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Happening Now - July 2015


By: YubaNet

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

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July 5, 2015 at 9:28 AM A 72-year old woman was found unconscious behind a bush at St. Patrick's Church. Medics responded with law enforcement and she was flown by air ambulance to a trauma center. Update to follow shortly.

July 5, 2015 at 8:15 AM Gradual cooling over the next few days - thunderstorms likely. Gradual cooling next few days along with daily afternoon and evening thunderstorms mainly over the mountains. Thunderstorm coverage may increase over the mountains, Northern Sac Valley and surrounding Foothills on Tuesday and Wednesday as an upper low over the eastern pacific moves towards the CA coast.

July 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM Dense fog advisory for the Truckee area. Dense fog will persist around Truckee through 830 am this morning. Visibility will be reduced to less than 1/2 mile for much of this time. Travel on Interstate 80, Highway 89 and Highway 267 could be hazardous around Truckee and in the Martis Valley. Travelers should allow extra and slow down in areas of dense fog this morning.

July 4, 2015 at 10:33 PM Solo motorcycle accident, Hwy 49 North of Newtown Rd. Per Nevada County Fire JOA Air Ambulance ordered to the Rood Center for a trauma patient, use caution in the area.

July 4, 2015 at 10:26 PM Possible vehicle accident, heard only, at Hwy49 / Cedarsong Rd. Emergency services en route.

July 4, 2015 at 7:34 PM Some reports of people "playing" with fireworks. NO fireworks allowed in the unincorporated areas of Nevada County, public lands or Grass Valley. Please report anyone shooting fireworks by calling 911 - the fire danger is already high enough. More fires are reported in the U.S. on July 4th than any other day. More than half of them are caused by fireworks.

July 4, 2015 at 7:18 PM Report of someone playing with fireworks on Hwy 20 past the Old 5-Mile House. Units en route to educate the person...

July 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM Fireworks at the Nevada County Fairgrounds are scheduled to proceed. No cancellation, contrary to some rumors flying around on social media.

July 4, 2015 at 6:48 PM Fireworks are not fun for your pets. Please keep them safe!

July 4, 2015 at 5:37 PM National Weather Service Medford has upgraded their fire weather watch to a Red Flag Warning. Abundant lightning is predicted in northern California and southern Oregon. The Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1700 today through 0500 Sunday

July 4, 2015 at 2:40 PM Vehicle into a power pole on Hwy 49 near Allison Ranch Road, just south of LaBarr Meadows. Emergency service en route.

July 4, 2015 at 12:09 PM Units at scene on the Allison incident can handle.

July 4, 2015 at 12:07 PM Reported by a PG&E person, the fire on Alison Ranch Road was reported as an old burnpile, burning onto the grass now - one person trying to put the fire out.

July 4, 2015 at 12:04 PM Vegetation Fire on the 12000 block of Allison Ranch Road, reported as an escaped burn pile. Units en route.

July 4, 2015 at 10:44 AM Thunderstorms today near the crest from around Lassen Park southward. Thunderstorms are expected to develop again today over the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada and Lassen Park area. People enjoying the outdoors this Fourth of July will need to be alert if thunderstorms approach. Boaters should seek the shelter of safe harbor. If camping in low lying spots near creeks and rivers people should be ready to move to higher ground should heavy rain develop and a storm lingers over your location for an extended period of time. After 6 pm this evening most of the activity is expected to start to drift to the east side of the crest and the threat level will be reduced.

July 4, 2015 at 10:38 AM NWS Reno: Thunderstorms over Lake Tahoe. Get off the lake!

July 4, 2015 at 10:16 AM The Ranch Fire south of Shingle Springs (El Dorado County) is now 35 acres & 75% contained.

July 4, 2015 at 9:15 AM Good reminder from Nevada County Fire JOA: Happy 4th of July! Remember fireworks of any kind including Safe and Sane Fireworks are illegal to use, discharge, or possess within the unincorporated areas of Nevada County and the City of Grass Valley. It is a misdemeanor offense. They are allowed to be used in certain areas within the city limits of Nevada City. Have a safe and fun 4th!

July 4, 2015 at 9:13 AM Daily afternoon thunderstorms mainly over the mountains continue. California remains between high pressure centered over the Four Corners area and low pressure off the coast. Very moist monsoonal moisture continues to move northward. Any strong storms that may form will likely contain very heavy rainfall and hail. Thunderstorms may start as early as around 11 am this morning near the crest but will become more likely during the afternoon hours. The flow is southeast this morning but shifts to the south to southwest for the afternoon so expect storms to stay near the crest today. Concern today will be with any strong storms that form and potential for flash flooding.

July 3, 2015 at 8:07 PM The planes circling over the Yuba and Nevada City are not air tankers or air attack planes. They are training for tomorrow's overfly of the Independence Day festivities.

July 3, 2015 at 7:13 PM One new fire was discovered in the Beckwourth Lightning Complex (Plumas Natinal Forest) today and was quickly contained. Wetter thunderstorms moved over the area allowing firefighters a day to focus on the handful of fires that remain in patrol status. Over 30 lightning fires have been discovered since last Saturday as a result of multiple days of severe thunderstorms on the eastern portion of the Plumas National Forest. With the amount of lightning strikes received during these thunderstorms, new fire starts in the complex remain a possibility. Prepositioned firefighters are ready to respond to any new fires. Thunderstorms are forecasted through next week.

July 3, 2015 at 3:33 PM Accident on the 16000 block of Tyler Foote Rd in North San Juan. One lane partially blocked, use caution in the area.

July 3, 2015 at 3:19 PM Significant weather advisory. Sierra City, Downieville, Alleghany, Gibsonville, Bassetts and La Porte.

Locally heavy rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may lead to ponding of water on roadways.

Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 15 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

July 3, 2015 at 3:07 PM The Ranch Fire, south of Shingle Springs in El Dorado County is now 35 acres & 50% contained.

July 3, 2015 at 3:05 PM North San Juan update: Oak Tree Road fire last night knocked out a main fiberoptic cable for the Ridge. AT&T's web site says service restoration by 11:00pm, Tuesday, July 7th.

No phone service at fire department. Credit card system down at Sierra Super Stop in North San Juan. We have to send trucks to town to purchase fuel. Cash only transactions.

July 3, 2015 at 12:24 PM RanchFire south of Shingle Springs (El Dorado County) is now 30 acres & 20% contained. Forward spread stopped.

July 3, 2015 at 10:57 AM The Tahoe National Forest log lists 10 fires, mostly on the Sierraville District. Air Attack 17 is on the east side, assigning resources.

July 3, 2015 at 10:54 AM New start near Shingle Springs in El Dorado County on Big Canyon Road. Dubbed the Nielsen Fire, the fire has two tankers and one helicopter assigned, with ground resources. Incident Commander reports they can handle with resources on scene, the fire is approximately 6-8 acres.

July 3, 2015 at 9:59 AM The lightning maps have been published, the images tell the story of the expected activity today. Lightning maps: 2,888 lightning strikes on Thursday

July 3, 2015 at 8:53 AM Air Attack 17 is off the Grass Valley Air Base and en route to the east side of the Tahoe National Forest for a reconnaissance flight.

July 3, 2015 at 8:32 AM Numerous lightning-caused fires, all very small, on the Tahoe and Plumas National Forests. So far over a dozen starts. Firefighters are driving, hiking and flying in to all incidents.

July 3, 2015 at 8:19 AM Thunderstroms and showers a possibility, otherwise hot and muggy. A little above normal temperatures will slowly cool to near normal by the middle of next week as high pressure over the Southwest U.S. slowly gives way to a offshore low pressure system. Isolated mountain showers or thunderstorms will remain a possibility over the mountains mainly afternoon and evening hours through the coming week.

July 3, 2015 at 7:49 AM Firefighters are out checking for possible fires from yesterday's lightning event. Aerial patrols will join them shortly.

Photos: Eva Marie Nau
July 3, 2015 at 7:12 AM An amazing sequence from last night's lightning storm. Thanks Eva Marie Nau for sharing!

July 3, 2015 at 12:03 AM Both Washington Ridge crews are expected to work until 3 or 4 am to completely contain the fire at Bridgeport. No other active fires in the area, for now. Firefighters are still patrolling all throughout the area.

July 2, 2015 at 10:52 PM The fire is about 1/2 mile from Bridgeport. Two hand crews will be working through the night to contain the fire. Most engines and dozers are being released.

July 2, 2015 at 10:50 PM Several units are being released from the Bridgeport incident. The fire is a 100 by 50 spot in very steep terrain.

July 2, 2015 at 10:00 PM Another possible vegetation fire in the Edwards Crossing area near Silverthorne Lane on the North San Juan side of the South Yuba.

July 2, 2015 at 9:54 PM The fire is on the North San Juan side of the river, first unit has arrived at scene and is trying to make access to the fire.

July 2, 2015 at 9:52 PM Washington Ridge crews are staging at Hwy 49 and Coyote Street for the Bridgeport fire. Rough%Ready Fire is covering the Penn Valley area.

July 2, 2015 at 9:47 PM Unknown at this point if the fire at Bridgeport is on the Penn Valley or North San Juan side of the river. Units are still en route.

July 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM Vegetation fire near the State Park Office at Bridgeport, reported by a 911 dropped call. Numerous engines, crews, water tenders and dozers en route. Be careful on Pleasant Valley Road!

July 2, 2015 at 9:26 PM Final acreage on the Brownsville Fire: 1 acres. Oak Fire in North San Juan: 0.3 acres. Antelope (Lincon area) 13.1 acres. Buckaroo in El Dorado County: 25 acres and 35% contained.

Photo courtesy NSJFD
Photo courtesy NSJFD
July 2, 2015 at 8:14 PM Firefighters on the Oak Fire are moving engines and equipment off Oak Tree Road. Once the fire apparatus is moved, CHP will reopen the roadway.

July 2, 2015 at 7:38 PM NWS Reno: Continuous intense lightning between Hallelujah Junction and Sierraville. Get indoors now!

July 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM Oak Tree Rd is closed on the North San Juan side for another 2 hours due to the Oak Fire. Use Tyler Foote as a detour.

July 2, 2015 at 7:22 PM Strong thunderstorm near Sierraville, heading west.

Photo courtesy Tricia Quinn Edmondson
Photo courtesy Tricia Quinn Edmondson
July 2, 2015 at 7:04 PM PG&E and AT&T are still on scene, most resources are being released from the Oak Fire. Thanks to Tricia Quinn Edmondson for the photos and an update on the home: The firefighters saved it!

July 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM Oak Fire is contained but firefighters are still picking up small spots outside the line. Please avoid Oak Tree, hampering emergency traffic to go look at a fire is not productive!

July 2, 2015 at 6:43 PM Fire in Lincoln area, off Antelope Road, grass fire bumping on a truck recycling plant and a Pick&Pull business. Sac Metro, Placer County Fire and CAL FIRE on scene. Originally reported as 4 acres.

July 2, 2015 at 6:35 PM Mop-up ongoing at the Brownsville Fire.

July 2, 2015 at 6:23 PM Road closure for the Oak Fire confirmed: Oak Tree Rd at Cherokee St.

July 2, 2015 at 6:20 PM Good progress: One handcrew and one additional engine needed at the Oak Fire, all other resources still en route are being canceled.

July 2, 2015 at 6:16 PM Tanker is being released from the Oak Fire. The dozer will be staging up by the school. Good progress is being made, no spot fires visible.

July 2, 2015 at 6:12 PM Helicopter 514 is on the Oak incident. Tanker is in orbit. Oak tree Road will be closed to traffic.

July 2, 2015 at 6:08 PM Air attack is reporting the Oak Fire at approximately 1 acre, some spotting is occurring.

July 2, 2015 at 6:02 PM Air tanker is dropping ahead of the fire to slow the progression. Ground units are actively fighting the fire, with an electrical hazard (power lines down). Please avoid the Oak Tree area, watch for fire equipment.

July 2, 2015 at 5:57 PM Washington Ridge crew on order, two air tankers on order, Air Attack will divert from the Brownsville incident to the Oak Fire.

July 2, 2015 at 5:55 PM One shed is fully involved and one mobile home trailer near the shed is also involved. Power lines are down at the Oak Fire.

July 2, 2015 at 5:50 PM Buckaroo fire in El Dorado County, info will be posted here: Buckaroo

July 2, 2015 at 5:49 PM Structure fire with extension to the vegetation reported in North San Juan on Oak Tree Lane.

July 2, 2015 at 5:29 PM Multiple lightning-caused starts in the Diamond Springs area of El Dorado County. Biggest incident is the Buckaroo Fire near Bucks Bar Canyon.

July 2, 2015 at 5:24 PM The Brownsville Fire is holding at 1 acre, structures are not at risk.

The Buckaroo Fire in the Bucks Bar canyon. Picture courtesy Penny Tank Brown
July 2, 2015 at 5:21 PM Possible lightning-caused fire near SandRidge Road in Placerville in El Dorado County. Fire is in the Bucks Canyon, very visible from Oakhill Road. Numerous engines on scene, air resources overhead.

July 2, 2015 at 5:17 PM The fire is backing down into a canyon, approximately 1/2 acre. Burning at a slow rate of spread in grass, with timber overstory. Tankers are responding from Chico and Redding. Helicopter 514 is en route from Whitecloud.

July 2, 2015 at 5:14 PM Best access for engines responding to the Brownsville Fire will be off LaPorte Road on Glenn Lane.

July 2, 2015 at 5:13 PM First unit is approaching the area and confirms smoke is showing.

July 2, 2015 at 5:07 PM Reported vegetation fire near the Brownsville Airport on 8404 LaPorte Road. CAL FIRE and US Forest Service engines and aircraft en route.

July 2, 2015 at 5:03 PM Smoke report from Oregon Peak, approximately 8 miles from the lookout in a northwestern direction. Pike County lookout has no fix on the smoke yet.

July 2, 2015 at 3:22 PM Anybody missing six heads of cattle in the North San Juan area? The bovines have taken up residency under a large oak tree on Oak Tree Road, near to Blue Sage. Described as some brown, some black, and all sporting really long horns.

July 2, 2015 at 2:44 PM Large portions of Colfax have just lost power after a transformer caught on fire. Emergency services are en route to check for the fire and PG&E is being contacted.

July 2, 2015 at 9:24 AM First unit has arrived on scene at the Banner incident. Residents have attempted to extinguish the fire. Resources on scene now will be sufficient, all engines staging in the area are being cancelled.

July 2, 2015 at 9:17 AM Report of a vegetation fire on Banner Mountain Trail in Nevada City. Reported as a pile of stacked wood on fire. Numerous engines en route.

July 2, 2015 at 7:47 AM Today, GVFD and NCCFD will be assisting with another day at Kids Fire Camp! Expect to see helicopter Reach 7 in the sky over Grass Valley (Station 2) this morning for a demonstration.

July 2, 2015 at 7:34 AM Hot weather continues, thunderstorms likely. Hot weather continues over the Northern Sacramento Valley today although a few degrees of cooling are likely. Mountain thunderstorms are possible each afternoon and evening through the weekend with the possibility of a stray shower or two in the valley this morning and tonight. Cooler temperatures over the weekend and next week but remaining above normal. Decreasing chances of mountain thunderstorms next week as upper ridge shifts eastward.

July 2, 2015 at 7:08 AM Please, for all our safety remember this.

July 1, 2015 at 9:48 PM CHP now lists the accident on Back Bone Rd / Cruzon Grade Rd as a DUI traffic collision.

July 1, 2015 at 8::00 PM North San Juan Fire and CHP on the acne of an accident Back Bone Rd / Cruzon Grade. Air ambulance requested.

July 1, 2015 at 5:18 PM Updates on the fire in Butte County will be listed here: Webb Fire.

July 1, 2015 at 4:34 PM First unit at scene reports no fire, alarm activation only.

July 1, 2015 at 4:30 PM Commercial fire alarm sounding in the Whispering Pines commercial area in Grass Valley. Numerous engines en route, watch for traffic on Idaho-Maryland Road.

July 1, 2015 at 3:44 PM Webb Fire update: Fire holding at 20 acres. Air and ground crews continue to work on containment.

July 1, 2015 at 3:28 PM Webb Fire in Butte County: Copter 205 dropping firefighters. 4 tankers and 2 helicopters supporting ground crews.

July 1, 2015 at 3:13 PM CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire released this Webb Fire Update: 10 acres aircraft and ground resources working on containment, hampered by spot fires.

July 1, 2015 at 2:54 PM NWS Sacramento: Continued Heat and Fire Concerns This Week. High pressure strengthens over Northern CA. Hottest temperatures will be this afternoon through Thursday. The cumulative effects of prolonged heat (i.e. potential for heat illness) will peak this afternoon and Thursday. Cloud cover and increasing Delta Breeze may lead to slight cooling on Thursday for some areas. Enhanced thunderstorm potential possible on Thursday and Friday as increasing monsoonal moisture spreads into NorCal, primarily over mountains, but possibly into portions of the Valley. In addition to heat impacts, there is high concern for fire danger due to very dry fuels and fire starts due to lightning or fireworks. Heavy downpours are possible in any thunderstorm that forms which could lead to debris flows near current fires and burn scars.

July 1, 2015 at 2:37 PM Butte County: 2 vegetation fires on LaPorte Rd. The first fire at Gold Pan Ct. has been contained to 1/4 acre. The second fire named the Webb Fire is 5 acres, additional air and ground resources ordered.

July 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM The aircraft flying over Nevada County are returning from a fire in Butte County. There is no fire in Nevada County at this time.

July 1, 2015 at 12:59 PM Trucks parked in a blind curve at Pleasant Valley Rd / Bridgeport Parking North Side of the South Yuba. Use caution in the area.

July 1, 2015 at 11:53 AM Full details on the missing kid: Missing 6-year old boy from Nevada City

July 1, 2015 at 11:17 AM Per CHP Grass Valley: SR-49 at La Barr Meadows is open and beginning to flow steadily again; The collision has been cleared.

July 1, 2015 at 10:27 AM Multi-car accident on Hwy 49, NB #1 and left turn just south of La Barr Meadows are closed. Expect delays.

July 1, 2015 at 9:57 AM Nevada County Sheriff's Office still sorting out the situation with the possibly missing child. Please be patient as facts are being gathered.

July 1, 2015 at 9:37 AM Missing 6-year old boy from Nevada City. Update shortly, per Nevada County Sheriff. They are working on additional details.

July 1, 2015 at 8:47 AM A notice from API-Marketing in Auburn: As you may be aware of API-Marketing is within the outage area caused by the organized perpetrators who cut cables in the San Francisco Bay area. These fiber-optic lines have been under repair since 4 am yesterday. This morning we still are without phones and internet. We do have a dedicated fax line that can receive calls. If you need to get a hold of use 530-885-6517 which is our normal fax line. You can also e-mail me off our normal grid at mrapim@gmail.com. Indicate who they go to and I will forward them to the correct person. Everyone in our area is facing this outage.
We will be up soon and we are continuing to work on your projects. We will follow up with another e-mail as soon as we are up and running.
Thank you for your understanding.
Brad Weston

July 1, 2015 at 7:49 AM Cal ISO has issued another FlexAlert for today. Here are some energy-saving tips from their website:

For the Home:

Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher when home and turn it off when away.
Keep the refrigerator full (with bottles of water if nothing else) and unplug that second unit.
Switch off the lights when you leave a room.
Avoid using appliances during peak hours of late afternoon and evening, 4-6 p.m. being most critical.
Reset your pool pump to run during off peak hours.

For the Office:

Turn off the computer monitor when you're away from your desk (it's the biggest power drain on your computer system).
Turn off the lights and computers in empty offices.
Switch off the coffee maker at 10 a.m., leave a full pot and reheat individual mugs in the microwave.
Leave half of the room's overhead lighting off -- it's a double savings, less light also means less heat so your air conditioner gets a break.
Check that office thermostats are set at 78 degrees or higher during the day and off in the evenings and weekends.

July 1, 2015 at 7:09 AM Yesterday, the hot spot in Nevada County was Lake Wildwood, a local weather station recorded 107 F at 4:18 pm. For Placer County, Roseville topped the charts with 112 F at 5:25 pm. Even higher temperatures expected today. Hydrate!

July 1, 2015 at 6:50 AM Excessive Heat Warning until Friday. Very hot weather continues across the region this week. Sierra thunderstorms spreading to the northern mountains Thursday and Friday and over the weekend with sprinkles possible in the valley Thursday night. Sierra showers decreasing next week. Cooler temperatures over the weekend and next week but remaining above normal.


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