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May 20, 2022 at 10:21 AM Critical Fire Weather Conditions Today. Critical fire weather conditions for the Valley and Foothills today; lighter north winds expected this weekend into next week but humidity remains low. Above normal temperatures into the weekend with moderate Heat Risk Sunday – Wednesday

May 20, 2022 at 7:16 AM Updates on the fire in the Camptonville area will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/regional-fires/golden/

May 20, 2022 at 6:53 AM Tahoe National Forest engines also responding to the fire.

May 20, 2022 at 6:46 AM Units at scene are requesting the closest dozer to respond.

May 20, 2022 at 6:43 AM The fire is south of Marysville Road, in the area of Celestial Valley and Ridge Road one structure involved with 1/2 acre of wildland burning at a moderate rate of spread. Additional units dispatched.

May 20, 2022 at 6:33 AM Reported possible residential structure fire with threat to the vegetation in the Camptonville area, units dispatched. No exact location yet.

May 19, 2022 at 8:13 PM All units dispatched for the smoke report in Penn Valley are returning to their quarters.

May 19, 2022 at 7:48 PM Firefighters continue to search the John Born area, so far nothing showing.

May 19, 2022 at 7:42 PM Smoke appears to have dissipated in the area of John Born and Two Sisters Lane in Penn Valley.

May 19, 2022 at 7:38 PM Smoke report, possible vegetation fire, on Two Sisters Lane off John Born Road in the Penn Valley area. Units dispatched.

May 19, 2022 at 5:46 PM Southbound Hwy 49 at Old Camptonville Road is blocked after an accident. Emergency services dispatched.

May 19, 2022 at 4:45 PM Construction sign blown into the roadway at McKnight Way on northbound Hwy 49.

May 19, 2022 at 4:10 PM CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits Nevada, Yuba, and Placer Counties. The increasing fire danger posed by dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Nevada, Yuba and Placer and Counties. This suspension takes effect Monday, May 23, 2022 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.

May 19, 2022 at 2:29 PM Accident on Hwy 174 near Hansen Lane, vehicle vs tree. Emergency services dispatched.

May 19, 2022 at 10:02 AM As a reminder, Mosquito Fish Giveaway today from noon to 2:00 pm at the Rood Center. Full details here.

May 19, 2022 at 9:59 AM Overturned cement trailer, cement all over the roadway on Dog Bar Road near La Barr Meadows Road in the “S” curves. Public works notified, avoid the area at this time. The southbound lane on Dog Bar Road near Norvin is blocked.

May 19, 2022 at 9:06 AM Critical Fire Weather Conditions today and Friday. Gusty north to east winds today – Friday, lighter winds expected this weekend into next week but humidity remains low. Confidence increased in gusty winds and critical fire weather conditions. Above normal temperatures into the weekend with moderate Heat Risk Sunday – Tuesday.

May 19, 2022 at 8:44 AM Units at scene at Union Hill Elementary report nothing showing, canceling incoming units.

May 19, 2022 at 8:42 AM Fire alarm at Union Hill Elementary School, units dispatched to check it out.

May 19, 2022 at 7:50 AM As a reminder, today is a No Burn day in Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties due to forecasted fire weather conditions.

May 19, 2022 at 7:06 AM The increasing fire danger due to continued drought and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Areas of Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, and San Joaquin Counties. This suspension takes effect at 12:00 AM on Monday, May 23rd, 2022 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.

May 18, 2022 at 8:04 PM

May 18, 2022 at 7:30 PM Tomorrow, Thursday, May 19th, is a No Burn day in Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties.

May 18, 2022 at 4:39 PM Fire on Thousand Oaks Lane has been contained by units at scene. One engine to continue in, all others can cancel.

May 18, 2022 at 4:33 PM Vegetation fire, reported as a 100 by 100 spot, caused by welding on Thousand Oaks Lane in Smartsville, units dispatched.

May 18, 2022 at 4:30 PM Two-car collision at the McKnight off ramp on Hwy 49.

May 18, 2022 at 3:25 PM Vehicle over the embankment on Banner Lava Cap Road near Idaho-Maryland Road. Emergency services are at scene.

May 18, 2022 at 2:02 PM A bag of glass bottles in the roadway on Little Valley Drive near Alta Sierra Drive. Public Works has been notified, they’ll clean up another mess yet again.

May 18, 2022 at 1:46 PM A boat on a trailer has overturned on Pittsburg Road at Pittsburg Mine Road. All lanes are blocked, no injuries to humans reported.

May 18, 2022 at 10:53 AM No PSPS planned this week, but expect safety settings to kick in. No Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events are planned for the next week or longer, according to the PG&E PSPS forecast. However, Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS) will be enabled.

May 18, 2022 at 10:48 AM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 11 AM Thursday to 8 PM PDT Friday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect, it has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning.

May 18, 2022 at 9:03 AM Fire Weather Watch tomorrow and Friday, moderate heat risk today and early next week. Gusty north winds, low relative humidity, and drying fuels will lead to critical fire weather conditions for locations below 2,000 ft elevation. Gusty winds may cause downed tree limbs and weakened trees and localized power outages. Unsecured items could be impacted, including temporary structures. Difficult driving conditions for high profile vehicles.

May 18, 2022 at 6:29 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

May 17, 2022 at 4:07 PM Vehicle accident on Hwy 49 near Old Hwy 49 and Tyler Foote Crossing on the San Juan Ridge.

May 17, 2022 at 4:06 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 96 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases since last reported. Out of 16,466 cases since the start of the pandemic, 105 are active. Two people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCases
0-172,646
18-292,573
30-393,015
40-492,440
50-643,178
65+2,610
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

May 17, 2022 at 3:50 PM Loop IC reports the final acreage as 1.6 acres for the fire in Loma Rica, Yuba County.

May 17, 2022 at 3:48 PM Firefighters at scene on Gold Flat report the address is within city limits and nobody is in attendance of the burn pile. Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

May 17, 2022 at 3:44 PM Units at scene of a small, smoldering pile on Gold Flat Road, they’re making access now.

May 17, 2022 at 3:40 PM Units dispatched to checked a reported burn pile on Gold Flat Road, no precise location given by caller.

May 17, 2022 at 3:04 PM Washington Ridge crew is at the Loop incident to expedite mop-up operations. The fire is contained, any incoming units can cancel.

May 17, 2022 at 2:49 PM Loop fire is burning in grass, brush and oak woodland. Forward progress has been stopped.

May 17, 2022 at 2:43 PM Dozer has arrived at the Loop fire in Loma Rica, still estimated at approximately 2 acres.

May 17, 2022 at 2:32 PM Loop IC reports best access off Loop Road, onto the property and behind the barn. Firefighters are starting to make good progress.

May 17, 2022 at 2:22 PM Reported vegetation fire on Loop Road just north of the Browns Valley Fire Department. Numerous resources assigned, reported size is several acres.

May 17, 2022 at 12:07 PM Per CHP Grass Valley: Expect the Dog Bar bridge to be closed until at least 7:00 PM tonight; use Hwy 49 and 174.

May 17, 2022 at 10:52 AM Great news! Happily, Spookley the black kitty reader Dave found has been reunited with his family after a two-month journey. He is now headed back home safe and sound.

May 17, 2022 at 10:25 AM This young Hummingbird was intently watching the Acorn woodpeckers attacking the new power poles with gusto. #LookingOutTheWindow

May 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM Critical Fire Weather Conditions Thursday and Friday, moderate heat risk tomorrow and early next week. The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Fire Weather Watch, which is in effect from Thursday morning through Friday evening. Gusty winds, dry fuels, and low humidity will lead to easier fire starts and the potential for rapid spread of new or existing fires.

May 17, 2022 at 8:30 AM Screws loose in the turn lane to Hwy 49 on McKnight Way, creating a traffic hazard according to the CHP log.

May 17, 2022 at 8:06 AM Dog Bar bridge will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. After the (empty) big rig is removed, the bridge will need to be inspected for safety. Dog Bar Road is closed at Placer Hills on the Auburn side and at Magnolia on the Nevada County side.

May 17, 2022 at 6:56 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

May 16, 2022 at 7:14 PM Tow truck requested for the car on Red Dog Road.

May 16, 2022 at 7:07 PM Vehicle at Red Dog Road overturned, extrication might be required.

May 16, 2022 at 7:02 PM Vehicle vs tree on Red Dog Road at the intersection of Banner Lava Cap. Units dispatched.

May 16, 2022 at 5:48 PM Units at scene are evaluating the single patient on Pleasant Valley Road, minor injuries only so far.

May 16, 2022 at 5:46 PM First unit at scene on Pleasant Valley Road reports the accident is just west of Birchville Road.

May 16, 2022 at 5:43 PM Updated information, now a motorcycle accident on Pleasant Valley Road.

May 16, 2022 at 5:38 PM Vehicle accident Pleasant Valley Road near Hwy 49. Units dispatched.

May 16, 2022 at 3:47 PM Caltrans just removed a couch and some other debris from Hwy 49 at Wolf Road. It may be Monday, but littering is uncool any day.

May 16, 2022 at 3:23 PM All units released from the unattended burn pile in Alta Sierra.

May 16, 2022 at 2:58 PM Units dispatched to a reportedly unattended burn pile on Bar Paw Place of East Lime Kiln Road in the Alta Sierra area. No threat to structures.

May 16, 2022 at 8:37 AM Elevated Fire Weather Concerns Thursday and Friday. Gusty winds, dry fuels, and low humidity will lead to easier fire starts and the potential for rapid spread of new or existing fires Thursday through Friday.

May 16, 2022 at 8:10 AM There is a law enforcement operation underway in the Penn Valley area along Indian Springs Road.

May 16, 2022 at 7:45 AM Reader Dave found this very sweet black kitty yesterday near Rough and Ready Hwy and Matas Wecks Drive in Rough and Ready. Are you missing your feline companion? You can contact Dave at 530 392 1518. Thanks for caring Dave!

May 16, 2022 at 6:54 AM A reminder, starting today at 9:00 am.

May 16, 2022 at 6:46 AM An abandoned car is blocking the roadway on Scotts Flat Dam Road at Scotts Flat Road.

May 16, 2022 at 6:29 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

May 15, 2022 at 9:34 AM A reminder: It’s Eclipse Sunday!

May 15, 2022 at 8:33 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

May 14, 2022 at 3:35 PM Multiple cars parked on the 15600 block of Allison Ranch Road, one lane is completely blocked.

May 14, 2022 at 8:16 AM North IC is reporting there was no extension to the wildland, all units are clear and returning to their stations.

May 14, 2022 at 7:47 AM Nevada Union Junior Varsity softball team had their final game of the season at home against Placer high school of Auburn.  Nevada Union won in a shutout with a final score of 17:0.  This win was off the back of their win on Thursday against El Camino High School in a Sacramento away game.   

Nevada Union Junior Varsity softball team. Photo: Penny P. Collins

Bear River High School Tennis:  Pioneer Valley League tournament.  We did pretty well…
First.  Olivia Herr and Austin Phipps decisively won the consolation bracket.  
Second.  Ryan Potts and Ethan Hurd played 4 hard matches yesterday – they won 3rd place – and are alternates for the Section Finals next week.
Third.  Shannon Rodriguez had a tough fight in the Final Championship match and lost to the league’s MVP.  She qualified for the Section tournament on May 16th in Stockton. 
Lastly.  Sabrina Mantooth and Sofia Rodriguez made it to the Championship Match – qualifying them for the Section tournament on May 17th in Stockton.  Not only did they qualify – THEY WON THE PVL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR GIRLS DOUBLES!

Bear River Tennis Team. Photo Natalie Herr

May 14, 2022 at 6:52 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/. Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

May 14, 2022 at 6:47 AM North IC reports they have knockdown on the fire, about two hours of mop-up.

May 14, 2022 at 6:38 AM North IC reports good progress, requesting Red Cross to contact the sole occupant of the home.

May 14, 2022 at 6:30 AM North IC reports the homeowner and all occupants are out of the home. One more engine and two water tenders to continue in.

May 14, 2022 at 6:27 AM North IC reports only minimal threat to the wildland.

May 14, 2022 at 6:25 AM Units at scene in North San Juan on Hwy 49 report a fully involved structure with some extension to the wildland. Requesting the Camptonville water tender to respond. This will be the North incident.

May 14, 2022 at 6:17 AM Conflicting info as to the location of the structure fire, maybe on Hwy 49 in North San Juan, or maybe on Moonshine Road at Hwy 49.

May 14, 2022 at 6:14 AM Reported structure fire on Hwy 49 in North San Juan, residential structure reportedly fully involved. Units dispatched.

May 13, 2022 at 5:52 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 53 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases since last reported. Out of 16,411 cases since the start of the pandemic, 109 are active. Three people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Beginning on 4/4/2022, the Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) updates its COVID-19 Dashboard only on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Cases by age

Age groupCases
0-172,646
18-292,569
30-393,006
40-492,430
50-643,166
65+2,590
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

May 13, 2022 at 12:57 PM First unit at scene on Paoli reports they can handle with one additional engine. All others can cancel.

May 13, 2022 at 12:54 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Hummingbird Hill Drive and Paoli Lane in the Placer Hills area. Units dispatched. This will be the Paoli incident.

May 13, 2022 at 12:46 PM Mop-up operations are underway on the Ranch incident.

May 13, 2022 at 12:36 PM Ranch IC reports forward progress has been stopped. Ophir Hill Fire is sending a water tender. Dozer is to remain at scene in case of spot fires.

May 13, 2022 at 12:32 PM Ranch IC is releasing one engine, exchanging it for a water tender instead.

May 13, 2022 at 12:28 PM CHP is sending units for traffic control on Hwy 20 at Houghton Ranch Road. Please reduce your speed, or use an alternate route if possible. Ranch IC reports the fire is holding at 1/2 to 1 acre, no structures threatened.

May 13, 2022 at 12:25 PM Ranch Fire at Hwy 20 is about 1/2 acre, a dozer is at scene making good progress on three sides. The fourth side will e bumping the road soon. CHP is requested to respond, the fire is right on Hwy 20.

May 13, 2022 at 12:19 PM Reported escaped burn pile on Hwy 20 at Houghton Ranch Road in the Penn Valley area. Reported to be the the size of a car, growing rapidly. Units dispatched.

May 13, 2022 at 8:57 AM Check out these three videos of the Hwy 20 project currently underway.

May 13, 2022 at 8:55 AM Lines in the roadway, unknown if power or telecom, on Alta Street in Grass Valley. Emergency services dispatched.

May 13, 2022 at 8:28 AM Accident on Rough and Ready Hwy near Rex Reservoir Road. Two vehicles involved, emergency services dispatched.

May 13, 2022 at 6:59 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 12, 2022 at 6:20 PM 41 customers remain out of power after the car vs pole accident on Tyler Foote near Burda Lane. Crews are assigned, estimated time of restoration is 9:45 pm.

May 12, 2022 at 5:01 PM Fire on West Main and Carpenter in Grass Valley has knocked down.

Photo courtesy reader Misty-Dawn

May 12, 2022 at 4:46 PM

May 12, 2022 at 4:54 PM Vehicle vs power pole on Tyler Foote Road near Burda Lane on the San Juan Ridge, no injuries reported, emergency services are at scene. Power lines are on the ground.

May 12, 2022 at 3:56 PM False alarm at NU, all units are canceling.

May 12, 2022 at 3:39 PM First unit at scene at NU reports nothing showing, they will investigate.

May 12, 2022 at 3:34 PM Commercial fire alarm at Nevada Union High School, units dispatched to check. Alarm coming from the library smoke detector.

May 12, 2022 at 3:21 PM Firefighters have knockdown on the fire, all units will be committed for another hour for mop-up operations.

May 12, 2022 at 3:18 PM Forward progress has been stopped on the Griffith incident. It was a 4 by 4 legal burn pile that spotted into the barn. No other extension to the vegetation.

May 12, 2022 at 3:10 PM Firefighters are making good progress on the Griffith fire, one additional water tender requested to respond.

May 12, 2022 at 3:04 PM Griffith IC requesting one water tender to respond to the incident.

May 12, 2022 at 3:00 PM First units have arrived at scene on Griffith, all incoming units to stage on McCourtney Road.

May 12, 2022 at 2:50 PM Reported commercial structure fire, barn on fire after an escaped burn pile, on Griffith Drive across from McCourtney Road just past the Fairgrounds. Numerous resources dispatched.

May 12, 2022 at 2:19 PM Reported structure fire, residential structure fire, on Crestline Drive in Todd Valley in the Foresthill area. Units dispatched.

May 12, 2022 at 2:16 PM Reported structure fire, barn fire on Nicolaus Road in the Lincoln area. Units dispatched.

May 12, 2022 at 1:45 PM

May 12, 2022 at 6:57 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 11, 2022 at 3:11 PM Non-injury accident on Tyler Foote Road at Scenic Drive on the San Juan Ridge. The roadway is clear.

May 11, 2022 at 11:32 AM Disabled vehicle on Aileen Way in Alta Sierra. Vehicle is hanging off a driveway, emergency services dispatched.

May 11, 2022 at 9:26 AM A shovel in the roadway on northbound Hwy 49 at the Idaho-Maryland off ramp. No potholes in sight.

May 11, 2022 at 6:17 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 10, 2022 at 4:19 PM Power outage affecting 271 customers in Smartsville, trouble crew has been assigned. Estimated time of restoration is 7:00 pm.

May 10, 2022 at 4:02 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 59 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases since last reported. Out of 16,362 cases since the start of the pandemic, 70 are active. Five people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Beginning on 4/4/2022, the Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) will be updating its COVID-19 Dashboard only on Tuesdays and Fridays. This reporting change will align with the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) data dashboard’s  schedule, as some of NCPHD’s dashboard data comes from the state. NCPHD will continue to monitor daily data trends, and make appropriate alterations to the COVID-19 dashboard in the future as appropriate.

Cases by age

Age groupCases
0-172,645
18-292,566
30-392,995
40-492,421
50-643,153
65+2,578
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

May 10, 2022 at 3:12 PM A person is walking into lanes, throwing things at passing cars and making rude hand gestures on northbound Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra. Please use caution in the area and keep your hands on the steering wheel.

May 10, 2022 at 11:56 AM Strong thunderstorms will impact portions of northwestern El Dorado, central Placer and central Nevada Counties through 1:00 pm.

May 10, 2022 at 11:07 AM Plows are clearing Hwy 49 and traffic is starting to move again, slowly.

May 10, 2022 at 10:54 AM No injuries reported during the spinouts on Hwy 49 at Gold Flat off ramp, one vehicle will need a tow.

May 10, 2022 at 10:43 AM Nevada City Police will slow access to Hwy 49 at Coyote Street. If you can postpone your travel, please do. County plows are being dispatched as well.

May 10, 2022 at 10:37 AM The southbound lanes on Hwy 49 at Gold Flat are completely blocked, use an alternate road if possible. Northbound lanes are very slow as well.

May 10, 2022 at 10:31 AM Multiple vehicles have spun out on Hwy 49 at the Gold Flat off ramp, emergency services are at scene. Thanks to a reader for sending this photo. Please reduce your speed and use caution. Caltrans plows have been dispatched.

May 10, 2022 at 8:45 AM Isolated thunderstorms with mountain snow today, significant warming trend this weekend. Significantly warmer by the weekend with high temperatures 25-35 degrees warmer than today.

May 10, 2022 at 8:34 AM Accident on Hwy 174 at Orchard Springs Road, emergency services at scene. The roadway is blocked.

May 10, 2022 at 8:00 AM A car has broken down on northbound Hwy 49 near Nishinam Gulch, use caution in the area, the lane is partially blocked.

May 10, 2022 at 6:27 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 9, 2022 at 3:22 PM Firefighters making good progress, only two engines to continue in, all others can cancel. Forward progress has been stopped.

May 9, 2022 at 3:19 PM First unit at scene on Maidu Trail reports small fire in moderate fuels, canceling one Battalion, all others to continue in. No threat to structures reported.

May 9, 2022 at 3:13 PM Maidu incident, described as a small brush fire, homeowner is attempting to extinguish.

May 9, 2022 at 3:10 PM Reported vegetation fire, escaped burn pile, in the Penn Valley area on Maidu Trail, units dispatched.

May 9, 2022 at 3:09 PM A box of clothes scattered across the lanes on southbound Hwy 49 at the Dorsey Drive on ramp. Drive-by fashion shows are not a thing.

May 9, 2022 at 11:26 AM Showers, isolated thunderstorms and mountain snow through Tuesday, significant warming trend this weekend. Isolated thunderstorms may produce dangerous lightning, small accumulating hail, and isolated funnel clouds, impacting outdoor activities and recreation.

May 9, 2022 at 10:52 AM Stalled truck on McCourtney Road before Thoroughbred Loop, on a blind corner. Use caution in the area.

May 9, 2022 at 10:36 AM Suspect in abduction still at large in Nevada County. The suspect, Allyn Charpentier, 49, Nevada City, had previously been in a dating relationship with the victim.

May 9, 2022 at 8:23 AM

May 9, 2022 at 6:58 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 8, 2022 at 6:59 PM Update from NCSO: We were unable to locate the suspect after an extensive area check of the Poorman’s Creek area outside of Washington. Should anyone see a suspicious subject, not known to the area, they are encouraged to call 911. The suspect is a white male adult last seen wearing camouflage pants black sweatshirt, 5 foot 10 inches tall and approximately 175 pounds. Again, the victim is safe with us.

May 8, 2022 at 5:03 PM Code Red alert for the town of Washington: Sheriff’s deputies are currently in the area of Poorman Creek and Relief Hill Road looking for an individual who is possibly armed and wanted for a recent kidnapping. The suspect is a white male adult last seen wearing camouflage pants, black sweatshirt, 5 foot 10 inches tall approximately 175 pounds. If seen do not attempt to contact and call 911 immediately.

May 8, 2022 at 4:05 PM NCSO has located the victim of the incident on Tyler Foote, the search for the suspect continues.

May 8, 2022 at 2:36 PM Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and cooperating agencies are investigating a report of a possible kidnapping in the Tyler Foote area of the San Juan Ridge. No additional, confirmed details available at this time. The operation is ongoing.

May 7, 2022 at 7:22 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 6, 2022 at 8:40 PM Pittsburg Road is closed at Pittsburg Mine Road, Public Works is setting up the closure now.

May 6, 2022 at 7:45 PM Private business owner is at scene on Pittsburg Road, cutting the trees up, Public Works dispatched to remove the timber. Thanks to reader Clare for sharing these photos.

May 6, 2022 at 7:20 PM Pine trees across the roadway on Pittsburg Road off Banner Lava Cap Road. The roadway is blocked, requesting fire department to respond with chain saws.

May 6, 2022 at 2:55 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 26 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases since last reported. Out of 16,298 cases since the start of the pandemic, 70 are active. Two people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Beginning on 4/4/2022, the Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) will be updating its COVID-19 Dashboard only on Tuesdays and Fridays. This reporting change will align with the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) data dashboard’s  schedule, as some of NCPHD’s dashboard data comes from the state. NCPHD will continue to monitor daily data trends, and make appropriate alterations to the COVID-19 dashboard in the future as appropriate.

Cases by age

Age groupCases
0-172,637
18-292,557
30-392,986
40-492,409
50-643,139
65+2,566
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

May 6, 2022 at 2:53 PM Non-injury accident on westbound Hwy 49 at Combie Road. School bus vs a work truck, everyone’s fine.

May 6, 2022 at 10:52 AM Light precipitation returns today and Sunday through early next week. Rain showers & isolated thunderstorm chances far Northern California today. Breezy winds may cause impacts to unsecured items, including temporary structures.

May 6, 2022 at 8:48 AM A pit bull and a smaller, black dog are lost at Bullards Bar dam. Reader Scott reports the dogs followed them across the dam to a safer location, away from the ongoing construction. “They are missing their humans,” Scott reports. The pups are now at the marina dock.

May 6, 2022 at 8:28 AM A large metal object, described as possibly a stroller, in the eastbound lanes of Hwy 20 at Penn Valley Drive. Cars are swerving, so use caution.

May 6, 2022 at 7:00 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 5, 2022 at 9:52 PM Possible unattended campfire/burn pile on Tyler Foote Road between Mother Truckers and Shady Creek Drive in North San Juan. Units dispatched.

May 5, 2022 at 2:41 PM Forward progress on the Bet incident has been stopped, firefighters are starting mop-up operations. Estimated to be a little over an acre in size. All resources will be committed 1-2 hours.

May 5, 2022 at 2:33 PM Bet incident is about 1 acre to 1.5 acres now. Access is over a dirt road, in brush and heavy timber.

May 5, 2022 at 2:25 PM Additional units dispatched to the Bet incident on You Bet Road, firefighters are making good progress.

May 5, 2022 at 2:15 PM Possible escaped burn pile on You Bet Road near the Peninsula on Rollins Lake. Units dispatched.

May 5, 2022 at 1:15 PM Possible unattended burn pile on Pleasant Valley Road near Birchville Road on the San Juan Ridge, units dispatched.

May 5, 2022 at 9:26 AM Hwy 49 at McKnight, two dogs running in the roadway. Please reduce your speed and watch for the pups.

May 5, 2022 at 8:39 AM Non-injury accident on Greenhorn Road near Anchor Lane. The intersection is partially blocked.

May 5, 2022 at 6:57 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 4, 2022 at 11:46 AM Large branch in the roadway on southbound Hwy 49 between Newtown Road and the Rood Center. Could it be an olive branch?

May 4, 2022 at 11:27 AM Units at scene on Sontag Hill Road report it is a legal-size pile, homeowner has a valid burn permit.

May 4, 2022 at 11:21 AM Report of an unattended burn pile on Sontag Hill Road in the Peardale area. Units dispatched.

May 4, 2022 at 8:15 AM Accident on Old Downieville Hwy near Hwy 49, car vs deer.

May 4, 2022 at 7:36 AM May the 4th be with you! 🙂

May 4, 2022 at 6:36 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 3, 2022 at 10:29 PM Power has been restored along Indian Springs Road. A smaller outage, affecting 4 customers after a car hit a pole on Rough and Ready Hwy near West Drive, has a restoration time of 1:15 am.

May 3, 2022 at 8:40 PM Power outage has been upgraded to encompass 236 customers, crew is on site, estimated restoration time is 10:30 pm now.

May 3, 2022 at 8:06 PM Reader-reported power outage on Hogeland Ranch Road and Maidu Trail Road in Penn Valley. 61 customers affected, estimated restoration time is 11:00 pm.

May 3, 2022 at 4:09 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 36 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases since last reported. Out of 16,272 cases since the start of the pandemic, 34 are active. Two people hospitalized – none in ICU.

Beginning on 4/4/2022, the Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) will be updating its COVID-19 Dashboard only on Tuesdays and Fridays. This reporting change will align with the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) data dashboard’s  schedule, as some of NCPHD’s dashboard data comes from the state. NCPHD will continue to monitor daily data trends, and make appropriate alterations to the COVID-19 dashboard in the future as appropriate.

Cases by age

Age groupCases
0-172,632
18-292,553
30-392,981
40-492,404
50-643,134
65+2,564
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

May 3, 2022 at 2:21 PM Accident on Idaho-Maryland Road near Sutton Way, units dispatched.

May 3, 2022 at 2:20 PM Power has been restored to the 1,067 customers along Hwy 174.

May 3, 2022 at 1:42 PM Accident location updated to Ridge Road near Simply Country Feed store in Grass Valley. First unit has arrived at scene.

May 3, 2022 at 1:40 PM Accident, car into a building, on Rough and Ready Hwy near Harvest Lane. Units dispatched.

May 3, 2022 at 1:10 PM 1,067 utility customers affected by the outage along Hwy 174. PG&E trouble crew is assigned, estimated time of restoration is 4:15 pm.

May 3, 2022 at 12:51 PM Power outage in the Peardale/Chicago Park area.

May 3, 2022 at 12:27 PM Smoke visible in the Dipper Valley Ranch, Rock Creek Road area north of Nevada City is from a prescribed burn on approximately 9 acres.

May 3, 2022 at 10:16 AM

May 3, 2022 at 9:01 AM Accident on northbound Hwy 49 at the Bennett Street off ramp, no injuries reported. The roadway is clear.

May 3, 2022 at 7:17 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 2, 2022 at 5:18 PM Utility power has been restored at YubaNet HQ.

May 2, 2022 at 5:13 PM Update from PG&E, outage is affecting 470 customers in the Lake Vera/Purdon Road area outside of Nevada City, estimated time of restoration is 8:15 pm.

May 2, 2022 at 4:44 PM Power outage affecting an unknown number of customers in the Lake Vera area.

May 2, 2022 at 3:09 PM Spotted in downtown Nevada City: Mary and Wally Krill, celebrating their 74th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!

Wally and Mary Krill celebrating their 74th wedding anniversary

May 2, 2022 at 10:06 AM A metal rake, in the fast lane, on southbound Hwy 49 at the Dorsey Drive on ramp. Use caution in the area and please leave the roadside cleanup to Caltrans.

May 2, 2022 at 8:05 AM Dry and breezy Valley winds Tuesday, unsettled weather possible this weekend. Cooler temperatures this weekend with possible rain and breezy winds, mainly over the higher terrain.

May 2, 2022 at 7:02 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 1, 2022 at 10:58 PM Firefighters are mopping up the fire on Oak Drive.

May 1, 2022 at 10:46 PM Units at scene report a small spot, no threat to structures. Oak IC requests units dispatched to continue in for now.

May 1, 2022 at 10:43 PM Units are at scene on Oak Drive and Estrada Place.

May 1, 2022 at 10:34 PM Report of a field on fire, approximately a 30 by 30 ft. spot, on Oak Drive across from Buck Mountain Road in the Alta Sierra area. Units dispatched.

May 1, 2022 at 2:06 PM All units dispatched to the fire on Rollins Lake dam are being canceled.

May 1, 2022 at 2:03 PM Units in the area of Old Bridge and Rollins dam report several burn piles in the area. They will investigate, but so far no escaped burn. Reducing all incoming units to code 2.

May 1, 2022 at 1:58 PM Units dispatched to the Rollins fire are to take the NID access road to Rollins dam for best access.

May 1, 2022 at 1:54 PM Caller reports seeing flames approximately 50 yards from the river on the Placer County side near Hwy 174 and Old Bridge Road. Units dispatched.

May 1, 2022 at 10:12 AM The NorthOps Predictive Services outlook for May through July is out. Confidence is high for an early start to the large fire season.

May 1, 2022 at 9:34 AM A heads up for May 15th: A total lunar eclipse will be visible! Full details here.

May 1, 2022 at 7:26 AM A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

May 1, 2022 at 12:01 AM Last month’s log can be found here.