Happening Now – September 2018

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As seen from Banner Mountain

September 25, 2018 at 4:42 PM Firefighters contained the fire on Mystic Mine Road near Golden Eagle Way to less than 1/2 acre. Releasing most resources.

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September 25, 2018 at 11:36 AM All aircraft has been canceled, firefighters on the ground have a knockdown on the fire.

September 25, 2018 at 11:32 AM Garage fire into the vegetation on Quinn Place in the Granite Bay area. Numerous engines and aircraft en route.

September 25, 2018 at 9:08 AM Vehicle rollover on Hwy 20 near Pleasant Valley Road. Emergency services are on scene.

September 25, 2018 at 9:00 AM Warm with critical fire weather conditions today, showers possible this weekend. Warming to around 10 degrees above normal by midweek, then cooling Friday into the weekend. Areas of gusty northerly wind today will continue elevated fire weather concern. Slight chance of showers over the Coastal Range and northern portions of the forecast area this weekend.

September 24, 2018 at 3:31 PM Per Placer County Sheriff: All lanes of traffic on Bell Road are now open.

September 24, 2018 at 2:38 PM Accident on southbound Hwy 174 at Maple Way, no injuries reported.

September 24, 2018 at 1:46 PM Eastbound lanes of Bell Road are now open. Westbound is reduced to one lane.

September 24, 2018 at 1:33 PM Units on Bell Road have the car fire contained.

September 24, 2018 at 1:31 PM All incoming units to the reported car fire on Bell Road have been canceled.

September 24, 2018 at 1:26 PM Full wildland dispatch for a vehicle fire with extension to the vegetation on Bell Road near Carriage Lane in Auburn.

September 24, 2018 at 11:15 AM PG&E will be using helicopters to patrol electric lines in areas of Sierra, Nevada, Placer and El Dorado counties that are in extreme fire threat areas defined by the CPUC High Fire Threat map. Helicopters patrolling the electric lines will be leaving out of the Auburn Airport and typically fly Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Foresters will be in the helicopters, which will be flying low and following electric lines, in order to look for vegetation near electric lines in high fire-threat areas.

September 24, 2018 at 10:58 AM Vehicle partially blocking the roadway on Lake Vera/Purdon Road just south of Lake Vera.

September 24, 2018 at 9:52 AM NWS Sacramento update: Locally gusty winds will continue across portions of interior Northern California today through Tuesday, particularly across the northern Sacramento Valley and mountain ridges. The combination of gusty winds and low humidity will bring critical fire weather conditions. Cooler weather will arrive late this week. Computer models are hinting at a chance of showers for portions of NorCal this weekend, but confidence is low if and where these showers may occur.

September 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM Vegetation fire in the Loch Leven Lakes area, east of Cisco on the Tahoe National Forest. Ground resources are at scene. Air Attack 17 is canceling Tanker 85, no need for retardant drop at this time.

September 24, 2018 at 6:08 AM Red Flag Warning in effect until 5 PM Tuesday. Warming into Wednesday then cooling Thursday into the weekend. Areas of northerly wind today into Tuesday increasing fire weather concerns.

September 24, 2018 at 5:58 AM Summit Ridge Road, between Little York Ct and Banner Quaker Hill Rd, will be closed to through traffic for utility work and/or roadwork on September 26, 2017. The closure will take place between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM (weather permitting).

September 23, 2018 at 9:57 PM The evacuations on Laporte Road have been lifted.

September 23, 2018 at 9:46 PM Laporte IC is releasing all units with the exception of 3 engines, they have turned off the leak. The Amerigas representative to continue in, the HazMat team can cancel.

September 23, 2018 at 9:35 PM The Hazmat team will arrive on scene shortly before 10:00 p.m. Evacuations for the approximately 150 residents remain in effect at this time.

September 23, 2018 at 9:23 PM A Hazmat team is responding to the gas leak on Laporte Road.

September 23, 2018 at 9:11 PM The partial evacuation of Laporte Road in the Challenge area due to a gas leak is still in effect. Update from Yuba County Sheriff: An immediate evacuation order is in affect in the area of 10060 LaPorte Rd, Challenge due to a propane tank leak. Residents to the east of the Challenge Community Church are being asked to evacuate to the east to Woodleaf, and residents to the west of the church are to head west to the Sheriff substation, where officials give updates on the situation. We will update as soon as additional information is available.

September 23, 2018 at 4:16 PM Updates on the Brunswick Fire will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/brunswick/

September 23, 2018 at 4:10 PM First unit at scene on Brunswick Road reports a fully involved trailer and a 100 by 100 spot. All units to continue in.

September 23, 2018 at 4:07 PM Full wildland dispatch for a commercial vehicle fire, with vegetation involved on Brunswick Road between the Cedar Ridge Y and East Bennett Street. Smoke is visible from the ECC camera.

September 23, 2018 at 12:54 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 11 PM this evening to 5 PM PDT Tuesday.

September 23, 2018 at 9:55 AM Accident on Lake Vera Purdon Road near Airport Road. No injuries reported, vehicle overturned.

September 21, 2018 at 6:39 PM Thorough area check has been made, both on the ground and in the air all along Dog Bar Road. The smell of smoke has dissipated. All resources are being released.

September 21, 2018 at 6:36 PM Helicopter PJ-4 is flying in the Bear river canyon now, starting from the Dog Bar bridge. All resources are still staging in the area, should the helicopter be unable to locate any fire, the engines will be released back to their units.

September 21, 2018 at 6:30 PM Firefighters on the ground are smelling very heavy smoke, Air Attack is bringing in a helicopter to fly the canyon at low altitude.

September 21, 2018 at 6:26 PM Engines in the Dog Bar area have not located any fire. Air Attack 230 is overhead, looking for the reported fire.

September 21, 2018 at 6:21 PM Units in the area report some smoke, but no visible flames. The tankers are remaining on base for now, only Air Attack to launch.

September 21, 2018 at 6:19 PM Nevada County incoming units are to stage on the Nevada County side of the Bear, Placer units on the opposite side. Aircraft are departing the Grass Valley Air Attack Base now.

September 21, 2018 at 6:17 PM Engines are in the Dog Bar area, attempting to locate the fire. So far nothing visible.

September 21, 2018 at 6:15 PM The fire is reported as possibly in the river canyon just south of the Dog Bar bridge.

September 21, 2018 at 6:14 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Dog Bar Road near Placer Hills Road. Full wildland dispatch en route, including aircraft.

September 21, 2018 at 4:04 PM Smoke check in the area of Idaho Maryland and Brunswick Road. Units are en route.

September 21, 2018 at 11:21 AM Main IC confirms this is a false alarm. All units are being canceled.

September 21, 2018 at 11:19 AM Firefighters are responding to a commercial alarm sounding at the Center for the Arts on West Main Street in Grass Valley, possible waterline break.

September 21, 2018 at 10:05 AM Medical call near Bullards Bar dam, air ambulance on order.

September 21, 2018 at 9:36 AM Cool weekend, then above normal temperatures and winds. A low pressure system moving out the the Gulf of Alaska is predicted to move into the Pacific Northwest on Saturday. Main impact of this system will be a drop in daytime temperatures over the weekend and breezy winds over the higher Sierra elevations.

September 21, 2018 at 8:59 AM Power has been restored to 212 customers in the Lake Vera area by the PG&E crews.

September 21, 2018 at 8:17 AM Power outage in the Lake Vera/Purdon Road area.

September 20, 2018 at 8:06 PM Firefighters are mopping up as the investigation continues.

September 20,2018 at 7:53 PM A fatality has been confirmed at the fire on Old Tunnel Road. NCSO and Grass Valley Police are at scene investigating.

September 20, 2018 at 7:19 PM Several engines are being released from the incident. Firefighters held the fire to a 50 by 50 spot. Law enforcement is on scene, the fire was reportedly started by an escaped campfire.

September 20, 2018 at 7:09 PM Firefighters are making good progress, no immediate threat to structures.

Photo by Terri Pencovic

September 20, 2018 at 7:04 PM Fire on Old Tunnel Road in the Brunswick Basin. Firefighters are on scene.

September 20, 2018 at 5:54 PM Units on scene at the Penny incident on Hwy 89 just north of Hobart can handle the 1/4 acre roadside fire.

September 20, 2018 at 5:30 PM Reported vegetation fire south of Penny Pines, on the Tahoe National Forest. Units are at scene.

September 20, 2018 at 3:49 PM First unit is at scene on Pleasant Valley Road. Juvenile on a bike will need a checkup by the medic. All other units can cancel.

September 20, 2018 at 3:45 PM Vehicle accident on Pleasant Valley Road close to Hwy 20. Possibly a child on a bike hit by a car. Units are en route.

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September 20, 2018 at 3:13 PM The inmate who walked away from the Washington Ridge Camp was apprehended in the East Bay.

September 20, 2018 at 1:41 PM Updates on the Myers Fire in Camino will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/myers/

September 20, 2018 at 1:05 PM A fast moving vegetation fire in Camino is prompting evacuations on Eight Mile Road. Hwy 50 is closed in both directions, the fire is burning on both sides of the highway. Eldorado National Forest and El Dorado Sheriff, with numerous resources incoming are on scene. This will be the Meyers Fire.

September 20, 2018 at 10:27 AM First unit at scene on West Main Street in Grass Valley reports a false alarm, all incoming units are canceled.

September 20, 2018 at 10:23 AM Fire alarm sounding on Main Street across from Alta Street in Grass Valley. Units en route.

September 20, 2018 at 9:13 AM Red Flag Warning for the lower elevations, cooler weekend ahead. Northerly breezes today combined with low humidity will bring increased fire danger to the northern Sacramento valley and coast range today. RH values could drop into the single digits within this area today. Under these conditions, fire can spread quickly so be especially careful with fire today.

September 19, 2018 at 1:38 PM Critical Fire Weather Conditions through early tomorrow. Northerly wind will increase this afternoon into evening becoming gusty overnight into Thursday. Widespread poor humidity recoveries expected tonight with low daytime humidities Thursday. Combination of gusty wind, low humidity, and very dry fuels will result in critical fire weather from this evening through early Thursday evening.

September 19, 2018 at 1:11 PM Vegetation fire, now extinguished, on I-80 just west of Whitmore Grade. Units are en route.

September 19, 2018 at 9:03 AM The small spot on Northcote Lane is fully contained.

September 19, 2018 at 8:54 AM First unit reports at 20 by 30 spot, burning at a very slow rate of spread. One Cal Fire engine to continue in, all others can cancel and return to their stations.

September 19, 2018 at 8:49 AM Reported vegetation fire, roadside fire, on Northcote Lane off Red Dog Road in Nevada City. Units are en route.

September 19, 2018 at 8:30 AM An emergency response training exercise will take place at NID headquarters in Grass Valley, starting now. First responders, including fire engines and law enforcement, will be converging on the West Main Street offices. This is only a training exercise.

September 18, 2018 at 5:39 PM Accident on Hwy 20 near Melody Drive, air ambulance on order to Western Gateway Park.

September 18, 2018 at 1:26 PM Cal Fire and Higgins Fire have contained the fire at approximately 1.5 acres. All aircraft released, ground resources are mopping up.

September 18, 2018 at 1:08 PM Full wildland dispatch, including aircraft, for a reported vegetation fire on Garden Bar Road.

September 18, 2018 at 12:11 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Fire Weather Watch, which is in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon. Northerly wind will increase Wednesday evening becoming gusty overnight into Thursday. Widespread poor humidity recoveries expected Wednesday night with low daytime humidities Thursday. Combination of gusty wind, low humidity, and very dry fuels could bring critical fire weather conditions during this period.

September 18, 2018 at 7:49 AM A convict has escaped from the Washington Ridge Camp. Justin Tyquiengco is described as a 21-year old male, 5ft 8, medium built, brown eyes, black hair. If seen, please contact 911.

September 18, 2018 at 6:58 AM A possibly abandoned vehicle sitting partially in the roadway on Wolf Road, 1/4 mile from Duggans Road.

September 18, 2018 at 6:19 AM Rough&Ready Hwy between Ridge Rd and Squirrel Creek Rd, will be subject to traffic control for utility work and/or roadwork starting September 18, 2017 to September 21, 2018. Expect slight delays.

September 18, 2018 at 6:16 AM Temperatures will trend up tomorrow through Friday. Another day of below normal temperatures expected tomorrow before temperatures warm back up to normal later this week. Another cool down is expected for the weekend.

September 17, 2018 at 4:03 PM Releasing three engines from the Mill incident.

September 17, 2018 at 2:56 PM Units at the structure fire on Mill Street in Grass Valley report heavy smoke in the basement and attic. A medic and prevention officer have been requested to the scene.

September 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM Firefighters have been unable to locate a reported vegetation fire in the vicinity of I-80 and Emigrant Gap. After a thorough area check, they are returning to their respective stations. The caller likely saw interior smoldering from the fully contained North Fire. Smoke will be visible as long as logs inside the containment lines continue to smolder. There is no need to report the smoke, firefighters are still on the incident.

September 17, 2018 at 6:01 AM Return to seasonal temperatures by midweek. Cooler than normal temperatures will continue early this week before warming back up to near normal by midweek.

September 16, 2018 at 1:44 PM Confirmed fatality at the Lake Wildwood Campground. All medic units are being released.

September 16, 2018 at 1:32 PM Emergency services are responding to an incident at the Lake Wildwood Campground, reported as a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

September 15, 2018 at 2:41 PM Donner Pass Road is expected to be closed for a few hours or more due to a large tree that fell and completely blocked the roadway, east of Donner Lake Road and the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks boat ramp. Motorists must use I-80 from Donner Gate to Donner Lake Interchange as an alternate route, until further notice.Thankfully no one was hurt and there was no property damage, as the tree fell between two homes.Department of Public Works is en route to clear the roadway.

September 15, 2018 at 1:54 PM Air Attack 17 reports a small smoldering spot only, possibly an escaped camp fire. Helicopter 512 will drop a few buckets, “it won’t take very much.” One Washington Ridge crew, one patrol and one engine to continue in. Canceling all other incoming resources.

September 15, 2018 at 1:51 PM Aircraft over the Weaver incident above Bowman Lake.

September 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM High temperatures will remain below average into early next week as the upper trough lingers, but will warm slightly inland Sunday and Monday as heights/thickness rebound as the trough weakens. Overnight lows will be chilly with patchy frost possible in the mountain valleys.

September 13, 2018 at 5:03 PM Firefighters are mopping up the house fire on Jennifer Drive, they will be on scene for about 3-4 hours. The three people displaced by the fire are OK.

September 13, 2018 at 4:38 PM All roads are back open in the Higgins area after the structure fire on Jennifer Drive.

September 13, 2018 at 3:38 PM Good progress being made on the structure fire on Jennifer Drive. There is no extension to the wildland, releasing Tanker 88 back to Grass Valley.

September 13, 2018 at 2:51 AM Residential structure fire on Jennifer Drive, Higgins area. Numerous resources responding

September 13, 2018 at 9:44 AM Firefighters have thoroughly checked the North Bloomfield area and spoke with the reporting party. Any smoke visible has dissipated, no fire was located. All engines are returning to their respective stations.

September 13, 2018 at 9:39 AM Cooler weather is going to continue for the end of the week and for the weekend.

September 13, 2018 at 9:36 AM Firefighters in the area report nothing visible at this point, they are continuing to check the area.

September 13, 2018 at 9:23 AM Smoke check in the area of North Bloomfield/Graniteville Road. Engines are en route.

September 13, 2018 at 8:47 AM This morning there will be a multi-agency joint training exercise held at the Tahoe Forest Hospital. Expect an increased presence of first responders in the area near the emergency room entrance. The emergency room will remain accessible to the public without any hospital operations being impacted.

September 12, 2018 at 3:47 PM Expect delays on Hwy 20, one-way traffic operation from McGanney Ln to Upper Smartville Rd. Caltrans is doing drainage work. Thanks to reader Alice for the heads up.

September 12, 2018 at 1:50 PM Firefighters have thoroughly searched the area. County workers just felled a large tree in the area and that could have been the plume (of dust) seen by the reporting party. Engines are returning back to their stations.

September 12, 2018 at 1:38 PM Units are in the Champion Mine, Old Downieville Hwy area, nothing showing so far.

September 12, 2018 at 1:33 PM Smoke check in the Champion Mine near Newtown Road area. Numerous engines en route.

September 12, 2018 at 12:59 PM Reported vegetation fire, no details, on Ophir Road in Placer County. Units are en route.

September 12, 2018 at 11:51 AM There is a gas leak in the area of Old County Rd in Carnelian Bay. The fire has department requested a “shelter in place” order for residents in the immediate neighborhood. Approximate time frame for shelter in place is 2 hours. Deputies are on scene coordinating

September 12, 2018 at 11:37 AM Vehicle vs a power pole on High Street in Auburn.

September 12, 2018 at 10:44 AM Air ambulance has been canceled for the accident on Dog Bar Road.

September 12, 2018 at 10:33 AM Air ambulance requested to Dog Bar Road. Emergency personnel reports one major and one moderate injury to occupants of the vehicles. Dog Bar Road is closed to traffic at Morning Sun Lane.

September 12, 2018 at 10:28 AM Second ambulance requested to the accident on Dog Bar Road.

September 12, 2018 at 10:21 AM Vehicle accident, reported as a head-on collision, on Dog Bar Road near Morning Sun Lane. The roadway is blocked, emergency services en route.

September 12, 2018 at 8:19 AM Much cooler and breezier today – Red Flag Warning in effect. Gusty winds and low humidity will combine to create critical fire weather conditions.

September 11, 2018 at 5:41 PM Mockingbird IC is canceling the dozer and the crews, Air Attack is returning to Grass Valley. One water tender to continue in, all others can cancel.

September 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM Mockingbord IC requests the dozer and crews to stage on Weimar Cross and Canyon Way, Air Attack is releasing the tanker back to Grass Valley.

September 11, 2018 at 5:28 PM Air Attack 230 is over the fire on Mockingbird. Ground resources on scene report the fire is confined to the attic, no extension to the wildland.

September 11, 2018 at 5:15 PM Residential structure fire into the wildland on Mockingbird Hill, Placer Hills Fire District. Full wildland response on order.

September 11, 2018 at 6:24 AM Much cooler and breezier – Red Flag Warning today and tomorrow. Red Flag Warning from 1 PM this afternoon to 11 PM PDT Wednesday. A late summer season trough will bring gusty winds to northern California, especially over the higher terrain Tuesday and Wednesday. Relative humidity will remain low ahead of the trough, but increase late Wednesday with increased on-shore flow.

September 11, 2018 at 6:19 AM All incoming units at the accident on I-80 near Nyack have been canceled. Sadly, a confirmed fatality.

September 11, 2018 at 5:53 AM Air ambulance requested to the accident on I-80

September 11, 2018 at 5:50 AM Vehicle vs a pickup truck on westbound I-80 near Nyack. Medics passing by are evaluating the patient now.

September 11, 2018 at 5:44 AM Updates on the Vista Fire in the Slate Creek drainage in Grass Valley will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/vistagv/

September 10, 2018 at 7:38 PM Smoke in the Foothills comes from the 49,874-acre Delta Fire. Prevailing winds have shifted and the smoke will settle overnight in areas as far south as El Dorado County. The Public Health Officers for Yuba and Sutter counties and the Feather River Air Quality Management District are issuing a joint air quality health advisory to notify the public of potentially poor air quality conditions.

September 10, 2018 at 5:45 PM Reported vegetation fire, lawnmower caught on fire and spread the fire to the grass on Memory Lane across from Mt. Vernon Road in Placer County. Full wildland dispatch on order.

September 10, 2018 at 4:47 PM All clear has been given, Brunswick ramps are open again, according to Caltrans.

September 10, 2018 at 4:23 PM PG&E crews are on scene to shut off the valve, after an excavator hit a natural gas line. Traffic is very heavy in the area, use Ridge Road as an alternate route.

September 10, 2018 at 4:18 PM Smoke check in the area of Pleasant Valley Road near Birchville. Units are en route.

September 10, 2018 at 4:17 PM There are NO evacuations in the Glenbrook area, the roadway and access from and to Hwy 49 remains closed.

September 10, 2018 at 3:45 PM Please avoid the Brunswick Basin area in Grass Valley for the next 45 minutes to an hour. A construction accident has caused a natural gas leak. Emergency services are on scene and all exits leading to Brunswick Basin are closed at this time.

September 10, 2018 at 11:39 AM Red Flag Warning: Critical Fire Weather Conditions Tues-Wed for higher elevations.

September 10, 2018 at 7:30 AM Cooling temperatures and breezy winds this week. High clouds continue to stream into far northern California from the west while clear skies cover the remainder of interior NorCal.

September 10, 2018 at 7:26 AM Reported vegetation fire, small grass fire, on Ivywood Court near Coldsprings Drive in Foresthill. Units are en route.

September 10, 2018 at 7:17 AM As of this morning, the Sigler Fire is 100% contained, the North Fire remains at 1,120 acres and 77% contained.

September 9, 2018 at 9:25 AM Cooler weather pattern next week. A cooler weather pattern looks to be setting up for next week. This will bring cooler temperatures along with breezy conditions at times. No rain is expected.

September 8, 2018 at 2:19 PM Fire near Sierraville contained, mop-up operations starting.

September 8, 2018 at 1:58 PM Dozer on scene at the vegetation fire near the Deerwater airstrip/Campbell Hotsprings in Sierraville. Tankers en route.

September 8, 2018 at 1:28 PM Vegetation fire reported at the Campbell Hotsprings near Sierraville, full wildland response en route.

September 8, 2018 at 12:38 PM Smoke report from Oregon Peak, likely the English fire on the Tahoe.

September 8, 2018 at 12:27 PM Air Attack is reporting two spots, about 1/4 acre burning as a ground fire only . Slow rate of spread, difficult access. Air Attack is releasing Tanker 89 back to Grass Valley, a helicopter will do bucket drops.

September 8, 2018 at 12:23 PM Air Attack 230 and Tanker 88 are over the reported fire near English Mountain. Ground resources on scene are requesting law enforcement to respond, possible target shooters in the area where the fire started.

September 8, 2018 at 11:48 AM Reported vegetation fire near Catfish Lake and English Mountain (Jackson Meadows Reservoir area). Full wildland response on order. Third-hand report, no size-up yet.

September 7, 2018 at 7:08 PM Smoke from the Delta and Hirz fires in Shasta County is moving south. While the sunset will be beautiful, the air quality wil suffer.

September 7, 2018 at 3:34 PM Vehicle accident on Pleasant Valley Road near the Holiday Market.

September 7, 2018 at 2:33 PM Bridgeport/Buttermilk IC reports the final acreage as 0.84 acres.

September 7, 2018 at 2:08 PM The fire on Buttermilk Trail is now fully contained.

September 7, 2018 at 2:03 PM Aircraft released from the fire on Buttermilk Trail.

September 7, 2018 at 1:50 PM Firefighters on scene report 1/2 to 1 acre. Aircraft are overhead. No evacuations at this time.

September 7, 2018 at 1:20 PM Full wildland dispatch for a 100 by 30 ft spot on Pleasant Valley Road near Buttermilk Trail in the North San Juan area.

September 7, 2018 at 8:52 AM Poker IC reports a hoseline around both fires, firefighters are starting to mop up.

September 7, 2018 at 8:45 AM Poker IC is canceling the dozers, firefighters are making good progress.

September 7, 2018 at 8:44 AM The slow lane of eastbound Hwy 20 is being shut down to facilitate firefighter access.

September 7, 2018 at 8:42 AM Watch for fire engines and heavy equipment on eastbound 20 near Poker Flats. Hwy 20 remains open at this time.

September 7, 2018 at 8:40 AM Poker IC reports 2 fires, 1/4 to 1/2 acre in grass and brush. Firefighters are starting to suppress both.

September 7, 2018 at 8:30 AM New reported vegetation fire on Hwy 20 near Poker Flats Road in the Penn Valley area. Numerous units en route.

September 7, 2018 at 7:55 AM Firefighters have checked the Bennett Street and surrounding areas to their satisfaction, no fire found.

September 7, 2018 at 7:44 AM Firefighters in the Bennett Street area are checking for any obvious campfires, so far nothing showing except a light haze.

September 7, 2018 at 7:41 AM Heat increases across the region on Friday, smoke and haze persist. Areas of smoke and haze across interior NorCal will be concentrated mainly in the northern areas. A cooling trend develops this weekend and continues into next week.

September 7, 2018 at 7:37 AM Smoke check in the area of Bennett Street in Grass Valley. Engines en route.

September 7, 2018 at 6:58 AM Heads up, a person walking in the roadway on Hwy 174 near Peardale Road.

September 6, 2018 at 7:07 PM Accident in front of the Chevron station on Hwy 49 at Combie Road. All lanes are clear.

September 6, 2018 at 3:06 PM

Update from the National Weather Service in Sacramento:

September 6, 2018 at 10:56 AM Per Auburn City Fire, small debris fire only, units on scene can handle. Canceling all incoming resources.

September 6, 2018 at 10:51 AM Full wildland dispatch to a reported vegetation fire on Auburn Folsom Road across from Pacific Avenue, south of Auburn.

September 6, 2018 at 8:57 AM Locally gusty west to southwest winds over higher mountain elevations possible through Saturday as low pressure over the northeastern Pacific moves into the Pacific Northwest. Turning much cooler with stronger winds possible next week as a deeper (stronger) low pressure system moves into the region.

September 6, 2018 at 7:50 AM Slight warm up with a side of smoke. Temperatures will be near to slightly above normal on Thursday. Areas of smoke and haze will continue, especially for the more northern areas of the interior NorCal region.

September 5, 2018 at 4:47 PM The Nevada County Public Health Officer and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District are issuing a joint air quality health advisory to notify the public of potentially poor air quality conditions through this weekend resulting mainly from the North Fire in Placer County. Conditions are expected to vary widely from Good to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, reaching the Unhealthy range in some areas, depending on wind direction, fire behavior and other factors. Smoke is expected to settle in the Truckee area at night and occasionally be carried directly from the fire during the daytime if winds are from the west.

September 5, 2018 at 8:05 AM Dry, hazy and very mild – emphasis on hazy. Expect haze and smoke to intensify as the day progresses, especially higher up and in the Truckee area.

September 4, 2018 at 6:28 PM Northstar Fire Department: Drift smoke advisory issued for Northstar due to the North fire in the area of Emigrant gap. No threat to Northstar at this time.

September 4, 2018 at 3:26 PM Updates on the Foresthill Fire/Sliger Fire will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/foresthill/ The fire has been renamed the Sliger Fire by AEU.

September 4, 2018 at 3:17 PM The fire has a significant potential to cross the river, spotting ahead of itself and burning at a moderate to rapid rate of spread. Three heavy tankers, three helicopters ordered to the fire.

September 4, 2018 at 3:14 PM The fire is located in the Middle Fork of the American River, south of Foresthill Road. Tanker 100 is dropping on the fire now.

September 4, 2018 at 3:09 PM The fire is estimated at 20 acres now, well established in the canyon already. The fire is being transitioned to the El Dorado unit at this time. Spot fire is reported midslope, there is a strong possibility this will spot over to the Placer County side.

September 4, 2018 at 3:04 PM Tanker 88 and Tanker 100 on order to the new fire, also doubling the initial dispatch of ground resources.

September 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM Now full wildland dispatch to the reported fire on Foresthill Road on the Auburn side of the ravine. Also, a new fire approximately 5 acres in size, north of Georgetown.

September 4, 2018 at 2:56 PM Reported vegetation fire on Foresthill Road near Drivers Flat, Cal Fire and TNF engines en route.

September 4, 2018 at 12:56 PM From CHP Grass Valley: 9/1/18 was our DUI checkpoint. It was located on Colfax Ave (SR-174) at Henderson St. We screened over 100 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint that night. Out of those vehicles, we arrested one person for DUI. We also cited one person for driving on a suspended license, and wrote one infraction for a fix it ticket. We would like to thank our Community for the support and encouragement they have shown over the years when we conduct the checkpoints. It truly feels like we are working together to make our world a safer place.

Thank You

September 4, 2018 at 11:16 AM First unit at scene on Sterling Trail reports no fire, just operator error. All units are canceling.

September 4, 2018 at 11:06 AM Residential structure fire, reported as a stove fire on Sterling Trail. Dobbins Fire en route.

September 4, 2018 at 10:39 AM Commercial vehicle fire on Hwy 20 near Rough&Ready Hwy. Smoke seen and smell of burning brakes. Units en route.

September 4, 2018 at 8:57 AM

Current PM2.5 AQI levels in the Colfax area have reached: 155 AQI (Unhealthy) on Tuesday, September 4.

PM2.5 AQI 151-200 People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children are the groups most at risk, especially when they are physically active. Persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly may experience increased aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality. The general population may experience increased respiratory effects. U.S. EPA cautions that “people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.” ‘Prolonged’ generally means four or more hours with short rest periods. ‘Heavy exertion’ is that which would increase the resting breathing rate four fold or greater. You can reduce exposure to particulate material by: – Reducing the intensity and duration of your outdoor activities – Postponing outdoor activities to days when particulate levels are lower

Air Quality for other cities in the Sacramento region:
Arden Arcade: Moderate (PM2.5)
Auburn: Moderate (PM2.5)
Colfax: Unhealthy (PM2.5)
Davis: Moderate (PM2.5)
Downtown Sacramento: Moderate (PM2.5)
Elk Grove: Moderate (PM2.5)
Folsom: Moderate (PM2.5)
Grass Valley: Moderate (PM2.5)
Rio Vista: Moderate (PM2.5)
Roseville: Moderate (PM2.5)
Sloughhouse: Moderate (PM2.5)
Vacaville: Good (PM2.5)
Woodland: Good (PM2.5)
Yuba City: Moderate (PM2.5)

September 4, 2018 at 6:42 AM Back to Summer temperatures. Above normal temperatures continue on Tuesday under the influence of high pressure.

September 4, 2018 at 6:14 AM In Placer County, Interstate 80, the westbound and eastbound Yuba Gap off-ramps and the westbound, eastbound Emigrant off-ramps are closed due to the North Fire. The eastbound Laing off-ramp is closed. The estimated time of clearing is not available. A detour is not provided.

September 3, 2018 at 9:29 PM Power outage on Banner Lava Cap Road has been reduced to 196 homes. PG&E repair crew is at scene, estimated time of full restoration is 10:45 pm.

September 3, 2018 at 9:27 PM Smoke from the 650-acre North Fire is filtering into Nevada, Placer and El Dorado counties. Expect to wake up to the smell of smoke as the nightly inversion pushes particulates closer to the ground.

September 3, 2018 at 8:34 PM A smoke check in the Loma Rica Road area in Yuba County turned out to be a homeowner having a burn pile – which he lit with a propane torch.

September 3, 2018 at 8:01 PM Power outage affecting 1,211 customers along Banner Lava Cap Road and Idaho Maryland Road. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

September 3, 2018 at 8:00 PM The earlier small spot on Hampshire Roacks near the Rainbow Lodge has rekindled. Units are on scene.

September 3, 2018 at 7:29 PM Report of a possible escaped campfire at the Oregon Creek Campground, near the Hwy 49 bridge on the middle fork of the Yuba, units are en route.

September 3, 2018 at 3:26 PM Updates on the North Fire will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/north/

September 3, 2018 at 3:13 PM Air Attack 17 is en route to the North Fire from Grass Valley.

September 3, 2018 at 3:11 PM No size-up on the North Fire yet, caller stated is was “very large.” One unit is making their way to the incident on the 19 Forest Road.

September 3, 2018 at 3:01 PM Full wildland dispatch for a vegetation fire, reported across the river from the North Fork Campground on the Tahoe National Forest in the Texas Hill area.

September 3, 2018 at 2:24 PM First unit at scene on Hampshire Rock Road reports a 20 by 20 spot. One additional engines to continue in, all others are canceled.

September 3, 2018 at 2:18 PM Now a full wildland dispatch on order for the fire south of I-80.

September 3, 2018 at 2:16 PM Smoke check in the area of the old Rainbow Lodge south of I-80. Units en route, have the smoke in sight.

September 3, 2018 at 1:16 PM Wheeler Acres Road is reopened, the incident has concluded.

September 3, 2018 at 1:01 PM The reported debris burn on Summit Ridge is a (pretty smoky)  BBQ, all units are canceling.

September 3, 2018 at 12:58 PM Units have arrived on Summit Ridge Drive, they will investigate and attempt to locate the debris burn.

September 3, 2018 at 12:42 PM Debris investigation, reported as a possible burn pile, on Summit Ridge Drive, across of Banner Quaker. Numerous engines en route.

September 3, 2018 at 10:25 AM Code Red Alert from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office: This is the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. There is a subject contained in a backyard with a knife and gun on the 13500 block of Dog Bar Road. If you are in the area please shelter in place until the situation is resolved. Thank you!

September 3, 2018 at 10:15 AM Warm, dry and uneventful weather. Clear skies across interior NorCal early this morning other than a few high clouds across the far northern portion of the state and some stratus extending locally inland from the coast.

September 3, 2018 at 10:08 AM CHP Grass Valley traffic alert: Wheeler Acres at Dog Bar Rd is closed due to police activity at this time. We will update you when we have the roadway open.

September 3, 2018 at 10:05 AM Helicopter over Alta Sierra is law enforcement related, activity is in the Wheeler Acres area.

September 2, 2018 at 10:38 PM Accident on Hwy 174 near Behr Road, reported by a reader. Emergency services on site.

September 2, 2018 at 4:40 PM 20-acre fire near Reno is putting up a smoke column that can be seen in Truckee. No threat to any structures.

September 2, 2018 at 12:33 PM Minivan into the trees on Dog Bar Road near Lodestar Drive. Emergency services on scene.

September 2, 2018 at 12:14 PM Vehicle accident on Alta Sierra Drive near Little Valley Road. The roadway is blocked by the two cars, emergency services en route.

September 1, 2018 at 8:57 AM Nice weather for the Labor Day Weekend across NorCal. Temperatures will be a bit warmer than what we have been seeing running just above average.

September 1, 2018 at 8:44 AM Last month’s log can be found here.

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