Happening Now – November 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.

November 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM Roadway is clear at Hwy 49 and Combie, but still very slow between Grass Valley past Alta Sierra.


November 14, 2019 at 6:28 PM Three car collision on Hwy 49 at Pingree, emergency services en route. Please avoid Hwy 49 between Grass Valley and Lake of the Pines.

November 14, 2019 at 6:12 PM Use caution on Hwy 49 between Alta Sierra and Combie. Motorcycle down near Auburn Road and a two-car collision near Combie with minor to moderate injuries reported. Emergency services are on scene, traffic is very congested.

November 14, 2019 at 6:07 PM Accident on northbound Hwy 49 at Combie Road. Emergency services en route, no report on injuries.

November 14, 2019 at 3:32 PM Non-injury accident at the Empire Street on ramp for southbound Hey 49 in Grass Valley.

November 14, 2019 at 11:12 AM Use extreme caution on Hwy 174 near the church at Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. A lot of foot traffic due to the food bank distribution going on now.

November 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM Accident on southbound Hwy 49 between Round Valley Road and Quail Creek. Emergency services on scene.

November 14, 2019 at 9:30 AM Non-injury collision on northbound Hwy 49 at the Idaho-Maryland off ramp. Lanes are clear.

November 14, 2019 at 6:51 AM Slightly cooler temperatures today, very warm and breezy weekend ahead. Breezy northerly winds are likely across the region on Saturday.

November 13, 2019 at 5:58 PM Vehicle accident on Drunken Miners Road and Hwy 49 on the San Juan Ridge, emergency services en route.

November 13, 2019 at 12:43 PM Non injury accident with lanes blocked on Hwy 49 near Old Downieville Hwy. Emergency services are on scene.

November 13, 2019 at 8:31 AM

Alta Sierra, between Tippy and Norlene, will be closed to through traffic for utility work and/or roadwork today, 11/13, between 7AM-7PM. Access to businesses/residences will be maintained, however through traffic will be required to use an alternate route.

November 13, 2019 at 8:29 AM Update from Nevada County

November 13, 2019 at 7:10 AM Slight cooling today, but still warm and dry. No noticeable change in weather, highs returning to well above average this weekend.

November 13, 2019 at 7:07 AM Pleasant Valley Road is closed at Lake Wildwood Drive after a later night accident. Vehicle vs pole with the power and telecom lines damaged.

November 12, 2019 at 3:36 PM Resources assigned to the Lake Oroville Ponderosa Diversion are being canceled, including all aircraft.

November 12, 2019 at 3:32 PM Air Attack 230 is over the area where the fire was reported at Lake Oroville. Nothing showing so far.

November 12, 2019 at 3:20 PM Air Attack and two tankers departed from the Grass Valley air base to a reported vegetation fire near Lake Oroville. No active fires in Nevada, Yuba or Placer counties at this time.

November 12, 2019 at 7:03 AM Mild temperatures will continue across interior NorCal today. Cooling trend this week, but above normal high temperatures continue. Warmer this weekend.

November 11, 2019 at 7:51 PM Reported illegal debris burn on Cruzon Grade on the San Juan Ridge, units en route.

November 11, 2019 at 2:59 PM Car vs tree on McKnight on ramp to northbound Hwy 49. Emergency services on scene.

November 11, 2019 at 9:17 AM At times breezy winds and well above average high temperatures this Veterans Day. Locally breezy northeast winds Monday. Mid to late week, cooling temperatures and continued dry.

November 10, 2019 at 7:31 PM Hwy 49 at Indian Flat is fully open again.

November 10, 2019 at 6:00 PM Fatal accident on Hwy 49 in front of the Willo/Indian Flat Road.

November 10, 2019 at 11:06 AM Power outage in North San Juan has been reduced to 193 customers. Estimated time of complete restoration is noon today.

November 9, 2019 at 11:21 PM Vehicle vs power pole, pole reported on the car, 1/2 mile west of Petersons Corner on Hwy 49 on the San Juan Ridge. Emergency services en route, unknown if occupants are still in the vehicle.

November 9, 2019 at 10:57 PM Power outage on the San Juan Ridge. Estimated restoration time 2:15 am. Crew en route

November 9, 2019 at 10:05 PM Firefighters are transporting one patient to the landing zone for the air ambulance, other patients will be transported by ground ambulance.

November 9, 2019 at 9:55 PM Emergency services requesting an additional ambulance to an accident on Lazy Dog Road east of Nevada City.

November 9, 2019 at 10:03 AM No change, dry and mild weather continues. Above normal highs will continue for today with 70s and 80s across the Valley/Foothills and 50s and 60s in the Mountains.

November 9, 2019 at 9:52 AM We are aware that the video from last night’s town hall is unavailable at this time. Seems a short piece of music was playing before the meeting started and it has raised a copyright issue. A new version without the music will be uploaded by NC Media and we’ll post the new URL.

November 9, 2019 at 9:49 AM Traffic is still backed up between Gold Flat and the Brunswick off ramp. One lane remains blocked. Use an alternate route of possible.

November 9, 2019 at 9:53 AM Major injury collision on southbound Hwy 49 near Banner Lava Cap. Overturned vehicle. Air Ambulance on order.

November 8, 2019 at 3:30 PM You’ll be able to watch the PSPS Aftermath Town Hall live at this link, starting at 6:00 pm. (link will be live at 5:55 pm.)

November 8, 2019 at 6:51 AM Quiet weather weekend ahead. Our quiet and mild weather is going to continue into the weekend and beyond.

November 7, 2019 at 5:21 PM Stalled RV on Hwy 174 just south of the Bear River, heading towards Colfax. Reduce speed and use extreme caution in the area.

November 7, 2019 at 12:48 PM Logtown IC reports forward progress stopped, they have a wetline around the fire. Commitment time is approximately 4 hours for mop up.

November 7, 2019 at 12:34 PM Logtown IC is requesting 4 additional engines and 1 handcrew. The fire is holding at 5 acres, structure threat is mitigated for the most part and firefighters are making good progress. Tankers 88 and 89 are over the incident with Air Attack 230.

November 7, 2019 at 12:19 PM

November 7, 2019 at 11:24 AM News from NID’s meeting: On Wednesday, NID’s Board of Directors approved starting negotiations with PG&E that could eventually lead to the purchase of the embattled power provider’s assets and operations in the region. Details here: https://yubanet.com/regional/nid-board-of-directors-approves-negotiations-with-pge-that-could-lead-to-local-control-of-electrical-distribution/

November 7, 2019 at 6:23 AM No change in weather forecast: Dry and mild, repeat. Dry weather with warmer than normal daytime temperatures will continue through at least early next week.

November 6, 2019 at 10:34 PM First unit at scene reports well-involved passenger vehicle, no extension or threat to the vegetation. Canceling most incoming units.

November 6, 2019 at 10:31 PM Numerous engines en route to a reported passenger vehicle fire with possible extension to the wildland near Doris Drive in Grass Valley.

November 6, 2019 at 5:28 PM The Town of Washington is without power and phones, according to a report. 1,240 customers affected. Camptonville and Pike are also affected, 440 customers in the dark.

November 6, 2019 at 5:02 PM Update on the San Juan power outage. A contractor hit a transmission pole with a bulldozer. Power will be restored possibly after midnight.

PG&E crews are out at the incident, they’ll need to remove the broken pieces, install a new pole and fix the lines.

November 6, 2019 at 4:51 PM PG&E outage along Indian Springs Road is affecting 235 customers, cause unknown. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

November 6, 2019 at 3:43 PM A power outage affecting 1,152 PG&E customers on the San Juan Ridge is expected to be resolved by 6:30 pm. No cause available yet, but it is not a planned maintenance or a PSPS.

November 6, 2019 at 1:15 PM Accident on Penn Valley Drive, emergency services en route.

November 6, 2019 at 6:52 AM Warm and dry weather will continue across the region today. Warm temperatures and dry conditions are forecast to continue through the weekend. Even though winds are expected to stay light, dry conditions can lead to easier fire starts. Please practice wildfire safety!

November 5, 2019 at 10:17 PM First unit at scene on Valley Drive reports no injuries to occupants of the vehicle, per CHP. All incoming units are being canceled

November 5, 2019 at 10:11 PM A vehicle into a front yard on Valley Drive off Rough&Ready Highway. Numerous emergency services en route.

November 5, 2019 at 4:23 PM All lanes blocked on Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge Road just east of Nevada City.

November 5, 2019 at 4:20 PM Buttermilk Bend trail at the South Yuba River State Park is closed for improvements and repairs. The expected construction time is five weeks. Repairs and improvements include new and repaired bridges, an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant section starting at the north parking lot at Bridgeport Crossing and general trail stabilization throughout the trail. State Parks had to close the trail due to construction and limited access along the narrow pathways. State Park crews and the California Conservation are partnering to complete the project, they appreciate visitors’ patience and cooperation.

November 5, 2019 at 3:57 PM Reported head on collision on Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge Road. One lane open only, traffic is backing up. Expect delays and use extreme caution in the area.

November 5, 2019 at 10:45 AM Firefighters have extinguished the small spot on Hwy 49 near Harmony Ridge Road. Reduce your speed in the area.

November 5, 2019 at 10:31 AM Smoke from previous prescribed fires may be visible in the Foresthill area. Details here

November 5, 2019 at 10:30 AM

November 5, 2019 at 7:22 AM Warm and uneventful weather through the rest of the week. Well above average temperatures will continue today across interior NorCal.

November 4, 2019 at 2:40 PM

November 4, 2019 at 12:31 PM CAL FIRE/Placer County firefighters responding to the report of multiple vegetation fires. Small spots on the side of road East bound interstate 80 from Elm Ave to Russell Road (Placer County).

November 4, 2019 at 7:57 AM Accident on southbound Hwy 49 near Streeter Road, the two vehicles are on the right hand side.

November 4, 2019 at 7:52 AM Emergency services on scene at Hwy 49 near Rush Creek report a vehicle down the embankment, two occupants are out of the car and not injured. Use caution in the area and reduce speed

November 4, 2019 at 7:17 AM Report of a vehicle down the embankment on Hwy 49 near Rush Creek. Units en route.

November 4, 2019 at 6:45 AM Warm and dry weather will continue across the region for an extended period. Highs will be around 5 to 15 degrees above average for early November. Dry weather is forecast to continue across NorCal through mid-November.

November 3, 2019 at 6:47 PM Reported smell of electrical fire at the Roadway Inn on Lincoln Way in North Auburn. Units en route.

November 3, 2019 at 6:33 PM Numerous units at scene of a structure fire on Red Dog Road near Quaker Hill Crossroad outside of Nevada City. Firefighters contained the fire to the garage, mop up is in progress.

November 3, 2019 at 6:23 PM New outage along Byers Lane off McCourtney, affecting 102 customers. PG&E crew is in the area.

November 3, 2019 at 5:21 PM Power has been restored to the Peardale/Chicago Park area. with the exception of 109 customers along Sunshine Valley.

November 3, 2019 at 2:11 PM PG&E now lists outage affecting 796 customers in the Peardale/Chicago Park area. A crew has been assigned to the outage.

November 3, 2019 at 1:47 PM Reports are coming in of a power outage on Meadow View in Peardale and the Chicago Park and “flickering” power on Greenhorn Access Road. Please report any outages to PG&E immediately.

November 3, 2019 at 1:31 PM Report of a vehicle fire on Lake City Road near Tyler Foote Road. First unit at scene reports a fully involved vehicle.

November 3, 2019 at 12:48 PM NorthOps Predictive services outlook for November: Above Normal Significant Fire Potential forecast.

November 3, 2019 at 10:56 AM First unit at scene in Foresthill reports a small spot only, canceling all incoming units.

November 3, 2019 at 10:55 AM Reported vegetation fire on Foresthill Road at the Sierra Dawn Apartments in Foresthill. Units en route.

November 2, 2019 at 3:27 PM Units out to check a possible backyard debris burn on Banner Lava Cap Road. The burn ban is still in effect.

November 2, 2019 at 12:58 PM Firefighters have thoroughly checked the Pliocene Ridge area, no fire visible.

November 2, 2019 at 12:12 PM Smoke check on Pliocene Ridge on the Tahoe National Forest. Units are in route.

November 2, 2019 at 9:12 AM Units at scene report one lane is blocked on East Empire Street.

November 2, 2019 at 9:09 AM Vehicle accident on East Empire and Empire Mine Crossroads, reported as a vehicle vs pole. Units en route.

November 2, 2019 at 8:53 AM Fall weather just as it should be, dry and mild with no wind events. A warm fall weekend is in store for interior NorCal. Daytime temperatures will be 5-15 degrees above normal for early November, though overnight temperatures will still be cool.

November 1, 2019 at 3:32 PM Multi-vehicle accident, no injuries reported, on southbound Dorsey Drive on Hwy 49. Emergency services are on scene.  Traffic is backing up, avoid the area if possible.

November 1, 2019 at 3:29 PM Longest weekend of the year ahead of us. Don’t forget to #FallBack tomorrow night! #DaylightSavingTime ends tomorrow at 2:00 am.

November 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM Report of fire on Hwy 49 appears unfounded.

November 1, 2019 at 7:52 AM Report of a possible grass fire on Hwy 49 at Cameo Drive.

November 1, 2019 at 7:05 AM

November 1, 2019 at 6:00 AM Dry and mild with neither wind nor rain in sight. A little milder temperatures are expected across interior NorCal today to begin the month of November.

November 1, 2019 at 0:01 AM Last month’s log is available here.