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June 26, 2016 at 1:22 PM Major injury accident, motorcycle down, on Hwy 20 and Pine Flat Way in the Scotts Flat area. Air ambulance on order.
June 25, 2016 at 5:17 PM New vegetation fire in the Loma Rica area in Yuba COunty on Scott Grant Road. Full wildland dispatch underway, Air Attack 230 is heading to this incident now.
June 25, 2016 at 5:06 PM Vegetation Fire on Loma Rica Road and Bayshore Street in Yuba County, reported as 1/4 acre. First unit has arrived on scene.
June 25, 2016 at 4:48 PM Mt. Howell lookout reports grey top smoke, confirmed by Oregon Peak Lookout. Full wildland dispatch to Quarterhorse Drive in the area of McCourtney Road and Lime Kiln Road in Grass Valley. Updates here: Quarter Fire
June 25, 2016 at 3:39 PM Full wildland dispatch for a reportedly fast-burning vegetation fire on San Francisco Street across of Rush Street in North San Juan.
June 25, 2016 at 3:12 PM Firefighters are starting to mop up and overhaul on the structure fire at Banner Lava Cap.
June 25, 2016 at 3:10 PM The reported fire near Rices Crossing was a false alarm. The reporting party was seeing smoke from a fire near 150 Dack Way in Palermo (Butte Co.). Pike Co lookout reports moderate build on the smoke. 2 acres and 1 structure is threatened, according to Butte County Fire.
June 25, 2016 at 3:01 PM Banner IC has canceled the Washington Ridge crew and a dozer. Resources on scene can handle.
June 25, 2016 at 2:58 PM Vegetation fire reported on Rices Crossing Road in the Dobbins area. Oregon Peak lookout has no smoke showing in the area, units are being dispatched in an attempt to locate the fire.
June 25, 2016 at 2:53 PM The structure fire on Banner Lava Cap Road extended to approximately 1/2 acre of vegetation. The forward progress has been stopped.
June 25, 2016 at 2:49 PM Vegetation fire, with numerous engines and air support on scene on Banner Lava Cap in Nevada City. The firefighters are making good progress, the second air tanker is on standby at the Grass Valley Air Base.
June 25, 2016 at 9:35 AM Hot and dry, then even hotter and drier through Wednesday. Hot and dry weather for the next week. Locally breezy north wind will increase fire weather danger across Sacramento Valley today. Breezy northerly winds and low relative humidity will lead to significant drying, mainly over the western Sacramento Valley and adjacent foothills into Saturday. Easier fire starts and faster spread possible.
June 24, 2016 at 3:40 PM The fire on Hughes Road is contained. Firefighters will remain on scene for about an hour and mop-up.
June 24, 2016 at 3:38 PM IC reports knockdown of the fire on Hughes Road, additional units en route can stage at their present location.
June 24, 2016 at 3:34 PM First units have arrived on scene at Hughes Road, requesting additional resources.
June 24, 2016 at 3:29 PM Commercial structure fire reported on Hughes Road in Grass Valley. Heavy smoke building, visible from downtown. Multiple units responding.
June 24, 2016 at 1:58 PM Fire near Humbug Ridge was a single log, possibly a holdover from lightning or a previous control burn. Size was 1/8th of an acre.
June 24, 2016 at 1:28 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on the Tahoe National Forest in the Humbug Ridge area. Helicopter and engines dispatched.
June 24, 2016 at 9:22 AM Firefighters are training in the Mt. Howell area between Colfax and Auburn today. Over a dozen engines are in the area. It is just a drill.
June 24, 2016 at 7:21 AM Breezy north winds to increase fire danger today and Saturday. Locally breezy north winds today and Saturday for increased fire danger mainly Sacramento valley. Near normal temperatures today then well above normal temperatures and dry conditions Saturday through the middle of next week.
June 23, 2016 at 11:17 PM Vehicle accident, with power lines down, on Tyler Foote and Murphy Road in North San Juan. Firefighters en route.
June 23, 2016 at 11:15 PM Debris check, possibly flames visible on Wild Turkey Lane in Smartsville. Units en route.
June 23, 2016 at 9:16 PM Vehicle vs mountain lion on Rough And Ready Hwy / Bitney Springs Rd. The lion is injured in the roadway, traffic is starting to back up.
June 23, 2016 at 8:16 PM Per Nevada County Fire JOA: *Update* TC on HWY 174- Patients transported, JOA units clear.
June 23, 2016 at 7:54 PM Air ambulance on order for the accident on Hwy 174. Expect delays in the area.
June 23, 2016 at 7:46 PM Vehicle vs motorcycle accident on the 200 block of Hwy 174 in Grass Valley, roadway is blocked. Nevada County Fire JOA and medic at scene. Use an alternate route if possible.
June 23, 2016 at 3:43 PM Units are on scene, the small fire was on private property and is now contained.
June 23, 2016 at 3:33 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire in the Dobbins area, near Rices Crossing. Local agencies, CAL FIRE and Tahoe National Forest units en route. Oregon Peak Lookout does not see any smoke at this time.
June 23, 2016 at 9:39 AM TNF Air Tac 17 is patrolling the Allegheny Ridge, Celestial Valley and Pike County area, looking for possible smokes reported early this morning.
June 23, 2016 at 8:45 AM Two Black Angus cows are grazing on the roadside of McCourtney Road near South Ponderosa Way in Grass Valley. Use caution in the area.
June 23, 2016 at 7:55 AM A tad cooler today - breezy north winds start Friday. Cooler daytime temperatures today and Friday down to near normal. Warming again over the weekend remaining well above normal through next week. Dry, breezy north winds Friday afternoon through Saturday with elevated fire weather concerns.
June 23, 2016 at 12:06 AM Fire is now reported as a 20 by 20 spot. Units on scene can handle, the balance of engines still en route is canceled.
June 23, 2016 at 12:02 AM Reported vegetation fire, uncertain location, maybe near Old Tunnel and Towntalk Road or maybe Hwy 49 near Gold Flat between Nevada City and Grass Valley. Units are en route.
June 22, 2016 at 9:40 PM First units have arrived on scene, reporting the incident location is on LaBarr Road near 4 Seasons trail. 50 by 50 spot, fully contained now.
June 22, 2016 at 9:35 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Dog Bar Road near LaBarr Meadows Road just north of Alta Sierra. Reported as a fire in a backyard, unknown if attended. Several engines are being dispatched.
June 22, 2016 at 6:29 PM Harmony IC is releasing two additional engines. Mop-up operations will continue for at least another hour.
June 22, 2016 at 5:08 PM A Prevention Officer has been requested to the Harmony incident.
June 22, 2016 at 5:01 PM All fire units still staging for the Harmony incident are released and can return to their previous assignments.
June 22, 2016 at 4:57 PM Air Tac has been released from the Harmony incident, no further need for air support. Units on scene can handle, one Washington Ridge crew still en route is being canceled as well.
June 22, 2016 at 4:49 PM Air Tac reports slow rate of spread on the Harmony incident. Tanker has been released from the Harmony incident.
June 22, 2016 at 4:43 PM Air Tac reports several small fires on the Harmony incident, possibly residential burning. One tanker will remain on standby and assist the ground resources. One tanker and a helicopter still on order are being canceled.
June 22, 2016 at 4:40 PM Air Tac is over the Harmony incident, reports about 1/4 acre burning in the understory, with a potential for 1-2 acres. Holding the tankers for now. The fire is burning in a backyard.
June 22, 2016 at 4:30 PM Full wildland dispatch after a smoke report from Oregon Peak lookout - in the area is in the Harmony Estates Road area.
June 22, 2016 at 1:39 PM Non-injury accident on Alta Sierra Dr / Meyer Way. Use caution in the area, lanes are partially blocked.
June 22, 2016 at 7:22 AM Today is a NO burn day in Nevada, Sierra, Plumas and Placer counties.
June 22, 2016 at 7:20 AM Slight cooling down until Friday, then breezy north winds will increase fire danger. A brief cooling trend through the end of the week cooling to near normal by Friday. Breezy north winds Friday afternoon through Saturday with increased fire danger. Warming Saturday through early next week.A brief cooling trend through the end of the week cooling to near normal by Friday. Breezy north winds Friday afternoon through Saturday with increased fire danger. Warming Saturday through early next week.
June 21, 2016 at 5:32 PM Vegetation fire on the Tahoe National Forest on the Yuba River Ranger District on Pinoli Ridge, northwest of Graniteville and south of Sierra City. Aircraft, engines from TNF and CAL FIRE en route. [UPDATE] Turned out to be lightning caused.
June 21, 2016 at 4:38 PM First unit on scene at Old Tunnel Road is reporting a small spot, can handle with a crew and one water tender. Balance of incoming engines is canceled.
June 21, 2016 at 4:32 PM Vegetation fire, reported to be the size of a car, reported on Old Tunnel Road and Brunswick Road - on the hillside above Sierra Medical Clinic in Grass Valley. Use caution in the area, fire engines en route.
June 21, 2016 at 4:28 PM Units on scene are reporting the fire is a smoking motor in an outbuilding, all incoming units are being canceled.
June 21, 2016 at 4:27 PM Updated location for the Penn Fire is on Carrie Ann Lane, first units have arrived at scene.
June 21, 2016 at 4:20 PM Residential structure fire, with spread to the vegetation, reported on Penn Valley Drive in the Creekside Village Mobile Home Park. Numerous engines and aircraft are being dispatched.
June 21, 2016 at 3:29 PM Firefighters are nearing containment of a 105 acre fire off Moore Rd and South Dowd Rd, west of Lincoln (Placer County).
June 21, 2016 at 2:04 PM Firefighters on scene at Retrac are overhauling and doing extensive mop-up. The fire is fully contained. The Moore Fire in Lincoln is now at 105-110 acres, but firefighters have mitigated the threat to structures. The medical rescue at Emerald Pool is still underway and the Licha Fire in the Dobbins area is fully contained.
June 21, 2016 at 1:58 PM Forward progress of the Licha Fire has been stopped, fire is contained at under 1 acre. Air tankers are being canceled and engines not yet at scene, with the exception of 1 CAL FIRE engine, are being canceled.
June 21, 2016 at 1:50 PM First unit at scene on Licha Lane reports approximately 1/2 to 1 acre, a few structures are threatened. Homeowner with a tractor is attempting to build a fireline. Washington Ridge Crew 3, TNF and CAL FIRE engines are at scene.
June 21, 2016 at 1:47 PM Medical rescue at Emerald Pool, off Bowman Lake Road. Reported as a jump from the cliff, now head and back injuries.
June 21, 2016 at 1:42 PM Full wildland response ordered to a reported vegetation fire in Dobbins/Oregon House on Licha Lane, across from Texas Hill Road. Unknown size, hence the full response.
June 21, 2016 at 1:15 PM Good progress on the Retrac Fire. The Moore Fire is now at 30 acres, structure threat has been mitigated - additional resources are on their way.
June 21, 2016 at 12:49 PM The fire on Moore Road in Lincoln is now 5-10 acres. One structure remains threatened.
June 21, 2016 at 12:44 PM Five additional engines and two additional water tenders requested to the fire on Moore Road. Reported as approximately 4 acres, burning towards structures and a radio communications tower.
June 21, 2016 at 12:42 PM The homeowner on Retrac will be transported to the hospital, all additional units have arrived on scene now.
June 21, 2016 at 12:31 PM Air Tac 230 is over the Retrac Fire to help coordinate resource response from the air. Red Cross is being notified to assist the homeowner. PG&E needs to respond to the scene to secure the power lines.
June 21, 2016 at 12:29 PM Grass fire in the Lincoln area, on Moore Road and South Dowd Road. Numerous engines from Lincoln, Wheatland and Auburn assisting CAL FIRE.
June 21, 2016 at 12:24 PM A breathing support unit is requested to the Retrac Fire, possible smoke inhalation.
June 21, 2016 at 12:17 PM A third water tender and the Air Tac plane requested to the Retrac Fire.
June 21, 2016 at 12:05 PM Additional water tender requested for the Retrac Fire.
June 21, 2016 at 12:05 PM Two-vehicle collision on Hwy 49 and Tyler Foote in North San Juan, no injuries reported.
June 21, 2016 at 11:52 AM Firefighters are making progress on the Retrac Fire. There is no risk to adjacent homes.
June 21, 2016 at 11:50 AM No extension to the wildland at this point on the Retrac Fire. All incoming units will stage on Retrac Way, please use extreme caution in the area.
June 21, 2016 at 11:47 AM First unit has arrived on scene at Retrac, reports a single family home partially involved. All units are to continue in.
June 21, 2016 at 11:44 AM Additional resources are being dispatched to the Retrac Fire, including an ambulance.
June 21, 2016 at 11:34 AM Residential structure fire with threat to the vegetation reported on the 16400 block of Retrac Way between from Thornberry Way and Hilltop Drive.
June 21, 2016 at 11:32 AM Nevada County Fire JOA and Grass Valley PD on scene at South Auburn St in Grass Valley, 2 vehicles involved, all minor injuries, one lane blocked, avoid the area.
June 21, 2016 at 7:20 AM Above average temperatures creeping up even further today. Little change in the overall pattern expected for interior NorCal the next couple of days as the region will remain between strong high pressure over the Desert Southwest and a low dropping southward along the BC coast. Temperatures will likely warm a few more degrees today compared to Monday, and then hold pretty steady for Wednesday.
June 21, 2016 at 6:00 AM Today is a NO burn day in Nevada, Sierra, Plumas and Placer counties.
June 20, 2016 at 7:21 PM Two-vehicle accident on Wolf Road near Garden Bar Road. Two ambulances requested, firefighters are on scene.
June 20, 2016 at 6:40 PM Coal Fire [update] off Coal Canyon Rd & Hwy 70, north of Oroville (Butte Co) is now 112 acres & 25% contained. Forward progress stopped.
June 20, 2016 at 6:10 PM The Coal Fire in Butte county is 10 - 15 acres, grass and orchard involved. One flank of the fire is against a green belt and the other is advancing. Containment is 25%.
Butte county Fire
June 20, 2016 at 5:26 PM Firefighters are battling a 30 acre fire off Coal Canyon Rd & Hwy 70, north of Oroville (Butte County)
June 20, 2016 at 3:41 PM Grass fire between Auburn and Newcastle near Shirland Tract Road. CAL FIRE is on scene. No imminent threat to structures.
June 20, 2016 at 1:16 PM First unit at scene reports a large spot, aircraft and Washington Ridge crews are on hold for now. Some engines are being canceled.
June 20, 2016 at 1:12 PM Full wildland dispatch for a vegetation fire behind Creekside Village on Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. Avoid the area and watch for emergency vehicles and equipment.
June 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM Two-vehicle collision on Ridge Road, emergency services are on scene and report 4 patients with possibly minor injuries. Use caution in the area.
June 20, 2016 at 7:36 AM County maintenance crews will continue repairs and improvements the week of June 20th on Empire Street from Highway 174 to the Grass Valley City Limits east of Pine Street. Work on Empire Street will include additional brushing and vegetation removal, removal of overhead tree limbs, road shoulder cleanup and asphalt repairs. Significant traffic delays of 30 minutes or more may occur since most of the construction work will occur within the existing travel way. As a result, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during construction.
June 20, 2016 at 6:17 AM Today is a NO burn day in Nevada, Sierra, Plumas and Placer counties.
June 19, 2016 at 10:04 AM First unit on scene reports better location is Hwy 174 across of Powerline Road. One male patient, minor to moderate injuries. Use caution in the area - the vehicle and fire engines are blocking one lane.
June 19, 2016 at 9:58 AM Solo vehicle rollover on Hwy 174 across of Lakewood Lane. Peardale/Chicago Park Fire en route.
June 19, 2016 at 9:09 AM Here comes the heat wave. High pressures in place over NorCal will result in a warming trend with high temperatures nearing 100 degrees by middle of the week.
June 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM Today is a NO burn day in Nevada, Sierra, Plumas and Placer counties.
June 18, 2016 at 11:07 AM All fire units have been released from the accident at Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge, CHP is still on scene.
June 18, 2016 at 10:13 AM Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge just east of Nevada City will reopen shortly after a deadly motorcycle accident.
June 18, 2016 at 9:12 AM Dobbins/Oregon House Fire Department is holding a multi-agency training today in three different locations. Expect to see engines, fire trucks along Marysville Road, Thousands Trails and Antelope Trail. This is only a drill, no live fire will be used.
June 17, 2016 at 10:15 PM First unit at scene on Old Wood Road reports a small spot only. The homeowner was burning and the pile got away from them. Units still en route are being canceled.
June 17, 2016 at 10:08 PM Possible escaped debris burn on Old Wood Road in the vicinity of Banner Lava Cap Road. Several engines en route to check out the single report.
June 17, 2016 at 5:50 PM Per Nevada County Fire JOA: CHP H-24 ordered for a bicycle accident at Lawrence/Norlene Way, please use caution in the area.
June 17, 2016 at 3:41 PM Two traffic incidents WB I-80 just before and just after Colfax w/ emergency response. Traffic delays expected. Use caution and Move Over! Also, a pursuit, now with helicopter, in the Colfax area. BMW chased by law enforcement, suspect on foot now.
Firefighters are battling a 40 acre fire off Camanche Parkway south of Ione in Amador County.
Firefighters are battling a 20 acre fire north of Hwy 198, east of Hwy 25 (San Benito County). E of King City (Monterey Co) structures threatened, light flashy fuel transitioning to brush in steep terrain. #KingFire
June 17, 2016 at 12:41 PM The tankers at the Gras Valley Air Base have left for a fire in the Napa County area. There is currently no fire burning in Nevada, Yuba or Placer counties.
June 17, 2016 at 8:33 AM Traffic is backed up at a blind corner on Hwy 49 and Newtown Road. Reduce speed!
June 17, 2016 at 7:05 AM Drastic warmup this weekend - very hot temperatures to start the week (and summer.) Scattered showers north of about Marysville today and this evening shifting eastward out of the forecast area on Saturday. A slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Below normal temperatures today and Saturday warming to above normal Sunday. Dry next week with daytime highs well above normal through mid week then cooling back to near normal by the end of the week.
June 17, 2016 at 6:50 AM Firefighters report knockdown on the fire and have contained the wildland extension. Firefighters are remaining on scene for extensive overhaul and mop-up. The fire did not spread to any additional structures.
June 17, 2016 at 6:18 AM Residential structure fire on the 15000 block of Tyler Foote Crossing in North San Juan, with some extension to the wildland. North San Juan Fire, CAL FIRE on scene, Nevada County Fire JOA is sending an additional engine.
June 16, 2016 at 10:59 AM The smoke check is extended to the Hwy 20/Marysville Road area. Possible smoke coming form the Sicard Flat vicinity.
June 16, 2016 at 10:54 AM Smoke check in the Smartsville area in the Yuba Goldfields near Hammonton Road.
June 16, 2016 at 7:22 AM Rain, snow and isolated thunderstorms today. A low pressure system off the Pacific Northwest coast will bring rain and higher elevation snow showers to Norcal today with a chance of thunderstorms some areas as well. Most locations will see only light precipitation but the Lassen Park area could see a few inches of snow. Heavier rainfall could fall from thunderstorms as well.
June 14, 2016 at 9:04 PM Vegetation fire, reported as a small spot in the grass, near the river off Hammonton Road near the goldfields. Smartsville Fire and CAL FIRE en route.
June 14, 2016 at 4:30 PM Cherry IC now reports sufficient resources at scene, all units still responding are being canceled. Firefighters are using the southbound lane to stage their equipment.
June 14, 2016 at 4:25 PM Knock down on the Cherry Fire is reported, but all units still en route are continuing to the scene.
June 14, 2016 at 4:23 PM Additional units have arrived on the Cherry Fire off Hwy 49. Firefighters estimate the fire to be 1/8 of an acre as of now.
June 14, 2016 at 4:21 PM Higgins Fire units have arrived on scene.
June 14, 2016 at 4:19 PM Reports to 911 state the fire is heading up the hill.
June 14, 2016 at 4:15 PM Vegetation fire reported on Hwy 49 across of Cherry Creek Road south of Alta Sierra in Nevada County. Multiple reports by drivers on Hwy 49. Units are en route. If you are on Hwy 49 in the vicinity of the fire, please do not slow down to gawk and watch for fire engines.
June 14, 2016 at 1:35 PM Air Tac was over a 1-acre escaped debris pile north of Bullards Bar. Firefighters have mitigated the threat to adjacent properties.
June 14, 2016 at 7:43 AM Cooler and unsettled weather through Friday. Besides the cooler weather, a trough of low pressure may bring a few showers/thunderstorms to the northern Sacramento Valley and surrounding mountains on Wednesday and Thursday.
June 14, 2016 at 12:03 AM One house completely destroyed, neighboring house has suffered extensive damage. Overhaul will take at least 2-3 hours. Ongoing law enforcement activity at the scene.
June 13, 2016 at 11:38 PM There are no evacuations in Lake Wildwood. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Extensive mop-up and overhaul will keep firefighters on scene for several hours.
June 13, 2016 at 11:32 PM Some resources are being made available at scene. All power lines are still up, over the roadway - still a safety hazard.
June 13, 2016 at 11:23 PM PG&E has a 45-minute ETA. The Red Cross has been notified that a father and daughter will need their help.
June 13, 2016 at 11:18 PM Incident Commander reports knockdown on both structure fires, they are still attempting to locate any possible victims. Incoming engines can reduce to code two and will stage in the area when on scene.
June 13, 2016 at 11:13 PM One child, potentially residing at one of the homes on fire, has been located at the boat ramp. Her father and Nevada County Sheriff's deputies now making their way to her.
Photo courtesy Forrest Hurd
June 13, 2016 at 11:09 PM Power lines are arcing over the engines on scene, creating a life and safety hazard.
June 13, 2016 at 11:01 PM Several explosions heard from the structure fire. The fire has spread to a second structure, please avoid the Lake Wildwood and Pleasant Valley Road, watch for firefighter apparatus.
June 13, 2016 at 10:57 PM With additional engines en route, firefighters are attacking both structure fires aggressively. Incoming engines will attempt to prevent the spread to additional structures. Additional engines will approach from the lower side on Foxtail and connect to the hydrants.
June 13, 2016 at 10:54 PM First unit in scene reports one structure fully involved, one structure halfway involved. Threat to other structures and the wildland. Two additional engines have been requested.
June 13, 2016 at 10:48 PM Ambulance is being dispatched to the house fire in Lake Wildwood for a possible patient.
June 13, 2016 at 10:44 PM Residential structure fire, reported as a fully involved home possibly occupied, in Lake Wildwood on Knobcone Drive near Silver Pine Drive. Numerous engines en route from Penn Valley, Rough&Ready, Nevada County JOA and CAL FIRE.
June 13, 2016 at 7:28 PM Per CHP Grass Valley: Collision with overturned vehicle on Brunswick Rd near Idaho-Maryland Rd in Grass Valley. Avoid the area if possible.
Photo courtesy SNMH Foundation
June 13, 2016 at 8:07 AM Congratulations to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 2016 Barbara Schmidt Millar scholarship recipients Brooke Davey, Cheyanna Brock-Jimenez and Katedia Alcordo (not pictured). All are Nevada Union High School graduates and will be going on to become nurses. Please join us in congratulating them and wishing them the best of luck as they continue their education in the field of healthcare!
June 13, 2016 at 7:15 AM Cooling trend throughout this week. Another low pressure system will bring cooling to northern California beginning today. Temps will lower to well-below average by mid-week with a chance of showers across the northern mountains.
June 12, 2016 at 3:10 PM All units en route to Blue Canyon are being canceled, fire is a legal control burn.
June 12, 2016 at 3:05 PM Firefighters en route to the reported vegetation fire of I80, in the Blue Canyon area.
June 12, 2016 at 2:56 PM Reported vegetation fires after the lightning event in Nevada and Placer Counties. Duncan Peak lookout can see flames from one of the fires near I 80. Also a fire in the Bangor area near Oroville.
June 11, 2016 at 8:17 PM Crews will remain on scene for extensive mop-up and overhaul for several hours now that the fire is fully contained.
June 11, 2016 at 7:04 PM Helicopter 514 has been released from the Douglas Fire and is returning to White Cloud. Air Tac 500 is returning to Chico. Some ground resources are being released.
June 11, 2016 at 6:32 PM Air Tac 500 will remain over the Douglas Fire for another 30 minutes as a precautionary measure. The forward progress of the fire has been stopped, ground resources are working towards full containment.
June 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM Douglas Incident Commander reports good progress being made. A barn may have been destroyed, explaining the black smoke. No additional resources are needed at this time. A temporary road closure has been set up at Douglas Way on Melrose and Wolf Trail. Please avoid the area.
June 11, 2016 at 5:49 PM Dobbins and Foothill Fire are responding to the DOuglas Fire with watertenders.
Photo: Kathy Purdy
June 11, 2016 at 5:36 PM Air Tac 500 has canceled the two incoming tankers and the additional helicopter. On scene are now Air Tac 500, Tanker 94 and Helicopter 514.
June 11, 2016 at 5:26 PM New estimated acreage is now 4-5 acres per Air Tac 500.
June 11, 2016 at 5:23 PM Air Tac 500 is approaching the fire and requesting 2 additional tankers and 1 additional helicopter.
June 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM Tahoe National Forest Helicopter 514 and CAL FIRE Tanker 94 are on final approach to the fire at Loma Rica.
June 11, 2016 at 5:07 PM First units have arrived on scene of the wildland fire on Douglas Way. They are reporting 1/2 acre, burning at a moderate rate of spread. There is heavy black smoke showing, possible from a vehicle or trailer.
June 11, 2016 at 5:01 PM Full wildland dispatch on order for a vegetation fire with immediate threat to structures in Loma Rica, on Douglas Way - between Loma Rica Road and Wolf Trail in Yuba County. The fire is north of Browns Valley and smoke is visible in the area, including from Smartsville and Lake Wildwood.
June 10, 2016 at 6:37 AM Cooler and very breezy today and Saturday. An upper level trough will bring continued cooler temperatures today and Saturday. Temperatures will warm up early next week with some chances for thunderstorms northern Sierra Sunday.
June 8, 2016 at 3:02 PM One air tac, one tanker and a helicopter are on order for the Sagehen incident.
June 8, 2016 at 2:58 PM Possible new vegetation fire in the Sagehen Creek area on the Tahoe National Forest in the Truckee area. Numerous resources are being dispatched.
June 8, 2016 at 2:24 PMThe Hacienda Fire is estimated to be 3-4 acres in size.
June 8, 2016 at 2:22 PM One of the hand crews from the Indian Fire is arriving at the Hacienda Fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
June 8, 2016 at 2:04 PM Tahoe National Forest Helicopter 514, just released from the Indian Fire is en route to the fire in the Higgins area.
June 8, 2016 at 1:58 PM New fire, reported as a large grass fire on East Hacienda Drive and Magnolia Road in the Higgins area. Some resources from the Indian Fire are being diverted to it.
June 8, 2016 at 1:45 PM
Solo vehicle rollover on the 15200 block of Indian Springs Road, major injuries reported. Air ambulance will transport a patient with head injuries.
June 8, 2016 at 12:26 PM Updates on the Indian Fire will be posted here: Indian Fire
June 8, 2016 at 12:14 PM American River Hotshots are being dispatched to the Indian Fire.
June 8, 2016 at 12:08 PM Indian IC now reports the fire is burning into heavy fuels, dense manzanita. Estimated at approximately 1 acre now, the fire is difficult to access for engines and heavy equipment.
June 8, 2016 at 12:06 PM Forest Service Helicopter 514 en route to the Indian incident as a precautionary measure.
June 8, 2016 at 11:41 AM Vegetation fire on Indian Springs Road now the Indian Fire. Two Washington Ridge crews, one dozer en route to the fire because of its inaccessibility. Currently reported at 1/4 acre.
June 8, 2016 at 11:33 AM Confirmed vegetation fire now on Indian Springs Road. Upgraded dispatch en route.
June 8, 2016 at 11:26 AM Smoke check in the Indian Springs Road area near Keya-Paha Trail north of Spenceville Road. Several reports of a possible vegetation fire, firefighters are attempting to locate.
June 7, 2016 at 4:54 PM Watch the local election returns in real time and join the discussion, starting at 5:15 on our special Election Results Page.
June 7, 2016 at 9:38 AM Per Molly Fisk: CONOR IS FOUND! Some kind of mental glitch. He was working hard clearing brush on a property where his parents keep horses, didn't remember anything, no food or water for several days.
June 7, 2016 at 8:54 AM Alta Sierra voters, make sure you go to the correct precinct board! One board is for people living in District 3 and the other board includes the District 2 Supervisor race.
June 7, 2016 at 7:45 AM The June 2016 "I Voted" Selfie Contest! It's Election Day and here's your chance at a meaningful selfie. Show off your civic pride and send us a selfie, the only requirement - you have to sport an "I voted" sticker. We'll publish a gallery and you, our readers, can vote for the best selfie. The winner receives two FULL weekend passes for WorldFest 2016 on July 14 - 17th.
June 7, 2016 at 7:44 AM I'll be on Capital Public Radio's Insight around 9:15 am to talk about Nevada County elections, projected turnout and why people vote. What contest motivates you most to #GoVote?
June 6, 2016 at 5:03 PM Quick work by firefighters, assisted by Hansen employees, has contained the fire on LaBarr Meadows to 1/2 acre. It started as a slash pile catching on fire, the timber and brush was putting up a thick, dark column of smoke. The smoke can be widely seen in Grass Valley, but there is no danger to any structures and no road closures. Firefighters will remain on scene for extensive mop-up operations.
June 6, 2016 at 4:53 PM Vegetation fire on the Hansen Brothers yard at LaBarr Meadows and McKnight in Grass Valley. Firefighters are on scene, the reported tractor fire has spread to the wildland. Two additional water tenders requested to the incident.
June 6, 2016 at 10:01 AM Truckee Fire, US Forest Service, CALFIRE and the Town of Truckee are hosting a multi agency wildland drill June 7th from 8:00am till 3:00 pm. This is a training put on by the North Tahoe Training Officers Association (NTTOA) which is all the local fire agencies in the area training on a multi faceted scenario,which includes wildland fires,(WUI) Wildland urban interface areas, police tactics on road closures, along with community officials helping to manage a theoretical wildland incident in our area Expect to see fire agencies from all around the greater Lake Tahoe area, Reno and even as far away as Sacramento. Please be careful and expect delays in the areas of Tahoe Donner that exit on to Alder Creek Rd near the lower Wolfgang area along with areas by the ski hill Slalom/ Snowpeak Rd which will be used as a staging spot. If you have any questions Call Truckee Fire Dist 582-7850
June 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM A box of nails is on both the on and off ramp of Hwy 49/20 and Coyote street. Do your tires a favor, use a different exit until it's cleaned up.
June 6, 2016 at 7:58 AM Hot weather continues today. Hot early this week, then interior NorCal temperatures cool to a little below average by the end of the week.
June 5, 2016 at 5:42 PM According to the Holiday IC, the vehicle was observed driving erratically, hitting another car before crashing into the store. Law enforcement is en route.
June 5, 2016 at 5:37 PM Vehicle accident on Pleasant Valley Road in Penn Valley - a car just went into the Holiday Market store. Medics, ambulance and firefighters en route. Passengers are trapped in the vehicle, according to the first unit at scene.
June 5, 2016 at 5:36 PM The road closure on Marysville Road is being lifted, the fire has been fully contained at 5.3 acres.
June 5, 2016 at 5:24 PM Marysville Road in Yuba County is closed at Peoria due to a small vegetation fire. Please use extreme caution as you are being diverted onto a narrow road, reduce speed!
June 5, 2016 at 3:44 PM Penn Valley firefighters rapidly contained a 5-10 acre grass fire on Spenceville Road near Pilot Peak. Smoke was seen and smelled in the Alta Sierra and Gras Valley areas.
June 5, 2016 at 12:15 AM Residential structure fire, some extension to the wildland reported, below Old Camptonville Road on Rio Verde Way in Camptonville. Firefighters are en route.
June 4, 2016 at 9:27 PM Here comes the thunder, dry lightning is possible throughout the night - but also a few showers. Make sure your pets are safe!
June 4, 2016 at 8:49 PM All road closures have been lifted on Little Valley Road.
June 4, 2016 at 8:37 PM Per Nevada County Consolidated: All units clear, source of the smell believed to be from gear oil.
June 4, 2016 at 7:15 PM CHP is reporting Little Valley Rd shut down at Hwy 49 - Nevada County Sheriff's deputies have the closure on Little Valley at Alta Sierra.
June 4, 2016 at 7:14 PM Nevada County Consolidated Fire still in investigation mode on the unknown substance.
June 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM CHP is on scene assisting with a temporary road closure on Little Valley Road in Alta Sierra related to the possible chemical spill.
June 4, 2016 at 6:39 PM Nevada County Consolidated is investigating a possible chemical spill in the Alta Sierra area. As a precaution, CodeRed notifications to shelter in place have been sent to residents. As of now, no spill or accident has been found. Battalion 3 is in the area conducting the search.
June 4, 2016 at 5:01 PM Firefighters have located the fire on Oakhurst Drive but can't make access. Locked gates prevent them from getting to the fire. A prevention officer has been requested to the scene.
June 4, 2016 at 4:53 PM Reported smoke in the area of Oakhurst Drive and Hwy 49 at the Nevada Placer county line. Units are attempting to locate a possible fire.
June 4, 2016 at 2:35 PM Structure fire on McCourtney Road has been contained, there was minimal extension to the wildland, also contained.
June 4, 2016 at 2:23 PM Nevada County JOA units with Penn Valley, Higgins and @CAL_FIRE at scene of a structure fire off McCourtney RD, the smoke will be visible from Grass Valley, Alta Sierra and Lake of the Pines.
June 4, 2016 at 2:08 PM Power lines are down at the residential structure fire on McCourtney Road. Smoke from the fire can be seen from Hwy 49.
June 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM Residential structure fire on the 19300 block of McCourtney Road, engines are on scene.
June 4, 2016 at 9:13 AM Hot, overcast and a chance of thunderstorms by Sunday. Daytime highs will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal today through Monday. This graphic depicts key points throughout the day in terms of heating. Residents should avoid strenuous outdoor activity, especially in the afternoon to early evening. Stay cool and well hydrated during this heatwave! If you do outdoor activities, schedule them during the morning hours. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible, mainly in the mountains, through Monday.
June 3, 2016 at 6:50 PM Vote Early! The Nevada County Elections Office will be open for early voting tomorrow, Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Get your "I voted" sticker and avoid lines at the polling places.
June 3, 2016 at 4:40 PM
New fire reported westbound Hwy 50 at Ponderosa Road. Full wildland dispatch.
June 3, 2016 at 4:03 PM New start on Nevada's Carson City District reported 5 acres #PyramidFire. 2 heavy tankers on order.
June 3, 2016 at 1:20 PM Firefighters battling a 25 acre wildfire off Mount Aukum Rd & Grizzly Flat Rd, 5 miles south of Placerville (El Dorado County). Power lines are down, air resources are overhead, numerous engines on scene.
June 3, 2016 at 7:17 AM Firefighters have extricated one patient and transporting to Sutter Roseville, others have been evaluated for injures and transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital after the accident on Hwy 49 near McKnight.
June 3, 2016 at 6:57 AM Friday is a NO BURN DAY throughout the area. This includes Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
June 3, 2016 at 6:53 AM Southbound Hwy 49 closed just south of McKnight after a multi-vehicle accident. Use alternate route.
June 3, 2016 at 6:33 AM Warmest day of the current heatwave today, thunderstorms likely tomorrow An early season heat wave will continue for interior Northern California into the weekend, with high temperatures in triple digits likely for much of the Central Valley. The hottest day is likely to be Friday, with temperatures 15-20° warmer than normal. Scattered thunderstorms will be possible across the region Saturday afternoon through Sunday as an upper level system moves through California. Some of these thunderstorms may reach the Valley floor Saturday night into Sunday morning. The transition from a hot stretch into a thunderstorm event historically leads to increased fire starts, as thunderstorms may not drop a lot of precipitation.
June 2, 2016 at 6:03 PM Good progress reported by firefighters at the Rattlesnake incident.
June 2, 2016 at 5:58 PM Rattlesnake Incident Commander reports a fire in the second story kitchen, the downstairs residence is not affected at this time.
June 2, 2016 at 5:54 PM First unit on scene reports partially involved house, looks like a kitchen fire, all units en route are to continue in.
June 2, 2016 at 5:50 PM Report of a residential structure fire, all occupants are out of the house, on Rattlesnake Road. Units are on scene.
June 2, 2016 at 5:17 PM Utility crews have increased the anticipated duration of the Dog Bar Rd closure until approximately 11:00 PM.
June 2, 2016 at 4:50 PM Per CHP Grass Valley: Dog Bar Rd south of La Barr Meadows Rd will be closed by utility crews until approx. 7:30pm due to an earlier collision.
June 2, 2016 at 4:40 PM Extensive search of the area around Bowman and Rucker Lake has revealed no fire.
June 2, 2016 at 3:46 PM Smoke check requested in the Bowman Lake area, Tahoe National Forest firefighters en route.
June 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM Possible blown transformer on Bragg Avenue in Grass Valley. Engine 1 en route.
June 2, 2016 at 12:19 PM Extended closure of Dog Bar Road between Wheeler Acres and LaBarr Meadows. Use an alternate route if possible.
June 2, 2016 at 11:53 AM Dog Bar Road is temporarily closed while power lines are on the ground after the accident.
June 2, 2016 at 11:41 AM Vehicle accident, car into a power pole on Dog Bar Road near LaBarr Meadows Road. Power lines are possibly down in the roadway.
June 2, 2016 at 11:39 AM National Weather Service in Sacramento update: A negatively-tilted closed upper low then approaches the California coast from the southwest on Saturday, moving inland Saturday night into Sunday. This is a pattern that historically can produce a considerable number of lightning strikes in parts of the forecast area. Current models suggest thunderstorms could form along the crest Saturday afternoon. As the steering flow becomes easterly, these thunderstorms could make their way down the hill into the Valley Saturday night into Sunday morning. Thunderstorms would probably become more mountain-based again Sunday afternoon. Precipitable water values are forecast to increase to 0.75 to about an inch, which could bring a mixture of dry and wet thunderstorms. Going from this stretch of hot weather into possible dry thunderstorms, our primary concern will be the potential for increased fire starts.
June 2, 2016 at 10:32 AM Smoke check requested, smell of smoke in the air on Sages Road near Maidu Ridge Road in North San Juan. Firefighters en route.
June 2, 2016 at 9:16 AM Unit attempting to locate the accident on Tyler Foote is unable to locate. However, an accident is now being reported on Hwy 49 near the river on the Camptonville side. The southbound lane is blocked.
Photo NSJ Fire
June 2, 2016 at 9:10 AM Possible head-on collision on Hwy 49 at Tyler Foote Crossing Road. North San Juan Fire is en route.
June 2, 2016 at 8:24 AM Non-injury accident on Red Dog Road and Quaker Hill Cross Road in Nevada City. Lanes are not blocked, but use caution in the area.
June 2, 2016 at 6:48 AM Thursday is a NO BURN DAY throughout the area. This includes Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
June 2, 2016 at 6:42 AM Heat continues, threat of dry lightning over the weekend. Hot weather through early next week. A chance of thunderstorms (possibly dry initially) Sunday and Monday mainly over the mountains. Slightly cooler temperatures through next week with thunderstorm threat ending by mid week.
June 1, 2016 at 11:27 PM All resources still en route are being canceled. Units on scene report no fire, Sheriff's deputies en route.
June 1, 2016 at 11:26 PM First unit has arrived at Fisher Court, reports nothing showing, no odor of smoke. They will investigate.
June 1, 2016 at 11:19 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Fisher Court, across from Lake Forest Drive in Lake Wildwood. Engines en route to ascertain if there is a fire.
June 1, 2016 at 2:12 PM Heavy equipment, including dozers have arrived at the Bitney Fire.
June 1, 2016 at 2:10 PM Air Attack 210 has lifted from McClellan Air Base and is en route to the Bitney incident. ETA 2:20 pm.
June 1, 2016 at 2:02 PM Engines from other stations are covering stations left empty by fire engines dispatched to the Bitney Fire
June 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM Additional engines being dispatched to the Bitney incident. The fire is estimated at 5-6 acres, burning at a moderate rate of spread.
June 1, 2016 at 1:58 PM First units have arrived at the Bitney incident.
June 1, 2016 at 1:43 PM Vegetation fire reported approximately 1/2 mile west of Starduster Drive in the Bitney Springs Road area. Numerous engines are being dispatched.
June 1, 2016 at 12:46 PM Accident has been located just near the Brighton Street overpass, one minor injury only.
June 1, 2016 at 12:44 PM Reported accident on Hwy 20 at McCourtney Road, two vehicles involved.
June 1, 2016 at 12:36 PM Gold Country Transit says: Today our bus stop located at Kmart will be closed today due to seal coating of the parking lot. Passengers can catch the bus at our bus stop by Papa Murphy’s Pizza.
June 1, 2016 at 7:49 AM Firefighters are still on scene of a small vegetation fire on West Broad Street and Hwy 49. The fire was reported at 3:52 this morning. 2.5 acres have burned. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
June 1, 2016 at 7:08 AM Eastbound I80 at Newcastle Road between Auburn and Hwy 193 right lane closed due to four grass fires burning on the side. Placer County Fire and CAL FIRE are on scene.
June 1, 2016 at 6:54 AM Well-above average temperatures for the rest of the week. Hot and dry weather with well-above average temperatures will continue through the remainder of the week. The strong warming trend from the past several days may pause a bit today and Thursday for portions of the central valley and foothills (but it will still be hot) as we get a little more onshore flow, then temperatures are expected to inch up again Friday and Saturday as the ridge builds ahead of a trough over the eastern Pacific and marine influence inland is reduced.
June 1, 2016 at 6:42 AM Wednesday is a NO BURN DAY throughout the area. This includes Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.
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