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Happening Now - August 2014


By: YubaNet

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

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August 29, 2014 at 3:31 PM One unit on scene, canceling the rest of the response to the vehicle fire in Auburn.

August 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM Vehicle fire with extension to the wildland on Meadow Vista Rd / Placer Hills Rd in Auburn. Full wildland dispatch on order, including one air attack plane and one tanker.

Photo: Bill Roush
August 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM The awesome sunrise today in Foresthill, captured by reader Bill Roush.

August 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM Three vehicles involved in a collision on Pleasant Valley Rd / Lake Wildwood Dr. CHP en route.

August 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM Report of a smoldering cooking fire on Tyler Foote near Fandor Road. Units will be out investigating.

August 29, 2014 at 9:07 AM McCourtney Road is back open.

August 29, 2014 at 8:52 AM Air ambulance requested for the McCourtney accident. CalStar en route.

August 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM Single vehicle accident on McCourtney Road, between the fire station and CHP office. Firefighters are at scene, reporting one vehicle vs. a power pole. PG&E requested to come to the scene, the pole has been damaged.

Photo: Ernie Bijlsma
August 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM The remnants of tropical storm Marie made for a beautiful sunrise in Nevada County as reader Ernie Bijlsma's photo from south county shows.

August 29, 2014 at 7:03 AM Dry spell continues, temperatures near normal. Remnants of ex-tropical storm Marie moving over NORCAL this morning. Partly cloudy skies expected through tonight.

August 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM Units on scene report the vehicle about 25ft over the embankment. Patient is at a different location already. Units on scene are waiting for CHP to arrive.

August 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM Vehicle accident 1/2 mile east of Milhous on Hwy 49. NSJ medics are being dispatched.

August 28, 2014 at 8:14 AM Really good explainer: How might El Niño affect wildfires in California?

August 28, 2014 at 7:28 AM Dry weather continues, a little cooler next week. High pressure will continue to bring warm conditions across the area today, with modest cooling expected this Labor Day weekend. We're still tracking the potential for some moisture from former Hurricane Marie to move across Northern California. While most of us will see just a period of increased clouds, there may be just enough moisture to squeeze out some sprinkles south of Interstate 80 late Friday.

August 28, 2014 at 7:09 AM According to organizers, a Fatal Accident Occurs at Burning Man Event

August 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

August 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM Lanes should be clear shortly at the Bennett Street offramp.

August 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM Per CHP Grass Valley: SR 20/49 freeway blocked at SR-174. Major injury motorcycle collision. Suggest alternate routes through city of Grass Valley

August 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM Air attack is back on base in Grass Valley. No smoke visible.

August 27, 2014 at 1:24 PM Air attack is being dispatched for a smoke check, approximately 4 miles in on Stevens Trail near Colfax.

Image courtesy reader Ernie Bijlsma
August 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM Reader Ernie shares this from South Nevada County, on Placer Hills Road. The PG&E Inspector had company as he checked out the utility's power pole. Horse intensely watches utility pole, reflector maintenance.

August 27, 2014 at 7:49 AM Warm, dry and not much change Warm and dry conditions are expected for much of the next 5 days. A bit of moisture from a weakening Hurricane Marie may move over NorCal this Friday and Saturday, but should amount to little except some cloud cover and perhaps a few mountain sprinkles.

August 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM All further info on the Montezuma Fire will be posted here: http://yubanet.com/nevada/Montezuma.php

August 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM Air attack is leaving the fire, returning to Grass Valley Air Base.

August 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM No second fire, only drift smoke over the area.

August 26, 2014 at 7:56 PM Ground resources are beginning with mop-up operations. A second smoke has been reported, but air attack believes it is drift smoke from the Montezuma Fire.

August 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM Tankers are being released and are returning to Grass Valley Air Base.

August 26, 2014 at 7:42 PM Smoke is starting to dissipate, air tanker just got kudos from air attack for an excellent drop.

Incident Commander reports the Montezuma fire is contained.

August 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM Air tanker now building an indirect line also providing structure protection for nearby cabin/outbuilding. Ground resources are making progress on the structure fire and containing the extension to the wildland.

August 26, 2014 at 7:35 PM Units at scene are reporting good progress. Incident Command is requesting a dozer and a hand crew, all other units are staging. Tanker 89 is now returning to the fire. He will drop ahead of the fire, building an indirect lines as per air attack's instructions.

August 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM Units not yet on scene are staging at Blind Shady and Purdon Road.

August 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM A small spot fire is being worked by air resources. The main fire is approximately one half acre, the spot fire is under 1/4 acre.

August 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM First unit is at scene, air tankers and air attack still overhead. Tanker 89 getting ready to drop the first load.

Tanker 89 on the Montezuma Fire. Photo YobaNet
Montezuma Fire at 5:59 pm. Photo YubaNet
August 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM Air attack 230 and both tankers on scene.

August 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM Units en route to Blind Shady Road and Purdon Road/Wild Plum Road.

August 26, 2014 at 7:14 PM Smoke column is clearly visible from YubaNet HQ. Black column rising and building. The fire is a structure fire on Blind Shady Road.

August 26, 2014 at 7:09 PM Report of a vegetation fire on Montezuma Hill In North San Juan. Full wildland dispatch underway.

August 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM The Outdoor Event Ordinance will go into effect on December 1, 2014. The BOS adopted it by a 3-2 vote.

August 26, 2014 at 1:33 PM The BOS is back in session, on the agenda now: The second reading of the outdoor event ordinance.

August 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM Annual report by the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County to the BOS.

August 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM Planning staff is providing an update on the current situation of the work on the trail easements in the subdivisions in south county. As a reminder, the public easements were created and accepted at the creation of the subdivisions to preserve the historic Emmigrant Trail. All property owners were aware of the existence of the easements when they purchased their parcels. However, the subdivisions now deny access to the easements, with Sunshine Valley even denying access to county staff until their demands are being met.

August 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM As expected, Judi Caler, of Agenda 21 fame, disagrees with the BOS on sending a letter to the governor regarding the danger of wildfires. She was backed up by Norm Sauer, "Open roads, increase logging and retain the power of coordination." Jean Gerard is concerned about putting this in the hands of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. All three speakers have repeatedly shown up to complain about Agenda 21, the federal government.

Supervisor Anderson said he sees the item as a letter to the Governor asking for his attention. Supervisor Scofield agreed with Anderson. Supervisor Weston agreed, "The Governor needs to get involved, very simple." Supervisor Lamphier said this was request to the Governor to get involved. Supervisor Beason said this wasn't about the Tahoe National Forest who is doing all they can to manage their fuels. "This idea of local control.. RCRC has no control over any counties. Everybody's common goal is to put pressure on the DC headquarters of the Forest Service. There's no hidden agenda, no takeover of local control. This is not about local control, this is about local health and safety."

The BOS approved the resolution unanimously.

Photo: YubaNet
August 26, 2014 at 9:27 AM Sheriff Royal talking about the use of the Cellbrite, emphasizing his office will need a search warrant or consent to download. In case of an emergency, where a person is missing, information on a cellphone can help to define the search area, Royal said. He also said the device can be used for probation searches. The grant, described below, is to upgrade the Sheriff Office's two existing devices.

Resolution accepting the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Planning, 2014 Justice Assistance Grant, in the amount of $12,213, to be used to partially fund the purchase of two capital assets (Cellebrite devices), and directing the Auditor-Controller to amend the Sheriff’s Office Fiscal Year 2014/15 budget. (4/5 affirmative vote required.) The vote was unanimous to approve the grant.

Photo: YubaNet
August 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM Nevada County BOS is in session. The board just proclaimed September 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2014 as the "Roamin Angels-Cruisin' the Pines Car Show Weekend."

August 26, 2014 at 6:53 AM NSJ firefighters on scene can handle the vehicle accident.

August 26, 2014 at 6:42 AM Vehicle accident at Petersons Corner, Hwy 49 and Pleasant Valley Road. North San Juan Fire is being dispatched.

August 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM Report of a vegetation fire by the playground in Pioneer Park. Possibly a debris pile on fire. Units en route.

August 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM Another car fire, but this one got into the vegetation. I 80 westbound at Dutch Flat. Units en route.

August 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM Units are on scene on I 80. Incident is taken care of, units returning to their stations.

August 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM Vehicle fire on eastbound I 80, between the Hwy 20 turnoff and Drum Forebay. Units en route.

Photo courtesy CA Natl. Guard
August 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM Happening Now at the South Lake Tahoe airport. C130 from 146AW (California National Guard) helping simulate a plane crash for mass casualty exercise.

August 25, 2014 at 9:47 AM Warming trend starting tomorrow. A weather system dropping southward into the Great Basin from the Pacific Northwest may bring a few showers and thunderstorms to the northern Sierra and Mt Lassen area today, and it will help to moderate temperatures across the region. High pressure begins to rebuild Tuesday leading to a warming trend through the remainder of the week.

August 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM The Grass Valley Blotter Files: Reporting party requested contact by an officer regarding issues in his life. Reporting party states he knows who he is and that he created earth. Reporting party states he is not under the influence and does not want to hurt other people. Reporting party made no sense and was advised to stop using narcotics and go to bed.

August 24, 2014 at 6:06 PM Ground resources and air attack are unable to locate smoke, or a fire, in the Cape Horn area.

August 24, 2014 at 5:57 PM Pickup truck engine fire on Willow Valley Road. Units en route.

August 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM Units being dispatched to a smoke check near Cape Horn East and the railroad tracks in Colfax. Report of intermittent grey smoke.

August 24, 2014 at 1:03 PM Vehicle vs bicycle on Pleasant Valley Road.

August 24, 2014 at 8:27 AM All units have returned to their stations. No fire in Wildwood West.

August 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM Units are still looking for the reported smoke column. Some units are staging on Pleasant Valley Road for now.

August 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM Report of a vegetation fire in the Lake Wildwood, Wildwood West Drive area. Units are being dispatched. Single report of a column of grey smoke building.

August 24, 2014 at 7:09 AM Did you feel the M 6.0 earthquake near Napa? Let us know.

August 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM Fair skies and near to a little below normal temperatures through the weekend. Expect temperatures to heat up again by Tuesday.

August 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM Units on scene of the Rough incident are requesting a Prevention Officer to come to the incident.

August 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM Ground resources are at scene of the Rough fire. Reporting the fire as contained. All resources still en route are being canceled.

August 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM Vegetation fire on Rough and Ready Highway across of Ridge Road, full wildland dispatch being sent.

August 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM Friday Dump (reporter term for agencies releasing news late on a Friday in hopes nobody will (dis)cover it or they'll get lost over the weekend): NID Begins Planning for a New Reservoir

August 22, 2014 at 1:33 PM Commercial vehicle fire on Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge. Units en route.

August 22, 2014 at 7:59 AM Mild weekend ahead, heating up again by midweek. High pressure moving inland over the west coast will bring warming to near or a little above normal Tuesday through Friday.

August 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM
August 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM PG&E is working on restoring power to the remaining 1,868 customers near Combie. Over 1,300 customers have already been restored.

August 21, 2014 at 3:47 PM PG&E reports 3,213 customers without power due to the vehicle vs pole accident on Combie. Estimated time of restoration is 6:30 pm. Per CHP Grass Valley: 1 lane of Combie Rd open. Traffic is beginning to move slowly. Expect major traffic impacts for several hours.

August 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM CHP Grass Valley: A vehicle vs. utility-pole collision has Combie Rd blocked east of SR-49. Live power-lines are down in the roadway. We are currently waiting for PG&E to shut off the power and then we will be able to open up at least 1-2 lanes of traffic.

August 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM Power lines down on Combie Road and Higgins, firefighters are being dispatched.

August 21, 2014 at 8:50 AM Westbound lanes blocked on Magnolia Rd / Kingston Ln. A minivan broke down.

August 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM Daytime high temperatures a little below normal through the weekend. A weak trough over the Western U.S and an onshore flow pattern will keep daytime high temperatures a little below normal through the weekend. Overnight lows will be near to a little below normal for the season.

August 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM Sad news. Body Found in Kings Canyon National Park

August 20, 2014 at 5:25 PM Caltrans update: I-80 WB in Auburn to Hwy 49 Grass Valley roadway clear.

August 20, 2014 at 3:31 PM Stonewall Fire is contained, crews will remain on site for 3-4 hours for mop-up operations. Air tankers have been released from the incident.

August 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM Incident commander reports great progress being made on the Stonewall Fire.

August 20, 2014 at 2:55 PM Crews are starting to make good progress, an ambulance is en route for one patient with minor burns on the fire.

August 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM Dozer has arrived at the Stonewall Fire.


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