Happening Now – May 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 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.

May 23, 2019 at 4:25 PM Emergency services on scene of a vehicle accident on northbound Hwy 49 at the Sacramento Street off ramp in Nevada City.

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May 23, 2019 at 3:39 PM Roadway flooding on Hwy 174 on the Placer side of the Bear River bridge.

May 23, 2019 at 3:20 PM

The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Poor Drainage Areas for:
Western El Dorado County in northern California
Central Placer County in central California
Northwestern Calaveras County in northern California
Southwestern Amador County in northern California
South central Nevada County in northern California

* Until 600 PM PDT.

* At 301 PM PDT, Doppler radar indicated scattered thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Sierra and Foothills from Interstate 80 south. These will cause urban and small stream flooding. Overflowing poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding in the advisory area. You will also see rises on area creeks.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include: Auburn, Placerville, Jackson, Baxter, Cameron Park, Paloma, Big Bend Summit, Lake Of The Pines, Colfax, Rescue, Pollock Pines, Camino, Smithflat, Sugar Pine, Drytown, Georgetown, Glencoe, Grizzly Flat, Garden Valley and Applegate.

May 23, 2019 at 3:13 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Flash Flood Warning for:
Western Placer County in central California.
South central Nevada County in northern California.

* Until 600 PM PDT.

* At 303 PM PDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the warned area. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen within the last hour. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include: Colfax.

May 23, 2019 at 3:05 PM

May 23, 2019 at 1:08 PM The reported column of smoke is from a control burn.

May 23, 2019 at 11:51 AM Firefighters are en route to a reported column of smoke in the Malakoff Diggins area or possibly near Pike.

May 23, 2019 at 6:36 AM Showers and thunderstorms today and Friday – followed by two cold systems this weekend. The circulation around a low pressure system over the southwest U.S. will bring a variety of weather across the north state today. The eastern side of the state, closer to the low, will see clouds and scattered showers today with cool conditions. Clearer skies and warmer temperatures will be found farther west.

May 22, 2019 at 11:30 PM The power outage has been reduced to 203 homes, crews are on site.

Preliminary determination is that your outage was caused by an equipment issue.

PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location.

May 22, 2019 at 10:24 PM Power outage affecting 1,520 customers in the Alta Sierra area. PG&E crews are en route, tentative time of restoration is 1:15 am.

May 22, 2019 at 4:16 PM Units on Pleasant Valley Road have not located any escaped debris burn. The report came from a passerby, no longer in the area.

May 22, 2019 at 4:00 PM Possible escaped debris burn on Pleasant Valley Road, units en route.

May 22, 2019 at 9:04 AM One lane open on Hwy 174 near Meadowlark Lane.

May 22, 2019 at 7:07 AM Less showers, warming up a little. A low pressure system over the southwest U.S. will keep daytime highs a little below normal most areas today while bringing a threat of showers to the Sierra Cascade crest and the foothills.

May 21, 2019 at 11:06 PM Non-injury accident on Hwy 174 and Silver Way. Vehicle vs telephone pole. Both lanes are blocked by the downed pole, emergency services are on scene.

May 21, 2019 at 9:11 AM Coolest day of the week, more rain and mountain snow on the way. Another storm will bring mountain snow & Valley rain & thunderstorms today. After that, light mountain showers will be possible all week, mainly south of Highway 50. Then there is increasing chance for foothill & mountain showers for Memorial Day Weekend. Keep an eye on the forecast for future updates!

May 21, 2019 at 9:07 AM

May 20, 2019 at 4:53 PM NEU units en route to a vegetation fire on Laporte Road in Butte County.

May 20, 2019 at 8:28 AM Two-car accident with one vehicle off the road on Rex Reservoir Rd / Rough And Ready Hwy. Emergency services on scene.

May 20, 2019 at 7:14 AM Another winter weather advisory and more storm systems on the way. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect late tonight through Tuesday evening. Travel will be hazardous while the warning is effect and is discouraged.

May 19, 2019 at 10:42 AM Rain, snow and thunderstorms continue – unseasonably cool temperatures for most of the week. A cold upper low will move through today bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms to the region. Across the mountains, locally heavy snow showers are possible through late tonight. Snow levels may drop to around 4,500 feet in some locations with a few spotters currently reporting snowflakes below 4,000 feet. To start next week, cooler than normal temperatures will continue with additional shower chances likely. Mountain showers remain possible throughout the week.

May 19, 2019 at 8:37 AM Power outages:

1,151 homes in North San Juan, from French Corral to North Columbia. Estimated time of restoration is 5:00 pm.
412 homes in Camptonville, from Pike to Oak Valley. Estimated time of restoration is 5:00 pm.
27 homes in Cal-Ida. Estimated time of restoration is 5:00 pm.
1,057 homes in Downieville, Alleghany, Sierra City and Bassets. Estimated time of restoration is 5:00 pm.
164 homes in the Town of Washington. Estimated time of restoration is 1:30 pm.
326 homes in Meadow Vista. Estimated time of restoration is 1:30 pm.
12 homes in Alta Sierra on Francis Drive. Estimated time of restoration is 10:00 am.
40 homes on Reservoir Road near Georgetown. No estimated time of restoration.

May 19, 2019 at 8:30 AM Snow flurries reported by reader James in the little Town of Washington.

May 19, 2019 at 00:18 AM All lanes on Hwy 174 are open, traffic is being slowed down while the car is being brought up to the tow truck. Weather conditions are creating at times hazardous driving conditions, reduce your speed

May 18, 2019 at 11:50 PM Vehicle accident on Hanson Lane and Highway 174. Emergency services on scene of a car off the roadway.

Photo courtesy Peardale-Chicago Park Fire

May 18, 2019 at 11:33 PM Trees into power lines  on Hwy 174. Emergency services are on scene, please use extreme caution in the area.

May 18, 2019 at 10:55 PM An update from Jamie Jones, Executive Director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County: We only have a few containers open for drop off at the Fairgrounds tomorrow as well as at the La Barr Meadows location. All other sites are at max capacity and will not be accepting green waste.

The community once again showed up and contributed to the removal and disposal of some astonishing numbers. We were still able to achieve maximum capacity with an additional site and Waste Management replenishing containers all day today. We should be proud of all the hard work and participation the community has shown. Rain or shine, our residents have proven they are committed to achieving fuels reduction projects and defensible space.

P.S. ASPOA is also running their community Green Waste Drop Site this weekend and it is available to Alta Sierra residents.

Trout caught on Lake Englebright on Mat 17, 2019May 18, 2019 at 11:50 AM Congrats and thanks to Andy Rose for sharing this photo, taken yesterday on Lake Englebright with our readers. Nice catch!

May 18, 2019 at 10:57 AM Stormy pattern persists, gusty winds, rain, mountain snow and a high probability of thunderstorms on Sunday. Another cold, wet Pacific system will bring another round of precipitation to the region today through Sun evening with showers lingering in the Sierra through Mon morning. Next week is expected to remain active with additional shower chances and below normal temperatures.

May 17, 2019 at 10:34 AM Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce update: After careful consideration and consultation over the past few days and due to forecasted very inclement weather conditions over our area for most of Saturday, the heaviest of which predicted for parade time, we have cancelled the 2019 Penn Valley Rodeo Parade. Although it will rain on our parade, we anticipate a weather window of opportunity for today (Friday, May 17) and hope that we can all use that to support our friends at the Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association by attending tonight’s opening night of the 2019 Penn Valley Rodeo.

May 17, 2019 at 9:13 AM Firefighters assisted in taking out the undamaged slabs of granite after the vehicle crashed on Hwy 174. The two occupants will try to complete their job in Reno after renting a truck. Both are lucky to be alive after the crash. The roadway is clear now.

Photo PIO Daniel Ramey
Photo PIO Daniel Ramey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy Peardale-Chicago Park Fire PIO Daniel Ramey

May 17, 2019 at 8:32 AM Hwy 174 has reopened after a non-injury accident near Hansen Lane. Peardale-Chicago Park Fire, Sierra Nevada medics are clearing the scene now.

May 17, 2019 at 7:18 AM Winter-like weekend weather, unsettled pattern continues next week. Another in a series of late season Pacific frontal systems will bring cool winter like conditions over the weekend. The main cold front will move through Saturday afternoon and night bringing rain and mountain snow. Unstable showery conditions are expected on Sunday. Well below normal daytime temperatures are expected both days.

May 16, 2019 at 5:06 PM Due to unseasonably wet weather, the planned WUI drill for the Greater Champion Mine, Cement Hill and Lake Vera/Round Mountain areas has been postponed.

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May 16, 2019 at 8:28 AM Heads up from the Tahoe National Forest: Mountain Bikers/Hikers/Equestrians: Our PG&E contractors will begin powerline clearance today on the line segment on the Southside of the white cloud campground.
There will be temporary Pioneer Trail impacts due to tree falling.

May 16, 2019 at 6:59 AM Gusty winds and showers today, more rain and mountain snow over the weekend. A couple of late season Pacific storm systems are forecast to move through northern California over the next several days. There is the potential for more precipitation most of next week.

May 16, 2019 at 6:37 AM Due to a late night accident on Dog Bar Road near Lorie Drive a closure and detour are in place until the vehicle down the embankment can be recovered

May 16, 2019 at 6:29 AM

May 16, 2019 at 6:26 AM Power outage for 61 customers on Blind Shady Road between Purdon Road and Kilham Court. Estimated time of restoration is 8:45 am. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

May 15, 2019 at 10:05 PM Vehicle down the embankment on East Bennett Road at Old Mine Road in Grass Valley. Units on scene now.

May 15, 2019 at 8:36 PM Units have located the burn pile on Sages Road.

May 15, 2019 at 8:14 PM Debris check on Sages Road in North San Juan, possibly an oversized pile. Units en route.

May 15, 2019 at 12:53 PM The Madelyn Helling Library has received power and is now open. Thank you to our patrons for your patience while we were closed due to the power outage.

May 15, 2019 at 9:04 AM Overturned vehicle on Hwy 174 and East Oak Street in Colfax. Emergency services on scene, reporting minor injuries only. Damage to a chain link fence.

May 15, 2019 at 6:25 AM Back to March? Significant rain and high-elevation snow through the middle of next week. Widespread rain & mountain snow return to NorCal this week. Here’s a look at how much precipitation is expected this evening through early Friday. Rain begins today with heavier rain expected overnight tonight. Most mountain locations won’t see snowfall until early Thursday when snow levels drop to below pass levels.

May 14, 2019 at 4:43 PM Tahoe National Forest units are on scene of a small fire in the Bullards Bar area. Reported as a backing fire, 2-3 ft flame length, approximately 2-3 acres.

May 14, 2019 at 11:50 AM The Nevada County Board of Supervisors passes the Urgency Ordinance for Nevada County Commercial Cannabis Cultivation with a 4/5 vote (Miller voted No).

May 14, 2019 at 11:29 AM The Madelyn Helling Library is closed due to a power outage.

May 14, 2019 at 10:25 AM The final hearing on Nevada County’s commercial cannabis cultivation ordinance is now underway. You can listen live on KVMR’s The Bridge or watch it on nevadacountytv.org

May 14, 2019 at 9:33 AM The Deadwood Underburn continues this week, north of Seed Orchard and north of Foresthill Divide Rd. on the Tahoe National Forest. Smoke will likely impact private residences near Seed Orchard to residence at Bakers Ranch. Michigan Bluff and Foresthill may see smoke as well. Smoke and fire will be visible along the Foresthill Divide Rd. and from the Sugar Pine Recreation Area. Traffic control may be utilized if necessary.

May 14, 2019 at 6:57 AM Late-season winter storm to bring significant rain/snow and breezy winds. Rain returns to the region over the next several days and continues into next week. Most of the rain is expected Wednesday night into early Friday with another system possible over the weekend. A late-season winter storm is expected to bring significant snowfall accumulations to the higher elevations of the northern Sierra Nevada and Mt Lassen area later Wednesday night into early Friday.

May 14, 2019 at 6:49 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

May 13, 2019 at 3:42 PM Accident on Bitney Springs Road at the intersection with Lone Lobo Trail. Units en route.

May 13, 2019 at 1:39 PM Rood IC states they can handle with resources at scene, all units still en route can cancel.

May 13, 2019 at 1:34 PM First unit at scene reports just a smell of smoke, the report was for the upstairs bathroom in the Rood Center. Canceling most incoming resources.

May 13, 2019 at 1:30 PM Report of a possible fire in the restrooms at the Rood Center. Units en route.

May 13, 2019 at 11:18 AM Non-injury accident on Boreham Lane off Banner Lava Cap Road.

May 13, 2019 at 7:24 AM The Deadwood Underburn continues this week, north of Seed Orchard and north of Foresthill Divide Rd. on the Tahoe National Forest.  Last week, the American River Ranger District has been able to accomplish around 320 acres of under burning in the 1,700-acre Deadwood Phase 1 project. Smoke will likely impact private residences near Seed Orchard to residence at Bakers Ranch. Michigan Bluff and Foresthill may see smoke as well. Smoke and fire will be visible along the Foresthill Divide Rd. and from the Sugar Pine Recreation Area. Traffic control may be utilized if necessary. The District would like to thank everyone that has provided support and guidance in helping the American River Ranger District and the Tahoe National forest with accomplishing these critical fuels targets.

May 13, 2019 at 7:23 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

May 13, 2019 at 7:20 AM Unusually wet late season storm system brewing. Looking ahead for the work week, confidence is increasing in cooler temperatures and rain chances by mid to late week.

May 12, 2019 at 9:03 PM All lanes are back open, per Caltrans.

May 12, 2019 at 8:59 PM CHP is in the process of opening lanes on westbound I-80.

May 12, 2019 at 7:45 PM Caltrans: In Placer County, I-80 westbound at ophir road the lanes are closed due to a truck fire. It is unknown when the lanes will open. A detour is not in place.

May 12, 2019 at 7:13 PM Big rig tow requested for livestock trailer with about 200 pigs – to be taken to Park and Ride.

May 12, 2019 at 6:59 PM Semi hauling a livestock trailer on westbound I-80 at at Ophir Road off ramp on fire. Emergency services are on scene, lanes are blocked. The doors to the trailer were opened to save the animals – now pigs and cattle are all over the roadway. Use caution and an alternate route if you can.

May 12, 2019 at 4:00 PM The Loma Fire is now contained.

May 12, 2019 at 3:23 PM Releasing some resources back to their stations, no growth anticipated for the Loma FIre. Mop-up operations are ongoing.

May 12, 2019 at 3:02 PM Washington Ridge Crew 4 and a water tender are still responding to the fire. The fire is burning in some heavy fuels, the Incident Commander is assessing the need for a dozer now.

May 12, 2019 at 2:51 PM Loma IC is canceling the helicopter, firefighters are holding the fire at a roadside.

May 12, 2019 at 2:48 PM Loma IC is canceling the air tanker, reports shifting winds and about 1-2 acres. Spotting is a concern, the helicopter is to continue to the fire.

May 12, 2019 at 2:47 PM Incoming dozer and crew are being canceled, firefighters are making good progress.

May 12, 2019 at 2:42 PM One additional Camptonville engine responding to the vegetation fire in Loma Rica.

May 12, 2019 at 2:33 PM Reported vegetation fire on the 11000 block of Loma Rica Road in Loma Rica, Yuba County. First unit has arrived at scene, assuming Loma IC.

May 11, 2019 at 9:40 PM

May 11, 2019 at 5:33 PM Nevada County Consolidated and Grass Valley/Nevada City Fire are engaged in their second rescue of the day for a reported person in a canal / ditch in the area West of Deer Creek Reservoir.

May 11, 2019 at 3:32 PM Units at scene on Beale Air Force Base can handle, all incoming units can cancel.

May 11, 2019 at 3:21 PM Reported vegetation fire with power lines down on Beale Air Force Base. CAL FIRE engines and local fire departments are responding.

May 11, 2019 at 3:20 PM

May 11, 2019 at 10:36 AM Smoke check in the Squaw Valley area. Units are en route.

May 11, 2019 at 8:01 AM Firefighters have fully contained the Sugar Fire, mapped at 64 acres.

May 11, 2019 at 12:53 AM Possible structure fire on Combie Road near Hwy 49 in the Higgins area. Reported as black smoke seen coming from a home. Engines and prevention units en route.

May 10, 2019 at 9:47 PM Law enforcement has the suspect in custody. TNF, CAL FIRE, Camptonville and Alleghany firefighters have lined the fire.

May 10, 2019 at 8:45 PM Law enforcement and fire are responding to a fire near Hells Half Acre and Pliocene Ridge Road in Sierra County. Trees have been cut down to block the roadway and a fire is burning in or near the road.

May 10, 2019 at 3:58 PM Grass Valley Police Department, Nevada City Police Department and Nevada County Sheriff’s Office come together to help support Grass Valley Charter School. Watch the video then donate – we did!

May 10, 2019 at 1:17 PM Updates on the Sugar Fire near Foresthill will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/sugar2019/

May 10, 2019 at 1:09 PM Sugar IC reports firefighters have mapped the fire at 10-15 acres.

May 10, 2019 at 1:01 PM CAL FIRE sending resources to the Sugar Fire, near Sugarpine Reservoir.

May 10, 2019 at 12:56 PM Sugar IC reports the northwest flank of the fire is active, burning at a moderate rate of spread. All units to continue in, access to the fire is difficult.

May 10, 2019 at 12:53 PM Sugar IC is requesting one additional crew, one air tanker out of McClellan and a helicopter.

May 10, 2019 at 12:51 PM Large recycling truck has overturned on McCourtney Road near Wells Road.

May 10, 2019 at 12:49 PM Units in the Sugar Pine Road area near Foresthill have located the fire, requesting one or two more engines to respond. Fire is estimated at 1 acre in size.

May 10, 2019 at 12:37 PM Smoke check on Sugar Pine Road in Foresthill. Units en route.

May 10, 2019 at 12:36 PM Burn pile on Oak Tree Road is a legal burn pile with homeowner in attendance, all units are cancelling.

May 10, 2019 at 12:30 PM Smoldering burn pile on Oak Tree Road in North San Juan, nobody in attendance. Units en route.

May 10, 2019 at 11:20 AM Outage in Peardale reduced to 196 customers, preliminary determination is the outage was caused by an emergency issue. Crew is on site, estimated time of restoration is 1:00 pm.

May 10, 2019 at 11:10 AM Power outage in Peardale/Hwy 174 corridor affecting 1,060 customers. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage

May 10, 2019 at 10:29 AM Transfer Fire is holding at 1 acre, helicopter is on scene.

May 10, 2019 at 9:34 AM Transfer fire in Sierra City now reported at 1 acre, burning at a slow to moderate rate of spread.

May 10, 2019 at 9:23 AM Two Washington Ridge crew dispatched to the Transfer fire near Sierra City for mop-up. Two TNF engines, one water tender and a battalion chief on scene.

May 10, 2019 at 9:19 AM Unattended debris fire on Rock Creek Road near Osdick Court and Lake Vera/Purdon Road, units en route.

May 10, 2019 at 8:55 AM The Transfer fire in Sierra City is reported to be approximately 1/4 acre on the east side of the dump, burning in pine needle litter.

May 10, 2019 at 8:50 AM Reported vegetation fire near the Sierra City Transfer Station. TNF firefighters en route.

May 10, 2019 at 8:18 AM Smoke may be visible in the Colfax area starting May 10, 2019 and may continue for several weeks. In coordination with the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire department will be conducting pile burning operations at near the Colfax City Water Treatment Facility on Grandview Way in Colfax. Weather conditions permitting, the burn will begin Friday May 10 at 09:00 am. More information here.

May 10, 2019 at 7:02 AM Above normal temperatures for the weekend, change to a wetter pattern possible by mid-week. Dry weather is expected this weekend except for a slight chance of Sierra thunderstorms. High temperatures will be above normal, in the 80s to around 90 in the Valley.

May 10, 2019 at 6:46 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

 

May 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM Before and After the #ReadyNevadaCounty booklet was read and acted upon 😉

WELCOME TO YOUR READY, SET, GO! HANDBOOK created by the County of Nevada in collaboration with partner agencies and emergency managers to help your household prepare for the possibility of wildfire. Fire is a natural aspect of our Mediterranean environment. Climate change, tree mortality, and a legacy of fire suppression have resulted in unprecedented levels of fuel. It is not a question of if, but when the next major wildfire will occur. The majority of Nevada County lives in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). As much as 92% of our community is located within High and Very-High Fire Hazard Severity Zones. We are in a new era that requires a heightened level of personal responsibility.

 

May 9, 2019 at 9:18 AM NWS update: Daily chances for afternoon to evening thunderstorms are possible over the Sierra through at least Friday. With an upper low moving in from Nevada this evening, some of the showers and thunderstorms could move down into the Valley, particularly the northern San Joaquin. This system will increase northerly winds over the northern Sacramento Valley with gusts nearing 30-40 mph at times between 11 AM and 9 PM today. Outside of some scattered mountain showers, the weekend should be warm and dry across the region. Turning to next week, a pattern change is anticipated which would cool temperatures off and bring chances of precipitation back to NorCal

May 9, 2019 at 7:46 AM Plans are to conduct a 3-acre prescribed burn on Lake City Road, right next to the BLM burn today. The property owner has all the required permits from CALFIRE and Air Quality Control, this is a continuation of yesterday’s control burn.

May 9, 2019 at 7:44 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

May 9, 2019 at 7:15 AM Chances of showers and thunderstorms in the mountains and south of I-80. Scattered thunderstorms are going to be possible this afternoon and evening. The best chances will be in the higher elevations but a few showers and t-storms will be possible in the Sacramento valley south of I-80. If you have outdoor plans be prepared for thunderstorms.

May 9, 2019 at 7:05 AM Nevada County Public Works: Limited parking from 7am-4pm today on North Bloomfield – Graniteville Road at the South Yuba River (aka Edwards Crossing) to allow Public Works to replace signs and refresh striping/markings.

May 8, 2019 at 7:29 PM Units on scene at the car fire on Pleasant Valley Road report car fire with a small extension to the wildland only, they can handle with units at scene.

May 8, 2019 at 7:16 PM Smoke check in the Pleasant Valley/Birchville Road area. Confirmed as a car fire, emergency services en route.

May 8, 2019 at 8:14 AM Vehicle accident on Tyler Foote Crossing and Murphy Road. NSJ Fire units en route.

May 8, 2019 at 6:48 AM Warming trend accelerates today. Building high pressure will bump up the afternoon high temperatures on Wednesday with some northerly winds developing.

May 8, 2019 at 6:39 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

May 7, 2019 at 5:11 PM Accident on Hwy 20 near Scotts Flat Road. Emergency services are on scene, no injuries reported.

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May 7, 2019 at 9:41 AM Tahoe National Forest firefighters are conducting pile burning in the Madrone Springs area near the Washington Ridge Conservation Camp. Eight acres total for today.

May 7, 2019 at 7:53 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

May 7, 2019 at 7:22 AM Scattered showers and thunderstorms over the mountains, dry and warming up elsewhere. Temperatures begin warming significantly tomorrow, rising to 10-15° warmer than today by Wednesday. Mountain thunderstorms are possible most afternoons & evenings this week.

May 6, 2019 at 9:10 AM The Truckee Ranger District is planning to burn 20 acres of hand piles near the Sagehen Field Station(18N, 16E, Sec 5) Today 5/6/19. The unit is surrounded by roads and the Sagehen Creek. Expect to see smoke in the area of Sagehen Summit, Highway 89N. North of Truckee.

Photo courtesy BLM

May 6, 2019 at 8:20 AM CAL FIRE crews will start pile burning today through May 10th near Lake City Road. The project plans to burn 200 acres starting with piles at the Shields Camp and Bear Tree parcels. Smoke will be visible in North San Juan, Camptonville, Lake City and Pike. This is the completion of the Yuba Watershed Institute ‘Inimin Forest grant for hazardous fuels reduction on BLM lands. Last year, brush cutting and forest thinning took place, now it is time to burn the slash piles. There is no need to report the smoke, firefighters will be in attendance until the burn is completed.

May 6, 2019 at 6:56 AM The American River Ranger District will continue the prescribed burn near Seed Orchard today. Smoke will likely impact private residences near Seed Orchard to residence at Bakers Ranch. Michigan Bluff and Foresthill may see smoke as well. Smoke and fire will be visible along the Foresthill Divide Rd. Traffic control may be utilized if necessary.

May 6, 2019 at 6:54 AM Slightly cooler today, then warmer through the remainder of the week. Highs are expected to return to above- average across the entire region by Wednesday.

May 6, 2019 at 6:42 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

May 5, 2019 at 4:13 PM Strong thunderstorm will affect southeastern Plumas, central Sierra and north central Nevada counties. At 4:04 PM PDT, a strong thunderstorm was located over Sierra City. The storm is nearly stationary. Dime size hail is possible with this storm. Locations impacted include: Sierra City, Bowman Lake and Bassetts. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

May 5, 2019 at 2:58 PM Possible escaped debris burn on Val Verde Road in southeast of Loomis. Units en route.

May 5, 2019 at 2:47 PM Smoke check in the Oregon House area. Engines en route.

May 5, 2019 at 2:21 PM Units are being released from the small fire On Rollins View Drive. Some remain on scene for extensive mop-up operations.

Photo courtesy Peardale Chicago Park Fire
Photo courtesy Peardale Chicago Park Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 5, 2019 at 2:06 PM Reported vegetation fire near the Greenhorn Campground, on the west side of the campground. Ground fire, possible exposure for two houses. Peardale Chicago Park Fire and CAL FIRE engines on scene.

May 5, 2019 at 8:43 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

May 4, 2019 at 5:58 PM Good progress is being made in constructing a line around the Pendola Fire.

May 4, 2019 at 5:41 PM The fire is now estimated at 1/4 acre, firefighters have flagged the driveway of the property for incoming units.

May 4, 2019 at 5:39 PM Additional resources, including a handcrew are being dispatched to the fire on Hwy 49, CAL FIRE and TNF engines are assisted by NSJ and Pike resources.

May 4, 2019 at 5:32 PM First units have arrived at scene on Hwy 49 near Pendola, reporting approximately 4 acres in heavy slash. All resources to continue in to the fire.

May 4, 2019 at 5:16 PM Escaped debris burn on Hwy 49 near Pendola Road, numerous engines en route.

May 4, 2019 at 4:22 PM The first day of the Free Residential Green Waste kicked off Saturday, May 4th, and was a smashing success. The program was so popular all disposal containers filled at six locations by midday on Saturday. The Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 8, is the only location that will be open on Sunday, May 5th.

Plans are in place to scale up capacity at each site for the following weekends in May. This program is largely run by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to make this program possible, please register online. The next volunteer training is on Thursday, May 9th in the Board Chambers of the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave!

#ReadyNevadaCounty

May 4, 2019 at 3:05 PM The reported fire on Hwy 49 is a prescribed burn only.

May 4, 2019 at 2:57 PM Report of smoke and flames seen on northbound Hwy 49 near Alta Sierra Drive. Units en route, today is a permissible burn day.

May 4, 2019 at 1:55 PM The Free Green Waste Drop Off Sites throughout Nevada County are at capacity! Please hang on to the green waste until next weekend, they are working on scaling up – the success is overwhelming, literally.

May 4, 2019 at 9:48 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

May 4, 2019 at 9:37 AM Mountain thunderstorms possible, warming trend back by mid-week. Mountain t-storms are possible this weekend with the threat continuing into next week. High temperatures will be cool to near seasonal norms Sunday into early next week. Warming trend mid to late next week.

May 3, 2019 at 10:43 AM Electrical hazard on Big Oak Drive in Penn Valley, reported as power lines down. Emergency Services en route.

May 3, 2019 at 9:41 AM One lane blocked on southbound Hwy 49 across from the Willo. Emergency services on scene.

May 3, 2019 at 7:37 AM The American River Ranger District will continue to conduct a  prescribed burn. They are planning for 80 acres near the Seed Orchard on the Divide Road. Ignition will be complete at 4:00 pm, smoke will be visible all day. Expect some delays on Foresthill Road.

May 3, 2019 at 5:54 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

May 3, 2019 at 5:52 AM Dry today and Saturday, chance of showers on Sunday. A low pressure system coming in off the coast and into SoCal will bring changes to the weather pattern this weekend. Saturday looks mainly dry as the low approaches although some high clouds will spread over the region. Sunday looks cloudier and isolated mountain showers or thunderstorms are possible. Some lower elevation locations south of Sacramento may see some showers on Sunday as well.

May 2, 2019 at 6:15 PM First unit has arrived on scene, the camper fire is knocked down and there is minimal extension to the wildland. One engine to continue, all others can cancel.

May 2, 2019 at 6:08 PM Camper trailer on fire with extension to the vegetation on Old Schoolhouse Road near Pike. Numerous engines en route.

May 2, 2019 at 4:56 PM Escaped burn pile on Hubbard Road off Bell Road in Placer County. Engines en route.

May 2, 2019 at 3:55 PM

May 2, 2019 at 11:08 AM 2 geese and 4 ducklings in the slow lane of northbound Hwy 49 at the Idaho-Maryland opff ramp. Use caution in the area and reduce your speed please.

May 2, 2019 at 10:26 AM You had questions, they have answers. As a follow-up to the March 6 Panel at the Nevada Theatre, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, CAL FIRE NEU, U.S. Forest Service- Tahoe National Forest, Nevada County Consolidated FD, Grass Valley Firefighters, UCCE Living with Fire, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and PG&E answered the numerous questions we didn’t have time to answer during the event. Great info for everyone in this Q&A! Living with Fire in the WUI: Questions and Answers.

May 2, 2019 at 8:15 AM

May 2, 2019 at 7:22 AM High pressure over the region will bring fair skies and above normal temperatures today and Friday. A Pacific low will bring slightly cooler temperatures and a chance of mountain thunderstorms over the weekend.

May 2, 2019 at 6:56 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

May 1, 2019 at 8:47 PM Burn pile is extinguished, home owner has been educated. NSJ unit is returning to their station.

May 1, 2019 at 8:37 PM Firefighters made contact with the homeowner on Grizzly Hill. The burn pile is being extinguished now, the homeowner did not have a burn permit (today is the first day of permits required.)

May 1, 2019 at 8:34 PM North San Juan firefighters have located a burn pile on Grizzly Hill Road, they will investigate. The Nevada City side of Edwards Crossing is clear, engines on that side are returning to their stations.

May 1, 2019 at 8:22 PM Engines in the area of Edwards Crossing report no fire located so far. They are continuing the area check.

May 1, 2019 at 8:13 PM Some additional engines to the smoke check at Edwards Crossing, they will check the area from both sides of the Yuba canyon.

May 1, 2019 at 8:07 PM Smoke check at Edwards Crossing. Engines en route.

May 1, 2019 at 6:31 PM Two-car accident on Purdon Road near Round Mountain Ranch Road. Emergency services en route.

May 1, 2019 at 9:27 AM Yuba River Ranger District will be prescribed burning 5 acres of hand piles within the Pendola Area. Smoke will be visible from Highway 49. Fire apparatus and personnel will be on scene. Please drive with extra caution when traveling through this area.

May 1, 2019 at 7:38 AM Dry weather is expected into the weekend. Temperatures trending much warmer, before another system approaches California and brings some chances for precipitation late weekend.

May 1, 2019 at 7:27 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra Counties with a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City, in downtown Quincy and East Quincy. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. Visit www.areyoufiresafe.com for information on free green waste drop-off events every weekend in May.

May 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM You can find last month’s log here. This month’s featured photo is Rock Creek, close to the confluence with the South Yuba.