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August 6, 2020 at 10:49 AM Traffic hazard on southbound Hwy 49 at Combie, use caution in the area. Debris/insulation in the lanes.

August 6, 2020 at 8:25 AM This week, on Friday, Aug. 7, PG&E will be conducting aerial patrols of power lines in Nevada and Yuba counties. Flights will begin around 8 a.m. As part of the exercise PG&E crews are patrolling circuits that could be affected if a PSPS becomes necessary this fall. The patrols will be conducted by crews on the ground, and by using helicopters. Customers may notice increased activity between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday in the areas of Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Browns Valley and east of Marysville.

August 6, 2020 at 8:00 AM Combie Road at Robles is clear again after an accident.

August 5, 2020 at 8:37 PM

August 5, 2020 at 5:09 PM Important update from Nevada County re data accuracy: Due to issues with the state’s electronic laboratory reporting system, the data on our dashboard may represent an underreporting of actual positive cases. The state is working to address the issue with the system. We’ll remove this disclaimer once the issue is resolved.

August 5, 2020 at 4:24 PM Report of a very small vegetation fire (5 by 5 spot) in front of the DMV offices on Hwy 49 at the Brunswick on ramp. Engines arriving at scene.

August 5, 2020 at 4:22 PM Report of a small vegetation fire on Hwy 20 at the I-80 connector. Units en route.

August 5, 2020 at 1:35 PM Firefighters are making food progress on the Oregon incident. Retardant drops are keeping growth in check. Tankers have been released back to Grass Valley.

August 5, 2020 at 12:51 PM Reported vegetation fire, estimated at 1/4 acre on Oregon Hill Road above Greenville on the west side of Bullards Bar. Full wildland dispatch on order.

August 5, 2020 at 12:04 PM The very large generators being brought by PG&E to the Grass Valley substation are part of their asset pre-positioning for eventual PSPS events. PG&E spokesperson Brandi Merlo confirmed the behemoths will remain at the substation throughout the season.

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August 5, 2020 at 11:41 AM Breezy winds today, warming trend through the weekend. Breezy onshore winds today will keep temperatures anywhere from 7 to 15 degrees below normal across the region. These winds will be accompanied by increased relative humidity values, which will minimize fire weather concerns. As high pressure rebuilds late week and into the weekend, temperatures will warm to about 5 to 10 degrees above normal with moderate heat risk, especially in the northern Sacramento Valley where the hottest temperatures are forecast. Additionally, there will be an isolated chance of mountain thunderstorms in the Sierra from during the afternoon and evening hours from Friday to Sunday.

August 5, 2020 at 11:23 AM

August 5, 2020 at 11:19 AM Firefighters have extinguished the grass fire on Sutton Way, canceling most incoming resources.

August 5, 2020 at 11:13 AM Reported grass fire, NID workers trying to extinguish across the street from the Cedar Park Apartments on Sutton Way in Grass VAlley. Full wildland dispatch arriving at scene.

August 4, 2020 at 9:45 PM With continued progress, some resources will be released from the Highway incident.

August 4, 2020 at 9:36 PM Firefighters are making progress on the knockdown of the structure fire. Traffic on Hwy 193 will reopen with one-way escorted traffic only.

August 4, 2020 at 9:21 PM 6 water tenders are now assigned to the fire. Additionally, PG&E crews are at scene to deenergize power lines in the fire area.

August 4, 2020 at 9:08 PM Highway IC reports small extension to the vegetation only. A 14,000 sqft storage facility in the orchard is fully involved. Two additional water tenders requested. There is a possibility of spot fires outside the irrigated orchard.

August 4, 2020 at 9:02 PM

August 4, 2020 at 8:55 PM CHP en route for hard closure on Hwy 193 at Dutch Court and Hwy 193 and Clark Tunnel.

August 4, 2020 at 8:51 PM Highway IC wants to start precautionary evacuations. PCSO en route for evacuations and road closures.

August 4, 2020 at 8:48 PM Units at scene of the Highway incident report one structure fully engulfed, second structure immediately threatened. One acre of vegetation approximately.

August 4, 2020 at 8:42 PM Reported commercial structure fire with extension to the wildland. ATV fire spread to a large packing shed on the vegetation on Hwy 193 in the Lincoln area. Numerous units en route.

August 4, 2020 at 4:10 PM All lanes open again on eastbound 49 near Gold Flat Road.

August 4, 2020 at 3:40 PM

August 4, 2020 at 2:22 PM CDPH has discovered an underreporting of COVID-19 cases due to technology issues with the electronic laboratory reporting system which reports into the state’s disease registry system (CalREDIE). However, patient care and test results are not affected or delayed by this issue. Laboratories continue to report test results directly to providers and hospitals, and hospitalization and death rates are not impacted as they are reported directly to the state through different systems. This is also likely leading to underreporting of cases at the local level as well. More here.

August 4, 2020 at 7:25 AM Slightly cooler weather returns Wednesday and Thursday. Wildfire smoke possible at times across the region the next few days, especially north of Sacramento. Onshore flow expected to bring considerably higher humidity the next few days.

August 3, 2020 at 6:48 PM Updates on the Cruzon Fire will be posted here:

August 3, 2020 at 6:42 PM Air Attack 17 is over the Cruzon Fire.

August 3, 2020 at 6:39 PM Reported vegetation fire in the Cruzon Grade area. Full wildland dispatch en route.

August 3, 2020 at 6:17 PM The Nevada County Public Health update for August 3, 2020. Data source:

August 3, 2020 at 5:40 PM The Eagle Fire is holding at 2-3 acres in brush and duff. Firefighters constructing a hand line around it, Tanker 88 is overhead with Air Attack 17 as a precautionary measure.

August 3, 2020 at 4:56 PM The victim from the hit and run this morning on McCourtney Road has been identified as Michael Jodoin, 59 years of age from Rough and Ready. The suspect, Amy Hannan, is in custody per CHP’s arrest and is being booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

August 3, 2020 at 4:04 PM Valley Air Attack is releasing Helicopter 205 and Tanker 89.

August 3, 2020 at 3:59 PM Firefighters are making progress on the structure fire on Valley Road. Extension to the vegetation has been contained by retardant drops.

August 3, 2020 at 3:52 PM Two small spots of wildland on the Valley incident. The tanker will box them in, final drop coming now.

August 3, 2020 at 3:49 PM Air Attack 17, TNF BC-31 E-333 E-73 are at scene of the Eagle Fire.

Photo courtesy Kayla McGuire

August 3, 2020 at 3:44 PM Air Attack 230 and Tanker 89 will arrive over the fire shortly. The are seeking clearance from Beale AFB. Valley IC reports very little threat to the vegetation, only Air Attack to continue in, canceling the dozer.

August 3, 2020 at 3:43 PM Valley incident, the fire has fully engulfed the garage and approximately 50% of the residence. First units have arrived at scene and taking suppressive actions.

August 3, 2020 at 3:40 PM Aircraft now requested to respond to the Valley Fire.

August 3, 2020 at 3:33 PM Roadside fire on eastbound I-80 at the Eagle Lakes off ramp.

August 3, 2020 at 3:31 PM Reported garage on fire on Valley Road in the Thermalands. Units en route.

August 3, 2020 at 2:26 PM Vehicle vs tree on Lake Vera at Charden Road. Units at scene.

August 3, 2020 at 1:01 PM Good progress on the Golden incident, no growth anticipated. There is no threat to structures.

August 3, 2020 at 12:22 PM Vegetation fire, Forbestown Road and Challenge. Units en route. Reported as 1/4 acre, burning at a slow rate of spread.

August 3, 2020 at 11:39 AM New start east of Lake Oroville. This will be the Golden incident

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August 3, 2020 at 6:43 AM Locally breezy winds today, some cooling on Tuesday. Cooler weather will return to interior NorCal during the middle portion of the week.

August 2, 2020 at 10:29 PM Forward progress of the Beale Fire has been stopped. CAL FIRE and other non-Beale resources will be committed for a while. New acreage estimate puts the fire at 600-700 acres.

August 2, 2020 at 10:14 PM Grass fire on Beale Air Force Base continues to be active.

Photo courtesy Clean Leaf Farms

August 2, 2020 at 9:49 PM Small fire at Lake Francis has been located, engine at scene and one water tender can handle.

August 2, 2020 at 9:46 PM Units at scene on Lake Francis Road report nothing showing, checking the RV Park now.

August 2, 2020 at 9:32 PM Vegetation fire reported at the entrance of Lake Francis RV park, on the 3600 block of Lake Francis Road. Numerous units en route.

August 2, 2020 at 9:30 PM Grass fire at Beale is reported to be 800 ares, per CHP log.

August 2, 2020 at 7:31 PM Penn Valley Fire and Smartsville Fire en route for mutual aid to Beale Air Force Base. Reported vegetation fire near the Doolittle Gate.

Photo courtesy Patrick C

August 2, 2020 at 4:21 PM Emergency responders at the 49er Bridge are now committed to a second rescue, slide down the hill.

August 2, 2020 at 3:55 PM Medical rescue at Beale Falls, Penn Valley units en route.

August 2, 2020 at 3:43 PM Rescue 84 reports the patient has made it back to the 49er bridge, they are assessing now. They can handle with resources dispatched.

August 2, 2020 at 3:42 PM Medical rescue, South Yuba River. Rescue 84 is at scene.

August 2, 2020 at 2:41 PM Updates on the Concow Fire will be posted here:

August 2, 2020 at 2:36 PM Concow IC reports they are starting a hoselay on the west flank.

August 2, 2020 at 2:32 PM New start near Concow, moving towards Hwy 70. Aircraft is overhead.

August 2, 2020 at 2:28 PM Full wildland dispatch for a reported vegetation fire on Kapaka Lane in the Wheatland area.

August 1, 2020 at 6:30 PM Units at scene on Catlett report 1/10th of an acre, contained. Cancelling all incoming units.

August 1, 2020 at 6:26 PM Reported remote controlled plane down, with vegetation fire on East Catlett Road near Fiddyment Road in the Lincoln area. Units en route.

August 1, 2020 at 4:51 PM According to the CHP log, approximately 100 cars are parked in the Bowman Lake Road area, starting to block the roadway.

August 1, 2020 at 9:40 AM Another seasonably hot day for Northern California. Seasonably hot and dry conditions will continue for interior NorCal this weekend with Valley highs in the upper 90s to 103 and mountain and foothill highs in the 70s to 90s.

August 1, 2020 at 8:38 AM You can find last month’s log here.