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Happening Now - September 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!

Monday, September 29, 2014 1:44 PM After 50 years, the Red Castle Historic Lodgings has closed its doors. Mary Louise and Conley Weaver, Innkeepers and Owners since 1985, have now retired. "Thank you to all our past guests for your patronage," says Conley.

September 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM Power should be restored by 12:30 pm for the 410 customers in Grass Valley. Reportedly, a goose hit the wires.

September 29, 2014 at 9:51 AM Power outages in Grass Valley near the Fairgrounds, including Polaris Drive and a swath on Hwy 20. PG&E is working on restoration. No known cause yet. 410 customers are affected.

September 29, 2014 at 8:45 AM Measure S proponents ask Court to halt mailing of ballots until the ballot language is rewritten. Details here.

September 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM Nevada County On-Line County Surplus Auction has started! Here is the link to BidCal: http://www.bidcal.com/index.php

September 29, 2014 at 6:42 AM I 80: There is a dense fog advisory in effect from Castle Peak to the Donner Park Interchange (Nevada Co) - Motorists are advised to drive with caution.

September 29, 2014 at 6:32 AM Dry and warmer weather this coming week with locally breezy north winds. Strong high pressure will rebuild across the region this week leading to a return of summer-like weather later in the week.

September 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM The King Fire is still at 97,099 acres and now 87% contained. Excellent news!

September 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Possible lightning strike to a power pole on Manzanita Trail across from Alpine Drive. Firefighters en route as a precautionary measure.

September 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM Updates on the mineshaft rescue are now posted here. Many thanks to reader Eva Maria for alerting us to the incident!

Image courtesy NSJ Fire
September 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM Emergency responders are on scene and the harness is being lowered to get the patient out of the mineshaft. The Quad you see in the picture is hanging over the side, but is now secured.

September 26, 2014 at 1:34 PMA specialized "confined spaces" rescue team is on the way to North San Juan. A person fell approximately 30ft down a mineshaft. He is alert, talking to the reporting party. Emergency personnel are on scene. The shaft did not collapse, extrication will be handled by either the Higgins or Roseville team.

September 26, 2014 at 8:49 AM Smoke from the King Fire has shifted to the west: Placerville, Roseville and Sacramento showing unhealthy PM 2.5 values now.

September 26, 2014 at 8:03 AM King Fire: 97,006 acres and now 68% contained. The Pacific system came through the fire area yesterday bringing 0.6-0.9 inches of rain. The observed fire activity was minimal with smoldering in interior pockets of the heavier fuels.

September 26, 2014 at 8:02 AM Unsettled weather will continue today through the weekend, with best chances of precipitation over the mountains. Isolated thunderstorms may develop, mainly over the Sierra...though some stray showers may reach lower elevations. High Sierra elevations could see a little bit of snow tonight into Saturday with snow levels lowering to around 8000-9000 ft. Warmer and drier weather expected next week.

September 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM Report of a traffic collision on Lake Vera / Purdon Rd. Unknown injuries.

September 25, 2014 at 7:07 AM Rain brings treacherous driving conditions. Give yourself a little more time and please turn your headlights on! Also, a large boulder in the roadway right now at the I80 W Soda Springs off ramp.

September 25, 2014 at 7:04 AM Behind the rain, fall-like air will keep temperatures below normal the next few days. Cool fall-like temperatures will continue into Friday as the center of the low swings through California. Some additional showers or thunderstorms may be possible with best chances over the higher terrain through Friday night. By the weekend, the center of the low is forecast to track eastward into the Great Basin. Some wrap around moisture may produce lingering showers and unsettled weather mainly over the Sierra through the weekend. The cooler airmass aloft might even allow an inch or two of snow to fall on the higher elevations of the Sierra south of Tahoe...with snow levels around 8500-9000ft over the local area. Otherwise, the rest of NorCal will have drier and warmer weather over the weekend.

Picture courtesy Jim Race
September 24, 2014 at 7:23pm Crews are in the mop-up phase on the half-acre fire on the Stevens Trail in Colfax. All aircraft has been released, including the helicopter. The fire was reported by locals from the back porch of the Red Frog. They gave an excellent location, enabling firefighters to quickly attack the fire.

September 24, 2014 at 6:07 pm Engines, with aerial support, are on scene at a vegetation fire near Stevens trail in Colfax. The fire is approximately 1/4 acre in size, burning in brush and timber. Good progress is being made.

September 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm Power has been restored to the Penn Valley and Rough&Ready area.

September 24, 2014 at 5:24pm Reader Chelsea reports that power is out (Penn Valley / Rough and Ready - affecting 146 PG&E customers). Official word is that a Mylar balloon got into the lines.

September 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM The latest installment in the Happy Wanderer series is here! Happy Wanderer | Devils' Peak Area and the Palisades Creek Trail

September 24, 2014 at 7:53 AM Red flag warning today, then cooler and unsettled into the weekend. As a low pressure system approaches northern California, expect breezy/windy southwest winds especially over the higher terrain today and tomorrow. Precipitation will be slow moving, and will start pushing into interior NorCal later tonight and spread eastward into Thursday. Majority of the rainfall will be north of I-80. Much cooler, fall-like temperatures are forecast for Thursday. Cool and unsettled weather will stick around into the weekend.

Photo: Dot Quaid
September 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM Thanks to Dot Quaid for this brief and many thanks to her dad for his service!

"Photo from tonight's Grass Valley City Council meeting, where my Dad, William Raridan Sr., and Irv Goldwater were honored for their volunteer service to the GV Police Department. Here's a link to Chief John Foster's notice to the council: http://www.cityofgrassvalley.com/services/departments/admin/STAFFREPORTS2014/AG092314/ITEM1.pdf Dad put in over 1,500 hours, saving the PD $30K and Irv gave them 1,000 hours, saving the department $21K in man hours. Both had to retire due to health reasons. They received plaques and were given a small reception after the ceremony. Also in the photo are Chief Foster and Vice-Mayor Fouyer. My Dad is in the grey slacks, Irv is seated next to him."

September 23, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Helicopter pilot honored for rescuing firefighters. Today, Pilot Gary Dahlen received an award from the US Forest Service, for his heroic actions on the King Fire. The pilot rescued a CAL FIRE Hand Crew and a CAL FIRE Dozer Operator from harm's way.

Photos by Christine from Rough&Ready
September 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM Reader Christine sent us these two pictures from her home in Rough&Ready. On the left, the air quality yesterday and on the right, this morning's. Stay inside if you can!

September 23, 2014 at 7:30 AM Red flag warning from 2 pm this afternoon to 8 pm Wednesday. Mainly clear skies across NorCal early this morning except for areas of high clouds skirting across the far northern portion of the state. Nighttime drainage winds and subsidence associated with short-wave ridging over the area is allowing areas of smoke originating from the King Fire to drop down into portions of the Sacramento Valley, especially to the north of the Sacramento region (2-4 mile visibility is currently being reported at Auburn, Nevada City, Oroville and Red Bluff). Current temperatures are a little milder compared to 24 hours ago and generally range from the 40s in the colder mountain valleys to the 60s in the Central Valley.

SpareTheAir.com image at 6:00 am on Sept. 23
September 23, 2014 at 6:36 AM Limit all outdoor activity to the absolute minimum. The image explains why.

September 22, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Grass Valley School District has canceled classes for tomorrow due to hazardous air quality. More school closures listed here: http://yubanet.com/regional/Some-schools-closed-today-due-to-unhealthy-air.php

September 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

CHP: Westbound SR20 has been reduced to one lane due to a collision , motorists can expect delays in the area, there is no estimated time of clearing.

September 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM Traffic is at a standstill on Hwy 20 / Penn Valley Drive. Major injury vehicle accident involving a cement truck. Numerous engines are either on scene or en route. One vehicle went off the roadway, currently in Squirrel Creek. One possible fatality. No further information.

September 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM Vehicle vs. tree on Old Coach Way. Emergency personnel on scene.

September 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

People who lost or sustained damage to their homes, property, businesses or places of employment, may need to obtain or replace important government records in order to obtain assistance from federal, state and local governmental agencies, make claims for and collect insurance, find new employment and for other purposes related to losses suffered as a result of the wildfires.

Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order, all fees for certified copies of birth, death and marriage records are suspended for any individual who lost such records as a result of the wildfires.

SpareTheAir.com image
September 22, 2014 at 11:07 AM Current air quality in the Grass Valley, Auburn and Foresthill area is in the Very Unhealthy/Hazardous range.

September 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Schools closed because of the wildfires in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties will still receive full state funding, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

September 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM Grass Valley Air Attack Base update: The spotter plane and the tankers are grounded due to poor visibility.

September 22, 2014 at 8:51 AM Fire Weather Watch for Sierra, Nevada County on Wednesday. Fire Weather Watch in effect from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening for gusty winds and low humidity for Northeastern California and Far Northwestern Nevada.

September 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Feather River Air Quality Management District: Wildfire smoke has returned to the Yuba County foothills. The EBAM monitor in Oregon House is recording PM2.5 levels in the unhealthy range. Residents should avoid outdoor activity if possible.

September 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Air Quality continues to be in the Very Unhealthy to Hazardous range for all individuals

September 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM Thanks to Erin Thiem for this update: Just returned from Cascade Shores and can confirm that the Barbara Schmidt Millar Triathlon was indeed cancelled, the organizers thanked all the participants, volunteers and sponsors for helping support the event and reminded everyone that it is a Celebration of Life and there's always next year.

September 21, 2014 at 8:03 AM

The Barbara Schmidt Millar Triathlon has been canceled due to the very unhealthy air quality, according to a participant. We're unable to reach the organizers at this point.

September 21, 2014 at 7:34 AM

The Iron Man Tahoe and Iron Man703 Tahoe events have been cancelled. Further statement will be forthcoming.

September 21, 2014 at 7:32 AM The White Fire was contained at 1:45 am and firefighters are still on scene, mopping up. Final size was 5 acres.

September 21, 2014 at 12:40 AM A vegetation fire, reported at approximately 3 acres in size on White Oak Lane in the Loma Rica area. Units on scene are requesting additional hand crews and engines.

September 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM Fire at Nyack is a 3 by 3 spot, units are at scene. Prevention officer (investigator) is being requested to the spot. Units not yet on scene are being canceled.

September 20, 2014 at 4:40 PM Fire reported at Nyack on Hwy 80. Numerous resources are being dispatched.

September 20, 2014 at 2:19 PM Small vegetation fire in the Spenceville area, air attack and tankers overhead monitoring the situation. Due to bad visibility, tankers will return to Grass Valley shortly. Firefighters on the ground are mopping up the fire. Size of the fire was approximately 3a cres.

September 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM Units are on scene, reporting one large roadside spot. Some of the resources, including air support, are being canceled and are returning to their stations. A prevention officer is en route to the fire. The fire has been contained.

September 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM Most of the heat has been knocked out of the Canyon fire by the bucket drop.

September 20, 2014 at 11:45 AM A helicopter (532T) on its way to the King Fire dropped a bucket of water on the Canyon Fire. Ground resources en route to the fire now.

September 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM New vegetation fire in the Dutch Flat area, Canyon Creek and Moody Ridge. Full wildland dispatch going out. The fire was reported by an air attack plane working the King Fire.

September 20, 2014 at 11:11 AM Air quality in the Auburn area is in the Very Unhealthy range. Placerville, Grass Valley and Nevada City are in the Unhealthy range. The Nevada County Public Health Department is advising that people restrict outdoor activities whenever possible today.

September 20, 2014 at 8:53 AM

The fire trucks heading up to Foresthill are part of the new Zone 1 of the King Fire. A new base camp for the zone is being established in Foresthill.

September 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

The helicopter circling over Rough&Ready was called in after an accident. No medevac was not needed, but the CHP helo provided some light for the emergency personnel on the ground.

September 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM A Fedex truck is partially blocking one lane at Tyler Foote Rd / Sr49 after an accident.

September 19, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Air quality can be in the hazardous range at times, primarily in Nevada County. The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District is issuing an air quality health advisory for people in Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County due to smoke from the King Fire northeast of Placerville, in ElDorado and Placer County. Due to a combination of dry fuels, low humidity, rugged terrain, variable winds and other factors, this fire has been difficult to battle.

Image courtesy reader Katrina
September 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM Reader Katrina looked outside her home in Cool, California and this is what she saw.

September 19, 2014 at 8:27 AM Report of a vegetation fire in the Loma Rica area, Lobato Road and Bald Mountain Road.

Image courtesy reader Denise Alvarado
September 19, 2014 at 8:10 AM Our readers rock! We missed snapping a picture of the sun rising through the smoke. But thanks to reader Denise Alvarado, here's a picture of this morning's smoky skies in Smartsville.

September 19, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Heavy smell of smoke in the area is from the King Fire. This statement is valid whether you're in Nevada City, Truckee, Placerville or Auburn. A wide area is blanketed in smoke again. The King Fire is the only fire currently burning in the area.

September 19, 2014 at 6:32 AM Some lingering showers and thunderstorms possible. Lingering Sierra showers/t-storms are possible through the weekend, otherwise, dry & warmer temperatures into early next week. Cooler and wetter weather arrives middle of next week into next weekend.

September 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

The copy of the charges filed against the alleged arsonist. King Fire: El Dorado County District Attorney Files Charges Against Wayne Allen Huntsman - Arson Charge

September 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Regular news will be a tad slow today. We are focusing on the King Fire and its explosive growth. Please bear with us as we are trying to catch up to the flood of questions and provide answers to this critical issue.


Susan and Pascale

September 18, 2014 at 7:30 AM The latest King Fire map shows the fire has burned from Stumpy Meadows to Hell Hole last night. The fire is now at 70,944 acres.

September 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Vehicle accident on Hwy 49 near the Independence Trail. Toyota 4runner on its roof - driver out of the vehicle. Southbound lane is blocked. Fire and CHP on scene. Thanks to reader Robyn for the heads up.

September 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM Due to Calfire staffing commitments on the King Fire, the Sand Fire Action-Action Report that was to be presented at the Amador Fire Safe Council meeting today has been postponed to a later date.

September 17, 2014 at 8:39 AM Early morning small vegetation fire in Alta quickly contained. Dutch Flat got a call to fight a small vegetation fire on Moody Ridge Road at 5:45 am. Dutch Flat Volunteer Fire department had 4 responders on brush 32. CAL FIRE had the fire out quickly, big thanks to the firefighters from stations 33, 32 and 98!!

September 17, 2014 at 8:02 AM The Grass Valley Blotter Files: On South Auburn Street, a person called Grass Valley police because a neighbor is putting up a wire fence instead of a wood fence at his daughter's house and he wants law enforcement involvement due to privacy being "invaded."

House owner on South Auburn is in San Francisco, working. Her father advised that a neighbor behind her residence in Grass Valley has taken down a common fence and claims they are putting up a chain link fence in its place against her wishes. Contact made with workers who was advised to stop working on fence until they have proper permission.

Contact made with reporting party's father at residence. He also advised the workers to stop until they have the proper permission to remove old fence dividing property and owner's authorization to continue working. They provided more details regarding the fence that was to replace the old one, and it matches the older fencing.

Job formeman called back and advised that the fence will be put up against reporting party's wishes (facing wrong way). He was advised to get proper permission and could face civil problems if fence is against the wishes of reporting party.

September 17, 2014 at 7:27 AM Change in weather pattern today and tomorrow. A low pressure system will move inland later today, bringing cooler temperatures and breezy/windy conditions to interior northern California. Isolated to scattered showers may begin tonight for some areas, with a chance of precipitation continuing into Thursday over the area. Isolated thunderstorms are also possible as the system moves through the region.

September 17, 2014 at 6:31 AM Per Caltrans: Hwy 50 El Dorado county remains CLOSED due to the 18,544 acre King Fire from Fresh Pond to Sly Park Rd. Trees continue to burn and fall along the Hwy, not safe.

September 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM Hwy 49 will reopen in both directions at 11:40 pm.

September 16, 2014 at 10:46 PM River IC reports the fire is contained, final size 1/4 acre.

September 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM River fire is approximately 500 ft south of the bridge. Steep and inaccessible terrain, but firefighters have a wetline around the 100 by 200' spot. Engines will be on scene for about an hour.

September 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM Good progress, there is no need for several engines and even the Washington Ridge crew can stay in quarters.

September 16, 2014 at 9:39 PM Good progress on the river incident. Should be picked up soon.

September 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM The River Fire is about 1/4 to 1/2 acre, slow rate of spread and backing downhill.

September 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM Fire is on the downhill side of the river, exhibiting minimal growth.

September 16, 2014 at 9:23 PM The fire is between the Independence Trail and the bridge, firefighters are requesting CHP to close Hwy 49 in both directions.

September 16, 2014 at 9:21 PM Water tender requested to the fire at Hwy 49 and Yuba River, Engine 1 and Engine 2 are on scene.

September 16, 2014 at 9:15 PM Vegetation fire on Hwy 49 on the Nevada City side between the highway and the river. Multiple resources responding. Reported size approximately a football field and backing down to the river.

September 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM Sierra Pacific Industries today issued a statement reminding all forest users to use extreme caution during the current drought conditions in California. Deer hunting season begins on September 20th.

September 16, 2014 at 10:20 AM Purdon Rd / Lake Vera Purdon Rd a vehicle accident with the car teetering on the edge of the road. The road is partially blocked.

September 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Contrary to rumor, there are NO fires burning in Nevada County at this time, with the exception of the Dog Bar Fire near Alta Sierra. That fire is 90% contained. The smoke lingering over the area is from the King Fire in Pollck Pines.

September 16, 2014 at 7:38 AM Cooler, with a chance of showers on Thursday. Temperatures cooling to below normal later this week with a chance of showers and thunderstorms returning to the region later Wednesday into Thursday.

September 16, 2014 at 7:25 AM King Fire in Pollock Pines now at 11,570 acres and 5% contained. No homes lost, but evacuations remain in effect.

September 15, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Firefighters are reporting no extension to the wildland, fire at GV MobileHome is now knocked down. They are working in full containment and mop-up.

September 15, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Units are working to contain the mobile home and debris pile in the Grass Valley MobileHome Village on Little Valley Rd.

September 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Structure fire at the Grass Valley Mobile Home Park. One home reportedly involved, units on scene. More details to follow shortly.

September 15, 2014 at 5:29 PM

The fire in the Brunswick Basin was fully contained at 5:23 pm. Engines will remain on scene for mop-up and are committed to the incident for another hour.

September 15, 2014 at 5:19 PM Sutter River Parkway in Yuba City has a new, large vegetation fire. Rapid rate of spread, structures threatened, burning in heavy fuel.

From Plaza Drive in the Brunswick Basin. Picture: Matt G.
September 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Firefighters are still working on containing the fire in the Brunswick Basin. The fire is burning in heavy timber.

September 15, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Vegetation fire in the Brunswick Basin on Sutton Way is reported as a 200 x 200 spot in heavy brush.

September 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Confirmed vegetation fire, units are on scene, no sizeup yet.

September 15, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Report of a vegetation fire on Sutton Way and Olympia. Multiple resources are being sent to investigate.

September 15, 2014 at 2:55 PM

A new, fast-moving fire just broke in Weed, CA. Evacuations in progress, multiple homes and a wood mill involved. Boles Fire details here

September 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM

UPDATE: All lanes back open at I-80 and Bell.

September 15, 2014 at 10:16 AM

TRAFFIC ALERT: Interstate 80 to be closed in both directions at Bell Road, Auburn, for police activity. No ETO

September 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM Tahoe National Forest firefighters are rechecking on a small spot near Grouse Ridge. It was first reported yesterday at 7:00 pm.

September 15, 2014 at 9:19 AM
The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District is issuing an air quality health advisory for people in Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County due to smoke mainly from the King Fire east of Placerville in El Dorado County. The Dog Bar Fire near Alta Sierra also continues to add to the smoke burden in parts of western Nevada County.

September 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM Slow down in the 17000 block area of McCourtney Rd. Cows wandering in the roadway. Animal Control is on the way.

September 15, 2014 at 7:19 AM

With the sun slowly rising above the hills, the lingering smoke from the King Fire will start to lift. While we can expect this for the next week at least, air quality will be a concern to sensitive groups, including young children, seniors and people with respiratory complications.

September 15, 2014 at 6:32 AM Smoke is blanketing vast areas of Nevada, Placer, El Dorado and Amador Counties. Say hello to the King Fire

September 14, 2014 at 9:50 PM CAL FIRE and Truckee Fire personnel just responded to and extinguished a small vegetation fire in Olympic Heights. The fire possibly started from a cigarette and burned a 20 x 30 foot spot. Fortunately there was no wind and neighbors and firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. Remember it is still fire season and vegetation is very dry. Some of the largest fires in California have happened in September and October.

September 14, 2014 at 7:11 PM The King Fire burning above Pollock Pines in El Dorado County is now at 2,500 acres.

September 14, 2014 at 7:10 PM

The latest update from the Grass Valley ECC on the Dog Bar Fire has been posted. Great progress made.

September 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM Third-hand report of a vehicle fire on Magnolia and Rutherford Road. Firefighters on their way to check it out.

September 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM

A fire in Pollock Pines, Eldorado County, has jumped containment lines. Evacuations in progress. Full details: http://yubanet.com/nevada/King.php

September 14, 2014 at 10:38 AM Report of a new vegetation fire near Georgetown in Eldorado County.

September 14, 2014 at 10:34 AM One more hot day - then some relief and even sprinkles of rain possible. Hot temperatures continue today, with cooler temperatures for much of this work week. Valley sprinkles and mountain showers and isolated thunderstorms will be possible for parts of the area Monday, and again Wednesday through Thursday.

September 14, 2014 at 8:02 AM All firefighters in the Nevada-Placer-Yuba unit of CAL FIRE are held on duty.

September 13, 2014 at 11:39 PM Firefighters on scene at Willow Glenn Road report a 100' by 50' spot in heavy fuels. Additional resources are being dispatched.

September 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Final update for tonight: The acreage on the Dog Bar Fire has been revised down to 155 acres and containment has gone up to 30%.

September 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM Vehicle fire on Willow Glenn Road and Marysville Road in Yuba County. The fire has spread to the vegetation. Units en route.

September 13, 2014 at 10:33 PM The "warming fire" near the Bear River Bridge has been extinguished.

September 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM Report of an illegal bonfire near the Bear River Bridge and Dog Bar Road. Units en route to investigate.

September 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM The smoke from the Dog Bar Fire is now spreading over all of Nevada and good portions of Placer County. The nightly inversion will have smoke particulates sink into valleys and dips. You will smell smoke today and tomorrow morning! The good news: All evacuations have been lifted.

September 13, 2014 at 7:31 PM Helicopter just mapped the Dog Bar fire and it shows 250 acres and 20% contained.

September 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM Fire on Tokayana Way is a campfire, unit on scene can handle. The balance of engines dispatched has been canceled.

September 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM New vegetation fire in the Colfax area, Tokayana Lane. Units en route.

September 13, 2014 at 3:27 PM Please check the Dog Bar Fire incident for the latest information on the fire.

September 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM Update from air attack: the fire is estimated at 20-25 acres.

September 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM Smoke plume is widely visible from Colfax, Alta Sierra and Grass Valley areas. Numerous agencies are assisting CAL FIRE. This is the only fire in Nevada County and Placer County as of now.

September 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM Air resources are assisting the firefighters on the ground with a wildland fire on Dog Bar Road. Two tankers, two helicopters and one air attack plane over the Dog Bar Fire.

September 13, 2014 at 2:23 PM Vegetation fire with one structure involved on Dog Bar Road near Norvin Way. Full widlland dispatch, approximate size f te fire s currently 2 acres.

September 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM First unit is on scene on South Auburn in Colfax. They can handle the mop-up, all other engines are being canceled.

September 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM Vegetation fire in the Colfax area is extinguished, however there is a structure fire on South Auburn Street across of Sherwood Court in Colfax. Report of a garage on fire. Units are diverting to the new incident.

September 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM Vegetation fire in the Colfax area. Full wildland dispatch on order.

September 13, 2014 at 6:55 AM Good progress on the fire in Auburn. Spot fires have been extinguished. Units will remain on scene for another 45 minutes to one hour.

September 13, 2014 at 6:50 AM Firefighters reporting some progress on the fire on Martin Lane in Auburn.

September 13, 2014 at 6:29 AM Smoke from the Martin fire is visible on Hwy 49, please use caution between Bell Road and Nevada Street, multiple fire engines are en route to the fire.

September 13, 2014 at 6:23 AM Units on scene reporting knockdown on the first structure, starting on the spots. Possibly a power line issue, PG&E requested to respond to the incident. Additional engines dispatched to the incident.

September 13, 2014 at 6:21 AM First unit on scene in Auburn is reporting a structure involved, multiple spot fires. Augmented dispatch, diverting all local engines to the fire.

September 13, 2014 at 6:15 AM New vegetation fire, multiple spots reported with a possible threat to a structure on Martin Dr / Live Oak Lane in Auburn.

September 13, 2014 at 5:32 AM Approximately 140 customers are without power on Old Tunnel Road in the Brunswick Basin. PG&E estimates to have power restored by 9:00 this morning.

September 13, 2014 at 5:08 AM We'll be posting updates on the Penn Valley Church fire here: http://yubanet.com/regional/Fire-at-the-Penn-Valley-Community-Church.php

September 13, 2014 at 4:52 AM Units from adjacent fire departments, if not already on the scene of the Indian incident, are covering any new emergency calls for the area. At this time, there are no reported road closures.

September 13, 2014 at 4:46 AM Augmented dispatch being sent to the Indian Fire, two additional engines requested to the commercial structure fire.

September 13, 2014 at 4:38 AM Units on scene include 7 engines, 5 water tenders, 1 truck and 1 crew.

Image courtesy Mark Smith
September 13, 2014 at 4:28 AM Two additional water tenders are dispatched to the fire.

September 13, 2014 at 4:14 AM The fire is at the Penn Valley Community Church, 11739 Spenceville Road , additional resources are being dispatched to the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

September 13, 2014 at 4:06 AM Engines and personnel from Penn Valley, Rough&Ready, Grass Valley and NCCFS are assisting CAL FIRE with the fire in Penn Valley.

September 13, 2014 at 3:56 AM Report of a structure fire in Penn Valley on Indian Springs and Spenceville Road. First unit at scene reports the large historic woodframe on the church on fire.

September 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM Hwy 174 accident, two vehicles involved, 5 patients total, minor to moderate injuries.

September 12, 2014 at 9:53 PM Vehicle vs tree on Hwy 174 on the Colfax side.

September 12, 2014 at 7:24 PMFrom Nevada County's Friday Memo: This year, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), received over 200 Challenge Award entries. With only two Challenge Awards presented in our population category (50,001 to 200,000), Nevada County was honored to be an award recipient for the Library Community Technology Center. Completed with 100% grant funding, the new Community Technology Center has increased citizen access to the internet and modern technology for education, recreation, and work force training needs. CSAC will present this award at an upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting. Click here to view the entire list of award recipients. With this award Nevada County has now received 9 CSAC Challenge Awards, which is more than any other county in our population range.

September 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM Updates on the Brewer Fire in Lincoln will be posted on this incident page.

September 12, 2014 at 3:48 PM Air attack is over the fire near Lincoln and estimates it at approximately 15 acres.

September 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM Fire in Lincoln is burning at a rapid rate of spread and is now at 15 acres. Still immediate threat to one structure.

September 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM Grass Valley ECC is dispatching resources, including air attack and two tankers, to a vegetation fire in the Lincoln area at Nicolaus and Canal Street. First unit on scene is reporting an immediate threat to structures. Numerous CAL FIRE and local resources converging on the incident.

September 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM The Inyo National Forest reports: There are several small fires near the base of the Conway Summit along the highway. The largest of these fires is two acres and showing fast rates of spread. Engines are on scene and a full air response is underway as well, including tankers and helicopters. Highway 395 has been closed, both northbound and southbound, for this response.

September 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM NSJ Firefighters have located a campfire, the likely source of the reported smoke.

September 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM Smoke check requested in North San Juan, near Hwy 49 and Oak Tree Road. Driver reported smoke in the roadway.

September 12, 2014 at 8:34 AM The Blotter Files - The Good Fences Make Good Neighbors Edition: A homeowner reported vandalism to his fence on Clark Street. Officers made contact with both parties involved. The complaint was regarding a neighbor installing boards onto the reporting party's fence. Officers confirmed that the boards are attached to the proper side of the fence and therefore no vandalism occurred. Both parties were admonished on ongoing neighbor issues.

September 12, 2014 at 7:50 AM High temperatures 6 to 12 degrees above normal through the weekend - some cooling next week. Hot temperatures are expected again today and Saturday with only subtle changes in the overall pattern over California. Temperatures will peak in the upper 90s to around 100 degrees across the Valley, with 70s to 90s over the mountains. These temperatures are roughly 6 to 12 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year.

September 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM Northbound lane of Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive is about to reopen, per CHP

September 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM Fire is contained at the Alta Sierra Dr./Hwy 49 accident. Only minor injuries, if any, reported. Four vehicles at the intersection, but two were from an earlier collision. Fire engines are being canceled.

September 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM Accident on Alta Sierra Drive and Hwy 49 now reported as an RV on fire, some extension to the wildland.

September 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM A slowdown due to a collision on Alta Sierra Dr / Sr49. No injuries reported.

September 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM No relief in the next few days: Temperatures 5 to 10 degrees above normal through the weekend

September 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM Expect to smell smoke tonight and tomorrow morning. Not so much from the 12-acre Walker Fire, but from the massive Happy Camp Complex. North winds have been pushing the smoke from the Klamath National Forest deep int the Sacramento Valley and the foothills.

September 10, 2014 at 4:27 PM Air resources over the Gold incident. Air attack reports the fire at approximately 2 acres, burning at a slow rate of spread.

September 10, 2014 at 4:09 PM New fire with a massive dispatch on Gold Hill Road and Oro Loma Drive in Placerville.

September 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM For full details on the Walker Fire near Camptonville, please check the Walker Incident page.

September 10, 2014 at 2:02PMThe fire is currently at 5 acres, burning at a rapid rate of spread. The location is Celestial Valley, near Camptonville. Power lines are down.

September 10, 2014 at 2:02PMTwo helicopters, air tankers and numerous ground resource are on scene of the Walker Fire, walker Ranch, Camptonville area. More details shortly.

September 10, 2014 at 1:46 PMVegetation fire on the Tahoe National Forest in the Camptonville area. Full wildland dispatch, aerial resources on scene.

September 10, 2014 at 9:55 AM Chuckle of the day, thanks to autocorrect? "Beers continue to be a major issue with fire crew safety in spike camps and along the fire line. Extensive measures are being taken not to attract beers to the food and other supplies." They meant bears :)

September 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM It's getting hot out there! Heat returns to the interior of NorCal today and continues through the weekend as strong high pressure from the eastern Pacific shifts over the region.

September 10, 2014 at 7:20 AM All engines are returning to their stations, no fire on Hwy 49 between Gold Flat and Brunswick.

September 10, 2014 at 7:17 AM Engines are in the area, reporting no fire located. Could be drift smoke from the fires in the Klamath National Forest.

September 10, 2014 at 7:12 AM Report of smoke seen coming from the embankment, westbound Hwy 49/20 between Gold Flat and Brunswick off ramps. Engines en route.

September 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM Truckee Fire Protection District: Smoke in the area from fires northwest of Truckee. Smoke in the Truckee area is drifting down from the Klamath National Forest complex of Fires approximately three hundred miles to the northwest.

Image courtesy Rebecca McCoy
Image courtesy Chris Cotton.
September 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM September 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM Meanwhile, on Sacramento Street in Nevada City, another bear waited to cross the road. Thanks to reader Rebecca McCoy for sharing.

September 9, 2014 at 1:58 PM Reader Chris Cotton shared this picture: Bear spotted on Prospect Street in Nevada City this afternoon.

September 9, 2014 at 1:56 PM Hazy skies? The Plumas National Forest has the best explanation: Smoke across the area, coming from fires in the Klamath National Forest, is being pushed by winds out of the north/northwest. As the winds change, the smoke will clear.

September 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM Overturned concrete truck on Hwy 89 near Emerald Bay. Lanes will need to be closed when tow arrives. ETO 1-2 hours.

September 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM At Least 2,651 Students in Nevada County Missing Out on School Meals. On an average school day in Nevada County, the National School Lunch Program reaches 56.999999999999993 percent of low-income public school students. An additional 1,373 low-income students could be served a free or reduced-price school lunch. Similarly, 2,651 (or 83 percent) of Nevada County's most vulnerable students miss out on the health and academic benefits of school breakfast. When students miss out on these nutrition resources, schools miss out on federal dollars. Public schools in Nevada County would receive an additional $383,000 in federal meal reimbursements if their breakfast programs served as many low-income students as their lunch programs.

September 9, 2014 at 7:50 AM Summer is returning. Dry, warm weather will continue through the weekend with near to above normal temperatures. Remember to stay hydrated this week! Pretty soon the official Summer season will end on Autumnal Equinox, September 22nd.

September 8, 2014 at 6:43 PM Firefighters are on scene of two small vegetation fires on McCourtney Road near the Clear Creek School. No threat to structures and the air tankers have been canceled. Both fires are about the size of a passenger vehicle. Engines will remain on scene for approximately 1 hour.

September 8, 2014 at 1:01 PM Response to the Airport incident has been canceled. No fire.

September 8, 2014 at 12:52 PM Report of a smoldering campfire, on Airport Road, across from West Airport Road, off Lake Vera/Purdon Road. Units en route.

September 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM From the Nevada County Peace and Justice Center: The case against the 16 Beale protestors, arrested last April for civil disobedience at Beale Air Force Base, has been DISMISSED! Therefore there will be no arraignment in Sacramento tomorrow.

Photo courtesy Bill Roush
September 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM At least the clouds made for another gorgeous sunrise, as Bill Roush's picture shows. Thanks for sharing!

September 8, 2014 at 8:04 AM Cloudy and breezy today, then heating up even more. Remnants of tropical system Norbert will bring some clouds along with a few showers and thunderstorms today to portions of the northern Sierra and neighbor foothills, mainly south of Lake Tahoe. An increase in onshore flow will cause some locally breezy conditions for the delta and mountains today. Dry and warmer weather is expected for the rest of the week.

September 7, 2014 at 10:07 PM Smoke check on and around Bitney Springs only revealed drift smoke from the Pasquale Fire. Expect to see quite a bit of drift smoke settling over the area tonight.

September 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM The fire on Loma Rica Road is contained, structure is a total loss. Mop-up operations are underway.

September 7, 2014 at 9:52 PM Powerlines are down across Loma Rica Road on the vegetation fire, PG&E will have to respond to the scene.

September 7, 2014 at 9:33 PM Report of a vegetation fire on Loma Rica Road near Stonehedge Drive. Approximately 200 by 200 spot, with one residence fully involved. Units are arriving on scene.

September 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM Smoke check in the Bitney Springs area. Engines will be out investigating.

September 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Numerous reports of smoke in the greater Nevada City area. At this time, the Pasquale Fire is the only fire, its smoke is widely visible and spreading.

September 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM The Pasquale Fire is approximately 3 acres in size. One structure (residence) is threatened. The fire is burning at a moderate rate of spread in heavy brush and timber.

September 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM Incident page for the Pasquale Fire is now here.

September 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

One additional tanker and one more helicopter on order for the Pasquale Fire.

September 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM Vegetation fire near Red Dog Road and Pasquale Road. Full wildland dispatch, air resources are overhead. Smoke is widely visible.

September 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM New fire in Yosemite, near Half Dome. Very rapid rate of spread. Meadow Fire full details here.

September 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM Traffic accident on Humbug Rd / Foresthill Rd, motorcycle accident. Emergency services on scene.

September 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM A 10' by 10' spot on Gold Lakes Rd, near Bassets in Sierra County has been fully contained. USFS units are still on scene.

September 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM Multiple vehicle collision on Hwy49 / Crestview Dr. Debris in the roadway, expect delays.

September 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM Traffic accident at SR174 / Laws Ranch Cross Rd.

September 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM Head on collision on the 13000 block of North Bloomfield. Emergency personnel is on scene, the road is blocked.

September 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM Air tankers and other aircraft flying over the area. No fire, just training.

September 5, 2014 at 8:58 PM The Western States Trail is closed from the east side of Deadwood Ridge at the well and across the canyon up to the Pacific Slab Mine. The closure is temporary as the logging on Deadwood Ridge progresses. The closure will last approximately one month. Updates will be available on the American River Ranger District phone recording.

September 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire near Crystal Springs Lane and Sweetwater Trail at Oregon House.

Full wildland response being dispatched. Unit on scene is trying to locate the fire. Air attack is now over the fire, appears to be a barbeque or a fire pit. Response is being canceled.

September 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM Fire on Washington Street in Auburn is contained. Heavy mop-up operation will be ongoing for the next 2 hours. Expect slight delays on I80.

Picture courtesy Becky Olson
September 5, 2014 at 5:50 PM Brush fire in Auburn is burning off Washington Street, burning in a westerly direction towards the railroad. Rail traffic has been shut down, some traffic control on I80. Multiple air tankers are over the fire which is reported to be holding at 1 acre.

September 5, 2014 at 5:11 PM Report of a brush fire on Maple Street in Auburn. Units en route.

September 5, 2014 at 1:21 PM Forebay incident is contained. Washington Ridge crew to arrive on scene shortly for mop-up operations. All air resources have been released and some engines are returning to their respective stations.

September 5, 2014 at 1:11 PM Air tanker has been released from the Forebay (Bear River) incident. The fire is holding at less than 1 acre.

September 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM Vegetation fire near Bear River on Lowell Hill Road, on the north side of the Bear River. Air resources and firefighters are on scene.

September 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM Dry and hot this weekend. Dry weather continuing into next week with a little above normal temperatures.

September 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM Smoke check on the Dog Bar B
ridge, on the Nevada County side, less than 100 yards upstream. Units en route.

September 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM Updated: Attempted abduction at Grass Valley School. Nevada County Superintendent of Schools has received additional information RE: this morning's incident at Scotten School:

GVSD has given us an update on the incident this AM as follows. It was a parent, who happens to be a retired Sheriff that observed the suspect this morning.

September 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM Attempted abduction at Grass Valley School. This morning at 8:45, an attempted abduction occurred at Scotten School on Squirrel Creek Road in Grass Valley.

September 4, 2014 at 9:16 AM Breezy north winds, Red Flag Warning and Hot. Breezy north winds and low humidity have prompted a Red Flag warning today for parts of northern California. These winds should drop off by this evening. Fair skies and lighter winds are expected Friday through the weekend with a little above normal temperatures.

September 4, 2014 at 8:43 AM Slow down on Spenceville Road. A dog is running in the roadway.

September 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM Railroad fire is contained. Resources are being released.

September 3, 2014 at 3:40 PM Confirmed: Grass Valley Air Attack Base/ Nevada County Airport are open again as of 3:20 pm.

September 3, 2014 at 3:38 PM Firefighters are battling a 10 acre fire off Cosumnes Mine Rd in Grizzly Flat, 7 miles south of Pollock Pines (El Dorado Co)

September 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM Numerous resources on scene at a vegetation fire on Railroad and Applegate. Additional units en route.

September 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM Vegetation fire in the Grizzley Flat area on the Eldorado National Forest. No sizeup yet.

September 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM Smoke check on Powerhouse Road, near Bear River.

September 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM Fire on New York Flat Road is a small spot, most of the response is being canceled. One engine on scene.

September 3, 2014 at 1:22 PM Report of a vegetation fire on New York Flat Road, 3 miles north Laporte Road. Full wildland response, including air resources. Grass Valley Air Base is open again. Reported as a 4 by 4 spot.

September 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM Productivity blip is over - Facebook glitch fixed.

September 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM Facebook is down - productivity worldwide is soaring.

September 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM Grass Valley Air Attack base and the airport are closed. A small airplane flipped over at the end of the runway. No injuries and the airport will reopen shortly.

September 3, 2014 at 8:39 AM Weather: Mild, dry and no change in sight.

September 3, 2014 at 1:05 AM Mobile home fire on Whiting Street is contained. Some engines will remain for mop up operations for the next hour or two.

September 3, 2014 at 1:01 AM Report of a fire in the Willow Glenn area of Dobbins, units are en route for a check. Reporting party said a red glow seen in the distance. So far, nothing showing.

September 3, 2014 at 12:51 AM Report of a residential structure fire on Whiting Street in the Wagon Ho Mobile Home Park, Grass Valley. Reportedly one room ablaze in a trailer. Units are on scene.

September 2, 2014 at 4:11 PM Pop Quiz!

Correctly identify this ridge - in Nevada County government parlance!
Name that Mystery Ridge - in Nevada County government speak!

September 2, 2014 at 11:16 AM Report of a vegetation fire near Smartsville. First unit just arrived at scene. Less than a quarter acre on the east side of the river, between Timbuktoo Road and the Yuba River. Slow rate of spread.

September 2, 2014 at 8:29 AM Regarding the explosion heard yesterday evening in Grass Valley:

September 2, 2014 at 7:09 AM Cooling trend brings normal temperatures for the week. High pressure will weaken this weak allowing temperatures to gradually cool-off. High temperatures this afternoon will once again climb toward the century mark across the northern Sacramento Valley, but valley highs the remainder of the week are expected to range from the mid-80's to mid-90's.

September 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM The helicopter flying over the greater Grass Valley area was not related to the fireworks on Mill Street. There are no reports of any other incidents at this time.

September 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM A loud explosion was heard in Grass Valley. Firefighters and police were immediately dispatched. They determined a very large firework was set off on the 400 block of Mill Street. Fire engines are returning to quarters. The responsible party for setting off the firework has not been located.

September 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM Air attack and air tankers over the Apache Fire. Helicopters are inbound to assist the numerous ground resources on site. The fire is approximately 2 miles from the Sands Fire perimeter.

September 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM New fire in Eldorado County near Mt. Aukum Road. Dubbed the Apache Fire, the fire is on Apache Pass Road. Numerous resources on site, including air resources.

September 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM Debris check for two unattended campfires on Buckeye Road and Red Dog. Units en route.

September 1, 2014 at 10:48 AM The Grass Valley Blotter Files: A couple with a tan Winnebago by the recycling center at Save Mart draining their sewer tank were cited.

A homeowner stated a friend working on his property had dumped the concrete on the roadway with the intention to fill potholes at the top of Doris Drive. A neighbor disagreed with simple dumping chunks of concrete in the road. The homeowner will have to sort out the cleanup with Public Works.

September 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM For anyone wanting to read about the weekend's fires and other happenings, here is the link to the August 2014 Happening Now story.

September 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM A few reports of drift smoke in the sky to the northwest of Nevada County. Those would be remnants from agricultural burns in the valley yesterday. As of now (9:30 am) there are no fires in Nevada, Yuba or Placer Counties.


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