket work continues on the Sunshine Fire, line is holding. On the Live Oak Street structure fire in Auburn, resources are being released back to their units.

October 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM Sunflower Fire has a handline around it, crews continuing to make excellent progress in holding the fire at about 1/2 acre.

October 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM Tanker released from the Sunflower incident, returning to Grass Valley Air Base.

October 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM Live Oak Street fire in Auburn, one ambulance requested for smoke inhalation. Crews are continuing to work the structure fire and are making good progress.

October 13, 2014 at 9:13 AM Incident commander is requesting one of the dozers to proceed to the Sunflower incident.

October 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM Residential structure fire in Auburn, reported as a detached garage on Live Oak.

October 13, 2014 at 9:01 AM Given the very steep terrain and distance from the closest road it is unlikely to get a hoselay around the fire. Handcrews and helicopters will work the incident.

October 13, 2014 at 8:56 AM Crews and engines are to continue in to the Sunflower incident.

October 13, 2014 at 8:52 AM All non-engine resources (water tenders, dozers) are to stage at Robinson Flat, per the Sunflower incident commander.

October 13, 2014 at 8:49 AM Helicopter 205 has deposited their crew near the Sunflower incident and will begin doing bucketwork. The two tankers ordered are still not up, their start time is delayed. Helicopter is requesting a Type 1 helicopter, still stationed at Blue Canyon.

October 13, 2014 at 8:33 AM Air attack over the Sunflower incident, reporting the fire is midslope on an easterly aspect, in dead and downed trees. Two helicopters on scene. Air attack just ordered two air tankers to the fire. The fire is approximately 1/2 acre in size.

Image courtesy Erik Vandagriff
October 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM The fire is 2 miles from Duncan Peak, aircraft en route and ground resources, both CAL FIRE and Forest Service are being dispatched. The fire is approximately 1/4 acre right now.

October 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM Units en route to the Sunflower incident. The fire is burning just north of the King Fire perimeter on the Tahoe National Forest.

October 13, 2014 at 8:12 AM Report of a possible fire near Sunflower Hill on the Tahoe National Forest near French Meadows Reservoir.

October 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Smoke check on Dog Bar Road cross of Placer Hills Road/Rambling Hill in the Colfax area.

October 12, 2014 at 11:59 AM

All CAL FIRE resources are being released from the Whiskey incident.

October 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Electrical hazard reported on Penn Valley Drive, tree in the power lines. Units are being dispatched. Power lines are down and arcing.

From Putt Lake, this view of one of the 5 helicopters working the Whiskey Fire. Photo by Nick Irias
October 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Various readers report the smoke visible from I80, Nyack and of course Emigrant Gap.

There are currently 10 helicopters at the Blue Canyon airport still assigned to the Applegate Fire but not needed today. At least 5 of them are now working the Whiskey Fire.

October 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Per Tahoe dispatch, the latest sizeup is about 2-3 acres, burning at a slow rate of spread. Numerous helicopters are over the fire and two large air tankers have dropped retardant to slow the progress to the ridgetop. One helitack crew is one scene and is making access.

October 12, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Helicopter 205 over the incident, Tankers 07, 105 and additional helitanker 699 on order. Lead plane is on order. Tanker 88 and 89 are available if needed.

October 12, 2014 at 9:22 AM

The new fire is located on the Tahoe National Forest, engines from neighboring agencies are also being dispatched to assist. Access off Texas Hill Road, then Sawtooth Ridge Road.

October 12, 2014 at 9:16 AM Thanks to reader Krista Weidman of Alta for reporting the new start to 911 and for letting us know!

October 12, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Two acres, burning at a moderate rate of spread on the north side of the canyon, reports the helicopter over the new fire. Additional aerial and ground resources requested. Access will be off Texas Hill Road.

October 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Smoke report, firefighters are being sent to check the area. North side of the north fork of the American River near Mumford Bar. Approximately 1 acre, according to firefighters in the area. Helicopter will be in the air shortly to pinpoint the exact location and best access route.

October 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Alleged arsonist arrested for starting the Boles Fire in Weed.

October 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM Traffic hazard: A broken toilet in the roadway at Bitney Springs Rd / Rough And Ready Hwy.

October 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM Several small spots along W I80 just east off Weimar Cross Rd and at the Canyon Way Offramp have been contained by units at scene. This is not a flare-up of the Applegate Fire!

October 11, 2014 at 8:13 AM Breezy north winds and a Red Flag Warning over the weekend. Above normal temperatures through the weekend into Monday with breezy north to east wind tonight through early Monday. Significant cool down and a threat of some precipitation Tuesday into Friday. Red Flag Warning from 11 pm this evening to 5 am Monday.

October 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM NSJ Fire found the debris pile. Someone was burning paper in their backyard, the fire has been fully extinguished.

October 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM

As a reminder: All burning, including dooryard, backyard, debris or burnpiles is still suspended!

October 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Debris check on Lost River Road and Murphy Road, possible dooryard burn. NSJ Fire to check it out. Air attack over the area.

October 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM The smoke has totally dissipated, air attack believes it might have been some backyard burn. Response is being scaled down to just one engine to check the area.

October 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Smoke report by helco near a house on Weimar Cross in timber, potential for 1 acre. Requesting some ground crews, helicopters are in route. Smoke is starting to dissipate.

October 10, 2014 at 7:51 AM Thanks to Grass Valley Fire and their cooperators, damage to Nevada Union was kept at a minimum. Late night fire at NU under investigation

October 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM A community meeting has been scheduled for today, Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Placer County Government Center, 3091 County Center Drive , Auburn CA. http://yubanet.com/nevada/Applegate.php

October 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM Warm weekend, significant cooldown starting Tuesday. Confidence in significant weather change continue to increase beginning Tuesday extending through Thursday. Nearly all model data in good agreement with this change.

October 9, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Waiting for the full morning update, but the Applegate Fire is now at 420 acres and 20% contained.

October 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Heads up. Hwy 20 is very congested with trucks and other vehicles being detoured due to the Applegate Fire. If you don't have to drive up the hill, avoid the hassle.

October 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Nevada County Consolidated Fire Brush 89 and Grass Valley Engine 2 responded as part of a 5 engine Nevada County immediate need Strike Team to the Applegate Incident. Off duty firefighters returning to work are augmenting staffing. At last report the Strike Team was being deployed to the line at an unknown location. Besides NCC and Grass Valley City, Ophir Hill, Nevada City and Higgins fill out the strike team with Chief 57 as Strike team leader. Capt Thomas as Strike team leader trainee. Peardale Chicago Park also have an Engine and Water tender assigned.

October 8, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Per CHP GRass Valley: #Alert: #Traffic continues to be rerouted from I-80 through Grass Valley/Nevada City due to a sizable fire burning in Placer County.

October 8, 2014 at 2:57 PM Smoke from the Applegate Fire is being pushed into Nevada County. Right now, there are no other fires burning in the area.

October 8, 2014 at 1:58 PM All information about the roadside fires on I 80 will be posted on the Applegate Incident page.

October 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Caltrans: Eastbound Interstate 80 closed between Auburn and Colfax at Applegate due vegetation fire. No ETO.

View from Foresthill courtesy reader Janice Fera
October 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM A total of 5 fires now. Cody Lane and East Peyole are the highest priority, both presenting immediate threats to structures.

October 8, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Incident commander is requesting I80 being completely shut down and Union Pacific to hold all railroad traffic. Helicopters and ground resources on scene. S2 tankers are grounded today after the fatal crash in Yosemite.

October 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM A total of 4 fires at Applegate Road, with one threatening structures on Cody Lane. Immediate need for engines for structure protection. CHP has been requested to shut down the #2 and 3 lanes eastbound on I80.

October 8, 2014 at 1:27 PM Report of a vegetation fire near Applegate. Full wildland response, multiple spots along eastbound I80.

October 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM Air attack 230 is out looking for a reported black column of smoke in the Yuba County area.

October 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM Caltrans: Eastbound 80 at Penryn Rd # 2&3 lanes blocked due to vehicle crash no ETO.

October 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM All CAL FIRE S2 air tankers are grounded today, part of an after accident safety procedure.

October 8, 2014 at 8:10 AM Continued dry and warm through the weekend. Confidence increasing for cool down early to mid next week.

October 7, 2014 at 11:57 PM The "Blood Moon" will be returning tonight! A lunar eclipse will be visible across much of the Western US late tonight / early Wednesday morning. This phenomena, where the earth's shadow is cast onto the reflection of the moon, will cause the moon to glow dark red for about an hour. While the phenomena isn't overly rare (it happens roughly twice a year somewhere over Earth), it's always a spectacle to see. Will you be staying up late or waking up early to catch it?

October 7, 2014 at 9:59 PM Crash of Airtanker Claims the Life of Pilot

October 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

CAL FIRE update: This afternoon contact was lost with one of our airtankers flying over a fire near Yosemite National Park. Emergency personnel are currently responding to the last known location of the aircraft. The airtanker was assigned to the Dog Rock Fire burning near Yosemite’s Arch Rock. The status of the aircraft and the pilot have not been determined. Additional information will be provided as its made available.

Editor's note: Information on the Dog Rock Fire: http://yubanet.com/CAFires/Dog_Rock.php

October 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM New vegetation fire in El Portal at the entrance of Yosemite. Foresta is being evacuated, again. Details on the Dog Rock incident page.

October 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM Report of a residential structure fire on Indian Flat Road. Fire engines and NCSO being dispatched.

October 7, 2014 at 8:58 AM Accident in front of Lyman Gilmore Middle School, no injuries reported.

October 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM Traffic restrictions lifted on Bell Road in Auburn.

October 7, 2014 at 8:33 AM The left turn lane to Bell Road from NB 49 is blocked due to gas main break in Auburn. WB Bell prior to intersection and all through lanes are blocked.

October 7, 2014 at 7:55 AM A construction crew has hit a gas main on Bell Rd / Professional Dr in Auburn. People in the area should shelter in place. Emergency services, CHP and PCSO are on scene.

October 7, 2014 at 6:22 AM From reader Aaron: FOUND DOG: On Saturday morning, a lost pit was found off Greenhorn on Flying Cloud Drive in Grass Valley. If you lost your dog, please contact sunshine@benefitarts.org with a description of your pup and hopefully you can be reunited. Thanks!

October 7, 2014 at 6:17 AM Hot today, then slightly cooling off. High pressure will gradually weaken through the end of the week allowing temperatures across the interior of northern California to finally cool off a bit. Dry weather continues for the weekend with a little warmer temperatures expected.

October 6, 2014 at 9:48 PM Power has been restored in Grass Valley.

October 6, 2014 at 9:40 PM Power outage affecting 40 PG&E customers in Grass Valley on Luca Lane and Miners Trail. An arcing transformer is the likely culprit.

October 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM Placer County to Accept Applications for Rent-Assistance Waiting List (formerly Section 8) on Oct. 15

October 6, 2014 at 8:49 AM The sirens and helicopter overhead last night in Alta Sierra explained: Nevada County Sheriff's Office initiated a car chase for a stolen vehicle but when the driver began driving too fast in the neighborhood NCSO ended their pursuit and lost sight of the suspect.

October 6, 2014 at 7:28 AM Summer - The Sequel. Unseasonably hot temperatures will continue across the interior of northern California today. A little bit of cooling is expected across the region beginning Tuesday and continuing into Thursday as high pressure weakens, however, more heat will be possible by the weekend.

October 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM King Fire update: Smoldering heavy fuels in the interior of the fire area will produce smoke as long as the weather remains warm and dry. Fair weather is expected to continue. Crews have repaired 130 miles (41 percent) of hand and dozer lines and roads used for fire suppression activities. Overnight Smoke has been observed in communities as far west as Cool and Auburn. This is to be expected as the fire continues to burn within the interior. Smoke will settle with the cooler night air and follow canyons and drainages, and will lift and disperse as the day warms. It should be somewhat light smoke, and get progressively lighter over time until the fire runs its course or enough precipitation extinguishes it.

October 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM Fire has been located, just a small spot. Most engines are being canceled.

October 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire at Hwy 20 between Scotts Flat and Harmony Ridge. Full wildland dispatch being sent to the location, including air attack, 2 tankers and 1 helicopter.

October 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM Extensive smoke checks on the ground and by air have revealed no fire in the I 80 corridor.

October 5, 2014 at 9:57 AM White column of smoke reported eastbound on I80, Cape Horn or Secret Town area.

October 5, 2014 at 9:56 AM Firefighters have located the debris fire on Silva.

Silva Acres FB page
October 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM Debris check for a bonfire at the Silva Acres Disc Golf Course in Nevada City. This is in the vicinity where the Pasquale Fire started. The Facebook page of the Course posted this picture around 9 am.

October 4, 2014 at 5:54 PM Brandy IC reports the fire is contained.

October 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM Small vegetation fire on the Tahoe National Forest, west of Brandy City approx. 7.5 miles west of Goodyears Bar in Sierra County. One helicopter and one engine committed, access of the 39 Road.

October 4, 2014 at 9:58 AM Clear, dry skies and above normal temperatures next week. Beautiful weather for the next week. Clear, dry skies and warm temperatures will dominate the weather pattern. This weekend, daily maximum temperatures are forecast to be around 10 degrees above normal for early October.

October 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM Judge Dowling has ruled: Judge denies Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction in Measure S case

Measure S Hearing

Judge Dowling, will take the briefs and review them. On the impartiality of the language, the judge thinks the drafter of the language missed the mark. The impacts on the election are even greater, Judge Dowling states.

Judge Dowling agrees that the petitioner has the burden of proof to establish the evidence of the damage done by the current ballot language. The county argues that the petitioners had months to protest the language.

Munkelt acknowledges that the petitioner has to establish that the language is not impartial. He states that it appears clear to them the language is not impartial. As to the elections process, his understanding is that electronic versions can be updated within one day and ballots can be reprinted within a week.

The impartiality of language is next on the judge's mind. The state standard says the language has to be impartial, Judge Dowling states. Impartiality is required. The burden of proof is clear and convincing evidence of the impartially and the second problem being clear and convincing evidence of a major interference with the election process.

Asking the "What If" question, Judge Dowling poses the question what would happen if the petition was granted, the language modified, but the military voters would not get the revised language. then, the election would be decided with a 30-40 votes...

Assistant County Counsel Chapman indicates that there is no way to get a revised language to the troops.

When talking about disruption, what is the number of military ballots mailed? 330 is the answer.
How many disabled voter ballots? Chapman was unable to answer the question.

October 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Judge Dowling is asking what factual matters need deciding. Munkelt, for the proponents is asking if the language on the ballot is constitutional. The Judge states that the language of the ballot is a matter of public record. The ballot label, can be determined from the current ballot measure he said. Then, Judge Dowling is asking if the ballots have been printed. County Counsel responds in the affirmative. On a sidenote, only one of the two lawyers present for the county was able to argue. Judge Dowling indicated only one lawyer per side. Assistant County Counsel Sheri Chapman will argue for Nevada County.

October 3, 2014 at 10:48AM The hearing on Measure S is about to start at the Nevada County Courthouse. The matter will be heard by Judge Sean P. Dowling.

October 3, 2014 at 6:58 AM By Sunday daytime highs are expected to come in around 10 to 12 degrees above normal. Dry and warm weather expected through next week under prominent high pressure ridge over the west coast. A slow warming trend through the weekend then slightly cooler going through next week.

October 2, 2014 at 11:02 PM Firefighters and law enforcement are still busy in North San Juan after two small fires were reported today. The first, a small vegetation fire and the second one several hours later on the porch of a residence. A description of a possible person of interest was given to the Nevada County Sheriff's Office and deputies are actively investigating. Meanwhile, please remember that fire restrictions are in effect and no burn piles are allowed within the state responsibility area.

October 2, 2014 at 10:02 AM If you see smoke right now by Sierra College, it's a training burn on the grounds of Station 2.

October 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM The Predictive Services National Interagency Fire Center reports: Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for October

October 2, 2014 at 7:51 AM Breezy north winds this morning, warming trend to persist. Dry and warm weather expected through next week under prominent high pressure ridge over the west coast. A slow warming trend through the weekend then slightly cooler going in to next week. Breezy north winds over ridges and northern Sacramento valley this morning decreasing this afternoon.

October 1, 2014 at 8:59 AM Judge Anderson agrees to hear arguments, on Friday. He is not issuing a temporary restraining order since the county is not mailing anything before Friday.

October 1, 2014 at 8:54 AM Slight delay at the court, the judge has to hear another emergency matter before the Measure S petition. About a dozen members of the public are waiting in the courtroom and Judge Anderson just entered the courtroom.

October 1, 2014 at 8:19AM Proceedings in the Measure S petition for a writ of mandate have been moved to Dept. 4, the Honorable Judge Thomas Anderson presiding.

October 1, 2014 at 7:00 AM The King Fire remains at 97,099 acres and is now 94% contained.

October 1, 2014 at 6:58 AM Sunny but windy today - then warming up for the weekend. Clear skies across early this morning as strong high pressure begins to build across the region in the wake of Tuesday evening's short-wave that moved through. Water vapor imagery indicating a large area of drying in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere over NorCal indicative of strong subsidence. Current temperatures are mainly in the 30s and 40s in the mountains while the foothills and valley are in the 50s and 60s.


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