Happening Now – October 2017

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!

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October 23, 2017 at 2:16 PM Firefighters are on scene of a residential structure fire on Oak Haven Road in Auburn. No threat to adjacent homes or the wildland.

October 23, 2017 at 12:18 PM A tree is reported to be perilously leaning over the roadway on southbound Hwy 49 and Wellswood Way near the Golden Chain Motel.

October 23, 2017 at 11:03 AM Accident near the roundabout in Grass Valley. Traffic on East Main is at a standstill.

October 23, 2017 at 10:38 AM Smoke check in the area of Applegate Road after a smoke report from Wolf Mountain lookout. Units en route.

October 23, 2017 at 7:20 AM Near record high temperatures today, breezy northerly winds return.

October 22, 2017 at 3:57 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on eastbound I-80 and Carpenter Road in the Colfax area. Smoke only seen, no flames visible. Units are en route.

October 21, 2017 at 3:55 PM Firefighters and aircraft are looking for a reported smoke in the Todd Valley and/or Michigan Bluff area near Foresthill. So far no column showing.

October 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM Accident on the 17400 block of Wolf Mountain Rd. Units en route.

October 21, 2017 at 10:01 AM Noticeable warmup starting today. Warm front could bring some light precipitation to the Coastal Range and Shasta mountains today, otherwise dry across Interior Northern California with below normal temperatures. Temperatures warming to near normal Sunday, then above normal early next week with some breezy wind.

October 20, 2017 at 5:17 PM Two-car accident on northbound Hwy 49 near Combie. One lane is blocked.

October 20, 2017 at 5:11 PM Smoke check in the area of Mt. Olive Road in the Peardale/Chicago Park area.

October 20, 2017 at 5:08 PM Reported fire is a small roadside spot, less than the size of a car.

October 20, 2017 at 5:01 PM Possible vegetation fire seen from the 5600 block of McCourtney Road in the Thermalands, Yuba County. Possibly between Riosa Road and Kilaga Springs Road. Units en route.

October 20, 2017 at 4:23 PM All patients have been extricated from the accident in I-80.

October 20, 2017 at 4:05 PM Multi-car accident on eastbound I-80 near Baxter. Possible major injuries reported. Expect major delays in the Gold Run area.

October 20, 2017 at 11:19 AM Per Caltrans: Downed tree blocking Hwy 49 2.5 mi south of Camptonville. Caltrans en route to assist cleanup.

October 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM Caltrans: No chain controls I-80 but temps still below freezing over Donner Pass. Icy roadway conditions! Take it slow and arrive safe!

October 20, 2017 at 9:27 AM Unspecified traffic hazard on eastbound Hwy 20 at Mooney Flat Road.

October 20, 2017 at 8:58 AM As a reminder, the burn ban is still in effect. Temperatures by Monday will be in the 70s to 80s.

October 20, 2017 at 8:15 AM Hwy 49 at the South Yuba is clear of the overnight rock and mud slide.

October 20, 2017 at 7:36 AM Power outage affecting 135 customers since 1:19 am on Rock Creek and Rector Road off Lake Vera Raod. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

October 20, 2017 at 7:28 AM Power lines down on Rattlesnake Road across from Lower Colfax Road. Unknown if electrical or phone lines. Units en route.

October 20, 2017 at 6:51 AM A tree in the southbound lane of Marysville Road at Bullards Bar.

October 20, 2017 at 6:38 AM Rocks and debris in the roadway on Hwy 49 at the South Yuba River. Use caution in the area, and watch for additional mud or rock slides.

October 20, 2017 at 6:17 AM Large outage affecting 1,139 customers on the San Juan Ridge since 1:15 am. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. Estimated time of restoration is 9:00 am.

October 20, 2017 at 6:15 AM Electrical outage affecting 14 customers on Dogwood Road, off Greenhorn Road since 2:07 am. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. Estimated time of restoration is 9:30 am

October 20, 2017 at 6:13 AM Electrical outage affecting 54 customers mostly on Meadow View Drive in Peardale since 1:08 am. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. Estimated time of restoration is 11:50 am.

October 20, 2017 at 6:09 AM Electrical outage in Alta Sierra affecting 247 customers since 12:24 am. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. Estimated time of restoration is 7:20 am.

October 20, 2017 at 5:58 AM Showers possible today, below average temperatures will warm back up on Sunday. A frontal system moving through the region will bring light wet snow this morning to the northern Sierra above about 6000 feet. Chain requirement have already been posted on Interstate 80 and on Highway 88. More chain controls may be possible this morning. Use caution if traveling through the northern Sierra this morning.

October 19, 2017 at 2:35 PM The fire on Torrey Pines is contained. IC is canceling all units still en route, including the crews and the air support.

October 19, 2017 at 2:34 PM Air Attack, helicopter and tankers are arriving on scene. They will likely be canceled.

October 19, 2017 at 2:30 PM Torrey IC reports the fire has not reached the wildland. Firefighters are making access now. Watch for engines staging on Magnila Drive.

October 19, 2017 at 2:24 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Torrey Pines Drive behind the Ace Store in Lake of the Pines. Full wildland response en route, with air support.

October 19, 2017 at 9:21 AM The first Pacific storm system of the season is on its way. A Pacific cold front is forecast to move through northern California today and Friday bringing clouds, much cooler temperatures and precipitation to much of the north state. Gusty winds are also expected at times.

October 19, 2017 at 9:13 AM Truckee Fire District: RED FLAG Fire conditions today due to high winds and dry conditions. Caution near dry vegetation!

Don’t let the cool temperatures fool you, we are in HIGH FIRE DANGER TODAY with the winds that are preceding the storm front. A fire that starts today could quickly get out of control. No open burning, no campfires, no chainsaws, no weed eating or any other things that could start a fire.

Prepare for an evacuation – think about what you will take with you, have it ready, set a meeting location for your family. Park cars facing out, have garden hoses spread out and ready to knock down embers.

October 18, 2017 at 6:15 PM All fires in the Wind Complex are now 100% contained

October 18, 2017 at 3:44 PM Updates on the Kingvale Fire will be posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/kingvale/

October 18, 2017 at 3:20 PM Reported vegetation fire on eastbound I-80 at Kingvale. Above the gas station on the hill. Full wildland dispatch with air support en route.

October 18, 2017 at 2:40 PM Reported vegetation fire on Chili Hill Road and Lozanos Road in Placer County. Locals are trying to extinguish. Full wildland dispatch with air support overhead now on scene.

October 18, 2017 at 1:18 PM Resources not yet on scene on North Bloomfield are being canceled. Small spot only, resources on scene can handle.

October 18, 2017 at 1:05 PM Vegetation Fire. Reported as a tree on fire, on North Bloomfield Road near Nubian Way. Full wildland response, with Air Attack support.

October 18, 2017 at 10:02 AM Cooler with rain, mountain snow and wind, then warmer. Cooler temperatures and rain and some mountain snow and locally breezy, gusty winds are still on track for Norcal later Thursday and into Friday morning. There is still some uncertainty as to how much precipitation will fall, but take note of where the forecast precipitation type turns to snow over the Sierra early Friday morning around 5 AM. It won’t snow for long, but it could cause slick roads, traffic delays and increased accidents. A warming trend will follow later this weekend into early next week.

October 18, 2017 at 9:51 AM Possible vegetation fire in the Penryn area on Swetzer Road and Colwell Road. Firefighters are en route. Reported as a smoldering fire with gray smoke.

October 18, 2017 at 9:47 AM Non-injury accident involving two cars on Penn Valley Drive at Pleasant Valley Road.

October 17, 2017 at 6:42 PM Maidu incident reportedly caused by hot ash from a fireplace thrown out near a hay pile.

October 17, 2017 at 6:27 PM Maidu IC reports containment of the fire. Dozer, hand crew and additional engines can cancel, with the exception of the closest engine.

October 17, 2017 at 6:25 PM First unit has arrived on scene in Dobbins. The reported fire is an illegal burn pile, escaped to a 100 by 100 ft spot now. All units to continue in.

October 17, 2017 at 6:21 PM Reported vegetation fire in Dobbins on Marysville Road and Maidu Trail. Units en route.

October 17, 2017 at 4:52 PM Firefighters have found an extinguished vehicle fire approximately 1 mile in on Rollins Lake Road.

October 17, 2017 at 4:49 PM Firefighters have checked the whole Hwy 174 corridor and have been unable to locate any fire. Canceling helicopter and advising all incoming units to stage at their present locations.

October 17, 2017 at 4:44 PM Passenger vehicle fire, with possible extension to the wildland, on Hwy 174 at Rollins Lake Road. Reported as a motorhome on fire. Units en route.

October 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM Smoke is starting to settle in the area from the fires in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties. At this time, there is no active fire burning in Nevada, Placer or Yuba counties. As always, if you see flames, call 911. For people with respiratory issues, limit your outdoor activities over the next two days. The air quality advisories are still in effect.

October 17, 2017 at 7:04 AM Mild days and cool nights, chance of light rain Thursday night. Sunny skies & pleasant weather expected early this week before a much needed pattern change impacts #NorCal beginning Thursday.

October 16, 2017 at 6:17 PM Fire on Quartz Drive is a car on fire in an alleyway. Firefighters are on scene.

October 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM Structure fire, reported as a carport on fire, on Quartz Drive in Auburn. Units are en route.

October 16, 2017 at 11:05 AM The roadway is completely open again at the Hwy49/20 split in Nevada City.

Photo YubaNet

October 16, 2017 at 10:25 AM Vehicle accident at the intersection of Hwy 20 and 49 in Nevada City. Emergency services are on scene, use caution in the area.

October 16, 2017 at 8:11 AM Power outage in downtown Auburn is affecting 2,074 customers. PG&E estimates restoration time to be 10:30 am.

October 16, 2017 at 7:22 AM Sunny and warm to start the week, rain forecast late in the week. Sunny skies & pleasant weather expected early this week before a much needed pattern change impacts #NorCal beginning Thursday.

October 16, 2017 at 7:08 AM The Cherokee Fire in Butte County is now 100% contained.

October 15, 2017 at 7:46 PM Residential structure fire reported as a detached shed on fire, with possible extension to the wildland on Bell Road near Burt Lane. Units en route.

Photo courtesy Eric Dickerson

October 15, 2017 at 6:55 PM Mop-up operations will keep firefighters on scene for several hours in Penn Valley.

October 15, 2017 at 6:50 PM Firefighters are making good progress on the wildland fire on Donovan. Some engines are being released.

October 15, 2017 at 6:39 PM Some fire engines will be staging on Donovan and Pleasant Valley, please use caution in the area.

Photo courtesy Janet Peters

October 15, 2017 at 6:31 PM Now reported as a structure fire into the vegetation on Donovan Road, Additional units en route.

October 15, 2017 at 6:29 PM Smoke check in Penn Valley on Pleasant Valley Road near Donovan Road. Light smoke reported, near a residence. Units en route.

October 15, 2017 at 5:57 PM Possible residential structure fire on Mt. Vernon Road in Placer County. Law enforcement on scene, fire units to stage in the area.

October 15, 2017 at 5:10 PM Report of a possible new vegetation fire on Northstar Drive and Hwy 267, numerous engines en route to assist Northstar Fire Department. Single report only.

October 15, 2017 at 4:30 PM Tanker 88 has been released back to Grass Valley from the Iowa incident. Firefighters have a line around the fire.

October 15, 2017 at 4:15 PM Fire in Iowa Hill off Big Dipper Road is a small spot, less than 1/4 acre. Forward progress has been stopped. Tahoe helicopter 514 is on scene, as are engines and a dozer. Mop-up is in progress.

October 15, 2017 at 4:14 PM Vegetation fire near Iowa Hill in Placer County. Aircraft overhead.

October 15, 2017 at 2:03 PM California Secures Additional Federal Aid for Orange and Nevada County Residents Impacted by Wildfires

October 15, 2017 at 10:13 AM Smoldering pile well within the McCourtney fire perimeter on Polaris Drive. Engines and dozer are en route.

October 15, 2017 at 9:38 AM Change to a Wet and Cool Pattern Late this Week. Dry weather with less breezy conditions thru mid-week. Models continue to show a major pattern change towards the end of this week, with the first widespread rain event of the season and cooler temperatures.

October 15, 2017 at 9:08 AM First unit has arrived at scene at Greenhorn, reports a small outbuilding burned. No extension to the wildland. All incoming resources can cancel.

October 15, 2017 at 9:01 AM Updates on the Greenhorn Fire will be posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/greenhorn1017/

October 15, 2017 at 8:52 AM Washington Ridge Crew 1 is being dispatched to the fire on Greenhorn Road.

October 15, 2017 at 8:48 AM Air Attack 210 and Peardale Chicago Park Fire also responding to the reported fire on Greenhorn Road.

October 15, 2017 at 8:46 AM Reported vegetation fire at the end of Greenhorn Road at Greenhorn Creek, numerous units en route.

October 14, 2017 at 6:10 PM Firefighters are making progress on the 2-3 acre fire in the Thermalands/Wheatland area. Smoke from various fires is starting to move in to the Nevada and Placer areas, but no new starts.

October 14, 2017 at 5:18 PM New vegetation fire, Vista Ave in Thermalands, east of McCourtney Road in Yuba County. Grass and weeds, no threat to structures. Units on scene. Dozer is cutting a fire break

October 14, 2017 at 3:02 PM Smoke check in the Loma Rica Rd/Marysville Road area. Engines en route.

October 14, 2017 at 1:31 PM The fire at Camp Far West is contained at 2 acres. Likely caused by an off-road vehicle. Mop-up is in progress.

October 14, 2017 at 1:20 PM All aircraft is canceled for the vegetation fire near Cam Far West. Units on scene can handle. One acre, surrounded by irrigated rice fields.

October 14, 2017 at 1:10 PM First unit at scene reports 1 acre, burning at a moderate rate of spread. No immediate structure threat.

October 14, 2017 at 1:06 PM Full wildland dispatch, with air support, to Camp Far West on Camp Far West Road.

October 13, 2017 at 6:29 PM As of 5:00 PM, Friday October 13, 2017, NID will extend canal operations in the fire affected areas. This includes the Tarr and Tunnel canal systems as a resource for fire suppression efforts in Nevada County. Normally canals would revert to winter operations on October 14th annually. The canals will remain open at the current levels as necessary.

October 13, 2017 at 5:42 PM Firefighters are on scene of a small vegetation fire on Bowman Road off westbound I-80.

October 13, 2017 at 5:32 PM All Evacuation Orders have been reduced to Evacuation Warnings. All road closures for the Wind Complex have been lifted, allowing for repopulation of the LaPorte and Cascade Fire areas. Use caution when re-entering the affected areas as fire and utility personnel will still be working in the area.

October 13, 2017 at 8:49 AM Smoke report Ponderosa Way and Rough&Ready Hwy. Firefighters en route.

October 13, 2017 at 8:09 AM Red Flag Warning: Critical fire weather conditions tonight and this weekend. Residents should continue to be prepared in case quick evacuations from wildfires are necessary. Fire weather concerns start again late tonight into this weekend with gusty north winds and dry conditions. Best chance of precipitation to aid in fire suppression could happen towards the end of next week as forecast models show a wet cold front moving into NorCal.

Friday’s morning briefing at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Photo: YubaNet

October 13, 2017 at 8:05 AM The morning briefing is over, today’s planned actions summed up in plain English: Reinforce lines as much as possible, mop up and get ready for tonight’s and tomorrow’s wind event.

October 12, 2017 at 4:40 PM Smoke report by Oregon Peak, possibly near the Ace Hardware Store in Dobbins. This is inside the Wind Complex.

October 12, 2017 at 12:04 PM Lobo Fire evacuations lifted or downgraded. All areas that were under an Evacuation Order have been downgraded to an evacuation warning, all road closures have been lifted.

October 12, 2017 at 10:37 AM Smoke check in the Baxter Grade area. Units en route.

October 12, 2017 at 9:53 AM Dry and breezy, critical fire weather conditions today and this weekend. Residents should continue to be prepared in case quick evacuations from wildfires are necessary. Fire weather concerns persist today and again this weekend with gusty north winds and dry conditions. On the horizon, we are watching forecast models that show a wet cold front moving into NorCal late next week. Details to follow when confidence is stronger.

October 12, 2017 at 8:56 AM The Nevada County Call Center is now open and accepting calls. Residents who know their home was destroyed, or who want to find out if their home was damaged by the McCourtney or Lobo fires, are encouraged to call the County at (530) 265-1218.

October 11, 2017 at 11:02 PM Firefighters have a hoselay and a line around the fire, the cause is under investigation.

October 11, 2017 at 10:56 PM IC reports forward progress stopped at 1/4 acre. Mop-up underway

October 11, 2017 at 10:51 PM Firefighters are on scene of a vegetation fire in the Brunswick area, Idaho-Maryland Road and Old Tunnel Road.

October 11, 2017 at 5:44 PM There were approximately 320 animals in the animal shelter at the Nevada County Fairgrounds this morning, everything from horses to 800 lbs pigs to large turtles. The shelter at Twin Cities Church is fully staffed and Salvation Army is feeding the evacuees. County employees are also at Twin Cities to help with the operations, including County nurses. The two shelters were consolidated to Twin Cities this morning because it made more sense logistically. First Baptist and Red Cross were extremely helpful in helping get a shelter up quick and early Monday evening, kudos to them! Shelters are continuing to operate as long as needed.

October 11, 2017 at 5:03 PM

October 11, 2017 at 4:16 PM National Weather Service Sacramento: Smoke Signals: know the symptoms of smoke impacts & limit exposure. #smoke #CAfires #cawx

October 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM Health Advisory for Western Nevada County for smoke through Oct. 13. The Nevada County Public Health Department 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 October 13 resulting from numerous fires in California. Smoke may settle in lower areas at night and drift across Nevada County during the day, depending on wind direction and other factors.

October 11, 2017 at 9:19 AM North winds bring critical fire weather to lower elevations and beyond. North winds will develop again over NorCal starting Wednesday and that will once again bring an increase in fire weather danger.

October 11, 2017 at 8:52 AM Engines are on scene at the Van Tam Fire. Small spot, Engine 1 at scene can handle. All other engines can cancel.

October 11, 2017 at 8:48 AM

Air Quality for cities in the Sacramento region:

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

October 11, 2017 at 8:39 AM Possible spot outside the containment lines on the Van Tam Fire. Numerous engines en route.

October 11, 2017 at 6:19 AM Smoke from regional and mostly from fires along the coast is blanketing the area. Reduce your speed and use caution.

October 10, 2017 at 4:38 PM Eldorado National Forest: Ice Fire, 2 miles west of the Ice House rd/ White Meadows rd intersection (11N65F) is now lined with retardant. Forward progression stopped. Good progress being made. Resources include 3 Super Scooper aircraft. 25 acres approximately.

October 10, 2017 at 4:35 PM The Grass Valley School District is scheduled to resume classes on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, normal schedule. This is providing no further escalations occur overnight with the fires in our area.

October 10, 2017 at 1:01 PM Updates on the Garden Fire will be posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/garden-2/

October 10, 2017 at 12:49 PM Updates on the Van Tam fire will be posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/van-tam/

October 10, 2017 at 12:40 PM New vegetation fire on Van Tam Way off McCourtney Road. Numerous engines en route. Tankers en route for both this and the Garden Bar fire.

October 10, 2017 at 12:37 PM First unit at scene on Garden Bar Road reports 1/4 to 1/2 acre burning at a moderate rate of spread. All units to continue in.

October 10, 2017 at 12:32 PM Report of a vegetation fire near Wolf Road and Garden Bar Road in the Higgins area. Full wildland dispatch en route.

October 10, 2017 at 12:18 PM The evacuation order for the Community of Lake Wildwood has been reduced to a evacuation advisory and residents are allowed to reenter. All other evacuation orders remain in place.

October 10, 2017 at 11:21 AM Sierra Streams and Sierra College are sorry to inform you that our Science Speaker Series talk tonight has been Canceled. Sierra College is closed today as a result of local fires in the Grass Valley and Rough and Ready areas. The series will resume next month.

October 10, 2017 at 11:19 AM Due to the fire situation, the CAG meeting for 10/10 has been rescheduled to 10/24. Same time and location for 10/24. Because multiple members of the CAG have been impacted by evacuations along with the public, we are opting to reschedule the CAG #8 meeting. The meeting will be rescheduled to 10/24. This was already a placeholder on the CAG calendar shared in a prior meeting.

October 10, 2017 at 11:06 AM Dry temperatures and calm winds today. Cooler temperatures expected across interior NorCal this week as a weak weather system moves in beginning Wednesday.

October 10, 2017 at 8:50 AM The Grass Valley School District schools and programs will be closed on Tuesday, 10/10/17 due to the ongoing affects of the local fires. Many staff and families are still displaced or without power. The following schools and programs will be closed:
Bell Hill Academy
Margaret G. Scotten School
Lyman Gilmore Middle School
Grass Valley Charter School
Our Kids’ Place Preschool
Grass Valley Little Learners
PIP Program
Before and After School Programs

October 10, 2017 at 8:27 AM Morning updates for the local and regional fires are posted. Onto the CA fires.

October 10, 2017 at 7:05 AM Sierra College: The Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley will remain closed today for all day and evening classes due to continued fire danger, evacuations, and road closures. The Rocklin, Roseville, and Truckee campuses remain open.

October 10, 2017 at 5:51 AM Nevada Joint Union High School District Superintendent Louise Johnson has canceled school for today, October 10th in the district due to the fires in Nevada County.

October 9, 2017 at 6:19 PM M 4.1 – 14km ESE of Alum Rock, California.

October 9, 2017 at 5:42 PM Smoke will blanket Nevada, Yuba and Butte counties overnight, thanks to the nightly inversion. Winds are dying down and the forecast calls for calm winds on Tuesday.

October 9, 2017 at 4:48 PM OES update: Due to the Lobo and McCourtney Fires in Nevada County, we (Nevada County) will be declaring a Local Emergency Proclamation at tomorrow’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Emergency Proclamations assist the County in responding to and receiving funding for local emergencies. Today the State of California included Nevada County in a multi-county emergency declaration due to the fires happening statewide.

October 9, 2017 at 4:34 PM Report of campers with several large fires on Hwy 20 just past Conservation Camp Road. Units en route.

October 9, 2017 at 4:15 PM Report of a vegetation fire on Grass Vallet Street in Colfax, numerous engines en route.

October 9, 2017 at 4:08 PM Butte County: Evacuation Order for the fire near Paradise: Upper Honey Run, Lower Skyway, Zone 9 and Zone 10 and zone 4. Evacuation Warning: Lower Neal, and Zone 1. Public Assembly Point at CMA Church on Clark Rd. Southbound Skyway closed, traffic diverting to Neal Rd. Dangerous rate of spread, 81 degrees, 9% RH, wind WNW @ 12, gusts to 23, Structures threatened town of Paradise, No divert on air tankers for life safety, Evacuations in progress, Threat to 60 kV powerlines, Red Flag Warning for strong north winds and low humidity in effect

October 9, 2017 at 3:48 PM New start in Butte County, Honey Run Road, burning upcanyon toward the town of Paradise.

October 9, 2017 at 3:16 PM Sierra College Nevada County Campus will remain closed for evening classes tonight 10/9/17 due to fires in the region. Tomorrow morning we will reassess the situation and let you know the status of classes on Tuesday, 10/10/17. Rocklin, Roseville and Truckee campus classes will remain open for classes this evening.

October 9, 2017 at 1:51 PM Nevada County Fairgrounds Becomes a Command Post and Fire Camp for Cal Fire; Animal Evacuation Center. Due to fires currently burning in Nevada County and surrounding communities, Cal Fire and assisting agencies have set up a command post and fire camp at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Additionally, the Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team has set up an evacuation center at the Fairgrounds for large and small animals.

October 9, 2017 at 9:34 AM

Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley is open for evacuees from the fires in western Nevada County. This is not an official center supported by Nevada County resources.

Peace is at 828 W. Main St., near Lyman Gilmore School.

The parking area has room for trailers. A large kitchen and showers are available.

Call (530) 273-9631 for more information.

October 9, 2017 at 8:42 AM Camptonville no school today, the area has no power.

October 9, 2017 at 7:55 AM

McCourtney Fire: New acreage estimate is 150 acres, 10% contained.

October 9, 2017 at 7:53 AM Sierra College-NCC is closed for daytime classes and activities. A decision will be made for evening classes by 4 pm, today.

October 9, 2017 at 7:38 AM The fires in Nevada and Yuba counties will be managed as the Wind Complex. Air Attack is up and over the fires.

October 9, 2017 at 7:29 AM Gold Country Stage is running all bus routes normally, with the exception of the Penn Valley Road. No school today per NJUSD, due to the fires and disruption in transportation.

October 9, 2017 at 5:42 AM Hwy 20 is closed at Big Oak Valley from Hammonton Smartsville Rd to 12.8 mi west of the Yuba/Nevada Co Line. No ETO.

October 9, 2017 at 4:40 A Power lines into a tree, lines sparking now on John Bauer Ave and Loma Rica Drive near the Nevada County Airport.

October 9, 2017 at 3:30 AM Updates on the Lobo Fire off Bitney Springs: //yubanet.com/Fires/lobo/

October 9, 2017 at 3:13 AM The fire on Lone Lobo Trail is estimated at 4-5 acres with a 1-acre spot fire.

October 9, 2017 at 3:08 AM The Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team is in need of horse trailers for evacuations. There are many horses needing evacuation. Go to the Brighton St. entrance, gate 8, at the fairgrounds or call Pat at 530-913-6506.

October 9, 2017 at 3:06 AM Firefighters are still working the fire on Lone Lobo Trail off Bitney Springs. Some homes have been evacuated and firefighters are proving structure protection for the homes. Spot fires have been reported.

October 9, 2017 at 3:02 AM Power outage is affecting 1,054 homes in the Mc Courtney fire area. 884 people are out of power in the Lake Wildwood area. 874 people are out of power in the Bitney Springs area up to Pleasant Valley Road.

October 9, 2017 at 12:48 AM Updates on the McCourtney Fire will be posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/mccourtney/

October 9, 2017 at 12:31 AM Evacuations are being ordered for Polaris Drive.

October 9, 2017 at 12:29 AM One handcrew on order to the McCourtney (Orion) incident.

October 9, 2017 at 12:28 AM Firefighters are on Polaris Drive now, doing structure protection for homes threatened by the fire on Orion Way.

October 9, 2017 at 12:10 AM Fire near the Fairgrounds on Orion Way has two structures fully involved, IC is requesting evacuations in the MCourtney area. Grass Valley Police will conduct any evacuations.

October 9, 2017 at 12:02 AM New Vegetation fire at the UC Field Station burning at a rapid towards Browns Valley.

October 9, 2017 at 12:00 AM Report of a fire on Orion Way off McCourtney Road, possibly a structure fire with rapid spread to the wildland.

October 8, 2017 at 11:52 PM Updates on the 200-acre fire in Smartsville will be posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/smartsville/

October 8, 2017 at 11:47 PM Power lines are hanging low on Hwy 20 preventing access by firefighters to the fire in Smartsville. They are being redirected onto Smartsville Road.

October 8, 2017 at 11:45 PM North IC reports good progress, releasing some resources and reassigning them to the Cascade Fire. Forward progress has been stopped.

October 8, 2017 at 11:42 PM Fire in Smartsville estimated at 15-20 acres, running under the power lines. Burning towards Smartsville.

October 8, 2017 at 11:40 PM Power outage affecting Grass Valley towards Rough&Ready, affecting 1,760 customers. No estimated time of restoration.

October 8, 2017 at 11:37 PM Vegetation fire, Lone Lobo Trail in Nevada City off Bitney Springs Road. Penn Valley, Grass Valley, Rough&Ready Fire responding.

October 8, 2017 at 11:34 PM Tree in the roadway on Ridge Road near Hwy 49 in Grass Valley.

October 8, 2017 at 11:33 PM Vegetation fire reported O’Brien Road in Smartsville. Units en route.

October 8, 2017 at 11:31 PM Updates on the Cascade Fire near Oregon House will be posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/cascade/

October 8, 2017 at 11:25 PM Firefighters on the Spenceville Road fire are making good progress. Some resources are being reassigned to other fires in the unit.

October 8, 2017 at 11:22 PM Cascade Way in Dobbins: Two structures fully involved, at least 6 acres burning at a rapid rate of spread. IC requesting 10 additional engines and four crews.

October 8, 2017 at 11:18 PM Some resources are being released from the North San Juan fire, they are being reassigned to the new starts in Dobbins and Wheatland.

October 8, 2017 at 11:15 PM IC reports spots on both sides of Hwy 49 in North San Juan.

October 8, 2017 at 11:14 PM Structure now involved on Cascade Way in Dobbins.

October 8, 2017 at 11:06 PM Fire on Spenceville Road in the Wheatland area, structure threatened. Rapid rate of spread, additional response required immediate need.

October 8, 2017 at 11:04 PM Report of a new vegetation fire in Dobbins on Cascade Way near Neptune Road.

October 8, 2017 at 11:01 PM Law enforcement requested for traffic control on Hwy 49 in North San Juan near the fire. Watch for fire personnel!

October 8, 2017 at 10:58 PM Fire in North San Juan is about 1/10th of an acre on the west side of Hwy 49. Firefighters are making progress. No power lines down, the fire is burning under the power lines.

October 8, 2017 at 10:48 PM Report of a vegetation fire on Hwy 49/Heesche Av. North San Juan Fire, CAL FIRE en route. Possibly caused by a vehicle accident.

October 8, 2017 at 10:38 PM Engines on Cooper Road report multiple trees down. Minor damage to the house caused by one tree and a service drop power line is down.

October 8, 2017 at 10:33 PM Tree leaning over the roadway and blocking Frenchtown Road at Hwy 20 in Yuba County.

October 8, 2017 at 10:30 PM Updates on the Cherokee Fire in Butte County are posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/cherokee/

October 8, 2017 at 10:24 PM Tree down, possibly into a house. Emergency services and ambulance en route to Cooper Road off North Bloomfield Road.

October 8, 2017 at 10:06 PM A tree in the roadway on Pleasant Valley Road, 1 mile from Bridgeport on the Penn Valley side. The northbound lane is blocked.

October 8, 2017 at 10:01 PM Fire on Red Dog Road is contained.

October 8, 2017 at 9:58 PM Firefighters working to access fire in remote area, estimated at over 10 acres currently, heavy wind. Fire is near the 3400 block of Cherokee Rd. Engine striketeam from NEU en route.

October 8, 2017 at 9:54 PM Forward progress of the fire on Red Dog has been stopped. Two Cal Fire engines to continue in, the rest can cancel.

October 8, 2017 at 9:51 PM Engine 84 is at scene at Red Dog Road, reporting power lines down. Life/safety check for all responding units, meaning they have to acknowledge the power lines down transmission.

October 8, 2017 at 9:48 PM Additional reports for the fire off Red Dog, reporting the fire is bout the size of a house and structures are threatened.

October 8, 2017 at 9:43 PM Reported vegetation fire on Thor Lane off Red Dog Road in Nevada City. Units en route.

October 8, 2017 at 9:43 PM Firefighters responding to a structure fire 508 Valley View Dr. Paradise

October 8, 2017 at 9:30 PM Pine Fire in Butte County: Firefighters working to contain 3/4 acre vegetation fire, heavy wind on fire, lots of ember cast.

October 8, 2017 at 9:27 PM Firefighters are making good progress in Camptonville.

October 8, 2017 at 9:22 PM Power outage affecting 200 customers in the Challenge/Brownsville area down to Frenchtown. PG&E crew en route.

October 8, 2017 at 9:18 PM North San Juan Fire dispatched back to Camptonville, now a possible vegetation fire with electrical hazard on Mill Street and Spring Street.

October 8, 2017 at 9:12 PM CAL FIRE Butte County Fire working on a vegetation fire 128 Pine Tree Ln, Berry Creek. Two Washington Ridge crews and two dozers from NEU responding.

October 8, 2017 at 9:07 PM Downed tree sticking out into the northbound lane of Hwy 49 just south of McKnight Way. Reduce speed and use caution in the area.

October 8, 2017 at 9:07 PM First unit at scene reports only power lines down, no fire. Canceling North San Juan Fire.

October 8, 2017 at 9:05 PM Tree into power lines, tree on fire and power lines down on Mill Street and Spring Street in Camptonville. Camptonville and North San Juan units en route.

October 8, 2017 at 7:02 PM Emergency services on scene of the car vs tree are still looking for the occupants of the car who fled the scene. The tree blocking the roadway os being removed.

October 8, 2017 at 5:31 PM Vehicle accident, car vs tree on Washington Road approximately 1 mile from the Hwy 20 intersection. Units en route.

October 8, 2017 at 11:54 AM Structure fire in North Auburn on Crystal Springs Road. Numerous reports of smoke in the area. Firefighters are on scene and are making good progress.

October 8, 2017 at 11:37 AM Very strong winds overnight, critical fire weather to start the week. In the mountains, wind will be strongest tonight with sustained wind speeds between 20 and 40 mph with local gusts up to 55 mph. Wind this strong can cause blowing debris and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Secure loose objects that could be damaged by the wind, and use extra caution driving.

October 7, 2017 at 5:09 PM Possible residential structure fire, South Auburn Street and Marvin Ave in Colfax. Units en route.

October 7, 2017 at 12:58 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 8 PM Sunday to 9 AM PDT Monday. Winds increase Sunday evening with strongest wind occurring in the overnight hours into early Monday morning. Northeast wind 20 to 40 mph with local gusts up to 55 mph. A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 25 to 39 mph or gusts 40 to 57 mph are possible. Winds this strong can cause blowing debris and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Secure lose objects that could be damaged by the wind, and use extra caution driving.

October 6, 2017 at 6:05 PM Fire in Butte County is called the Lumpkin Fire. Firefighters report 5 acres, moderate rate of spread burning in grass, mixed brush and timber.

October 6, 2017 at 5:59 PM Air Attack 230 and the air tankers are flying a fire in Butte County near Feather Falls. There is no fire in the Nevada, Placer, Yuba or Sierra counties area at this time.

October 6, 2017 at 10:29 AM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 11 PM Sunday to 5 AM PDT Tuesday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

October 6, 2017 at 8:54 AM Fire Weather Watch from Sunday evening through late Monday night.

October 5, 2017 at 11:45 PM Wild IC declares the fire contained. Heavy mop-up will be ongoing for a couple hours.

October 5, 2017 at 11:31 PM Extensive mop-up operations will have firefighters on scene of the incident for a few hours.

October 5, 2017 at 11:20 PM One additional engine requested to the fire, code 2 (no lights or sirens)

October 5, 2017 at 11:17 PM Firefighters are starting to make good progress. No structures immediately threatened.

October 5, 2017 at 11:08 PM Prevention officer is being requested to the fire.

October 5, 2017 at 11:02 PM The fire is holding at approximately 1 acre.

October 5, 2017 at 10:58 PM Due to the fuel load and access issues, a Washington Ridge crew is being ordered to the incident.

October 5, 2017 at 10:50 PM Wild IC reports the fire is definitely a vegetation fire, on Logue Lane in Penn Valley. Previous fire in the area was in heavy brush and weight limitations on a bridge is an access issue for firefighters.

October 5, 2017 at 10:44 PM First unit is in the area, reports a vegetation fire, burning mid-slope, approximately one acre. Access off Hwy 20, then Mooney Flat Road onto Logue Lane, per the report.

October 5, 2017 at 10:35 PM Multiple reports of a possible vegetation or structure fire in Smartsville on Wild Turkey Lane. Units en route.

October 5, 2017 at 6:45 PM Smoke from the agricultural burns has reached the Nevada City/Grass Valley and Auburn areas. The nightly inversion makes it unlikely the haze will lift overnight.

October 5, 2017 at 5:47 PM Smoke in a wide area from Marysville, via Dobbins to Penn Valley and beyond is from several agricultural burns (rice fields) on the valley floor. There is no vegetation fire in the area at this point.

October 5, 2017 at 11:17 AM Strong and gusty north winds will bring critical fire weather conditions to much of interior Northern California Sunday and Monday.

October 5, 2017 at 10:44 AM Possible residential structure fire, smell of burning electrical in the house, on Lloyd Street in Grass Valley. Units en route.

October 5, 2017 at 10:11 AM Non-injury accident on the Empire Street on ramp of Hwy 49. The roadway is clear.

October 5, 2017 at 8:51 AM Fair skies and warm temperatures this weekend. Breezy north winds are expected to develop Sunday afternoon behind a weather system expected to pass to the north earlier in the day. These north winds and a warmer airmass will bring very dry conditions especially on Monday. The combination of breezy north winds and low RH will bring another round of critical fire weather Sunday afternoon through Monday night.

October 5, 2017 at 8:41 AM Tahoe National Forest Lifting Fire Restrictions – CAL FIRE burn restrictions still in effect.

October 4, 2017 at 12:21 PM Smoke report from Oregon Peak and Banner Mountain lookouts. Appears to be a new start in Butte County.

October 4, 2017 at 11:57 AM Air Attack 230 states the fire has zero potential, releasing the tanker and the helicopter back to Grass Valley. Ground resources are on scene and the fire is now contained.

October 4, 2017 at 11:56 AM Air Attack reports a 50 by 50 spot with locals working on it. All units to continue in.

October 4, 2017 at 11:44 AM Smoke report from both Wolf Mountain and Banner Mountain lookouts. Possible vegetation fire in the Chicago Park area, now reported as being near or at Orchard Springs Campground. Full wildland dispatch en route.

October 4, 2017 at 10:50 AM Car off the roadway on North Bloomfield Road/Graniteville Road off Hwy 49 in Nevada City. Emergency services en route.

October 4, 2017 at 9:31 AM First unit has arrived on scene on Pleasant Valley Road, reports a 10 by 10 spot in the bushes. They can handle with resources at scene, all others can cancel.

October 4, 2017 at 9:28 AM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Pleasant Valley Road and Black Forest Road in Lake Wildwood. Numerous units en route.

October 4, 2017 at 8:37 AM Northern California will see a warming trend over the next few days. A little below normal temperatures today will warm to near normal on Thursday. Friday will see daytime highs a few degrees above normal for early October.

October 3, 2017 at 9:32 PM Chimney fire on Gaston Drive, across from Cascade Loop. Firefighters will be on scene for another 20 minutes. No extension to the home.

October 3, 2017 at 7:40 PM From Grass Valley Police Department’s social media feed: Today at approximately 5:15pm GVPD responded to Grass Valley Charter School for a report of a man with a gun walking around the campus. Officers responded quickly and determined that it was a false alarm and that it had been a man with a water bottle. Thanks to everyone for their patience and cooperation with us during a few scary moments before we determined what had really happened.

October 3, 2017 at 6:55 PM Three separate spots along westbound I-80 between Penryn and Horshoe Bar. First unit has arrived on scene, reports small fire, one additional engine only needed.

October 3, 2017 at 6:34 PM Another tree reported down on Bitney Springs Rd / Starduster Dr.

October 3, 2017 at 5:28 PM Tree in the roadway on Bitney Springs Road near Pleasant Valley Road. Reduce speed and use caution in the area.

October 3, 2017 at 5:16 PM Solo vehicle accident on Banner Quaker Hill and Pasquale Road outside Nevada City.

October 3, 2017 at 12:22 PM Tree in the power lines on Cement Hill Road across of Wet Hill Road just past the NID ditch. Units en route.

October 3, 2017 at 10:32 AM Fire alarm at KVMR is a confirmed false alarm. All units are being canceled.

October 3, 2017 at 10:29 AM Firefighters are responding to a fire alarm at KVMR on Bridge Street. First unit at scene reports nothing showing from the outside. They will investigate.

October 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM Updates on the Sugar Fire are posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/sugar/

October 3, 2017 at 8:33 AM Reported vegetation fire could be in the area of Flying Mill Road near the Sugar Pine Reservoir, approximately 7 miles north of Foresthill.

October 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM A chance of snow over the summit, windy and cool elsewhere. There is a chance of snow showers over the northern Sierra passes Tuesday afternoon/evening, from around I80 southward. A quick 1-2″ of snow accumulation is possible, so be careful if planning to drive over the passes.

October 3, 2017 at 8:28 AM All units are being canceled, false alarm. New report of a possible fire in the Foresthill area.

October 3, 2017 at 8:23 AM Now reported vegetation fire in the Cascade Shores area. Full wildland dispatch en route.

October 3, 2017 at 8:20 AM Smoke check in Cascade Shores, report from Banner Mountain lookout. Units are en route.

October 2, 2017 at 6:18 PM Smoke check requested on McCourtney Road, reported as heavy smoke in the area. Units are en route.

October 2, 2017 at 5:36 PM Vehicle accident, extrication required, on North Forbes Road and Thermalands Road south of Camp Far West. Expect major delays in the area.

October 2, 2017 at 5:34 PM Hwy 174 has been reopened after the accident has been cleared near the Cedar Ridge Y.

October 2, 2017 at 4:35 PM Accident on Hwy 174 at Lower Colfax Road.

October 2, 2017 at 4:25 PM Vehicle overturned, possibly in a creek, on Hwy 49 near Shoshoni Trail Court. Units en route.

October 2, 2017 at 10:11 AM Non-injury accident on southbound 49 and Young America Mine Rd. Vehicles are on the right-hand side.

October 2, 2017 at 8:44 AM Dry, gusty north winds will continue across much of interior Northern California through Tuesday. The strongest winds will be during the day today. The combination of gusty winds and low humidity will lead to a high potential for rapidly spreading fires. Lighter north winds and higher humidity are expected starting Wednesday.

October 2, 2017 at 7:15 AM Cooler and breezy north winds to start the week, Red Flag Warning in effect. High fire danger Sunday through Tuesday due to gusty northerly winds and dry conditions.

October 1, 2017 at 1:55 PM Full wildland dispatch on a small vegetation fire at Indian Hill Road and Newcastle Road off I-80. Air support is on scene and firefighters are making good progress. The fire is estimated at a little over 1 acre.

October 1, 2017 at 10:22 AM Caltrans roadwork schedule for the week is posted. Plan some extra time to get through the construction zones.

October 1, 2017 at 10:13 AM Critical Fire Weather into Tuesday due to breezy north winds and low humidity. The combination of wind and low daytime humidity will lead to a period of high potential for rapidly spreading fires. Humidity is expected to change little Monday and Tuesday, then increase Wednesday, along with lighter winds. Cooler weather with breezy north winds into next week.

October 1, 2017 at 00:05 AM You can find the September 2017 log here.