Happening Now – August 2018

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August 18, 2018 at 11:01 AM

August 17, 2018 at 7:08 PM Accident at Edwards Crossing, Minivan into several cars. Units will try to make access.

August 17, 2018 at 6:17 PM Head-on collision on Hwy 49 at Old Downieville Hwy in Nevada City. Units are on scene, the northbound lanes are blocked.

August 17, 2018 at 12:52 PM All units dispatched to the Drum Forebay incident are being canceled, no fire.

August 17, 2018 at 12:29 PM Full wildland dispatch to a reported big rig fire with extension to the vegetation on westbound I-80 at Drum Forebay.

August 17, 2018 at 11:55 AM Firefighters on scene have contained the spot at the roundabout in Truckee. Canceling all incoming units.

August 17, 2018 at 11:52 AM Vegetation fire at the roundabout of I-80 and Hwy 89 in Truckee. Numerous engines en route.

August 17, 2018 at 10:02 AM Warmer than normal, elevated fire risk on Saturday. High pressure rebuilding over the state will bring fair skies and above normal temperatures this weekend. The more stable conditions and lighter winds may, however, allow for fire smoke from the many Norcal wildfires to accumulate again especially in the central valley where skies may be a bit hazier than they have been over the last few days. A bit more onshore flow will bring a slight cooling on Sunday some areas as the upper high pressure system shifts eastward. This may also bring slightly clearer air.

August 17, 2018 at 9:38 AM Small column of smoke reported on eastbound I-80 near Bell Road, units en route.

August 16, 2018 at 5:48 PM First unit on Ponderosa reports a small spot on the hillside, canceling all aircraft, dozers, crews and most engines.

August 16, 2018 at 5:47 PM Full wildland dispatch for a vegetation fire off South Ponderosa Way west of Brighton in Grass Valley.

August 16, 2018 at 5:34 PM Reported residential structure fire on South Auburn Street has been determined to be a false alarm.

August 16, 2018 at 5:11 PM Alexandra IC reports the forward progress of the fire has been stopped. Estimated at a 100 by 100 spot, no threat to structures. The IC is canceling the aircraft and all incoming resources with the exception of one engine.

August 16, 2018 at 5:10 PM Air Attack 230 is en route to the incident with Tanker 89.

August 16, 2018 at 5:08 PM First unit has arrived at scene, all units to continue in.

August 16, 2018 at 5:05 PM The fire is reported as white smoke seen in an open field.

August 16, 2018 at 5:01 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Alexandra Way in Alta Sierra. Full wildland dispatch on order.

August 16, 2018 at 4:30 PM Accident on Hwy 49 near Christian Life Way, lanes are blocked. Expect delays in the area and use an alternate route of possible. Emergency services are on scene.

August 16, 2018 at 4:05 PM Smoke report from Pike County lookout, in the New York Flat Road area. Units are being dispatched now.

August 16, 2018 at 4:01 PM Rough&Ready Road is open again and Rough&Ready Fire is returning to their stations. The low-hanging lines turned out to be cable lines.

August 16, 2018 at 2:07 PM Oregon Peak reports nothing showing at this time, the smoke has completely dissipated.

August 16, 2018 at 2:01 PM Smoke report from Oregon Peak, grey top smoke, already dissipating. Firefighters en route to Frenchtown Road to check for smoke.

August 16, 2018 at 1:59 PM First unit at scene on Rough&Ready Road reports low-hanging power lines. The road will be shut down and PG&E notified. Unknown time of reopening.

August 16, 2018 at 1:56 PM Traffic hazard on Rough&Ready Road at Rough&Ready Highway, lanes completely blocked by downed power lines. Engines are en route.

August 16, 2018 at 11:29 AM First unit at scene on I-80 states the truck has only hot brakes, no fire. Canceling the incoming units.

August 16, 2018 at 11:19 AM Commercial vehicle fire on westbound I-80 near Crystal Springs. Truck is on the Runaway truck ramp with a brake fire. No extension to the vegetation yet.

August 16, 2018 at 7:57 AM Seasonal temperatures today, then warming up again. Near normal temperatures today, then warming to above normal Friday and Saturday, followed by minor cooling Sunday into early next week. Smoke from wildfires will continue to locally impact air quality.

August 16, 2018 at 7:27 AM Units will check the area after making contact with the reported subject. At this time, no fire.

August 16, 2018 at 7:19 AM Firefighters en route to North Bloomfield Road after a report of a subject lighting paper on fire along the roadside. No fire reported.

August 15, 2018 at 4:47 PM Sterling IC is releasing some of the units assigned.

August 15, 2018 at 4:29 PM Report of a residential structure fire on Sterling Court near West McKnight Way. Units en route.

August 15, 2018 at 2:22 PM Updates on the Wolf Fire will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/wolf/

August 15, 2018 at 2:16 PM Road closures and evacuations in effect. Lime Kiln at Duggans is closed. Please avoid the area. The fire is estimated at 2 acres, air resources overhead

August 15, 2018 at 1:52 PM Full wildland dispatch to a reported vegetation fire on the 15000 block of Wolf Road in the vicinity of Lime Kiln Road in the Higgins Fire district.

August 15, 2018 at 6:41 AM Heat will be back this weekend while smoke continues to linger. Near normal temperatures expected today into Thursday, then warming to above normal Friday into the weekend.

August 14, 2018 at 5:24 PM Tanker 88 confirms no fire in the Rollins Lake area and is returning to Grass Valley. All resources in the area are being canceled.

August 14, 2018 at 5:21 PM Full wildland dispatch for a reported fire at the Orchard Springs Campground is about to be canceled. The reported column was dust from a truck. Tanker overhead and a few engines in the area just to confirm the false alarm.

August 14, 2018 at 10:21 AM Area wildfires continue to bring smoky conditions across northern California, especially in the vicinity of the Carr, Donnell, and Mendocino Complex fires. Inversions will return early this week, trapping the smoke once again.

August 14, 2018 at 10:16 AM Hazy but cool – slight chance of thunderstorms in the higher elevations. Hazy sunshine with areas of smoke will continue across the region on Tuesday as an onshore flow brings cooler air inland. There will be a slight chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms for the high country areas of eastern California including the Sierra Nevada/southern Cascades as some monsoonal moisture works northward.

August 13, 2018 at 4:01 PM All units en route to Squaw Valley are being canceled, false alarm.

August 13, 2018 at 3:58 PM Possible residential structure fire with extension to the wildland in the area of Russell Road in Squaw Valley, units en route.

August 13, 2018 at 3:40 PM Reported vegetation fire in on Green Valley Road in Rescue, El Dorado County. Placer crews en route to assist.

August 13, 2018 at 3:19 PM The Uren Fire is in mop-up stage, some resources are being released.

Photo courtesy Marty Martines

August 13, 2018 at 2:54 PM Forward progress of the fire has been stopped, firefighters are completing the hoselay around the perimeter now.

Mop-up operations will take 2 hours.

August 13, 2018 at 2:50 PM Firefighters are making progress on the left flank of the fire, preventing it from getting further into the underbrush. Battalion 1 is on scene, now Uren IC. Expect a road closure shortly.

August 13, 2018 at 2:44 PM Vegetation fire in Nevada City, Hwy 20 and Uren Street. Numerous engines en route. First unit reports 1/4 to 1/2 acre in the understory, continue the response.

August 13, 2018 at 2:43 PM Due to extreme wildfire conditions and risk to lives and property, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has closed its forestlands in California.SPI takes pride in allowing non-motorized public access for hunting and other recreational values but must take this action to protect resources and public safety. This follows similar announcements by other industrial timberland owners throughout the western United States. This closure will be in effect until conditions change.

August 13, 2018 at 12:30 PM Approximately ten minutes ago, firefighters had the spot on Purdon fully contained. The size remained 20 by 20.

August 13, 2018 at 11:56 AM H-24 is en route to Purdon Crossing to recover the victim, NCSO deputies are on scene.

August 13, 2018 at 11:24 AM 20 by 20 spot on Purdon Road approximately 1/2 mile up from Purdon Crossing on the Nevada City side. Battalion 1 happened on the fire, has knockdown on it. Two engines requested to the fire, they have to come from the Nevada City side since the bridge at Purdon cannot bear the weight of a fire engine.

August 13, 2018 at 11:02 AM The medical rescue at Purdon sadly turned into a fatality. NCSO en route, H-24 will assist later with the recovery,

August 13, 2018 at 10:19 AM CHP Helicopter H24 is over the incident at Purdon Crossing, this ship has rescue capabilities. CPR in progress.

August 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM Rescue and medic units have arrived at scene on the South Yuba near Purdon Crossing. The report of the incident was made from the call box installed at Purdon Crossing.

August 13, 2018 at 9:38 AM Medical rescue upstream from Purdon Crossing for a seizure patient. North San Juan Fire and Consolidated units are being dispatched. Patient is located river right in the China Basin area.

August 13, 2018 at 9:14 AM Smoke forecast for today shows increased haze over the area.

August 13, 2018 at 9:11 AM Mountain Thunderstorms, Wildfire Smoke, Increasing Temperatures Late Week. Seasonably hot weather will continue across interior NorCal today.

August 13, 2018 at 7:35 AM Forward progress of the fire has been stopped on Marysville Road, firefighters are mopping up.

August 13, 2018 at 7:24 AM First unit on scene at Marysville Road reports several spots, now merging together – about 1/2 acre at this time. Burning uphill at a slow rate of spread they could possibly be a threat to structures, all units to continue in.

August 13, 2018 at 7:15 AM Reported roadside spots on Marysville Road in the Dobbins area – between Collins Lake Road and the hardware store. Units en route.

August 12, 2018 at 7:34 PM Illegal debris fire reported on Town View Drive in Auburn.

August 12, 2018 at 7:27 PM Units at scene on McKnight Way can handle the spot, all incoming units are being canceled.

August 12, 2018 at 7:23 PM Small spot on McKnight Way behind the IHOP restaurant. First unit reports a 100 by 100 spot.

August 12, 2018 at 6:57 PM Report of a new vegetation fire in Placerville, China Garden Road.

August 12, 2018 at 6:29 PM Updates on the Paoli Fire will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/paoli/

August 12, 2018 at 6:22 PM Augmented dispatch for the vegetation fire on West Paoli. First unit at scene reports reports the fire is between the railroad tracks and the Weimar Institute. Burning at a moderate to rapid rate of spread. If the fire jumps, an immediate structure threat will occur.

August 12, 2018 at 6:14 PM Reported vegetation fire near I-80 and West Paoli Road in the Placer Hills area, full wildland dispatch on order. Estimated to be 1 acre in size. A truck loaded with beehives could be involved.

August 12, 2018 at 4:44 PM Non-injury accident on North Bloomfield and Coyote Street in Nevada City. Use caution in the area.

August 12, 2018 at 4:32 PM The Siccard Fire is contained, mop-up in progress.

August 12, 2018 at 3:42 PM Forward progress of the Siccard Fire has been stopped.

August 12, 2018 at 3:41 PM Siccard Fire is holding at approximately 2 acres, firefighters are making good progress.

August 12, 2018 at 3:38 PM Siccard Fire is holding at 1 acre, releasing two tankers. There is no fire in the Dobbins area.

August 12, 2018 at 3:29 PM Tankers from the Oak Fire have been diverted to the Siccard Fire as they progress of the Oak Fire has been stopped.

August 12, 2018 at 3:27 PM Air Attack is over the Siccard Fire, reporting a moderate rate of spread. Additional resources are arriving on scene.

August 12, 2018 at 3:22 PM Fire at Siccards Flat is now 2-5 acres. Also reports of a new fire in Dobbins on Marysville Road.

August 12, 2018 at 3:10 PM Fire at Siccards Flat is approximately 1/2 acre in grass oak woodland, no structures immediately threatened.

August 12, 2018 at 3:04 PM New fire in the Smartsville area, Siccards Flat. Units en route.

August 12, 2018 at 2:36 PM Firefighters are in the area of Indian Springs, investigating a report of a column. Most likely the Oak Fire.

August 12, 2018 at 2:32 PM Updates on the Oak Fire will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/oakalta/

August 12, 2018 at 2:28 PM Oak Fire reported to NCSO as a struture fire with extension to the wildland. Multiple structures threatened.

Photo courtesy Wolfgang Perner

August 12, 2018 at 2:17 PM Lookout reports a light grey column, possibly located in front of Wolf Mountain. Now reported on Oak Drive in Alta Sierra. Full wildland dispatch on order.

August 12, 2018 at 12:27 PM Don’t forget to look up tonight! The Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

August 12, 2018 at 10:06 AM Placer Hills Fire en route to a reported debris fire in a burn barrel.

August 11, 2018 at 2:20 PM Hwy 20 at Kibbee is still closed, traffic is being diverted onto dirt roads. Take an alternate route if at all possible.

August 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM Kibbe IC reports 1 acre of vegetation, 2 air ambulances are en route. Avoid Hwy 20 if possible

August 11, 2018 at 11:54 AM Hwy 20 is blocked at Kibbe Road, no ETA for reopening. Sadly, one fatality is being reported.

August 11, 2018 at 11:43 AM Multi-vehicle accident, Hwy 20 across of Kibbe Road in the Loma Rica area. Semi truck overturned, started a vegetation fire. Numerous engines en route

August 11, 2018 at 11:32 AM Power outage in the Nevada City area. 3,241 customers affected. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

August 11, 2018 at 7:40 AM The Nevada County Fair will open at their regular time today – at 10 am. Hours are 10 am – 11 pm.

August 10, 2018 at 9:53 PM The Jones Fire is contained.

August 10, 2018 at 9:48 PM CHP is providing traffic control at the Fairgrounds for visitors departing after the power outage.

August 10, 2018 at 9:36 PM Forward progress of the fire on Jones Bar Road has been stopped. Two additional engines to continue in, all others can return to their previous assignments. Extensive mop-up will take some time.

August 10, 2018 at 9:35 PM Additional units are arriving on the Jones incident.

August 10, 2018 at 9:34 PM Some units at the Alison Ranch Road fire will be committed for another 45 minutes, releasing excess resources now.

August 10, 2018 at 9:29 PM Vegetation fire on Jones Bar Road near Newtown Road. Units on Jones Bar Road have located a 1/2 acre fire on the 12000 block of Jones Bar Road. All units to continue in.

August 10, 2018 at 8:47 PM Firefighters have a good knockdown on the fire on Alison Ranch Road, estimated at 1/2 acre. Canceling incoming resources and starting mop-up.

August 10, 2018 at 8:41 PM The transformer, that caused the power outage, also sparked a small vegetation fire. Grass Valley Fire and Consolidated Fire are on scene on Alison Ranch Road near the Northstar Mine, working to contain the fire.

August 10, 2018 at 8:30 PM Power outage affecting 1,470 customers in the Grass Valley area, including the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The rides at the Fair are operational, the exhibits are in the dark. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

August 10, 2018 at 1:28 PM Reported vegetation fire near the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Units en route, aircraft on order.

August 10, 2018 at 1:14 PM Fire on Sluice Road in Placerville has been contained. Air Attack 230 and Tanker 89 have been cancelled, returning to Grass Valley.

August 10, 2018 at 12:58 PM Report of a vegetation fire on Sluice Street in Placerville. Full wildland dispatch on scene.

August 10, 2018 at 9:09 AM Critical Fire Weather today through Saturday. Locally gusty westerly wind this afternoon into evening can be expected in the mountains impacting wildfires. Upper low tracks across the PacNW over the weekend. Interior NorCal remains sandwiched between troughing to the N-NW and upper ridging to the SE.

August 9, 2018 at 4:26 PM Fire in Dobbins has been contained to the deck, no extension to the structure or the wildland. One Dobbins engine to continue in, all others can cancel.

August 9, 2018 at 4:21 PM Units on scene in Dobbins report a deck on fire, continue all incoming units at this time.

August 9, 2018 at 4:09 PM Residential structure fire on Sky Meadows Way in Dobbins, engines en route.

August 9, 2018 at 4:08 PM Power lines down across the roadway on Marjon Way off Ridge Road in Nevada City. Engines en route.

Photo by Colleen Standley

August 9, 2018 at 4:04 PM Accident on eastbound I-80 at the Blue Canyon offramp. Emergency services on scene.

August 9, 2018 at 1:36 PM Reported three-vehicle accident on Hwy 49, one mile north of North San Juan. Possibly no injuries, but units are en route.

August 9, 2018 at 1:29 PM

August 9, 2018 at 1:14 PM Vehicle accident on Pleasant Valley Road near Hwy 20. Lanes have debris all over.

August 9, 2018 at 11:47 AM Medical rescue in the Fordyce area, vehicle collision. Units en route. Air ambulance on order

August 9, 2018 at 9:42 AM CARR FIRE FATALITY
We are saddened to report the death of a CAL FIRE Heavy Equipment Mechanic from the Butte Unit assigned to the Carr Fire. He was killed early this morning as the result of a traffic accident on Highway 99 in Tehama County.

August 9, 2018 at 8:39 AM Red Flag Warning until Saturday night. Enhanced fire weather danger for portions of the Coastal Range, Northern Sierra, & Northern Sacramento Valley due to increased wind & dry conditions. Be prepared & alert!

August 8, 2018 at 4:21 PM Units on scene at Hwy 49 and Old Foresthill Road have extinguished the rear brake fire on the truck.

August 8, 2018 at 4:10 PM Reported vehicle fire with a possible extension to the vegetation on Hwy 49 at Old Foresthill Road in Auburn. Numerous units en route.

August 8, 2018 at 7:47 AM Above normal temperatures, smoky sky and breezy winds. Smoke and haze will continue to impact NorCal. Warmer temperatures and increasing fire weather concerns late this week.

August 7, 2018 at 4:01 PM Vegetation fire north of Sierra City has been mostly extinguished, only the closest TNF engine to continue in, all others can cancel.

August 7, 2018 at 3:44 PM Full wildland dispatch on order for the reported fire north of Sierra City.

August 7, 2018 at 3:39 PM Possible vegetation fire reported north of Sierra City along Hwy 49. Units en route attempting to verify and locate.

August 7, 2018 at 1:21 PM Current PM2.5 AQI levels in the Colfax area have reached:
152 AQI (Unhealthy)  on Tuesday, August 7.

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: Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (PM2.5)
Colfax: Unhealthy (PM2.5)
Davis: Good (PM2.5)
Downtown Sacramento: Good (PM2.5)
Elk Grove: Good (PM2.5)
Folsom: Moderate (PM2.5)
Grass Valley: Unhealthy (PM2.5)
Rio Vista: Good (PM2.5)
Roseville: Moderate (PM2.5)
Sloughhouse: Moderate (PM2.5)
Vacaville: Good (PM2.5)
Woodland: Good (PM2.5)
Yuba City: Moderate (PM2.5)

August 7, 2018 at 8:13 AM Above normal temperatures and smoke. Warmer temperatures are expected the next few days across NorCal with areas of smoke and haze.

August 6, 2018 at 9:44 PM Gamble Fire has been contained 15 minutes ago. NCSO requested to the incident.

August 6, 2018 at 9:07 PM Firefighters cannot make access to the fire in regular engines. Type 3 engine requested to the incident. Unit now reports this as a vehicle fire with extension to the vegetation. Firefighters have a knockdown on the vegetation fire, working on the vehicle fire.

August 6, 2018 at 9:04 PM Firefighters in the area are attempting to make access to the fire on Gamble, could be one mile down Rex Reservoir Road.

August 6, 2018 at 8:55 PM A large burn pile has ignited on Gamble Court off Rex Reservoir in Rough&Ready. Numerous resources en route.

August 6, 2018 at 2:55 PM Units at scene in Truckee can handle, canceling the dozer and the crew.

August 6, 2018 at 2:51 PM Reported fire near the Truckee Regional Park on the disk golf course off Brockway Road. Units en route.

August 6, 2018 at 2:21 PM TNF Helicopter 514 and Air Attack 230 are leaving the incident. Final size 1/4 acre and now fully contained.

August 6, 2018 at 2:07 PM The fire is almost contained at 1/4 acre, mop-up will take about two hours.

August 6, 2018 at 2:02 PM All JOA (Nevada City, Grass Valley, Consolidated) units are being canceled.

August 6, 2018 at 1:59 PM Releasing some of the engines assigned to the fire at Edwards Crossing.

August 6, 2018 at 1:56 PM Air Attack 230 is releasing both tankers back to Grass Valley.

August 6, 2018 at 1:55 PM The fire is just below the Diggins, with the heel of the fire near the bathroom buildings at the South Yuba campground.

August 6, 2018 at 1:52 PM Potential of the Cooper fire is about 1 acre, maybe 1.5 acres, per Air Attack. Forward progress of the fire has been stopped by the natural granite barrier.

August 6, 2018 at 1:48 PM Air Attack 230 will keep both tankers in orbit for now, very slow rate of spread reported. The fire is just off the roadway, looks like a 50 by 50 spot. Helicopter 514 is overhead, will make a few bucket drops. The fire moved a little upslope into the old diggins.

August 6, 2018 at 1:47 PM Eyes on the fire by the first resource, reports a small spot with little to no potential.

August 6, 2018 at 1:45 PM Engines are being routed to Hwy 49, via North San Juan as the bridge at Edwards Crossing cannot bear the load of a fire engine.

August 6, 2018 at 1:38 PM Now reported as possibly near near Edwards Crossing. North San Juan Fire being dispatched.

August 6, 2018 at 1:31 PM Banner lookout still sees the smoke, full wildland dispatch en route to a possible fire in the vicinity of Cooper Road near Harmony Ridge just outside of Nevada City.

August 6, 2018 at 1:29 PM Smoke report from Banner Mountain, grey top smoke about 3-3.5 miles from the lookout.

August 6, 2018 at 1:17 PM Due to poor air quality Hospitality House will be opening at 1pm today.

August 6, 2018 at 11:51 AM All resources assigned to the Smartsville incident are being canceled and returning to their respective stations.

August 6, 2018 at 11:47 AM Air Attack 230 is over the Smartsville area, reports nothing showing. Canceling the helicopter and returning back to Grass Valley.

August 6, 2018 at 11:45 AM Firefighters in the area report nothing visible in the Smartsville area.Staging incoming resources at their present locations.

August 6, 2018 at 11:31 AM Full wildland dispatch for a reported vegetation fire on Hwy 20 and Parks Bar Road in the Smartsville area.

August 6, 2018 at 9:47 AM Small grass fire reported on Wise Road acros from Garden Bar Road near Wise Villa Winery (Lincoln area). Units en route.

August 6, 2018 at 8:43 AM Heating back up, smoke is here to stay. Smoke from area wildfires has once again filled the Sacramento valley. There will be some relief in the San Joaquin and Southern Sacramento valley this afternoon and evening as winds pick up. However, the central and northern Sac valley will see smoke through the day. Here are some safety reminders to help keep you and your loved ones safe from the smoke today and in the day ahead.

August 5, 2018 at 4:01 PM Foresthill Road is open again.

August 5, 2018 at 3:40 PM

August 5, 2018 at 12:08 PM Tree in the roadway on You Bet Rd / Sontag Hill Rd.

August 5, 2018 at 11:09 AM Heads up from Penn Valley Fire: Calstar 3 is landing at LWW in Commodore Park for training. There is no medical emergency, fire or other disaster – only training.

August 5, 2018 at 10:37 AM Smoke has settled back into the valley overnight as the winds decreased.

However, another weak weather system will be passing over northern California today, bringing another round of breezy winds this afternoon and evening.

August 4, 2018 at 6:20 PM Two patients needing extrication, one air ambulance on order. One possible fatality.

August 4, 2018 at 6:18 PM Vehicle accident with extrication needed on Hwy 20 just past White Cloud. Units en route.

August 4, 2018 at 4:05 PM Marys IC reports they have a dozer line around it. Hoselay almost completed, canceling all incoming resources and releasing the tankers. TMF Helicopter 514 dropped 3-4 buckets on the fire, they will be released shortly.

August 4, 2018 at 3:59 PM Air Attack states the fire is burning at a slow rate of spread in brush and timber understory, with a partial dozer line around it. Estimated potential for 4-5 acres.

August 4, 2018 at 3:58 PM Air Attack is over the Marys Fire, tankers and helicopter are arriving as well. First unit reports about an acre.

August 4, 2018 at 3:46 PM Full wildland dispatch for a reported vegetation fire on Merriam Road near Marysville Road in Dobbins.

August 4, 2018 at 2:41 PM Reported vegetation fire on Wise Road in the Lincoln area. Engines en route.

August 4, 2018 at 1:09 PM All aircraft is returning to Grass Valley. A few engines will continue in, but all crews, water tenders and dozers are being canceled.

August 4, 2018 at 1:06 PM Air Attack reports no smoke visible in the area. Engines on the ground are also investigating, nothing obvious at this time.

August 4, 2018 at 1:04 PM Air Attack 230 is off the ground en route to the reported fire on Yuba Crest Drive. Tanker 88 is right behind AA230.

August 4, 2018 at 12:54 PM Full wildland dispatch for a residential structure fire with threat to the wildland on Yuba Crest Drive off Jones Bar Road.

August 4, 2018 at 12:03 PM Power outage affecting 389 customers in the Higgins area between Wolf and McCourtney roads. PG&E crews on scene. Estimated time of restoration is 1:45 pm.

August 4, 2018 at 11:47 AM Ash from Mendocino Complex fires reaches Foothills, Red Flag Warning in effect. The ash fall continues today, fueled by the extreme fire behavior of the Mendocino Complex.  The Ranch Fire is now up to 156,678 acres and 27% contained. The River Fire grew to 44,793 acres and is 50% contained.

August 4, 2018 at 1:52 AM Report of a transformer on fire on Hidden Court in the Higgins area. Engines en route, advised of potential safety hazard.

August 4, 2018 at 1:41 AM Reports of ash falling in Meadow Vista, Auburn and south of Grass Valley. The ash is from the Mendocino Complex. There is no active fire in Nevada or Placer counties at this time.

August 4, 2018 at 12:46 AM Major injury collision on Hwy 20 at Smartsville, roadway now clear.

August 3, 2018 at 7:19 PM TNF Helicopter 514 is over the incident and reports a 30 by 30 spot at this time. Light fuels, slow rate of spread. The helitack crew is arriving on the incident now. Canceling most resources.

August 3, 2018 at 7:12 PM Reported vegetation fire on Hwy 20 near White Cloud. Full wildland dispatch on order. This will be the Equestrian incident.

Au1gust 3, 2018 at 1:39 PM Full wildland dispatch for a reported 50 by 50 spot at Lake Francis,  close to the Lake Francis Resort in the Dobbins FD district.

Au1gust 3, 2018 at 10:08 AM The smoke is limiting daytime high temperatures and resulting in poor air quality.

August 3, 2018 at 8:31 AM Smoky, breezy and a Red Flag Warning. Critical fire weather conditions through Saturday for portions of western Shasta County, the northern Coastal Range, & the northern Sierra due to increased winds & dry conditions. Be prepared & alert!

August 2, 2018 at 2:32 PM Full wildland dispatch for a vegetation fire with immediate structure threat on Foothills Boulevard and Athens Avenue in the Lincoln area

August 2, 2018 at 12:22 PM Red Flag warning issued for tomorrow through Saturday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

August 2, 2018 at 12:01 PM Light winds will keep abundant smoke from wildfires across the region. Delta Breeze could bring some relief from smoke near the Delta influenced areas. The smoke is limiting daytime high temperatures and resulting in poor air quality.

August 2, 2018 at 7:39 AM Hwy 20 is open again without restrictions at Penn Valley Drive.

Photo Alex Siegenthaler

August 2, 2018 at 6:46 AM The westbound lanes of Hwy 20 are blocked at Penn Valley Dr in Nevada County due to a two car collision. There is no estimated time of clearing, motorists can expect delays in the area.

August 1, 2018 at 8:32 PM Current Ozone AQI levels in the Auburn area have reached: 212 AQI (Very Unhealthy) on Wednesday, August 1.

Ozone AQI 201-300 Children and people with asthma are the groups most at risk. Increasingly severe symptoms and impaired breathing are likely in active children and adults and people with respiratory disease. There is also an increased likelihood of respiratory effects in the general population. U.S. EPA cautions that “active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion. Everyone else, especially children, should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.” ‘Prolonged’ generally means lasting four or more hours with short rest periods. ‘Heavy exertion’ is that which would increase the breathing rate four fold or greater. You can reduce exposure to ozone by: – Exercising in the morning before air quality reaches unhealthy levels – Limiting outdoor activities in both intensity and duration to avoid high breathing rates – Remaining indoors during pollution episodes

Air Quality for other cities in the Sacramento region:
Antelope: Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Ozone)
Arden Arcade: Moderate (Ozone)
Auburn: Very Unhealthy (Ozone)
Colfax: Unhealthy (Ozone)
Cool (Seasonal): Unhealthy (Ozone)
Davis: Good (Ozone)
Downtown Sacramento: Good (Ozone)
Elk Grove: Good (Ozone)
Folsom: Unhealthy (Ozone)
Grass Valley: Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Ozone)
Placerville: Unhealthy (Ozone)
Roseville: Unhealthy (Ozone)
Sloughhouse: Moderate (Ozone)
Vacaville: Good (Ozone)
Woodland: Moderate (Ozone)
Yuba City: Moderate (Ozone)

August 1, 2018 at 6:02 PM Peavine Fire is now burning at a slow rate of spread. Firefighters are making good progress. Some resources should be released within the hour.

August 1, 2018 at 5:43 PM Peavine Fire is holding at 2 acres. Request for the large air tanker is canceled, the regular S-2s have already dropped 2 loads on the fire.

August 1, 2018 at 5:11 PM First unit at scene on Peavine reports 1-1.5 acres at a slow to moderate rate of spread. All resources to continue in.

August 1, 2018 at 5:10 PM Accident on Hwy 49 near Lime Kiln Road, extrication required, use caution in the area.

August 1, 2018 at 4:59 PM Fire on Ice House Road is now the Peavine incident. Bumper Air Attacks states the fire is building – no aircraft on scene yet.

August 1, 2018 at 4:55 PM New vegetation fire reported in the Ice House area off Hwy 50.

August 1, 2018 at 3:57 PM SunsetFire [update] off Sunset Blvd. West and South Brewer Rd, northwest of Roseville (Placer County) is now 1000 acres & 50% contained, burning in grass.

August 1, 2018 at 3:41 PM Updates for the Omega Fire in El Dorado County will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/omega/

August 1, 2018 at 3:40 PM Updates for the Bumper Fire in El Dorado County will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/bumper/

August 1, 2018 at 3:26 PM Two fires, the Bumper and the Omega fire are taking off Evacuations in progress. OmegaFire mandatory evacuations on Pilot View Drive, north of Pilot View Court. Evacuation center located at 3734 China Garden Way, Diamond Springs Firemans Hall.

August 1, 2018 at 11:42 AM Units at scene on Hughes Road report non-injury, GVPD is at scene for traffic control until a tow truck arrives.

August 1, 2018 at 11:32 AM Vehicle into a pole on Hughes Road near Ridge Road in Grass Valley. Emergency services en route.

August 1, 2018 at 11:04 AM There is no active fire at this time in Nevada County. The smoke you are smelling is from the various large fires. Here is today’s smoke forecast.

August 1, 2018 at 9:22 AM More smoke but also more cooling. Quiet weather will continue the next several days with areas of smoke and haze being the main concern.

August 1, 2018 at 8:09 AM Current PM2.5 AQI levels in the Auburn area have reached: 137 AQI (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups)  on Wednesday, August 1.

PM2.5 AQI 101-150 People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children are the groups most at risk, especially when they are physically active. There is an increased likelihood of respiratory symptoms in sensitive individuals, and aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly. U.S. EPA cautions that “people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children 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: Good (PM2.5)
Auburn: Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (PM2.5)
Colfax: Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (PM2.5)
Davis: Good (PM2.5)
Downtown Sacramento: Good (PM2.5)
Elk Grove: Good (PM2.5)
Folsom: Moderate (PM2.5)
Grass Valley: Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (PM2.5)
Rio Vista: Good (PM2.5)
Roseville: Moderate (PM2.5)
Sloughhouse: Good (PM2.5)
Vacaville: Moderate (PM2.5)
Woodland: Good (PM2.5)
Yuba City: Moderate (PM2.5)

August 1, 2018 at 6:50 AM If you are looking for last months log, you can find it here.

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