Happening Now – October 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.

October 17, 2019 at 9:22 AM The Tahoe National Forest will initiate a 5-acre pile burn in the White Cloud area near Hwy 20. No need to report the smoke, firefighters will be on scene for the duration f the burn.

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October 17, 2019 at 7:59 AM The Dead Wood underburn, approximately 4 miles northeast of Foresthill continues today. Tahoe NF firefighters will be on site, smoke might be visible from I-80, Foresthill and Auburn.

October 17, 2019 at 7:02 AM Light showers passing through today and possibly Saturday. Fall time weather systems have started to make their way southward into Northern California. One of these systems brought light rainfall to parts of NorCal overnight and early this morning. Another is forecast to bring more light rainfall to NorCal on Saturday.

October 16, 2019 at 8:08 AM Chances of slight showers tonight. Some spotty showers are forecast to work through our area later today.

October 16, 2019 at 7:55 AM Firefighters from the Tahoe National Forest will conduct a control burn today near the Pendola Extension Road. Smoke will be visible in Camptonville, North San Juan and surrounding areas. The goal is to achieve 50 acres today.

October 15, 2019 at 3:46 PM Rumor Control: No widespread PG&E blackout planned for Oct. 21

October 15, 2019 at 8:49 AM 20 customers remain out of power in Alta Sierra on Norlene Way, field personnel have found a downed power line and have started repairs..

October 15, 2019 at 8:06 AM The power outage resulting from a vehicle into a pole in Alta Sierra is affecting 1,519 customers. PG&E crew is on site, estimated time of restoration is 10:45 am.

October 15, 2019 at 8:05 AM Non-injury accident on eastbound Hwy 20 at Penn Valley Drive.

October 15, 2019 at 7:37 AM Firefighters have extinguished the 5 by 5 spot caused by the down power lines, requesting PG&E crews to respond for repairs.

October 15, 2019 at 7:30 AM Power outage in Alta Sierra, possible transformer explosion and a 3 by 3 spot of vegetation on fire on Norlene Way. Power lines are down, engines are in route.

October 15, 2019 at 7:01 AM Seasonal temperatures and a chance of light precip by mid-week. Another day of dry and mild weather is expected across the region with highs close to average for mid-October. A fast moving weather system will bring mostly light amounts of precipitation to the region Wednesday night and early Thursday.

October 14, 2019 at 3:34 PM Bet IC is releasing some of the resources, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

October 14, 2019 at 3:23 PM Forward progress of the fire has been stopped, firefighters have a line around the fire. Mop up and overhaul will take several hours.

October 14, 2019 at 3:22 PM Good progress on the fire, Air Attack will remain overhead but is available for any new starts.

October 14, 2019 at 3:14 PM Bet IC reports one garage, one residence involved, with approximately 1/2-1 acre of wildland. Some power lines are down in the area.

October 14, 2019 at 3:12 PM Air Attack is releasing the tankers and the incoming helicopter, ground resources are holding the wildland fire to 1/2 to 1 acre.

October 14, 2019 at 3:08 PM Some of the incoming resources are to stage on You Bet Road. The dozer is being canceled.

October 14, 2019 at 3:06 PM Ground resources are starting t make progress, one helicopter is inbound to the fire. Tankers 88 and 89 are available at Grass Valley Air Base if needed.

October 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM Bet IC reports approximately 1/4-1/2 acre of wildland and two structures involved. Additional resources are arriving at scene.

October 14, 2019 at 2:57 PM First engines are about to arrive at the fire. The fire has extended to a second structure on the same property.

October 14, 2019 at 2:55 PM Air Attack estimates the wildland at less than 1/4 acre, tanker is returning to Grass Valley after dropping a full load of retardant. The tanker will be available at the airport.

October 14, 2019 at 2:53 PM Bet Air Attack reports the wildland fire is burning at a slow rate of spread, low potential for growth.

October 14, 2019 at 2:49 PM The fire is on the lake side (Rollins Lake) of the power lines.

October 14, 2019 at 2:47 PM Air Attack advises one structure involved, some spread to the wildland, several structures in the area. Aircraft assigned will be sufficient.

October 14, 2019 at 2:46 PM Air Attack 230 and two tankers en route to the fire.

October 14, 2019 at 2:40 PM Reported structure fire with wildland involved on the 21000 block of You Bet Road across of Black Royal Flush Court, full wildland dispatch en route.

October 14, 2019 at 9:43 AM Solo vehicle into a tree on the 14000 block of Quaker Hill Cross Road, no injuries reported.

October 14, 2019 at 7:16 AM All administrative Nevada County offices will be closed on Monday, October 14th, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. Public safety and Sheriff’s patrol services will continue. Normal business hours for other offices will resume on Tuesday, October 15th.

October 14, 2019 at 12:52 AM Broad IC reports the fire is contained to a pile of oily rags. Resources at scene will be available in approximately 15 minutes.

October 14, 2019 at 12:48 AM Broad IC reports they can handle with units at scene, canceling all incoming resources.

October 14, 2019 at 12:45 AM Broad IC reports all incoming units can reduce to code 2, firefighters are trying to make access through the canvas tent.

October 14, 2019 at 12:43 AM First unit at scene reports light smoke coming from the canvas tent, all units to continue in.

October 14, 2019 at 12:38 AM Report of heavy smoke coming from the Calla Lilly Crepe Stand on Broad Street. Several engines en route.

October 13, 2019 at 9:03 PM Units at scene on eastbound I-80 report no injuries and only a minor fuel leak.

October 13, 2019 at 8:55 PM Reported accident involving two semi trucks, possibly with a fuel leak, on eastbound I-80 near Blue Canyon. Emergency services en route.

October 13, 2019 at 11:47 AM Average temperatures today, some cooling to start the week. A weather system could bring a chance of showers late week into next weekend.

October 13, 2019 at 10:28 AM Units at scene on the 300 block of South Pine Street, investigating a possible smoke.

October 13, 2019 at 10:21 AM Smoke check in the South Pine area. Units are in the area.

October 13, 2019 at 9:01 AM Updates on the Sierra Fire near Blue Canyon will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/sierra19/

October 13, 2019 at 8:41 AM New coordinates put the Sierra Fire on the Tahoe National Forest. At this time, lookouts are calling in the approximate location, no resources on scene yet. Aircraft will be up soon.

October 13, 2019 at 8:24 AM Better access for resources to the Sierra Fire will be off Texas Hill.

October 13, 2019 at 8:09 AM Numerous resources on route to a reported vegetation fire, smoke now visible on the cameras, near Sierra View between Midas and Forebay.

October 12, 2019 at 9:04 PM Units at scene of a small fire behind Briar Patch on Sierra College Drive are making good progress  Some of the resources at scene are being released.

October 12, 2019 at 11:42 AM Quiet weekend weather. Nice weather is expected for NorCal this weekend with partly cloudy skies and near average highs.

October 12, 2019 at 9:54 AM

An update from Nevada County Environmental Health for all food facilities:

  • You are approved to go ahead and open if you were on a generator.
  • You do not need to throw out any of the animal proteins as long as your refrigerator unit was 41° or below the entire time you were without power if you did not have a generator.
  • Please discard all walk in refrigeration and reach-in refrigeration dairy animal proteins and cut vegetables and fruits.
  • The Environmental Health Department asks that you sanitize all food contact surfaces before you begin food prep.

EH will be out to visit you as soon as possible but you do not need to wait for Environmental Health open and operate.

October 12, 2019 at 9:22 AM

October 11, 2019 at 8:22 PM We will continue to post updates on the power blackout here: https://yubanet.com/regional/psps1019/

October 11, 2019 at 4:44 PM

October 11, 2019 at 4:23 PM Vehicle vs power pole on Harvest Lane in Rough&Ready. Pole and lines down in the feed store parking lot.

October 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM YubaNet HQ has power again, the relief to be able to take a shower and make fresh coffee is immense.

October 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM Non-injury accident on the 13000 block of McCourtney Road.

October 11, 2019 at 8:55 AM Interfaith Food Ministries: Despite our power being out Interfaith Food Ministry will be open today for food distribution, for anyone who needs food. Location: 440 Henderson St. Grass Valley, CA

October 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM The restoration times posted on the PG&E outage maps were generated by their system automatically and do not reflect reality. As soon as a circuit is inspected and cleared, power will be restored.

October 11, 2019 at 7:04 AM Fair skies are expected this weekend as high pressure slides across the west coast. Lighter winds will allow for slightly warmer daytime temperatures with both daytime highs and overnight lows expected to come in right around normal for this time of year.

October 10, 2019 at 7:25 PM Generator exploded and fire has spread to the wildland on Blackhawk Lane in Foresthill. Numerous resources en route

October 10, 2019 at 10:15 AM Mop-up operations underway for the structure fire.

October 10, 2019 at 9:51 AM Good progress on the structure fire on Personeni Lane, aircraft have been released from the fire.

October 10, 2019 at 8:47 AM KVMR is back on air at 89.5 FM

October 10, 2019 at 9:30 AM First units at scene report a fully involved structure with threat to the wildland, all resources to continue in.

October 10, 2019 at 9:23 AM Residential structure fire on Personeni Lane off Bitney Springs Road, in the Penn Valley area. Numerous engines en route, some extension to the wildland reported.

October 10, 2019 at 8:23 AM KVMR is experiencing power issues, they appear to be off the air at this time.

October 10, 2019 at 8:02 AM Smoke report from Orgeon Peak in the Calpine area.

October 10, 2019 at 6:47 AM The Food Bank of Nevada County will hold an Emergency Food Distribution at the Rood Center in Nevada City TODAY! Anyone who needs food may attend! 10am-1pm.

October 10, 2019 at 5:39 AM Red Flag Warning extended into Friday morning. Extreme fire weather conditions will continue through this evening in the Sacramento Valley, and through Friday morning across the foothills and mountains of interior NorCal. Gusty north to east winds will continue this morning, then gradually decrease across the region this afternoon.

October 10, 2019 at 3:19 AM Units at scene in North San Juan report one trailer in fire with the fire having spread to a second trailer and minimal extension to the wildland. Making good progress.

October 10, 2019 at 3:14 AM Report of a residential structure fire with extension to the wildland on the 24000 block of Pleasant Valley Road in North San Juan. Numerous engines en route.

October 9, 2019 at 7:10 PM Reported vehicle fire with extension to the wildland on Cameo Drive in the Higgins area. Units en route.

October 9, 2019 at 8:44 AM Red Flag Warning in effect, conditions overnight similar to Oct. 2017. Gusty northerly winds will be possible across interior NorCal into Thursday. There is the potential for gusts exceeding 40 mph in the Sacramento Valley and surrounding foothills and mountains.

October 9, 2019 at 8:34 AM Accident on Hwy 49 near Milhouse Drive, reported as a vehicle rollover, units en route.

October 9, 2019 at 8:00 AM NID’s Board of Directors meeting scheduled for 9:00 am in Lincoln has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

October 9, 2019 at 6:14 AM Firefighters have contained the extension to the wildland at 1/2 acre. Mop up operations beginning.

October 9, 2019 at 6:12 AM Firefighters at scene on Skylark are making good progress, Three engines and one water tender to continue in, all others can cancel.

October 9, 2019 at 6:04 AM First unit at scene on Skyland reports the structure on the ground. The fire has extended to approximately 1/2 to 1 acre of vegetation. All units to continue in.

October 9, 2019 at 5:51 AM Report of a barn on fire on Skyland Road on the San Juan Ris=she. Emergency services en route.

October 9, 2019 at 5:30 AM The power is off, but Camptonville School will be open today, Wednesday, October 9th. It is a scheduled minimum day. Bus service and food service are available! Nevada County school closures posted on the PSPS log.

October 8, 2019 at 10:13 PM Firefighters en route to a reported illegal burn pile on Scotts Flat Road, reported as a burn pile between two homes.

October 8, 2019 at 7:32 PM The Tahoe National Forest will NOT be conducting any Prescribed Fire activities starting tomorrow through Friday 10/11. This includes the eastside of the Tahoe NF which mostly lies outside of current Red Flag Warning areas

October 8, 2019 at 3:57 PM Accident on Tyler Foote Road near Hwy 49. Emergency services are on scene, Tyler Foote is blocked.

October 8, 2019 at 3:40 PM NWS update: Wind advisory now in effect from 8 pm Wednesday to noon Thursday.

TIMING: Wednesday into Thursday morning. Strongest winds are expected Wednesday night.

WINDS: Northeast winds 15 to 30 mph gusts up to 45 to 55 mph, locally higher over exposed ridges and near canyons.

October 8, 2019 at 3:37 PM The PSPS Edition – October 2019. This story will be updated with any new information regarding the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event on October 9, 2019. The regular Happening Now log will continue to chronicle other events. You can find the latest PSPS outage map at the bottom of this page.

October 8, 2019 at 1:34 PM PG&E Will Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to Nearly 800,000 Customers Across Northern and Central California.

October 8, 2019 at 11:54 AM As a reminder, various fire agencies are finishing up prescribed burns ahead of the Red Flag Warning. Smoke from these prescribed fires is noticeable in the lower elevations. There is no uncontrolled fire in the Nevada, Yuba, Placer and El Dorado areas at this time.

October 8, 2019 at 11:44 AM PG&E is sending the second wave of PSPS notifications out at this time. No firm time for the start of the event yet. Also:

October 8, 2019 at 11:11 AM CAL FIRE Increases Staffing for Extreme Fire Danger Conditions. CAL FIRE firefighters are staffing up and preparing for the forecasted extreme fire weather across California. The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings and fire weather watches for areas of northern, central and southern California. This will likely be the strongest offshore wind event so far this season.

October 8, 2019 at 9:31 AM  The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 8 PM Wednesday to 5 PM PDT Thursday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

Affected Area: The Northern and North Central Sierra Nevada below 6000 feet and foothills.

Wind: North to northeast wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph, locally higher in canyons and over exposed ridges.

Humidity: Daytime minimum humidities mainly in the teens with poor overnight recoveries of 25 to 35 percent Wednesday night.

Highest Threat: The Northern and North Central Sierra Nevada and foothills below 4000 feet.

A strong north to northeast wind event is likely across northern California early Wednesday morning continuing through Thursday.   This will be the strongest wind event for the region this season. Dry conditions combined with the strong, gusty winds will bring extreme fire concerns to much of the area.  The strongest Valley winds look to be early Wednesday through Wednesday evening, with the strongest winds over the foothills and higher terrain Wednesday evening into Thursday. Very low relative humidity values are expected each day, with poor overnight recoveries. Winds decrease Friday and dry weather continues through the weekend.

October 8, 2019 at 9:29 AM The tentative shutoff time is 4:00 am on Wednesday, according to the PG&E website.

October 8, 2019 at 7:51 AM Wind event starting early Wednesday into Thursday brings critical fire weather conditions. Gusty northerly winds will be possible across interior NorCal Wednesday into Thursday. There is the potential for gusts exceeding 40 mph in the Sacramento Valley and surrounding foothills and mountains.

October 8, 2019 at 1:02 AM  Smoke from prescribed fires on the National Forests has settled over Nevada, Placer, Yuba and El Dorado counties. There are no uncontrolled fires at this time. The nightly inversion has pushed the particulate matter into the lower elevations.

October 7, 2019 at 8:44 PM Public Safety Power Shutoff Could Impact More Than 600,000 Customers Across Northern and Central California. If PG&E decides to implement a PSPS, the company expects to begin turning off power for safety early Wednesday morning. Based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates the period of peak winds will occur from early Wednesday morning and last through Thursday midday.

October 7, 2019 at 7:58 PM The intermittent power outage for 796 customers the Peardale Chicago Park area has been partially resolved. Estimated time of full restoration is 8:45 pm.

October 7, 2019 at 3:47 PM NWS update: The main concern of the week will be the strong winds expected late Tuesday night into Thursday bringing critical fire weather conditions to much of the area. The aforementioned trough will dig into the Central Great Basin on Wednesday, increasing the north and east pressure gradients over NorCal. Valley winds will be strongest from the early morning to the evening on Wednesday with sustained winds as high as 30 mph at their peak. Gusts will range from 35-45 mph which may bring down some tree limbs and shift any unsecured outdoor belongings. Overnight on Wednesday, the strongest winds shift mainly to the foothill and mountain regions with gusts 40-45 mph, locally higher for wind prone peaks and areas exposed within northeast to easterly oriented canyons. All locations continue to see these stronger winds through Thursday afternoon as the pressure gradient weakens as the trough moves east.

October 7, 2019 at 2:49 PM PG&E has released preliminary maps of the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event on Wednesday. The map may change but anyone in the affected zones should make a plan now. Zoom in on the map for greater details.

October 7, 2019 at 7:53 AM PG&E PSPS Watch update: Weather models continue to indicate potential for a widespread and strong offshore (Diablo) wind event Wednesday into Friday of this week with the main period of weather risk being Wednesday into Friday morning. Weather forecast models continue to show ample support for the event and have remained very consistent in forecasting the strongest event of the season so far and the strongest event since October 8th and 9th of 2017. The emergency operations center remains activated to prepare for a potentially widespread PSPS event. Fire Weather Watches remain in effect for the Sacramento Valley, elevated terrain adjacent to the valley, the northern Sierra Nevada, and the North/East Bay Hills. Predictive Services Northern Operations has issued a high risk’ forecast for the upcoming event. The PSPS potential forecast indicates a PSPS watch zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and elevated in zone 7 for Wednesday and Thursday. The PSPS potential forecast also indicates an Elevated potential in zones 3,4, 5 and 9 on Friday. P lease note that PSPS decisions are made at a more granular level; thus, only a portion of a zone may experience a PSPS event if warranted.

October 7, 2019 at 6:39 AM Gusty northerly winds possible across interior NorCal Wednesday into Thursday. A low pressure system digging into the Great Basin region will create gusty north to east winds over portions of interior Northern California Wednesday and Thursday. Daytime minimum relative humidities will be very low, mainly in the teens, with poor overnight recoveries Wednesday night. These will lead to critical fire weather conditions for the northern Coastal Range and foothills, the Sacramento Valley, and the Northern Sierra Nevada and foothills below 6000 feet.

October 6, 2019 at 9:45 PM PG&E has issued a PSPS WATCH for our area for Wednesday and Thursday due to significant winds forecasted this week.  Looking ahead, the weather models continue to indicate potential for a widespread and strong offshore (“Diablo”) wind event Wednesday through Friday this week with the main period of weather risk Wednesday and Thursday. The PSPS potential forecast indicates elevated PSPS potential for zones 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 for this event. Please note that PSPS decisions are made at a more granular level; thus, only a portion of a zone may experience a PSPS event if warranted.

October 6, 2019 at 2:35 PM Loma IC is canceling the dozer and the water tender, the two crews to continue in for mop-up. Units at scene can handle.

October 6, 2019 at 2:30 PM Both the tanker and the air attack are returning to Grass Valley.

October 6, 2019 at 2:29 PM Air Attack reports 1/2 acre, burning at a slow rate of spread. Firefighters have a hoselay around the fire already.

October 6, 2019 at 2:27 PM Aircraft are en route to the fire, overhead in less than 2 minutes.

October 6, 2019 at 2:23 PM Incoming units to stage on Loma Rica Road.

October 6, 2019 at 2:22 PM Fire is becoming established in the grass, additional units are arriving n scene.

October 6, 2019 at 2:20 PM First unit at scene reports approximately 1 acre, held on one side by a creek.

October 6, 2019 at 2:17 PM Second report for the fire, estimating it at 1/4 acre. First unit at scene will be the Loma IC.

October 6, 2019 at 2:13 PM Full wildland dispatch for a reported fire on Loma Rica Road near Douglas Way, behind Pizza Round Up in Yuba County.

October 6, 2019 at 12:20 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has cancelled the Red Flag Warning. The stronger winds have decreased and will continue to decrease through the afternoon. Therefore the Red Flag Warning will be allowed to end early. However, localized wind prone areas will see gusty winds accompanied by low relative humidities until this evening.

October 6, 2019 at 10:34 AM Oregon Peak reports the column is no longer visible.

October 6, 2019 at 10:25 AM Smoke report from Oregon Peak, dissipating smoke about 5 miles out. Pike County lookout confirms the smoke.

October 6, 2019 at 9:51 AM PG&E is continuing line inspection flights with several helicopters today and in the coming days. One helicopter is currently over the McCourtney Road area, another one over North Auburn.

October 6, 2019 at 8:35 AM Power outage for 796 homes in the Peardale/Chicago Park area. Not related to a PSPS. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location, estimated time of restoration is 11:15 am.

October 5, 2019 at 8:37 PM PG&E Will Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Portions of Butte, Plumas and Yuba Counties on Saturday. PG&E expects to begin turning off power for approximately 10,000 customers at 10 p.m. tonight. Based on the latest weather readings, the company anticipates the period of peak winds will occur from 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, through 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6.

October 5, 2019 at 8:36 PM Lanes are still blocked on Hwy 49 near the Independence Trail, extended closure for cleanup.

October 5, 2019 at 5:37 PM Still one-way traffic control on Hwy 49 near Independence Trail, roadway expected to be fully open in 10 minutes.

October 5, 2019 at 4:40 PM Accident on Hwy 49 near Independence Trail, large truck flipped on its side. The truck was carrying paint, which has spilled onto the roadway. No injuries reported. Expect delays.

October 5, 2019 at 10:28 AM Firefighters are en route for a smoke check in the area of Edwards Crossing.

October 5, 2019 at 10:10 AM Multiple accidents on Hwy 49 between Nevada City and Dorsey Drive, emergency services are on scene.

October 5, 2019 at 9:41 AM Winds will increase across the western Sacramento Valley and the northern Coastal mountains and foothills later today and tonight and persist into Sunday morning before decreasing. Strongest winds are expected this evening through early Sunday with local gusts up to 25-35 mph. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for this afternoon – Sunday afternoon. Daytime temperatures will also increase this weekend with Valley temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. Potential stronger northerly wind event starting early Wednesday ending early Thursday morning with gusts 30 to 45 mph over a larger area than this current event.

October 4, 2019 at 8:16 PM Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced it may be proactively turning power off for safety and conducting a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) within the next 24 hours. To help reduce the risk of wildfire and keep our customers, their families and their homes and businesses safe, the company may be turning off power to approximately 12,026 customers in portions of Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties on Saturday.

The PG&E emergency operations center is now activated for a potential PSPS due to an offshore wind event expected to materialize over northern California Saturday night into Sunday morning. Weather forecast models have increased in strength over the past 24 hours and indicate breezy to locally gusty offshore flow will develop overnight Saturday night into Sunday across portions of the Northern Sierra and North Bay hills. The combination of dry fuels and locally gusty conditions has led the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warnings for North Bay hills, above 1000’, and the Sacramento Valley and adjacent foothills Saturday night through Sunday morning. Predictive Services, Northern Operations, has also issued ‘High Risk’ designations for this event as well. Although the beginning of the event is now less than 48 hours away, models may continue to change and some uncertainty still exists. The updated PSPS potential forecast now indicates a PSPS Watch for northern areas of Zone 5 Saturday night into Sunday with the main period of risk occurring overnight into Sunday morning. Northern areas of zones 3 and 4 (portions of Napa, Lake, and Sonoma Counties) are now showing a PSPS Elevated state for Sunday. Elevated PSPS potential for zones 2, 3, 4 and 5 for a potential second event next week. Please note that PSPS decisions are made at a more granular level; thus, only a portion of a zone may experience a PSPS event if warranted.

October 4, 2019 at 4:08 PM Multi-car accident on the corner of Bell Road and Hwy 49 in Auburn. Emergency services are on scene and the westbound lanes are blocked. Traffic control is in place, but expect soem delays.

October 4, 2019 at 1:42 PM PG&E spokesperson on the likelihood of a Public Safety Power Shutoff event in Yuba, Nevada or Placer Counties: “At this time, the forecast doesn’t indicate the need to initiate a Public Safety Power Shutoff at this time, but weather conditions can change quickly. We remind our customers to have a plan and make sure we have your updated contact information.”

October 4, 2019 at 11:35 AM Northerly winds begin today across NorCal, though they will be relatively light with gusts mainly below 20 mph. Winds will increase across the western Sacramento Valley and the northern Coastal mountains and foothills Saturday and Sunday as conditions begin to dry. Strongest winds are expected Saturday evening through early Sunday with gusts up to 25-35 mph. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Saturday afternoon – Sunday afternoon. Daytime temperatures will also increase this weekend with Valley temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.

October 4, 2019 at 11:31 AM Heads up. Due to very unsafe conditions access to the Independence East Trail is being closed by State Parks. The trailhead/bridge is no longer safe to use. More details to come.

October 4, 2019 at 11:11 AM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 1 PM Saturday to 5 PM Sunday.
WIND: North to northeast wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 to 35 mph.

HUMIDITY: Poor overnight recoveries of 30 to 40 percent, locally lower, with daytime minimum humidities mainly in the teens.

HIGHEST THREAT: Over the west side of the Sacramento Valley and into the northern Coastal Range and eastern foothills, especially Saturday night into early Sunday, when winds will be strongest.

IMPACTS: any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

October 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM The active shooter drill at Brighton Greens has concluded.

October 4, 2019 at 8:13 AM The Deadwood underburn on the Tahoe National Forest is continuing today. Expect smoke to be visible from I-80. Foresthill, Baker Ranch and Michigan Bluff could also see smoke from the 1,200-acre project. Daily ignitions of approx. 20-100 acres at a time. bit.ly/2AJPHc6

October 4, 2019 at 8:11 AM A reminder: Active Shooter Preparedness Exercise at Brighton Greens Office Friday Morning 

October 4, 2019 at 7:35 AM Mild weekend ahead with at times breezy north winds. High pressure over the west coast will bring fair skies and warm temperatures over the weekend. Saturday will see highs near normal with northerly breezes. Sunday will see lighter winds and slightly above normal temperatures.

October 3, 2019 at 1:22 PM The helicopter in the La Barr Meadows/Hwy 49 area is flying PG&E lines for their vegetation management program. Several helicopters continue the line inspections and will do so in the next few days.

October 3, 2019 at 8:59 AM Power outage affecting 34 homes on Starduster Drive off Bitney Springs Road. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location. Estimated time of restoration is noon.

October 3, 2019 at 7:14 AM A little cooler today, then warming through the weekend. A weak weather system passing to the north will bring a little cooling today. High pressure building in behind this system will bring warming Friday and through the weekend.

October 2, 2019 at 10:06 PM Driver is out of the vehicle, no need for extrication. CAL FIRE units are being canceled.

October 2, 2019 at 10:00 PM Vehicle accident, extrication required, on northbound Hwy 49 at the Brunswick ramp. Numerous units en route, CHP reporting solo vehicle accident, car vs tree.

October 2, 2019 at 3:14 PM PG&E Helicopter (marked “Fire” on its belly) is continuing line inspections in Nevada County today and will so in the next few days.

October 2, 2019 at 2:33 PM Firefighters have contained the small fire on Chalk Bluff, mop-up is ongoing. Units will be released in approximately 30 minutes.

October 2, 2019 at 8:49 AM NorthOps outlook calls for warmer and drier than normal conditions through January. Climatologically speaking, most regions have exited fire season for the year. However, the Southeast and California are known to have bimodal fire seasons, meaning fire activity can have two peak periods. For California, the first peak arrives during the summer months and is followed by a brief lull. A second peak arrives during the October through December period with the arrival of Foehn Winds (Santa Ana, Diablo, Sundowner, and North Winds.)

October 2, 2019 at 7:31 AM Warm-up continues, no precip in the forecast for the next seven days. Temperatures will be slightly warmer across interior NorCal today.

October 1, 2019 at 10:47 AM Firefighters are requesting a prevention officer, and a Sheriff’s deputy to respond to the reported smoke off Brunswick Road, with a Fish&Wildlife officer if possible.

October 1, 2019 at 10:40 AM Firefighters have located the smoke in the Brunswick area, appears to be a small campfire. Units are making their way in to the location.

October 1, 2019 at 10:29 AM Smoke check in the Ophir Hill area, Brunswick near East Bennett, units en route.

October 1, 2019 at 10:10 AM PG&E Helicopter (marked “Fire” on its belly) is continuing line inspections in Nevada County today. Currently over Round Mountain and Lake Vera areas.

October 1, 2019 at 9:34 AM Prescribed underburns and pile burns planned today:

Sagehen – pile burning
Calpine – hand piles
Butcher Ranch – hand piles
Little Grass Valley Reservoir – underburn

All these prescribed fires are fully staffed and firefighters monitor them until completed. There is no need to report smoke from these fires.

October 1, 2019 at 9:02 AM Units en route to a reported accident (heard only) in Alta Sierra on Ball Road at Francise Drive.

October 1, 2019 at 8:55 AM Possible big rig fire near the I-80/Hwy 20 split. Reported as smoke only, units en route.

October 1, 2019 at 6:37 AM Milder temperatures are forecast for the remainder of the week. Highs will be around 5 to 10 degrees warmer today compared to Monday’s, but will still be well below average for early October.

October 1, 2019 at 6:00 AM Last month’s log is available here.