Happening Now – November 2018

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.

The (non)view from Wolf Mountain Lookout today.

November 14, 2018 at 11:10 AM Please be extremely careful outside today and report any plume of smoke immediately.


The lookout towers are unable to spot any new starts given the very poor visibility.

PS: Turn the headlights on when driving.

November 14, 2018 at 10:10 AM

November 14, 2018 at 9:31 AM A small fire in Portola on the grounds of the hospital has been successfully contained to a 300 by 300 spot.

November 14, 2018 at 6:48 AM Smoke will be a constant companion. Smoke originating from the Camp Fire will continue to affect much of interior NorCal the next several days.

November 13, 2018 at 1:32 PM Updated results from the Elections Office now posted.

November 13, 2018 at 12:54 PM Car down the embankment on Grizzly Hill Road near Jennet Trail. Emergency services are on scene.

November 13, 2018 at 9:40 AM A reminder: ALL burn restrictions are still in effect, you may not light your burn pile.

November 13, 2018 at 7:27 AM Cold nights, mild afternoons – with a side of smoke. Wildfire smoke from the Camp Fire will continue to bring health concerns this week.

November 12, 2018 at 9:10 PM All units with the exception of one engine are released. They will mop up and remain on scene for the next 20 minutes.

November 12, 2018 at 8:53 PM Alderwood IC confirms they have the small spot (20 by 30ft) handled. No need for the water tenders. Releasing one of the Cal Fire engines. The fire was caused by discarded ashes.

November 12, 2018 at 8:48 PM Alderwood IC states they can handle with 2 additional  state engines and one local engine. Canceling the dozers and the crew.

November 12, 2018 at 8:45 PM First unit is at scene on Alderwood. Reporting a 30 ft spot, burning at a slow rate of spread, they are taking action now. All units to continue in for now.

November 12, 2018 at 8:43 PM The fire on Alderwood is approximately 10 ft from the house, according to the report from the Homeowner.

November 12, 2018 at 8:36 PM Reported vegetation fire on Alderwood Way off Lake Vera/Purdon Road. Full wildland dispatch, report of a threat to structures.

November 12, 2018 at 4:17 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Shirland Road near Newcastle. Reported as a grass fire the size of a car and growing.

November 12, 2018 at 3:19 PM Both air tankers have been released from the Live Oak incident, firefighters are making good progress.

November 12, 2018 at 3:09 PM Air Attack is over the structure fire on Live Oak. Canceling TNF Helicopter 514.

November 12, 2018 at 3:02 PM Firefighters on scene are reporting a structure fire with possible extension to the vegetation on Live Oak Road near Canyon Way in the Placer Hills area. Full wildland dispatch en route.

November 12, 2018 at 2:54 PM Smoke report from Mt. Howell lookout. Engines en route to the Placer Hills area.

November 12, 2018 at 2:32 PM Units are checking the area, nothing showing so far. Could be haze from the Camp Fire.

November 12, 2018 at 2:19 PM Smoke check in the North Day Road off Hwy 174.

November 12, 2018 at 1:29 PM The reported incident in the Cypress Hill area was a swatting, no actual shooting occurred. Swatting is defined as making a prank call to emergency services to bring about the dispatch of a large number of law enforcement to a particular address.

November 12, 2018 at 12:07 PM Law enforcement operation underway in the Cypress Hill area of Grass Valley.

November 12, 2018 at 7:24 AM Persistent smoky conditions thanks to inversion layer. An inversion cap is acting like a lid, keeping the wildfire smoke from rising, while the mountains prevent it from moving horizontally, trapping it in the area.

November 11, 2018 at 5:13 PM Trash heap pile on Hammonton-Smartsville Road has been extinguished.

November 11, 2018 at 5:10 PM Report of an unattended burn pile, still smoldering, on White Oak Drive off Perimeter Road. Engines are en route.

November 11, 2018 at 4:52 PM Dispatch is sending a dozer, a Washington Ridge Crew and several engines to the trash heap fire in Smartsville.

November 11, 2018 at 4:38 PM Report of a possible debris fire in Smartsville, reported as a pile of trash on fire near Hammonton-Smartsville Road, engines are en route.

November 11, 2018 at 4:35 PM Report of a possible debris fire in Alta (Placer County) engines en route.

November 11, 2018 at 4:26 PM Report of a debris fire – someone burning leaves – in the Chicago Park area on Fletcher Lane, engines are in route.

November 11, 2018 at 2:24 PM Both burn piles have been extinguished. Prevention officers are on scene.

November 11, 2018 at 1:55 PM Report of a debris pile off Greenhorn Road.

November 11, 2018 at 1:27 PM Report of a debris fire (burn pile) on Idaho-Maryland Road in Grass Valley. Engines en route.

November 11, 2018 at 1:16 PM Air Attack 17 reports firefighters have knock down on the fire, releasing all aircraft.

November 11, 2018 at 1:13 PM Fire has been located, off Stackhouse Lane, approximately 1/4 acre. Units at scene are able to handle the fire,canceling incoming resources.

November 11, 2018 at 1:12 PM Incoming units are to stage at Rices Crossing until the reported fire can be located.

November 11, 2018 at 1:09 PM Engines at scene on Rices Crossing are trying to make access to the fire. The fire is at the river bottom off an unimproved dirt road.

November 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM Report of grass on fire near the road, close to the intersection.

November 11, 2018 at 12:57 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire, full wildland dispatch, near Rices Crossing Road and possibly Stackhouse Lane.

November 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM In an effort to provide immediate support to victims of the Camp Fire, firefighters and first responders, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will be collecting needed items from 9-2pm today (11/11) at Building 4 at the hospital campus. Supplies will be then delivered later in the afternoon. We encourage all in our community to come out and donate. Every donation helps. Below are some items that are needed:

Clean Socks
Clean/new undergarments
Shopping bags
Laundry baskets
Ready to eat single serve foods
Baby wipes
Pet food
Toilet paper
Individual toiletries (soap, shampoo, razors, toothbrush, toothpaste)
Hand sanitizer
First Aid Kits and Supplies
Over the counter medications (cold meds, Tylenol, Ibuprofen)
Camping gear (sleeping bags, flashlights)
Cleaning supplies (Lysol wipes, spray cleaners, paper towels)
Trash bags
Ziploc bags (gallon or quart)
Gift cards (fast food, groceries, Walmart, gas cards)

Thank you!

November 11, 2018 at 9:08 AM Critical Fire Weather Conditions Through Monday Morning. Dry weather will continue across interior NorCal this week. Critical fire weather conditions will continue into Monday morning due to low humidity and gusty winds. Winds will gradually diminish across the Valley tonight into Monday, but will remain gusty overnight across the Sierra foothills. Areas of smoke will be possible across interior northern CA, especially in the vicinity of the Camp Fire. Cold overnight temperatures are expected mainly across the Central Sacramento Valley southward, which may impact sensitive plants over the next few nights.

November 11, 2018 at 8:35 AM Per Yuba County Sheriff: At 6:40 a.m. today; a grass fire was spotted in the area of Virginia Ave off Feather River Blvd in Olivehurst. Sheriff Deputies began door to door evacuations in the immediate area as fire crews quickly attacked the threat. Thankfully the fire was contained in a short amount of time and estimated at 5-10 acres. Residents were allowed to return home. Fire crews will remain on scene to complete their work, but the residential threat appears to be over. (Note: there was a separate grass fire overnight near Island Ave also being mopped up nearby)

November 10, 2018 at 4:20 PM A first-hand look at the conditions firefighters are facing. This photo was taken by Firefighter Bill Tangren, a firefighter with Peardale Chicago Park Fire, part of the Nevada County Strike Team.

November 10, 2018 at 3:23 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 4 AM PST Sunday.

* Location: Northeast foothills and the Motherlode.

* TIMING: This evening through noon Sunday for winds. Now through 4 AM for the smoke.

November 10, 2018 at 2:46 PM Right now, at the corner of Butte House Rd and Tharp Road in Yuba City. The community of Yuba City coming together collecting donations for the Camp Fire victims. You have nurses, Sutter County Sheriff’s depuites, volunteers from the Sikh temple and just a group of friends, collecting supplies.

November 10, 2018 at 2:29 PM Local donation drop for Nevada County: NorCal Riders Choice on Olympia Park Road (off Maltman) in the Brunswick Basin. They are accepting donations of food, clothing and cash.

November 10, 2018 at 12:57 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 10 PM this evening to noon PST Sunday. Northeast to east wind 20 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph. Strongest winds expected through favorably oriented canyons and over ridges.

November 10, 2018 at 10:58 AM Nevada City Elks Lodge will be accepting donations of “New” clothing, household items such as blankets and bedding plus checks and cash donations for those effected by the Camp Fire. Donations can be dropped off at the lodge on Monday, November 12, between 2-7 pm. Donations will be taken to our brother lodge in Chico for distribution. For any questions you can call Kim West at 530-263-0647. Note: Please remember to only drop off new clothing and household items. Cash and check donations are always welcome.

November 10, 2018 at 9:22 AM Red Flag Warning this evening through Monday morning. Northeast to east winds 15 to 30 mph gusts 35-45 mph in the foothills, locally higher Sierra ridges & canyons. Strongest winds Placer County northward for foothills.

November 10, 2018 at 7:21 AM The morning update for the Camp Fire, including the threat assessment from the predicted Red Flag Warning, has been posted: https://yubanet.com/Fires/camp/

November 9, 2018 at 8:26 PM All units returning from the smoke check on Bitney Springs, nothing showing.

November 9, 2018 at 7:45 PM All incoming units still responding to Fifield Road are being canceled.

November 9, 2018 at 7:32 PM First unit is at scene on Fifield Road, reports a large spot burning at a slow rate of spread, one residence in the immediate vicinity. Incoming units to stage on You Bet.

November 9, 2018 at 7:32 PM Smoke check on Bitney Springs, across of Empress Road. Units are en route.

November 9, 2018 at 7:23 PM Firefighters are responding to a large spot on the 14000 block of Fifield Road off You Bet Road.

November 9, 2018 at 2:42 PM The National Weather Service has upgraded the Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning from Saturday through Monday morning.

Smoke in Rough & Ready, photo by Eric Dickerson

November 9, 2018 at 1:47 PM As forecasted, smoke from the Camp Fire is starting to blanket the area.

November 9, 2018 at 12:27 PM Air Quality Health Advisory for Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County – Smoke. Public Health Officials and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District are issuing an air quality health advisory to notify the public of potentially poor air quality conditions in the western portions of Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County through Monday resulting from the Camp Fire in Butte County. Conditions are expected to vary from Good in areas that are not in the smoke plume to Very Unhealthy in some areas downwind from the fire. The greatest smoke concentrations during the advisory period are expected late Friday afternoon and Saturday.

November 9, 2018 at 9:48 AM Expect smoke from the Camp Fire to blanket the area this afternoon.

November 9, 2018 at 9:30 AM Report of traffic lights malfunctioning on Hwy 49 at LaBarr Meadows. Please use extreme caution in the area.

November 9, 2018 at 8:57 AM No letup in critical fire weather conditions. Dry weather with above normal temperatures is forecast to continue over NorCal through next week. Another round of gusty winds will be possible late Saturday into early Monday as a disturbance drops into the Great Basin. However, the winds are not expected to be as strong as yesterday’s event. Critical fire weather conditions will return Saturday evening into Monday morning due to low humidity and gusty winds. Winds will gradually diminish during the day Monday. Areas of smoke will be possible across interior northern CA, especially in the vicinity of the Camp Fire.

November 9, 2018 at 6:57 AM The IR map for the Camp Fire and updates are posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/camp/

November 8, 2018 at 7:13 PM Small spot (20 by 20), already extinguished by firefighters, on Idaho-Maryland Road. Canceling all incoming resources.

November 8, 2018 at 5:17 PM Small spot fire on the Natchez, tanker will drop a full load.

November 8, 2018 at 5:11 PM Good progress on the Natchez Fire. Tankers have slowed the progress of the fire with the final drops for the day. Cutoff time for aircraft is rapidly approaching.

November 8, 2018 at 5:02 PM Air tankers now over the Natchez Fire, about to drop retardant to slow the progress.

November 8, 2018 at 4:57 PM TNF Helitack crew is on the ground now, starting to work the Natchez Fire. The helicopter will do bucket drops.

November 8, 2018 at 4:46 PM TNF Helicopter 514 is en route to the Natchez Fire north of Rackerby.

November 8, 2018 at 4:40 PM NorthOps has diverted 3 S-2s to the new start in Yuba County, the Natchez Fire.

November 8, 2018 at 4:35 PM New start on the Butte/Yuba County line. Air Attack 230 is overhead and reports 1-2 acres, some spotting and moving upslope. The fire is on Robinson Mill Road and Natchez Creek Road.

November 8, 2018 at 2:25 PM Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has determined that it will not proceed with plans today for a Public Safety Power Shutoff in portions of eight Northern California counties, as weather conditions did not warrant this safety measure.

November 8, 2018 at 12:19 PM Traffic lights are out of service on Hwy 20 at Penn Valley Drive, use extreme caution in the area.

November 8, 2018 at 7:38 AM Updates on the #CampFire in Butte County in the Feather River Canyon will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/camp/

November 8, 2018 at 7:03 AM Firefighters are working to access a fire in the Camp Creek Road area near Highway 70 in the Feather River canyon. Estimated 10 acres and spreading.

November 8, 2018 at 6:41 AM Red Flag Warning until 7 AM Friday and Wind Advisory until 10 PM this evening. North to east wind 20 to 40 mph with gusts 45 to 65 mph expected. In Central Valley, strongest wind on northern and western portions this morning into mid-afternoon. Strong wind continues in eastern foothills and mountains through Friday morning.

November 8, 2018 at 6:25 AM An update from PG&E: PG&E is closely monitoring weather conditions and may not be able to make a definitive call to shut off power for safety until later this morning. The forecasted weather event is expected to occur between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., or possibly later. Current forecasts indicate the extreme weather window will begin in some of the eight counties as early as 6:00 a.m. today.

November 7, 2018 at 3:31 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire at the Parks Bar Bridge on Timbuktu Road in Yuba County.

November 7, 2018 at 3:17 PM Continuing today, PG&E is sending automated voice messages, texts and emails to customers alerting them to a potential power shutoff. The company has also taken extra steps to notify customers enrolled in the Medical Baseline program via available channels, including deploying PG&E employees to knock on these customers’ doors. Due to forecasted high winds and dry vegetation, PG&E may temporarily turn off power in portions of the following communities:

Butte County (including Berry Creek, Forest Ranch, Magalia and Paradise, and areas east of Chico and east of Oroville)
Lake County (including Clearlake Oaks, Cobb, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Middletown)
Napa County (including Angwin, Pope Valley, St. Helena)
Nevada County (including Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan)
Placer County (including Colfax, Foresthill, Alta)
Plumas County (including La Porte)
Sierra County (including Downieville, Sierra City)
Sonoma County (only portions of unincorporated northeast Sonoma County)
Yuba County (including Brownsville, Dobbins, Camptonville)

November 7, 2018 at 9:07 AM Vehicle vs deer on northbound Hwy 49 at Brewer Road.

November 7, 2018 at 9:05 AM Two large goats are wandering in the roadway on Laws Ranch Cross Road near Hwy 174. Please use caution in the area.

November 7, 2018 at 8:50 AM Firefighters have knockdown on the small fire near the Cottage Creek Campground at Bullards Bar.

November 7, 2018 at 8:34 AM Forest Service engine and one Dobbins engine on scene of the 10 by 30 fire near Bullards Bar.

November 7, 2018 at 8:27 AM Possible vegetation fire in the Bullards Bar area near Cottage Point Campground. Firefighters are in route.

November 7, 2018 at 7:51 AM A strong upper-level trough will dig into the northern Great Lakes region on Thursday. Farther west, a more significant push of high surface pressure will move into the Great Basin. Fire weather concerns will increase across much of California as widespread, enhanced offshore flow is expected. Similar to the previous day, strong high pressure in the Great Basin will drive critical fire weather concerns. Strong surface winds of 20-25 mph within the Sacramento Valley and adjacent higher terrain can be expected. Afternoon RH values will fall to 5-15%. Elevated areas surrounding the critical area will experience similar afternoon RH with winds of only 15-20 mph. The pressure gradient should relax by evening and end widespread fire weather concerns.

November 7, 2018 at 7:34 AM Red Flag Warning starting tonight through Friday. Critical fire weather conditions are possible tonight thru Friday morning due to gusty north winds and dry conditions.

November 7, 2018 at 1:48 AM Critical fire weather conditions are possible Wednesday night – Friday morning due to gusty north winds and dry conditions. Please practice fire safety!

November 6, 2018 at 7:14 PM We are live at the Nevada County Elections Office, still a steady stream of voters coming in. You have until 8:00 pm to cast your ballot! Check this page for the results.

November 6, 2018 at 6:51 PM POTENTIAL OUTAGE PREPARATION: PG&E urges customers to prepare for possible proactive power shutoff (11/8) and extended outages in portions of the following counties: Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Plumas, Yuba, Sierra, Placer & Nevada.

November 6, 2018 at 5:50 PM Brisk business at the Elections Office. Yes, there is a line, but it is moving along. We will start our live coverage at 7:00 pm.

November 6, 2018 at 3:46 PM A reminder: Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 3 days after Election Day. If you are not sure your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time if mailed, bring it to any polling place in the state before polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

November 6, 2018 at 3:32 PM No matter the election outcome, remember we all live here.

November 6, 2018 at 2:04 PM A rare nationwide update for this log:

November 6, 2018 at 8:55 AM Warm and dry weather is forecast to continue over Northern California at least through early next week before this pattern shows any indication of weakening. North winds and low humidity are expected this week. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for a period of stronger winds and extremely low humidity from Wednesday night through Friday morning as a disturbance drops into the Great Basin.

November 6, 2018 at 7:17 AM Dry and mild weather continues with periods of breezy north to east wind through Friday morning leading to elevated to critical fire weather conditions.

November 6, 2018 at 7:01 AM It’s Election Day. Vote Centers are open in Nevada County.

November 5, 2018 at 3:58 PM Firefighters are on scene at the accident on Hwy 49 near Cement Hill Road.

November 5, 2018 at 3:55 PM Numerous engines en route to Hwy 49 at Cement Hill Road for an accident. Use caution in the area.

November 5, 2018 at 10:02 AM The North Divide prescribed burn on the American River Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest is continuing today. Firefighters plan to burn 40 acres.

November 5, 2018 at 7:32 AM Dry & mild weather continues through next week. A gradual cooling trend continues into next weekend, but temperatures remain above normal. Breezy north winds and low humidity may bring fire weather concerns at times.

November 4, 2018 at 10:03 AM Dry, warm and no precipitation in sight. Dry & mild conditions are expected today. Temperatures will gradually cool down heading into midweek!

November 4, 2018 at 9:41 AM 200-acre prescribed burn starting today near Alleghany and Forest City. The Yuba River Ranger District of Tahoe National Forest is planning a prescribed burn (controlled underburning) of 200 acres beginning Sunday, November 4th near the communities of Alleghany and Forest City, along Henness Pass Road. This prescribed burn unit is a continuation to the previous prescribed burning done in this area.

November 4, 2018 at 9:09 AM Test ignition on the prescribed fire for the North Divide were successful. TNF firefighters are planning to burn 30 acres today.

November 3, 2018 at 10:02 PM Eldorado National Forest firefighters estimate 1-2 acres in heavy timber, presumably low potential.

November 3, 2018 at 9:00 PM Eldorado NF fire units are responding to a report of a fire in the Hell Hole Reservoir area

November 3, 2018 at 10:39 AM Smoke report from Oregon Peak, about 25 miles out. This is the controlled burn on the Plumas National Forest in the Laporte area.

November 3, 2018 at 9:45 AM Prescribed burns today will continue on the Tahoe National Forest. The North Divide burn is fully staffed, the fire stayed within the containment lines overnight and firefighters will continue to burn today. Smoke may be visible from Foresthill, Georgetown and I-80.

November 2, 2018 at 3:46 PM The American River Ranger District in the Tahoe National Forest has completed 15 acres of prescribed burn on the North Divide Rx fire. They anticipate completing 35 acres by 7:00 pm tonight.

November 2, 2018 at 12:50 PM Hwy 49 at Idaho-Maryland is open again. Traffic is still pretty slow, expect some delays.

November 2, 2018 at 12:30 PM Vehicle vs building on Johnson Place in Grass Valley. No injuries reported.

November 2, 2018 at 12:24 PM The northbound #1 lane on Hwy 49 at Idaho-Maryland is completely blocked, the #2 lane is partially blocked. Use the surface streets to get to your destination until the accident is cleared up.

November 2, 2018 at 12:22 PM Better late than never: PG&E explains the low-flying helicopters.

November 2, 2018 at 12:15 PM Multi-car accident on northbound Hwy 49 at the Dorsey drive on ramp. The roadway is blocked, emergency services are on scene. Please use an alternate route if possible.

November 2, 2018 at 8:42 AM As of this morning, the Nevada County Elections Office has received 23,781 voted ballots.

November 2, 2018 at 7:31 AM A dead deer partially in the northbound lanes of Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive.

November 2, 2018 at 7:12 AM Car vs deer on Hwy 49 at Lime Kiln Road.

November 2, 2018 at 7:03 AM Breezy and dry conditions Saturday will bring increased fire concerns. Cloudy skies on Sunday will bring cooler temperatures, lighter winds and lowered fire danger.

November 1, 2018 at 4:09 PM The smoke you are seeing/smelling is from the prescribed burn on the Tahoe and the Plumas National Forests – there is no wildfire currently burning.

November 1, 2018 at 9:03 AM As of this morning, the Nevada County Elections Office has received 22,548 voted ballots.

November 1, 2018 at 8:21 AM The burn ban is still in effect – no burn piles allowed in Nevada, Yuba or Placer counties.

November 1, 2018 at 8:12 AM Warm start to November, breezy north winds this weekend. High pressure over the west coast will bring above normal temperatures today. Highs will average from 5 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year. Another round of breezy north winds will bring increased fire danger on Saturday.

November 1, 2018 at 12:01 AM Last month’s log can be found here.


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