Happening Now – December 2019

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 [email protected] 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.

December 9, 2019 at 3:48 PM Non-injury accident on Hwy 20 near Penn Valley Drive. CHP on scene.

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December 9, 2019 at 10:27 AM Vehicle into a ditch on Oak Tree Road off Hwy 49 in North San Juan.

December 9, 2019 at 9:50 AM The dense fog advisory for lower elevations has been extended to noon today.

December 9, 2019 at 9:37 AM The Tahoe National Forest will be burning piles today on Old Camptonville Road. The project is Camp and the Unit is LL. Firefighters are hoping to burn 8 acres and will be on scene for the duration of the piles burning. There is no need to report the smoke, numerous resources will be on scene.

December 9, 2019 at 7:34 AM An All Hazard Incident Management Team Training hosted by the Western Nevada County Fire Chiefs Association and Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Council is scheduled for December 9-13, 2019. Class hours are 9-5. The class location is the McCourtney Road Education Center, 12338 McCourtney Rd. in Grass Valley. This is only a training!

December 9, 2019 at 6:50 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

December 9, 2019 at 6:41 AM Dry weather to start the week, morning fog may hamper traffic. A Dense Fog Advisory has been issued for portions of the Central Valley until 10 AM Monday. Be alert for sudden changes in visibility and allow extra commuting time in the morning.

December 9, 2019 at 6:20 AM Dense Fog Advisory for Nevada County, Placer County, Yuba County and El Dorado County until 10:00 am. Includes the cities of Chico, Oroville, Marysville/Yuba City, Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Grass Valley, and Jackson. Hazardous driving conditions due to low visibility. Be alert for sudden changes in visibility. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

December 8, 2019 at 8:36 PM Possible residential structure fire on Garden Court in Placer County. Reported as fire near the fire place, numerous units en route.

December 8, 2019 at 5:46 PM Accident on northbound Hwy 49 is blocking all lanes at Empire Street off ramp. Emergency services are on scene.

December 8, 2019 at 5:04 PM Power lines down on Downieville Road, units en route.

December 8, 2019 at 11:49 AM NWS update: As the winter storm exits the region, scattered showers will continue, particularly over the Sierra through this afternoon. Any snow shower can significantly reduce visibilities. Across the Valley and foothills, an isolated thunderstorm or two cannot be ruled out. All precipitation will wind down by this evening with a period of dry weather expected through Tuesday afternoon accompanied by near normal temperatures. A weak system may bring light rain and snow showers in by late Tuesday into Wednesday morning before a second system arrives by Friday with a chance for more widespread precipitation. These systems are expected to be of low impact to the region.

December 8, 2019 at 7:52 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

December 7, 2019 at 9:22 PM Power outage affecting 1,072 customers in the eastern portion of Nevada City. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location. Estimated restoration time is 11:00 pm.

Thanks to reader Keara for the photo

December 7, 2019 at 4:56 PM Several boulders and mud in the roadway on Hwy 49 near Nishinam Gulch.

December 7, 2019 at 4:11 PM Northbound Hwy 20/49 split in Nevada City is experiencing some roadway flooding. Reduce your speed and use extreme caution.

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December 7, 2019 at 10:36 AM Tree down blocking the right turn lane on Brunswick Drive at Hwy 174.

December 7, 2019 at 7:55 AM Chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, at times heavy rain continues. Thunderstorm chances will increase across the region by this afternoon. There will be a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms across the Sacramento Valley with potential for a few short-lived weak tornadoes.

December 6, 2019 at 9:41 PM Additional resources requested to the oversized burn pile on Patterson Mine Road.

December 6, 2019 at 9:02 PM Units have arrived on scene off Sages Road on Patterson Mine Rd, reporting a 20 by 20 ft pile, mostly burned down. They are checking the area now.

December 6, 2019 at 8:58 PM Now reports of the embercast igniting vegetation across the roadway.

December 6, 2019 at 8:53 PM Oversized burn pile on Sages Road on the San Juan Ridge. Reported embercast due to the wind. Units en route.

December 6, 2019 at 8:17 PM Hwy 49 at Joeger Road in North Auburn is all clear again after a fatal four-vehicle crash.

December 6, 2019 at 6:53 PM Traffic hazard on Lake Vera Purdon Road near Timm Lane/Selby Lane. A disabled vehicle is partially blocking the roadway, use extreme caution.

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December 6, 2019 at 6:15 PM Fatal accident on Hwy 49 near the Bear River is being cleared, traffic still very backed up. Use an alternate route if possible. Traffic on Bell Road is flowing again.

December 6, 2019 at 8:33 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

December 6, 2019 at 7:30 AM Just a reminder: Sandbag locations and storm prep tips

December 6, 2019 at 7:11 AM Weekend storm to bring heavy rain, wind and mountain snow to NorCal. A strong storm moving into NorCal this weekend has the potential to bring periods of heavy rain to the region. Be aware of slick roads and possible roadway flooding. Windy conditions expected with the storm Friday night through Saturday.

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December 5, 2019 at 9:20 AM Dry weather will be seen across the majority of interior northern California today, with the exception being north of I-80 where some light scattered showers will be possible during the day today. Precipitation in the northern and coastal mountains will begin tonight as a strong winter storm begins to impact the area. As the system moves onshore, precipitation becomes heavy late Friday afternoon and continuing through the weekend. Strong southerly winds are expected in the Valley Friday night through Saturday night, with gusts up to 50 mph possible. Difficult driving conditions due to the winds and minor street flooding due to clogged drains may be seen this weekend. In the mountains, expect significant mountain travel impacts over the Sierra with several feet of snow possible at pass level. Lingering rain and snow showers will continue through Sunday morning, beginning to taper off in the afternoon. Dry weather returns early next week.

December 5, 2019 at 7:32 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

December 5, 2019 at 7:16 AM Another significant winter storm is headed towards NorCal this weekend. Several feet of snow above 6,000 ft and soaking rains for all lower elevations.

December 4, 2019 at 6:08 PM Reported accident on Pleasant Valley Road near Lake Wildwood Drive. Units en route to check.

December 4, 2019 at 3:58 PM Solo vehicle into the ditch on Windmill Lane near McCourtney Road. Emergency services on scene.

December 4, 2019 at 2:05 PM

December 4, 2019 at 8:33 AM Low-hanging power lines reported on Cascade Drive near Banner Quaker, PG&E crew has been dispatched to the location.

December 4, 2019 at 7:05 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

December 4, 2019 at 6:55 AM Light showers today, dry Thursday before the next winter storm. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for elevations above 6000 feet including Interstate 80, and Highways 50 and 88 through this evening. Plan on slippery road conditions and reduced visibilities at times. Widespread moderate to heavy precipitation spreads over the region Friday into the weekend.

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December 3, 2019 at 11:56 AM Widespread Pile Burning today through Thursday on the Tahoe National Forest. The US Forest Service will conduct several prescribed hand, grapple, and machine pile burns across the Tahoe National Forest this Tuesday through Thursday, 12/3/19-12/5/19, and possibly continuing into the weekend.

December 3, 2019 at 11:28 AM I-80 WB just west of Eagle Lakes and the SR-20 junction: A big rig collision is blocking the #2 lane.

December 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM NWS update: A brief period of dry weather today will end as a system moving just south of the area brings scattered rain showers and light mountain snow to areas south of Interstate 80. Another atmospheric river event will begin Thursday night and continue through the weekend. Expect significant mountain travel impacts over the Sierra with several feet of snow possible near pass level. Lingering rain and snow showers will continue through Sunday morning, beginning to taper off in the afternoon. Dry weather looks likely on Monday.

December 3, 2019 at 8:30 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

December 3, 2019 at 8:22 AM Accident on Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive. Vehicle vs deer, one northbound lane is blocked.

December 3, 2019 at 7:40 AM Showers and morning fog today, atmospheric river event likely starting Friday. A strong Pacific system could bring widespread precipitation late this week into the weekend. Heavy mountain snow is possible at pass levels. Stay tuned!

December 2, 2019 at 2:16 PM

December 2, 2019 at 10:54 AM Solo vehicle accident reported on Indian Spreings Road near Smith Lane.

December 2, 2019 at 7:57 AM Storm door remains open, next significant storm arrives Friday. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 8 inches are possible today over the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades. A significant storm is forecast to impact weekend travel. Be prepared for winter driving conditions over the mountains, roadway ponding, & locally windy conditions.

December 2, 2019 at 7:30 AM – Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

December 1, 2019 at 12:44 PM An emu is walking in the roadway on Pleasant Valley Road near Hwy 49. The caller to CHP is trying to herd the Dromaius novaehollandiae out of the roadway. Use extreme caution in the area, reduce your speed.

December 1, 2019 at 12:08 PM Two-car accident on Hwy 49 and Pekolee Drive, lanes are partially blocked. Emergency services en route.

December 1, 2019 at 12:05 PM Vehicle vs tree on Hwy 49 at Ladybird Drive between Alta Sierra and Lake of the Pines. Occupants are out of the vehicle.

December 1, 2019 at 11:49 AM Via CHP Truckee:

Chain Control:

I-80 is R2 Kingvale to the Nevada State Line in both directions.

I-80 eastbound has reopened to trucks. Chain requirements are minimum.

I-80 is closed to all westbound truck traffic. All westbound trucks are being turn at the Nevada State line.

SR-89 is R2 Markleeville to Woodfords.
R2 Picketts Junction to Bliss State Park.
R2 Bliss State Park to Tahoe City.
R1 Truckee to Sierraville.

SR-267 is R2 Northstar to Kings Beach.

SR-28 No controls.

SR-20 is Closed to all trucks.

US-50 Twin Bridges to Meyers.

SR-88 is R2 Hams Station to Silver Lake.
R2 Kirkwood to Picketts Junction.
R2 Picketts Junction to Woodfords.

December 1, 2019 at 11:28 AM Come celebrate with us today! Join us from 5-9 pm at The Golden Era on Broad Street in Nevada City for our 20-year celebration and the Permanent Secure Power Supply (PSPS 😉 fundraiser. Hope to see you there!

December 1, 2019 at 11:05 AM

December 1, 2019 at 9:06 AM The Sierra Avalanche Center in Truckee has issued a BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING for the following areas: NWS Reno NV – NVZ002 (Greater Lake Tahoe)andCAZ072 (Greater Lake Tahoe (CA))

TIMING: In effect from Sun 07:15 PST to Mon 07:00 PST.

AFFECTED AREA: Central Sierra Nevada Mountains between Yuba Pass (Hwy 49) on the north and Ebbetts Pass (Hwy 4) on the south, including the greater Lake Tahoe area.

AVALANCHE DANGER: HIGH avalanche danger exists in the mountains.

REASON/IMPACTS: Warming temperatures, intense snow and rain, and strong winds have resulted in dangerous avalanche conditions. The backcountry will hold a complex mix of wind slab, storm slab, and loose wet avalanche problems. Natural avalanches and human-triggered avalanches are expected. Some avalanches may be large and destructive.

PRECAUTIONARY / PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: Travel in, near, or below avalanche terrain is not recommended.

Consult https://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/ or www.avalanche.org for more detailed information.

Similar avalanche danger may exist at locations outside the coverage area of this or any avalanche center.

December 1, 2019 at 0:02 AM – Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

December 1, 2019 at 0:01 AM Last month’s log is available here.