Happening Now – September 2019

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? Storm-related mishaps like downed trees, power lines, road or other flooding? Email us at [email protected] or call 530-478-9600 to let us know. You can also text us reports to 530-409-9888, but please don’t text or call while driving.

September 19, 2019 at 9:42 AM El Dorado National Forest crews are burning today on the Georgetown District’s Pompeii Project. This project is 1.5 miles east of Stumpy meadows Reservoir along Wentworth Springs Rd.

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September 19, 2019 at 9:02 AM Smoke from the slash pile on La Barr Meadows continues to be visible on the cameras. There is no need to report the smoke, the fire is being monitored.

September 19, 2019 at 7:38 AM Dry and mild weather returns, gusty winds possible next Monday.

September 18, 2019 at 9:32 PM Tree across both lanes on Frenchtown Road at New York House Road.

September 18, 2019 at 9:24 PM Outage in the Dobbins/Frenchtown area has been reduced to 271 customers.

September 18, 2019 at 9:00 PM Report of  159 homes without power between Jones Bar Road and Barbario Lane between Newtown and French Corral.

PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. Estimated time of restoration is 11:45 pm.

September 18, 2019 at 8:45 PM Very heavy rain and lightning over Penn Valley, North San Juan and Nevada City area of Nevada County.

Stay indoors and off the roads if possible.

 

 

September 18, 2019 at 8:43 PM 23 homes out of power on Lost Ranch Way near Jones Bar Road.

September 18, 2019 at 8:38 PM 515 PG&E customers out of power in the Dobbins and Frenchtown area.

PG&E assessment crew is en route to the outage. Estimated time of restoration is 11:45 pm today.

September 18, 2019 at 8:15 PM

Lightning over YubaNet HQ.

Heavy rain and lightning in the western Nevada County

September 18, 2019 at 8:45 PM ery heavy rain and lightning over Penn Valley, North San Juan and Nevada City area of Nevada County. Stay indoors and off the roads if possible.

Posted by YubaNet on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019 at 7:32 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for:

Southwestern Plumas County in northern California.
Eastern Butte County in northern California.
West central Sierra County in northern California.
Northeastern Yuba County in central California.

* Until 1030 PM PDT.

* At 729 PM PDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include: Paradise, Brush Creek Rs, Pulga, Palermo, Stirling City, Hurleton, Storrie, American House, Stanfield Hill, Dobbins, Brownsville, Oroville East, Caribou, Concow, Challenge, Bangor, La Porte, Forbestown and Camptonville.

September 18, 2019 at 3:42 PM Westbound I-80 near Donner Lake interchange is all clear again.

September 18, 2019 at 1:03 PM

September 18, 2019 at 12:55 PM Hwy 49 is fully open again, traffic is flowing normally.

September 18, 2019 at 12:15 PM The accident on Hwy 49 near Cherry Creek is now reported as a major injury accident. Per Caltrans: In Nevada County, Hwy 49 has the southbound and northbound traffic lanes reduced at Cherry Creek Road due to a crash. There’s no estimated time of clearing. A detour is not provided.

September 18, 2019 at 11:34 AM Accident on Hwy 49 near Cherry Creek Road just south of Lime Kiln Road. Three vehicles involved, Emergency services on scene, traffic is backing up. Use an alternate route of possible.

September 18, 2019 at 7:19 AM Smoke continues to be visible from the slash pile fire on La Barr Meadows Road in Grass Valley. The fire is being monitored, there is no need to report the smoke.

September 18, 2019 at 6:44 AM Wet Wednesday with thunderstorms possible later this afternoon. Give yourself extra time for the morning and afternoon commute on Wednesday. Thunderstorms are possible on Wednesday afternoon and evening. The best potential is in the mountains and foothills north of I80. Storms could produce locally heavy rainfall, small hail, and lightning.

September 17, 2019 at 2:45 PM Thorough area check made, no fire located on Ridge Road or Rough&Ready Hwy.

September 17, 2019 at 2:35 PM Reported vegetation fire on Ridge Road near Rough&Ready Hwy, in Grass Valley. Reported as a small fire. Numerous engines en route and on scene.

September 17, 2019 at 11:43 AM Yesterday’s rain came with 273 lightning strikes. Much-needed rain fell throughout Northern California yesterday. The precipitation did by no means end peak fire season and was accompanied by at times severe thunderstorms.

September 17, 2019 at 11:39 AM Due to current conditions, the Tahoe National Forest will be conducting prescribed fire activities today south of Highway 20 and adjacent to the Omega Rest Area and the Pioneer Trail Head. The Omega Rest Area and Pioneer Trail Head will remain open.

September 17, 2019 at 10:49 AM Contractor slash pile catches fire overnight on La Barr Meadows – photo gallery and video

September 17, 2019 at 10:39 AM Correction to this morning’s report: The fire is not at the county’s new yard construction site, but on an adjacent property accessed through the same road.

September 17, 2019 at 8:20 AM Overturned vehicle after an accident on You Bet Road near Red Dog Road. Emergency services on scene.

September 17, 2019 at 7:59 AM LaBarr incident update: As the sun hits the burning pile, smoke production will intensify. The construction site has resources assigned al day, no need to report the smoke visible from Grass Valley, Hwy 49 and surrounding areas.

September 17, 2019 at 6:56 AM Drying out and warming up today, a little more precip possible tonight and Wednesday. A modest warm up is expected today with mostly sunny skies. However, highs will remain 6 to 12 degrees below average. Another Pacific system moving in late Tuesday night into Wednesday will spread showers and a few thunderstorms to the region.

September 17, 2019 at 6:40 AM Smoke visible in the La Barr Meadows area is from a slash pile on the construction site of the the county yard that ignited overnight. Firefighters sectioned off a 20 by 20 portion of the pile, smoke will be seen throughout the day. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Resources will be monitoring the pile throughout the day, there is no need to report it.

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September 16, 2019 at 6:06 PM Power has been restored to Morgan Ranch, thanks to reader Cicely for the update.

September 16, 2019 at 5:20 PM A strong thunderstorm will affect west central El Dorado, southwestern Placer and southwestern Nevada counties.

At 517 PM PDT, a strong thunderstorm was located near Newcastle, or near Auburn, moving southeast at 15 mph.

Winds in excess of 30 mph and up to half inch hail are possible with this storm along with heavy rain.

Locations impacted include: Auburn, North Auburn, Pilot Hill, Cool, Newcastle, Granite Bay and Meadow Vista.

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

September 16, 2019 at 4:36 PM Power outage in Morgan Ranch, Grass Valley. 178 homes without power. PG&E crew en route, estimated time of restoration is 7:15 pm.

September 16, 2019 at 3:46 PM A strong thunderstorm will affect southeastern Sutter, west central Placer, southwestern Yuba and southwestern Nevada Counties.

At 345 PM PDT, a strong thunderstorm was located over Beale AFB, or 14 miles east of Marysville, moving south southeast at 15 mph.

Half inch hail is possible with this storm and heavy rain.
Locations impacted include: Lincoln, Lake Of The Pines, Sheridan, Beale AFB, Olivehurst, Applegate, Linda, Wheatland, Meadow Vista and Higgins Corner.

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

September 16, 2019 at 3:34 PM Vehicle over the embankment on Hwy 49 near Reader Ranch. Traffic control needed to safely bring the car up.

September 16, 2019 at 3:12 PM Hammonton Smartsville Road near Thousand Oaks Lane remains closed after a solo vehicle accident and a power pole down in the roadway

September 16, 2019 at 3:05 PM A strong thunderstorm will affect west central Placer, south central Yuba And Southwestern Nevada Counties.

At 302 PM PDT, a strong thunderstorm was located over Smartville, or 13 miles east of Marysville, moving southeast at 10 mph.

Pea size hail is possible with this storm along with heavy rain.

Locations impacted include: Lake Wildwood, Browns Valley, Hammonton, Smartville, Beale AFB, Timbuctoo, North Auburn, Wheatland and Penn Valley.

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

September 16, 2019 at 1:47 PM A strong thunderstorm will affect south central Butte, central Yuba and west central Nevada Counties through 2:15 PM

At 136 PM PDT, a strong thunderstorm was located near Loma Rico and Browns Valley with little movement.

The public has reported a funnel cloud with the cell near Loma Rica and another cell has developed just to its southwest closer to Browns Valley which may also produce a funnel cloud.

The funnel is not expected to touch down as the cells are quickly dissipating. But persons in the area should be alert for that possibility.

September 16, 2019 at 12:17 PM First snow on Donner Summit and as low as Soda Springs, according to Caltrans.

Please slow down for the weather conditions while driving in the Sierra today. Yes, it’s only September 16 and it won’t last, but for now please be careful!

September 16, 2019 at 11:30 AM

September 16, 2019 at 10:38 AM Possible blue green algae bloom in holding pond above Combie Reservoir

September 16, 2019 at 9:24 AM Power lines down on Royal Oaks Place near Heavenly Place behind the Clear Creek Elementary School. Fire and PG&E on scene.

September 16, 2019 at 9:03 AM 70 customers out of power from Crestview Drive to Smith Drive south of Grass Valley. PG&E crews en route.

September 16, 2019 at 8:55 AM Roadway flooding on Hwy 49 at the Idaho-Maryland ramp. Reduce your speed and leave extra distance between cars.

September 16, 2019 at 8:42 AM PSA (and it’s the law) If your car’s windshield wipers are going, headlights need to be on.

September 16, 2019 at 8:27 AM Power outage for 114 customers in the Rackerby Area.

Estimated time of restoration is 11:15 am. PG^E crew is en route to the outage.

September 16, 2019 at 8:17 AM Power has been restored on Woodlake Road.

September 16, 2019 at 8:13 AM Power outage affecting 75 homes in the Woodlake Road area off McCourtney Road, estimated time of restoration is 11:15 am. PG&E crew en route.

September 16, 2019 at 7:56 AM Rain!

September 16, 2019 at 7:54 AM All units have been released from the Fruitland Fire.

September 16, 2019 at 6:50 AM Caltrans: I-80 westbound is closed near Secret Town, diverting to Magra Road. I-80 westbound remains blocked, one lane will reopen in approximately 30 minutes. There is 200 feet of emergency guardrail repair to be done due to a big rig crash.

September 16, 2019 at 5:49 AM Fruitland IC reports forward progress of the fires has been stopped. One Washington Ridge crew to continue in, other incoming resources can cancel.

September 16, 2019 at 5:34 AM Rain and thunderstorms possible today, unsettled weather week to follow. Be prepared for longer commute times and slick roads. Thunderstorms are also possible for much of interior NorCal.

September 16, 2019 at 5:29 AM Fruitland IC reports the fires are approximately 1 acre each, transitioning into heavier fuels. Requesting additional engines and dozer. The fires have limited potential for growth at this time.

September 16, 2019 at 5:16 AM Firefighters are working two small fires, 1/2 acre each, on the 3800 block of Fruitland Road near Loma Rica Road.

September 15, 2019 at 11:07 PM Small spot only, behind the mobile home park. One engine to continue in, all others can cancel.

September 15, 2019 at 11:03 PM First unit has made contact with the reporting party, it appears to be a possibly extinguished fire. Engines to continue in.

September 15, 2019 at 10:58 PM Possible vegetation fire, units en route, in the Grass Valley area, Tall Pines Mobile Home Park, Three Sevens Place.

September 15, 2019 at 4:03 PM Ponderosa Fire 16:03 Update: Firefighters have stopped forward progress of the fire.

September 15, 2019 at 4:02 PM Ponderosa Fire 16:00 Update: Air Attack is now overhead. Firefighters are making good progress to contain the fire. The fire is still under 2 acres.

September 15, 2019 at 3:36 PM Firefighters are at scene of a 1/4 acre vegetation fire in the 19000 block of Ponderosa Way in Lockwood (Amador County) This will be the Ponderosa Fire.

September 15, 2019 at 1:02 PM Accident on Hwy 49 near Forest Road 93 past Downieville. Motorcycle involved, emergency services on scene, air ambulance on order.

September 15, 2019 at 9:36 AM Particularly Dangerous Situation for the east side, gusty winds and rain moving into the Foothills. A weather system will bring showers across interior northern California late this evening into Monday. Brief period of gusty winds near the Sierra crest could bring enhanced fire weather conditions today. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for northeast California and western Nevada. It is a Particularly Dangerous Situation along the 395 corridor from Susanville to Mammoth Lakes. Strong winds and low humidity are expected Sunday into Monday. Most areas will see southwest winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph, but along the 395 corridor, downslope enhancement is likely. Stronger gusts to 60 mph are likely for wind prone areas along the 395 corridor. Humidity will drop into the single digits and teens Sunday with poor recovery Sunday night. Strong winds will continue into Monday afternoon. These conditions will result in extremely rapid fire growth for any new fires along the 395 corridor. If you are in a wind prone location, have an evacuation plan ready in case a new fire threatens your location.

September 14, 2019 at 6:20 PM Reported campfire on Hwy 20 at Bear Valley Road. Units en route.

September 14, 2019 at 5:01 PM Yankee Jims IC reports they are on scene, six patients total. Requesting additional medics and a hard closure of Yankee Jims.

September 14, 2019 at 4:55 PM Air Attack believes the smoke seen is the far eastern column of the Walker Fire. All units are returning to their station.

September 14, 2019 at 4:46 PM Air Attack is over the area, reporting dust visible in the area, possible OHV activity only.

September 14, 2019 at 4:44 PM Vehicle over the embankment on Yankee Jims Road near Smuthers Ravine. Emergency services en route, requesting Yankee Jims be closed due to traffic in the area.

September 14, 2019 at 4:37 PM Air Attack 230 and Tanker 88 en route to the Rainbow incident. Duncan Peak reports possibly two distinct fires.

September 14, 2019 at 4:27 PM Possible vegetation reported by Duncan Peak Lookout, confirmed by Saddleback in the Big Bend area. Full wildland dispatch on order. This will be the Rainbow incident.

September 14, 2019 at 1:42 PM Update: We have contained 3 fires. 2 fires along South Shingle Road and 1 along Latrobe Road. The largest fire was along Latrobe road and was contained at 1/4 acre. The other two fires along South Shingle were kept to small spots by aggressive quick initial attack.

September 14, 2019 at 1:33 PM Firefighters are at scene and responding to multiple vegetation fires in Latrobe in the area of South Shingle and Latrobe Road. Please avoid the area.

September 14, 2019 at 10:01 AM Above normal temperatures continue today, with temperatures 5 to 10 degrees above normal. Elevated fire weather concerns on Sunday due to breezy winds and low humidity. A weather system will bring wet and unseasonably cool temperatures to NorCal early next week. Precipitation will spread across NorCal north to south throughout Monday. Light snowfall is possible over higher Sierra passes. Thunderstorms are possible in the mountains & northern Valley, mainly north of I-80. There is a chance of the wet pattern continuing with another weather system bring Valley & mountain rain Wednesday – Thursday. Precipitation is currently expected to remain mainly north of I-80, though confidence in details on this system is low at this time.

September 13, 2019 at 7:22 PM Frenchtown IC reports the forward progress of the fire has been stopped. Canceling some of the incoming resources. A Prevention Officer is requested to the incident.

September 13, 2019 at 7:16 PM First unit has arrived on Frenchtown Road near Oregon House/

September 13, 2019 at 7:07 PM Reported vegetation fire in the Dobbins/Oregon House area on Frenchtown Road near the intersection with Indiana School Road, reported as less than 1 acre at this time. Numerous units en route.

September 13, 2019 at 6:10 PM Briarwood Fire is contained, per the IC, canceling all incoming resources with the exception of the two closest engines.

September 13, 2019 at 6:07 PM Air Attack 230 is releasing Tanker 89 back to Grass Valley, both aircraft en route back to GVAAB.

September 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM Forward progression of the Briarwood fire has been stopped, Air Attack reports 1/4 acre, slow rate of spread. There s no threat to any structures. Good progress being made on the ground.

September 13, 2019 at 5:53 PM Both Air Attack 230 and Tanker 89 are airborne, may be released from the Briarwood incident shortly. Units at scene are making good progress.

September 13, 2019 at 5:52 PM First unit has arrived at scene, assuming Briarwood IC. Air Attack 230 is en route to the incident.

September 13, 2019 at 5:45 PM Passenger vehicle fire into the wildland, on Briarwood Lane off Camp Far West Road, full wildland dispatch on order.

September 13, 2019 at 5:27 PM North Star Fire District: The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect for the Northstar area Sunday through Monday. EXTREME FIRE DANGER due to high winds and low humidity. The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings during times of critical fire weather like windy, hot and dry conditions, that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity beyond the ability of fire agency’s to control. During these times EXTREME caution is urged by all residents, A simple spark can cause a major wildfire.

September 13, 2019 at 4:01 PM Motorcycle accident on Hwy 20 near Washington Road, emergency services on scene.

September 13, 2019 at 12:40 PM Power has been restored in Grass Valley, with the exception of two small outages totaling 13 customers.

September 13, 2019 at 11:52 AM Power outage in Grass Valley affecting 1,271 customers.

PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. Estimated time of restoration is 2:45 pm.

September 13, 2019 at 8:49 AM Updates on the Clayton Fire in the Higgins area wll be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/clayton-2/

September 13, 2019 at 8:43 AM The reported blown transformer has caused a fire viable from the Wolf Mountain camera. Units en route.

September 13, 2019 at 8:36 AM Transformer blown, possible vegetation fire on Provenza Court near Clayton Road off Wolf Road in the Higgins area. Units are en route.

September 13, 2019 at 8:19 AM Power has been restored at YubaNet HQ.

September 13, 2019 at 8:13 AM Power outage affecting YubaNet HQ and 7,235 others.

PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

September 13, 2019 at 7:19 AM Hot and dry weather today, full moon tonight. Hot and dry weather will continue today. Highs will be up a few degrees compared to Thursday’s.Tonight’s Full Moon is called the Harvest Moon because it will occur near the September equinox, which occurs September 23 this year. It is also a “micromoon” because it will appear around 14 percent smaller in the sky because the moon is nearing its apogee, or the point in its nearly month-long elliptical orbit at which it is farthest away from Earth.

September 12, 2019 at 12:55 PM Air Attack has released the tanker back to Grass Valley.

September 12, 2019 at 12:53 PM Forward progress of the Coyote Fire has been stopped, canceling most incoming resources.

September 12, 2019 at 12:50 PM Air Attack reports slow rate of spread, low potential. Firefighters almost have a hoseline around the fire.

September 12, 2019 at 12:44 PM First unit at scene reports 1/4 acre, slow rate of spread. Canceling some resources, including the dozer. Air Attack to continue for monitoring purposes.

September 12, 2019 at 12:40 PM Reported vegetation fire, approximately the size of a car, on Coyote Creek Road off Placer Hills Road. Full wildland dispatch on order.

September 12, 2019 at 12:09 PM Forward progress of the fire in the Hirschdale area has been stopped, avoid the area at this time.

September 12, 2019 at 11:38 AM Report of a vegetation fire on I-80 westbound at the Hirschdale Road ramp near Truckee. Units en route, power lines are reported down.

September 12, 2019 at 9:46 AM Crews hiked in to the reported smoke by Air Attack on Chalk Bluff, the smoke has dissipated a lot. Releasing some of the engines, they are calling the second fire Unable to Locate (UTL.)

September 12, 2019 at 9:09 AM Air Attack 17 reports additional smoke in the area, leaving the incident for the Walker fire. Engines will access Chalk Bluff from Hwy 20 to reach the additional fire.

September 12, 2019 at 9:06 AM Air Attack 17 is over the Chalk incident, checking for additional smoke.

September 12, 2019 at 8:38 AM Firefighters are reporting additional smoke further out on Chalk Bluff, requesting additional engines to check out the area between Hwy 20 and Chalk Bluff.

September 12, 2019 at 8:21 AM Chalk IC estimates with resources at scene plus the Washington Ridge crew and the water tenders, they will be able to handle the incident.

September 12, 2019 at 8:17 AM Units have located the fire about 1/8th of a mile from the intersection of Red Dog and Chalk Bluff. Approximately 1/4 acre, burning in manzanita and understory. Firefighters are taking action now. No threat to structures, burning at a slow rate of spread.

September 12, 2019 at 8:15 AM Firefighters are seeing a small column starting to build, asking for a handcrew and a water tender to respond. Still making access.

September 12, 2019 at 8:07 AM Now possibly located on Red Dog and Chalk Bluff, additional units being dispatched.

September 12, 2019 at 8:03 AM Firefighters are en route to the reported vegetation fire, off Red Dog Rod in the vicinity of Grass View Lane in the You Bet area.

September 12, 2019 at 7:41 AM Smoke check in the Greenhorn Creek area, possibly You Bet Road and Mulberry Lane. Units en route.

September 12, 2019 at 7:01 AM Significant warming up until Sunday, another cool down could bring showers and thunderstorms starting Monday. A warming trend is forecast through Saturday before low pressure brings a change in the weather pattern. Temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees above normal before becoming unseasonably cool next week. In addition to cooler weather, this low pressure system will bring a chance for showers and thunderstorms to the mountains and northern Valley on Monday into early Tuesday.

September 11, 2019 at 7:03 PM Stevens IC reports this to be a false alarm, all units are available.

September 11, 2019 at 6:50 PM Residential structure fire on Stevens Drive off Christian Valley Road, numerous units on scene.

September 11, 2019 at 3:11 PM Per Placer County Sheriff, I-80 is open again near Dry Creek in Auburn.

September 11, 2019 at 3:08 PM Fire near Bassetts is contained, firefighters are mopping up.

September 11, 2019 at 3:05 PM Air Attack and the tanker have been released from the Bassetts fire, ground resources are making good progress.

September 11, 2019 at 2:58 PM Air Attack 230 and Tanker 89 are over the fire in Sierra County near Bassetts, .

September 11, 2019 at 2:37 PM Reported vegetation fire in Sierra County on Hwy 49 between Sierra City and Haskell Creek. Units en route, including aircraft.

September 11, 2019 at 1:56 PM Lanes blocked on I-80 at Dry Creek on ramp in Auburn. Both directions of travel affected. Emergency services on scene.

September 11, 2019 at 1:46 PM The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Fire Weather Watch for gusty winds and low humidity, which is in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.

A strong cold front is expected to bring southwest to west wind gusts between 30 and 45 mph starting Sunday afternoon and lasting into early Monday.

Humidity falling to 10 to 17% Sunday afternoon, with poor to moderate humidities possibly persisting into early Monday.

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September 11, 2019 at 9:36 AM Caltrans update: In Nevada County, Hwy 49 has the southbound traffic lanes reduced near Cherry Creek Road due to a crash. There’s no estimated time of clearing. A detour is not provided.

September 11, 2019 at 9:08 AM CHP is requesting Caltrans to report to the defective traffic signals on Hwy 49 at Combie. Traffic is backed up between Combie and Grass Valley now.

September 11, 2019 at 8:41 AM Multiple accidents on Hwy 49 in both directions at Oak Drive and Alta Sierra Drive. Traffic at a standstill almost from Higgins to Alta Sierra.

September 11, 2019 at 7:57 AM We are getting quite a few calls/emails and text about people smelling smoke in the greater Nevada/Placer area. Smoke from the 48,321-acre Walker Fire is starting to move into the Foothills and lower elevations due to a shift in wind direction. Right now, temperatures are low and Relative Humidity is very high and there is no fire burning in Nevada or Placer counties at this time. Unless heavy smoke is billowing or you see flames, please refrain from calling 911.

September 11, 2019 at 7:34 AM Warming up, with a side of smoke. Dry weather will continue through the majority of the weekend with temperatures increasing the next couple of days. Some light smoke may be possible in the Valley today as winds have shifted from the north.

September 10, 2019 at 9:02 PM All units on Yankee Jims are being canceled, false alarm.

September 10, 2019 at 8:59 PM Firefighters are in the area, so far nothing showing except a small warming fire. They will continue checking the area, but no smoke or flames visible elsewhere.

September 10, 2019 at 8:56 PM Reported vegetation fire on Yankee Jims Road, numerous units en route.

September 10, 2019 at 8:33 PM Roadway is blocked on Oak tree Road at Tyler Foote, two cars involved. Emergency services are on scene.

September 10, 2019 at 8:26 PM Reported vehicle accident on Tyler Foote Crossing Road, heard only.

September 10, 2019 at 8:17 PM Vehicle accident on Red Dog Road near Grass View Lane, units on scene.

September 10, 2019 at 6:37 PM  I-80 westbound at Floriston the #1 lane is blocked due to a big rig crash. Pass with caution, Caltrans is in route to assist. No ETO

September 10, 2019 at 4:20 PM Units at scene on Railroad Ave can handle, all incoming units are being canceled.

September 10, 2019 at 4:18 PM Small vegetation fire on Railroad Ave in Nevada City. Units are on scene. One more engine to continue in, all others stage.

September 10, 2019 at 4:16 PM Smoke report from Wolf Mountain and Oregon Peak lookouts. Looks to be in the Middle Fork canyon.

September 10, 2019 at 3:40 PM Lightning activity is increasing in NorCal.

September 10, 2019 at 12:20 PM Air Attack 17 is leaving the Bloomfield incident, returning to Grass Valley.

September 10, 2019 at 12:17 PM Bloomfield units report they are on scene, taking action now. The Smartsville engine is being canceled.

September 10, 2019 at 12:04 PM Numerous engines en route to a smoke, reported by both Oregon Peak and Pike County lookouts on North Bloomfield Road near Cottonwood Lane on the NSJ side.

September 10, 2019 at 7:56 AM Welcome to Palindrome Week. Forward, backward – the dates will all read the same.

September 10, 2019 at 6:49 AM Thunderstorms possible today, potential smoke issues starting Wednesday. A weather system will move across northern California today bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms to the northern valley and mountains.

September 9, 2019 at 10:58 AM Second air ambulance en route to the Tyler Foote accident.

September 9, 2019 at 10:43 AM Air ambulance en route to NSJ Station 3 for the patient in the solo vehicle accident on Tlyer Foote.

September 9, 2019 at 10:26 AM Vehicle accident, extrication required, on Tyler Foote near Shady Creek Drive on the San Juan Ridge. Units en route. Reported as a vehicle vs tree.

September 9, 2019 at 7:09 AM Still cool and a chance of showers in the high elevations. A cool down is on tap for this weekend into Tuesday. About 4 to 9 degrees of cooling expected today with high temperatures Tuesday upwards of 10 to 15 degrees below normal.

September 8, 2019 at 3:42 PM

September 8, 2019 at 1:55 PM The Flat fire is about 1/4 acre, some wind on it. Tankers will take action now.

September 8, 2019 at 1:48 PM New start reported in Butte County, at Lake Oroville this will be the Flat incident.

September 8, 2019 at 1:45 PM Air Attack 230 is going to look at the Grouse Fire instead of AA 17 who is being diverted to an out of the area fire.

September 8, 2019 at 1:38 PM Smoke report in the Grouse Ridge area. Air Attack 17 is coming back from a small fire in El Dorado County and will take a look.

September 8, 2019 at 12:04 PM Reported car fire is already extinguished.

September 8, 2019 at 12:03 PM Possible passenger vehicle fire on Hwy 49 near Bethel Church Way, engines en route.

September 8, 2019 at 11:40 AM First unit at scene on Hwy 49 reports the car fire is mostly extinguished. They can handle the rest, all units are being canceled.

September 8, 2019 at 11:34 AM Passenger vehicle fire with a possible threat to the wildland on Hwy 49 near the Mountain Air Mobile Home Park close to La Barr Meadows Road. Units en route.

September 8, 2019 at 10:18 AM Cooling into Tuesday, then warmer. Cooling trend forecast into Tuesday with below normal temperatures. Warming Wednesday with near to slightly above normal high temperatures Thursday. Slight chance of showers Monday afternoon into early evening over the Shasta mountains and Lassen Park. Better chance of more widespread showers and afternoon thunderstorms on Tuesday.

September 8, 2019 at 9:18 AM An overview of the NorCal Fires as reported at this time. Details here.

CA-MNF 1-1 Henthorne Fire: 380 acres timber, 15% contained. Threat to structures and timber land.
CA-PNF Walker Fire: 38,049 acres grass and timber, 5% contained. Fire was active overnight with continued long range spotting. Structures are threatened in Genesee Valley and Ward Creek areas. Mandatory evacuations in place along the Antelope Lake Rd. from Heart K Ranch to Babcock Meadows. Additional mandatory evacuations have been ordered for areas along Hwy. 395 from Laughman Grade to Wales Canyon. Evacuation advisory has been issued for the Babcock Crossing area. Threat to 5 Bears Hydroelectric project in Ward Creek and to the Walker Mine Super-fund site. A type 1 Incident Management Team is ordered for this incident.
CA-KNF Lime Fire: 253 acres, 0% contained. Fire behavior moderated overnight. Fire is burning in steep and rocky terrain with limited road access. Threat to structures, high value timber land, I-5 and Hwy 96.
CA-TGU Red Bank Fire: 8,838 acres brush, 20% contained. There is a continued structure threat with mandatory evacuations for areas south of Hwy 36 between Tedoc Rd and Vestal Rd. There are evacuation warnings for portions of the Red Bank Community. Threat to communications infrastructure, Tomhead Lookout, Pattymocus Lookout and PG&E gas transmission lines.
CA-SHF South Fire: 2,050 acres, 0% contained. The incident is located in steep, rugged terrain. Structure threat to Hamilton Gulch, Buck Camp, and Tomhead Lookout. Private timberland and and communications infrastructure is also threatened.
CA-MDF Lone Fire: 5,533 acres grass and brush, 55% contained. Threats include numerous archaeological sites, Sage Grouse Habitat, and range allotment
CA-SHF Rams Horn Fire: 238 acres, Timber, 0% contained. Fire behavior moderated overnight. Threats include private timber land, Spotted Owl habitat, anadromous fisheries as well as potential impact to State Highway 3.
CA-BTU Swedes Fire: 400 acres, grass, 20% contained. There is a continued threat to structures in the fire area. Limited road access and terrain is hampering control efforts. There are road closures in place for the fire area.

September 7, 2019 at 6:55 PM Hammonton IC reports the fire contained at 6.2 acres.

September 7, 2019 at 6:25 PM Units at scene can handle, incoming units cancelled per Hammonton IC.

September 7, 2019 at 6:17 PM Hammonton Air Attack is releasing the tanker, ground resources are making good progress.

September 7, 2019 at 6:09 PM Air Attack 17 is over the Hammonton Fire, reports approximately 1/2 acre, in grass and brush. Slow rate of spread, backing in the wind towards the gravel field. Ground resources are at scene, taking action.

September 7, 2019 at 5:56 PM The fire is on Hammonton Road, before the gold fields.

September 7, 2019 at 5:49 PM Full wildland dispatch on order for the reported fire on Hammonton-Smartsville Road.

September 7, 2019 at 5:47 PM Reported vegetation fire on Hammonton-Smartsville Road near the gold fields. Units en route.

September 7, 2019 at 4:00 PM Report of a possible medical rescue on the South Yuba River, 1/2 on the trail from Purdon, possibly on the Tyler Foote side.

September 7, 2019 at 3:26 PM Updates on the Swedes Fire in the Bangor area will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/swedes/

September 7, 2019 at 2:31 PM A fiery crash on the bridge over the Upper Truckee River on US 50 has closed the road in South Lake Tahoe. The fire is suppressed at the moment but assets from across the basin have responded. US 50 is closed in that area for the foreseeable future. Please use Pioneer Trail or N. Upper Truckee as detours.

September 7, 2019 at 11:28 AM First unit at scene on Nicolaus reports a small spot only, 20 by 20.

September 7, 2019 at 11:25 AM Vegetation fire in the Lincoln area, reported with power lines down, on Nicolaus Road near Hwy 65. Units en route.

September 7, 2019 at 9:37 AM

Major NorCal fire acreages:

#WalkerFire 24,040
#RedBankFire 7,754
#LoneFire 5,000
#SouthFire 1,665

Updates: https://yubanet.com/Fires/

September 6, 2019 at 4:50 PM Three new fires have started in NorCal:

Lime Fire: 300+ acres, 0% contained. Moderate rate of spread with a threat to structures and private land holdings. Klamath National Forest near Cottonwood Peak.
Kid Fire: 50 acres, 0% contained. moderate rate of spread. Fire is located within the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area, 9 miles NW of Etna. Current threats include Structures, Private Timber Land and the Pacific Crest Trail.
NOD R-6 Fire: 100 acres, 0% contained. moderate rate of spread.

September 6, 2019 at 3:40 PM First unit at scene on East Berry Hill reports they can handle, all incoming units can cancel.

September 6, 2019 at 3:35 PM Reported vegetation fire, approx. the size of a car, on East Berry Hill Drive in Grass Valley. Numerous engines en route.

September 6, 2019 at 11:59 AM Smoke report from Wolf Mountain lookout, Banner Mountain confirms the smoke, possibly the Walker Fire which is exhibiting extreme fire behavior.

September 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM Updates on the Forebestwon Fire will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/forbestown/

September 6, 2019 at 10:52 AM Air Attack 230 is over the fire near Forbestown, with Tanker 93 out of Chico.

September 6, 2019 at 10:32 AM Air Attack 17 and one helicopter are over the fire near Independence Lake. The fire is visible on the Sagehen camera.

September 6, 2019 at 10:30 AM Report of a possible vegetation fire near Miners Ranch on the south side of Olive Hwy in Oroville. Units en route.

September 6, 2019 at 10:29 AM Report of a possible vegetation fire between Forbestown Road and Old Forbestown Road. Units en route.

September 6, 2019 at 10:06 AM Reported vegetation fire near Independence Lake Campground on the Sierraville District of the TNF. Numerous resources en route.

September 6, 2019 at 7:36 AM NCC crews left this AM part of ST 4100C for the Red Bank Fire. The Type 3 Engine is staffed with 4 NCC personnel joining @PCP_FIRE @OphirHillFire #Higginsfire and @GrsNev along with another staff member assigned as the ST Leader Trainee.

September 6, 2019 at 6:57 AM Cool weekend ahead, then above normal temperatures again. A cool down is on tap for this weekend! Many locations will be several degrees below average for this time of year.

September 5, 2019 at 6:33 PM Greenhorn Road is open with one-way traffic control, according to a reader

September 5, 2019 at 3:04 PM Greenhorn Road is not open yet. Estimated time for power restoration is 6:00 pm.

September 5, 2019 at 1:45 PM Estimated time of full reopening for Greenhorn Road is 4:00 pm, PG&E is replacing the broken pole and repairing the downed wires.

September 5, 2019 at 12:36 PM

September 5, 2019 at 11:08 AM Vehicle vs pole on Greenhorn Road, emergency services are on scene. Power lines are down in the roadway, Greenhorn Road will be shut down.

PG&E has an outage for 22 customers in the Greenhorn Road and Anvil Road area, assessment crew is on scene.

Map courtesy Tahoe National Forest

September 5, 2019 at 9:18 AM 1,335 lightning strikes recorded over the past 24 hours in California. For the 24 hr. period ending 6:00 am Thursday, WFMI BLM detected 36 strikes within the Tahoe – 6 for Truckee Ranger District and 30 for Sierraville R.D. Throughout California, for the same period, 1,335 strikes were recorded – 959 strikes were detected within the National Forests.

September 5, 2019 at 8:10 AM Scattered thunderstorms today, than a return of dry and calm weather. A low pressure system just off the north coast will bring monsoon moisture and a threat of afternoon thunderstorms to the Sierra Cascade range and northern mountains. Practice Lightning Safety!

September 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM Updates on the Walker Fire in Plumas County will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/walker/

September 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM Hwy 49 is open in both directions again.

September 4, 2019 at 3:52 PM All firefighters are released from the garbage truck fire on Hwy 49.

September 4, 2019 at 3:20 PM Cleanup of Hwy 49 at Independence Trail is underway, Caltrans is on scene with a loader and moving the debris to a wide turnout. Waste Management will handle the clean-up of the truck. Releasing some of the resources. Both lanes of traffic will be open in 20 minutes.

September 4, 2019 at 2:59 PM Firefighters are on scene of a vegetation fire in Lincoln.

September 4, 2019 at 2:53 PM Firefighters have contained the fire, they will try to open one lane for traffic shortly. Expect one-way traffic for 30-40 minutes.

September 4, 2019 at 2:45 PM Yuba IC is requesting a dump truck with loader from Caltrans, Battalion 2 is now Yuba IC.

September 4, 2019 at 2:41 PM Fire is still confined to the truck, firefighters are having difficulty accessing the truck directly. Hwy 49 is shut down just west of the Independence Trailhead. No estimated time of reopening.

September 4, 2019 at 2:38 PM Reported vegetation fire on the Tahoe National Forest at Boca Reservoir near the horse camp. Units en route.

September 4, 2019 at 2:34 PM Yuba IC requests a closure of Hwy 49 at the bridge as a precautionary measure. The vehicle is running on gas, the tank is posing a hazard for the firefighters.

September 4, 2019 at 2:30 PM Report of a garbage truck on fire on Hwy 49 near the 49’er bridge. Numerous units en route.

September 4, 2019 at 2:00 PM Power has been restored in the previous outage areas.

September 4, 2019 at 1:43 PM Tanker 88 is en route a lightning-caused vegetation fire on the Plumas National Forest.

September 4, 2019 at 1:41 PM Outage in the Washington and Alleghany area has been reduced to 248 customers.

September 4, 2019 at 11:05 AM Update from PG&E on the outages: We currently have approximately 2,829 customers out of power in the areas of Alleghany, Camptonville, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Pike City, Sierra City and Washington. The outages began at 9:35 a.m. We are going to patrol the lines by helicopter to verify any faults. The cause is still under investigation. We are working safely to restore customers as soon as possible.

September 4, 2019 at 10:23 AM A Fire Weather Watch is in effect this evening through tomorrow morning for Yuba and Plumas Counties. There is the potential for new fire starts due to thunderstorms with limited rainfall today and Thursday. Thunderstorms will develop this afternoon through the night over the Coastal Range, the Sierra, and the northern Sacramento Valley. Slight chance of storms Thursday over the higher Sierra. In addition to lightning, storms could have hail and gusty winds.

September 4, 2019 at 9:57 AM Power outage affecting 1,151 customers on the San Juan Ridge. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. Estimated time of restoration is 1:00 pm. Another power outage is affecting 439 customers in the Camptonville area. Estimated time of restoration is 1:45 pm. 1,239 out of power from the Town of Washington to Downieville, Sierra City and Bassetts. Estimated time of restoration is 2:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

September 4, 2019 at 9:38 AM Smoke check on Donner Pass Road near Troy Road, caller reports seeing smoke off the roadside.

September 4, 2019 at 8:26 AM Chance of thunderstorms later today and tomorrow in the high country. Thunderstorms with very little rainfall are expected over the mountain this afternoon and evening. If you have outdoor plans, make sure you are weather aware and call 911 if you see smoke.

September 3, 2019 at 4:15 PM First unit at scene reports the brake fire on the big rig is extinguished, canceling all incoming resources.

September 3, 2019 at 4:11 PM Big rig fire on westbound I-80 just east off Dutch Flat.

September 3, 2019 at 3:33 PM The reported fire appears to be the top of the plume of the Country Fire near Georgetown.

September 3, 2019 at 3:24 PM Report of a possible fire on Round Valley Circle on the Alta Sierra side, per the reporting party.

September 3, 2019 at 1:38 PM Updates on the Country Fire will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/country/

September 3, 2019 at 1:35 PM Air Attack is over the new fire near Hwy 193 (Georgetown Road) near Greenwood. Reporting rapid rate of spread, requesting LAT or VLAT immediately.

September 3, 2019 at 1:32 PM Air Attack 230 is en route to the reported smoke in the Georgetown area.

September 3, 2019 at 1:29 PM Smoke report from Mt. Howell, seeing smoke about 10 miles out in the Georgetown area.

September 3, 2019 at 1:17 PM Creekside Fire is in mop-up, the fire is approximately 4 acres.

September 3, 2019 at 12:57 PM Aircraft over the Creekside fire in Penryn reports retardant drops have stopped the forward progression.

September 3, 2019 at 12:52 PM Updates on the Stacy Fire on Stacy Ann Drive will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/stacy/

September 3, 2019 at 12:46 PM Full wildland dispatch on order for a reported vegetation fire, flames visible, on Stacy Ann Drive off Hwy 20 in the Browns Valley area.

September 3, 2019 at 12:42 PM Full wildland dispatch on order for a fire close to Creekside near Sierra College.

September 3, 2019 at 9:53 AM Power outage affecting 35 homes on Marjon Drive off Ridge Road in Nevada City. Estimated time of restoration is noon. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

September 3, 2019 at 9:30 AM NorthOps Forecast: Above Normal Significant Fire Potential for most areas below 6000 ft in September. Lower and middle elevations (below 6000′) will see increasing grass/brush fire occurrence in September as dry N-NE/Offshore wind events become more common, and the potential of fires growing to large sizes is Above Normal. Heavier fuels below 6000 ft are also dry enough to carry fire.

September 3, 2019 at 9:28 AM First units at scene on Red Dog Road reports this to be a campfire in the creekbed. One engine to continue in, all others can cancel.

September 3, 2019 at 9:22 AM First unit at scene on LaPorte reports no fire, small BBQ only.

September 3, 2019 at 9:14 AM Reporting party on Red Dog Road states fire in a stump next to the creek.

September 3, 2019 at 9:12 AM Report of a possible debris burn on LaPorte Road, units en route.

September 3, 2019 at 9:06 AM Report of a stump on fire at Greenhorn Creek on Red Dog Road near Live Oak Drive, units en route.

September 3, 2019 at 8:14 AM Slight chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, some cooling through Thursday. A weak weather system is forecast to move inland over the next couple of days bringing a threat of thunderstorms to some northern California mountain areas. If thunderstorms form in your area, practice thunderstorm safety.

September 3, 2019 at 8:11 AM Non-injury accident on Pleasant Valley Road at Penn Valley Drive, the roadway is clear.

September 3, 2019 at 12:10 AM Units in the area, looking for the reported small spot, shave found nothing. Declared a false alarm, all engines returning to their respective stations

September 3, 2019 at 12:04 AM Small fire reported, on Hwy 20 near Lake Wildwood. Units en route to the reported roadside spot.

September 2, 2019 at 4:54 PM Units at scene can handle the big fire brake fire, incoming units can cancel.

September 2, 2019 at 4:53 PM First units have arrived on I-80 at Dutch Flat.

September 2, 2019 at 4:47 PM Semi with brakes on fire on westbound I-80 at Dutch Flat, possible extension to the vegetation. Emergency services en route.

September 2, 2019 at 4:30 PM Firefighters en route to the Bear River Recreation area to check for a possible campfire.

September 2, 2019 at 11:10 AM Smoke is dissipating per the lookout.

September 2, 2019 at 11:02 AM Smoke report from Mt. Howell, possibly in the Auburn area or Sacrament area.

September 2, 2019 at 9:51 AM Truckee PD – Traffic Alert: heavy holiday traffic Westbound Interstate 80, and Highway 89 South area. Expect delays.

September 2, 2019 at 9:42 AM Weather holds steady, only slight cooling later this week. Daytime highs will drop a bit today but still come in a few to several degrees above normal. Stay cool and Happy Labor Day! Another warm week is in store for interior NorCal. Hot weather forecast for Labor Day with Valley temps in the mid to upper 90s. Slight cooling begins Tuesday with temps reaching near normal late in the week.

September 1, 2019 at 10:57 PM Very thorough area check in the Woods Ravine area has located no fire.

September 1, 2019 at 10:18 PM Engine 84 is at the caller’s address, all incoming engines to stage in the area.

September 1, 2019 at 10:16 PM Engines are in the area of Woods Ravine, attempting to locate a possible fire.

September 1, 2019 at 10:10 PM Smoke check for a report by a caller on Woods Court Ravine west of Hirschman’s Pond. Heavy smoke seen, units en route.

September 1, 2019 at 6:41 PM Units in the Penn Valley/Poker Flat area are unable to locate, all incoming units are being canceled.

September 1, 2019 at 6:39 PM Full wildland dispatch en route for a reported small column of white smoke near Poker Flat and Hwy 20 in the Penn Valley area.

September 1, 2019 at 5:04 PM Units have conducted a thorough area check in the Camptonville area, nothing showing.

September 1, 2019 at 5:01 PM Some driftsmoke from the Timbuctoo Fire is coming through the Yuba River canyon. There is no other fire in the area at this time.

September 1, 2019 at 4:53 PM Fire in Sierra City is contained, aerial resources returning to Grass Valley.

September 1, 2019 at 4:47 PM Smoke check in the Camptonville area. Pike County lookout reports nothing showing. Engines will check the area.

September 1, 2019 at 4:16 PM Air Attack 17 and a C 130 are over the fire near Sierra City.

September 1, 2019 at 4:08 PM Medical rescue at the confluence of the American River on Hwy 49 and Old Foresthill Road. Possible hip fracture reported by a caller. Rescue personnel en route.

September 1, 2019 at 4:08 PM Air Attack 17 is en route to the fire near Sierra City.

September 1, 2019 at 3:58 PM Tanker 89, released from the Timbuctoo Fire, is en route to the reported fire near Sierra City.

September 1, 2019 at 3:48 PM New fire, Tahoe National Forest near Sierra City, units en route.

September 1, 2019 at 2:41 PM Updates on the Timbuctoo Fire will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/timbuctoo/

September 1, 2019 at 2:36 PM Now a full wildland dispatch for the reported fire on Timbuctoo Road.

September 1, 2019 at 2:31 PM Engines en route to a reported vegetation fire on Timbuctoo Road near Hammonton Road in Smartsville.

September 1, 2019 at 1:53 PM Vehicles are parked on both side of the road on North Bloomfield near Edwards Crossing. Caller reports emergency vehicles would not be able to get through.

September 1, 2019 at 1:46 PM Multiple vehicles parked over the fog line on Pleasant Valley Road near Bridgeport State Park.

September 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM You can find last month’s log here.