Happening Now – February 2018

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 news@yubanet.com 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. Thanks!

February 20, 2018 at 1:45 PM Firefighters are making good progress on the structure fire on Ironclad Road. The residence is empty of all occupants and pets.

February 20, 2018 at 1:40 PM Tree into power lines in Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive. Emergency services on scene.

February 20, 2018 at 1:14 PM Fire on Ironclad Road is reported to involve about 25% of the residence. Firefighters are making progress. One additional Smartsville engine requested to the scene.

February 20, 2018 at 1:12 PM Engines on scene and in route to check on smoke alarms going off on the 200 block of Race Street in Grass Valley.

February 20, 2018 at 1:04 PM Additional engines and one water tender requested to the fire on Ironclad. Difficulty accessing the fire due to narrow access road and driveway.

February 20, 2018 at 12:52 PM Residential structure fire – a fully involved detached garage – with extension to the home, on Ironclad Road off Fox Lane in Rough&Ready.

Penn Valley, Grass Valley, Rough&Ready fire departments and CAL FIRE engines on scene.  Additional engines and water tenders requested. Photo by Alex Siegenthaler

February 20, 2018 at 11:38 AM Firefighters on scene at Sutton Way report no injuries to persons and no structural damage to the building.

February 20, 2018 at 11:34 AM Report of a smoldering vegetation fire in the Bullards Bar/Long Point area. Tahoe National Forest firefighters en route.

February 20, 2018 at 11:32 AM Car into the side of CVS pharmacy on Sutton Way in Grass Valley. No injuries reported. Emergency services on scene.

February 20, 2018 at 8:36 AM Below normal temperatures and snow showers possible through next week. A hard freeze warning remains in effect for elevations below 2000 feet. Below freezing temperatures possible this morning and Wednesday morning. Protect pipes, plants, people, & pets!

February 19, 2018 at 5:29 PM Use extreme caution when driving on Banner Quaker Hill Road, getting in and out of Cascade Shores. The dusting of snow, combined with the very cold temperatures makes the drive more treacherous than usual. Leave plenty of distance between cars and take it slow!

February 19, 2018 at 3:02 PM Cold air dropping down from western Canada will bring widespread freezing temperatures to the area early this week, setting record lows. Take precautionary measures to protect sensitive plants, trees and pets/livestock. Mountain and foothill showers are possible this afternoon and again Wednesday and Thursday. Snow could cause slick roads and travel delays in the mountains and foothills. A dusting of snow is possible down to 1000 feet.

February 18, 2018 at 9:15 PM Phone service is restored at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. All landlines are working again.

February 18, 2018 at 9:03 PM Hazardous travel conditions over the Sierra summits on I-80 and US 50. Chain controls in effect. If you can postpone your travels, please do.

February 18, 2018 at 2:01 PM Freeze warning for extremely cold temps and low snow levels tonight and Monday morning. Winter Weather Advisory until 4 PM PST Monday for West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada. Freeze Warning from 2 AM Monday to 8 AM PST Wednesday.

February 18, 2018 at 12:22 PM A widespread AT&T outage is affecting landlines, cell service and DSL services in Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties. More information: https://yubanet.com/regional/att-outage-information-for-nevada-placer-and-sierra-counties/

February 17, 2018 at 5:11 PM First units have arrived on scene, reporting a large bonfire with people in attendance. The two engines can handle, all other resources still en route can cancel and return to their stations.

February 17, 2018 at 5:08 PM Reported vegetation fire, with an explosion heard, on Alta Sierra Drive near Dog Bar Road. Numerous resources en route.

February 17, 2018 at 3:11 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Blue Ridge Road,off Blue Tent Road in Nevada City. Reported as a roadside fire, approximately 20 ft wide, no one in attendance. NCCFD and CAL FIRE are responding.

February 17, 2018 at 8:31 AM Freeze Watch starting late Sunday night, snow levels projected to drop down to around 1000 feet by Monday. A cold weather system brings breezy winds and a chance of snow showers over the mountains and foothills Sunday into Monday followed by cold temperatures with a possible widespread freeze.

February 16, 2018 at 11:06 PM Brush pile on fire on La Barr Meadows near Amsel Way is reported on the Hansen Brothers property and is a burn pile within containment lines. Firefighters are on scene.

February 16, 2018 at 3:16 PM Firefighters have arrived on scene of the escaped debris burn. Homeowners have made progress in knocking down the fire. One additional engine to continue in, all other resources can cancel.

February 16, 2018 at 2:57 PM Report of an escaped burn pile, now approximately the size of 5 cars, on Hidden Ridge Court in Penn Valley. Numerous resources en route.

February 16, 2018 at 10:11 AM Report of a woodpile on fire, possibly burning into a structure now on Little Creek Road in Auburn. Numerous firefighters en route.

February 16, 2018 at 8:37 AM Dry and mild through the weekend but a hard freeze coming late Sunday. A change in the weather pattern is expected to bring cold air from western Canada down into the region next week. In the cold air-mass, temperatures could plummet during overnight hours. Be prepared to take precautionary measures to protect sensitive plants and pets/livestock. Breezy winds and mountain showers are possible Sunday into Monday. A few inches at pass levels could be enough to cause some slick roads and minor delays.

February 15, 2018 at 7:26 AM CAL FIRE has declared today (Thursday) to be a No Burn Day due to forecast windy conditions and associated fire danger throughout the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit. However, Thursday is a permissive burn day in Plumas County.

February 15, 2018 at 7:22 AM Breezy north winds today, dry and mild through Sunday. Next system brings a chance of showers to the mountains on Sunday followed by below average temperatures early next week with a possible widespread freeze.


February 14, 2018 at 4:44 PM All resources have been released from the 0.8-acre grass fire on Sweetland Road in North San Juan.

February 14, 2018 at 2:26 PM Per CAL FIRE: ire estimated at 3/4 of an acre. Forward progress stopped. Hose around fire. CCC Placer Crew 2 constructing hand line. Cause under investigation.

February 14, 2018 at 2:26 PM Per CAL FIRE: Fire estimated at 3/4 of an acre. Forward progress stopped. Hose around fire. CCC Placer Crew 2 constructing hand line. Cause under investigation.

February 14, 2018 at 2:07 PM One lane on Hwy 174 is blocked after the solo vehicle accident near Mosswood Lane. Firefighters are reporting one patient with moderate injuries. CHP on scene for traffic control.

February 14, 2018 at 2:06 PM Firefighters are making progress towards containment on the Rock Creek fire. The Incident Commander estimates resources will be committed an additional two hours.

February 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 174 at Mosswood Lane. Emergency services en route.

February 14, 2018 at 1:51 PM Resources on scene at the escaped debris burn on Rock Creek Road include 3 engines, 1 water tender, 1 Washington Ridge crew, 1 Battalion Chief and prevention officers. The fire is estimated at just under 1 acre, there is no threat to structures. No road closures or evacuations are necessary.


February 14, 2018 at 1:35 PM Firefighters are on scene at a reported 1/4 acre grass fire on Sweetland Road on the San Juan Ridge.

February 14, 2018 at 12:22 PM Rekindled burn pile on the 18000 block of Rock Creek Road outside of Nevada City.  Nevada County Consolidated responding with multiple resources

February 14, 2018 at 7:11 AM Gold Country Stage, through a Low Carbon Transit Operations (LCTOP) grant, will be offering fare free service on all Gold Country Stage fixed routes on Valentine’s Day.

February 14, 2018 at 7:09 AM Cold snap coming this weekend. A pattern shift is in store for NorCal this weekend and it will bring much colder temperatures for next week.

February 13, 2018 at 7:47 AM The Tahoe National Forest American River Ranger District plans to conduct a 802 acre prescribed fire beginning February 13th, 2018 and continuing until spring. The North Divide prescribed fire area is located near the Humbug Ridge, which is approximately 15 miles northeast of the town of Foresthill.

The American River Ranger District fire personnel plan to burn 20 to 80 acres per day as weather conditions and air quality allow. The North Divide project is considered an under burn type of prescribed fire. As an under burn it will give multiple results such as; cleaning up debris from a completed timber sale which thinned the amount of trees in the unit; reduce the risk of wildfires by making a break in the fuel (vegetation) load and continuity; and increase the resiliency of the forest to wildfires and beetle attacks. This project will continue until the unit is completed or when the conditions become too dry in the spring.

February 13, 2018 at 7:34 AM A typical winter day, except… dry. High pressure pushing in over the Pacific Northwest and NorCal will bring fair skies to the north state today while northerly breezes keep daytime highs down to right around normal for this time of year.

February 12, 2018 at 9:21 AM The Burn Day status in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties has been updated. Today is a permissible burn day.

February 12, 2018 at 8:54 AM Still only one lane open on eastbound I-80 at the junction with Hwy 20.

February 12, 2018 at 8:16 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.

February 12, 2018 at 7:35 AM A little cooler to start the week, slight chance of showers on Wednesday. Breezy north winds will kick in today behind a departing weather system. Winds will decrease late tonight.

February 12, 2018 at 7:29 AM Eastbound Interstate 80 closed at Nyack after an accident.

February 11, 2018 at 11:05 AM Report of a possible chimney fire on the 13000 block of Torrey Pines Drive. Higggins Fire and CAL FIRE units are responding.

February 10, 2018 at 9:21 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.

February 10, 2018 at 9:19 AM Breezy to gusty winds on Saturday. Heading to the mountains this weekend? Windy conditions are expected this afternoon through the overnight hours. Travel may become difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Loose outdoor objects may be blown.

Phot courtesy Daniel Ramey, PIO Peardale Chicago Park FD

February 9, 2018 at 11:41 AM Vehicle vs a tree on You Bet Road near Mulberry Lane.

February 9, 2018 at 7:34 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Plumas and Sierra counties.It is a permissible burn day in Placer County.

February 9, 2018 at 7:32 AM Unseasonably warm today, gusty north winds on Saturday. Breezy north winds are expected to develop on Saturday behind a weather system forecast to drop through the Pacific northwest tonight. These north winds will bring increased fire danger and blowing debris to the Sacramento valley and interior coast range. The strongest winds are expected Saturday afternoon and evening with decreasing winds late Saturday night.

February 8, 2018 at 7:16 PM Water main break in Colfax, reported by a reader. Several fast-food businesses are closed, but Pizza Factory is still open, according to the reader report.

February 8, 2018 at 7:08 PM A damaged power pole in the area has caused a power outage for 209 homes on Melody Road, Big Oak Drive, Burke Road and Shepard Road. A crew is assigned and the estimated time of restoration is 7:45 pm.

February 8, 2018 at 7:37 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.

February 8, 2018 at 7:26 AM Feels like May – unseasonably warm and dry weather continues. Strong high pressure will bring another very warm day today with high temperatures like those normally seen in April or May. A few record high temperatures may be set as well.

February 7, 2018 at 12:45 PM Power outage on McCourtney Road is now expected to be resolved by 4pm. PG&E repair crew is on-site working to restore power.

February 7, 2018 at 10:35 AM Power outage affecting 215 homes along McCourtney Road from Starbright Acres to Indian Springs Road. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

February 7, 2018 at 9:50 AM CAL FIRE’s Air Tankers are doing proficiency flights over Nevada County, part of their annual Spring Training exercises.

February 7, 2018 at 9:36 AM One-way traffic control on Hwy 49 between Nevada City and the South Yuba River for drainage work between now and 3:00 pm. Expect slight delays.

February 7, 2018 at 9:17 AM A reader just reported a house fire in Sierra City on Main Street. Locals and fire personnel are on scene trying to extinguish the blaze. Hwy 49 is closed at this time.

February 7, 2018 at 9:15 AM Fire crews on the Georgetown District are continuing the understory burn in the area of Darling Ridge today. This is part of the Tobacco Gulch Project. Smoke will again be widely visible in Georgetown, Cool and Auburn.

February 7, 2018 at 8:43 AM Spring-like temperatures likely to smash daytime high temperature records. Strong high pressure over the eastern Pacific will keep weather systems well to the north of the region and bring daytime temperatures to well above normal for this time of year. A few high temperature records may fall today as daytime highs come in more similar to those normally seen in late April.

Image courtesy reader Eric

February 6, 2018 at 5:08 PM Caltrans, emergency services still offloading the overturned gravel truck on Hwy 174. Expect delays.

February 6, 2018 at 4:04 PM Overturned gravel truck on Hwy 174 near Redberry. Emergency services are on scene, one-way traffic control in place. Thanks to a reader for calling this in.

February 6, 2018 at 3:58 PM Commercial vehicle fire on Marysville Road near Browns Valley School Road. Fire is s[reading to the wildland, threatening 50 bales of hay and a large fuel tank. Emergency services en route.

February 6, 2018 at 11:33 AM Firefighters are on scene at Tyler Foote Road, reporting a 50 by 50 spot, smoldering in pine needles. One additional engine requested. There is no danger to any structures or risk of escape. All other resources en route are being canceled.

February 6, 2018 at 11:20 AM Report of a vegetation fire on the 14000 block of Tyler Foote Crossing, reported as less than 1 acre in grass. North San Juan and Cal Fire are responding.

February 6, 2018 at 10:50 AM The smoke plume visible in the Georgetown are is from a prescribed burn on the Eldorado National Forest. Fire crews on the Georgetown District have begun an understory burn in the area of Darling Ridge. This is part of the Tobacco Gulch Project.

February 6, 2018 at 7:45 AM Breezy and warm – no precip in sight

February 5, 2018 at 4:55 PM The coroner has been requested t the scene of the accident on Hwy 20 and Laurentian Way.

February 5, 2018 at 4:31 PM Emergency services are on scene of a major accident on Hwy 20 at Laurentian Way. Vehicle vs tree, extrication required. All lanes are blocked.

February 5, 2018 at 10:18 AM Non-injury collision on East Bennett in Grass Valley.

February 5, 2018 at 9:33 AM It’s a race now. Glenn Jennings announces run for Nevada County District Attorney against incumbent Cliff Newell.

February 5, 2018 at 8:47 AM Multiple packages in the roadway on Rough&Ready Hwy at Grubstake Trail.

February 5, 2018 at 7:22 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.

February 5, 2018 at 6:40 AM Unseasonably mild temperatures continue, breezy north winds further dry out vegetation. Breezy northerly winds will affect the Sacramento Valley early this week. The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday.

February 2, 2018 at 12:15 PM Major injury collision on southbound Hwy 49 at Idaho-Maryland off ramp. Avoid the area

February 2, 2018 at 8:13 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.

February 2, 2018 at 7:34 AM Unseasonably warm and dry conditions continue. Strong High pressure over the eastern Pacific will bring fair skies and above normal temperatures this weekend. Daytime highs Saturday and Sunday are likely to reach record highs in some valley locations.

February 1, 2018 at 8:55 PM Thanks to a Hansen Bros. employee, the emergency contractor for Caltrans fixing the roadway after the fuel tanker accident and fire, for this update. Hwy 20 will open by midnight.

February 1, 2018 at 5:11 PM Caltrans update: Emergency contractor now laying down new pavement on Hwy 20 six miles west of I-80 where the Jan. 31 fuel truck collision and fire damaged the roadway.

Once paving is completed and cooled down, Hwy 20 will re-open to traffic. ETO 8 p.m. Updates to follow.

February 1, 2018 at 2:17 PM Caltrans grinding out pavement on Highway 20 after damage from yesterday’s crash. 20 still closed between 80 and Nevada City.

February 1, 2018 at 1:59 PM Snowpack below average despite gains. Survey revealed a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 2.6 inches, 14 percent of the early-February average at Phillips as measured there since 1964.

February 1, 2018 at 7:30 AM Hwy 20 between Nevada City and the junction of I-80 remains closed.

February 1, 2018 at 6:56 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.

February 1, 2018 at 6:55 AM Persistent high pressure continues to create warm and dry weather. High pressure over the west coast will bring warmer than normal temperatures today despite variable high cloud cover spilling into the north state.

February 1, 2018 at 6:38 AM Last month’s log can be found here.