Happening Now – January 2020

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.

January 18, 2020 at 10:37 AM Snow and rain return Monday night through Wednesday morning. The heaviest precip is expected Tuesday morning into the afternoon. Mountain travel delays and chain controls are expected with snow levels 4500 to 5500 feet. Showers diminish early Wednesday morning with dry weather into early Thursday.

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January 17, 2020 at 8:13 PM Vehicle down the embankment on Hwy 20, approximately 1/4 mile west of Chalk Bluff. No injuries reported.

January 17, 2020 at 2:44 PM Accident on Colfax Highway in front of Union Hill Elementary School. No injuries reported, emergency services are on scene.

January 17, 2020 at 2:10 PM Nevada County Public Works update: Champion Road at 16544, is currently closed to through traffic until further notice due to a downed tree. Public Works Road Crews have been dispatched. There is currently no estimated time for reopening.

January 17, 2020 at 1:24 PM

January 17, 2020 at 12:54 PM Placer Sheriff: UPDATE [12:50p.m.]: Search has been called off. After a thorough search, SAR volunteers and avalanche dogs confirmed no further victims.

January 17, 2020 at 12:33 PM

January 17, 2020 at 8:07 AM Semi stuck on Tyler Foote at Cruzon Grade, lanes are blocked. North San Juan Fire personnel en route.

January 17, 2020 at 7:41 AM If you’re planning to go play in the snow, take it slow this morning.

January 17, 2020 at 6:57 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

January 17, 2020 at 6:54 AM Relatively dry but chilly weekend – precip returns Monday. Mainly dry and milder weather is expected over the weekend before precipitation chances return next week.

January 17, 2020 at 6:49 AM Vehicle vs pole on the 13200 block of Greenhorn Road. No injuries reported, emergency services on scene.

January 17, 2020 at 6:19 AM Camptonville School will be closed today. Enjoy the snow day and stay safe.

January 17, 2020 at 6:00 AM All Nevada County Schools, with the exception of Twin Ridges, are open this morning. Buses are running. School officials are encouraging all drivers to be cautious and drive slowly – roads may be icy.

January 16, 2020 at 7:37 PM

Hwy 49 between Nevada City and Grass Valley: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

Hwy 20 at Nevada City: All truck trailer combinations are being turned around at the chain control camper due to traction problems over Donner Summit. Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

January 16, 2020 at 4:55 PM Vehicle into the embankment on Hwy 20 between Harmony Ridge and 5 Mile house. No injuries reported, CHP en route.

January 16, 2020 at 4:45 PM Vehicle accident on Ridge Road, now reported across of Sacramento Street. Emergency services on scene.

January 16, 2020 at 4:42 PM Nevada City: The Planning Commission of the City of Nevada City was scheduled to conduct a Regular Meeting of the Planning Commission at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday the 16th day of January 2020, in the Council Chambers of the Nevada City, City Hall, located at 317 Broad Street, Nevada City 95959. Due to unsafe travel conditions due to a snow storm that led to a lack of quorum on Thursday, January 16, 2020, the City Planner of the City of Nevada City hereby adjourns the meeting scheduled for January 16, 2020. The items on the agenda will be rescheduled to a meeting with notice forthcoming. This adjournment is made pursuant to the authority of Government Code Section 54955.

January 16, 2020 at 4:39 PM Several power outages along Hwy 174 near Orchards Springs, Greenhorn Access and Lower Colfax Road. PG&E crews are on scne or en route to the outage locations.

January 16, 2020 at 4:06 PM Ophir Hill Fire en route to a tree into power lines on Pine Hill Drive across from Hwy 174. Power lines are reported down.

January 16, 2020 at 4:04 PM Electrical hazard on Pine Street, reported as a low-hanging power line. Units en route.

January 16, 2020 at 3:55 PM Car out of gas on westbound Hwy 49 at Gold Flat.

January 16, 2020 at 3:41 PM Box truck stuck in the snow on Idaho Maryland at Madrone Forest Drive.

January 16, 2020 at 3:16 PM Big rig and a passenger car have spunout at Brunswick Road and Whispering Pines.

January 16, 2020 at 3:03 PM Approximately 12 cars are stuck on Brunswick Road at Loma Rica Drive.

January 16, 2020 at 3:02 PM Another accident on Idaho-Maryland Road near Brunswick Road.

January 16, 2020 at 2:58 PM Sierra Cinemas on East Main and Hughes Road will be closing early tonight due to the weather. There will be no evening shows tonight. The National Theatre Live show, All My Sons, is cancelled tonight. If you have pre-purchased tickets for All My Sons, your tickets will be honored at the encore showing next Wednesday, January 22 at 3:30 pm or may be exchanged for any other National Theatre Live show.

January 16, 2020 at 2:50 PM Multiple vehicles stuck on Cement Hill Road at Hwy 49. Same situation on Hwy 174 at Edgewood Drive.

January 16, 2020 at 2:48 PM

January 16, 2020 at 2:45 PM Brunswick Road and Idaho Maryland Road, as well as portions of Loma Rica Drive are at a standstill due to multiple spin-outs. Consider these roads shut down for now.

January 16, 2020 at 2:20 PM

January 16, 2020 at 2:13 PM 159 customers out of power along Rock Creek Road PG&E assessment crew is en route to the outage.

January 16, 2020 at 2:10 PM

January 16, 2020 at 1:59 PM Approximately 30 cars and 6 school buses are stuck on Ridge Road between Nevada Union and Gold Flat.

January 16, 2020 at 1:45 PM

January 16, 2020 at 1:42 PM Pickup truck stuck in the roadway on Lake Vera/Purdon Road at Rock Creek Road.

January 16, 2020 at 1:16 PM Eastbound Highway 20 from Nevada City to the junction of I-80: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

January 16, 2020 at 1:15 PM Chains required on Hwy 174 from Lakewood Lane to Memorial Park.

January 16, 2020 at 1:08 PM SAEL is closing at 1:45 pm.

January 16, 2020 at 1:07 PM Three-car collision on Loma Rica Drive at Grass Valley Ave.

January 16, 2020 at 1:04 PM Reported spill (unknown substance) on East Bennett at Brunswick Road in Grass Valley.

January 16, 2020 at 1:02 PM Vehicle stuck in the snow on Cement Hill Road near Piper Lane.

January 16, 2020 at 12:54 PM Current conditions on Hwy 174 at Cedar Ridge. Thanks to our readers for sending photos to [email protected] or texting them to 530-409-9888.

January 16, 2020 at 12:44 PM Brunswick Road at Loma Rica Drive in Grass Valley is impassable due to snow.

January 16, 2020 at 12:42 PM Accident on Idaho-Maryland Road near Aragon Way.

January 16, 2020 at 12:41 PM Spinout on Rock Creek Road near Running Horse Road.

January 16, 2020 at 12:37 PM Two-car accident on the 10300 block of Ridge Road in Nevada City, units en route.

January 16, 2020 at 12:35 PM Passenger vehicle fire on Lake Vera/Purdon Road near Rock Creek Road in Nevada City, units en route.

January 16, 2020 at 12:35 PM The Nevada County Consolidated Fire District’s Regular Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Station 91 has been CANCELLED due to weather.

January 16, 2020 at 12:30 PM One lane is blocked on Hwy 49 near Old Downieville Hwy after a solo vehicle spinout.

January 16, 2020 at 12:27 PM Yuba River Charter School is closing at 1:00 pm.

January 16, 2020 at 12:20 PM Several vehicles, inclusing a bus, stuck in the snow after spin-outs ahead on Nevada City Hwy and Banner Lava Cap Road.

January 16, 2020 at 12:19 PM Multi-vehicle accident on Brunswick Road near Wood Rose Way. CHP reporting 10 cars involved.

January 16, 2020 at 12:17 PM Caller on the 14600 block of Greenhorn Road reports rocks and branches in the roadway.

January 16, 2020 at 12:14 PM Forest Charter School is closed.

January 16, 2020 at 12:12 PM School bus is stuck on Tyler Foote near Old Mill Road, multiple spin-outs are blocking the lanes.

January 16, 2020 at 12:11 PM Twin Ridges Home Study is closed. Grass Valley School District is closing at 1:15 pm.

January 16, 2020 at 12:01 PM Bitney Prep School in Grass Valley is now closed.

January 16, 2020 at 12:01 PM

January 16, 2020 at 11:57 AM Sierra College Campus in Grass Valley is closing. The Campus Alert line (530) 274-5300 will provide updates.

January 16, 2020 at 11:54 AM School closures: Nevada City School District is doing an early release at 12:30 pm. Twin Ridges is closed, Sierra College Child Development Center is closing, Nevada Union has pre-planned an early release at 12:50 pm. Nevada City School of the Arts is closing.

January 16, 2020 at 11:52 AM Multiple vehicles stuck on Tyler Foote near Ananda, North San Juan Fire at scene. Avoid the area.

January 16, 2020 at 11:50 AM Westbound Interstate 80 Chain Control level MAX at Baxter. For passenger vehicles starting at Whitmore Grade: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

January 16, 2020 at 11:49 AM Hwy 49 at Frog Hollow/Camptonville: Chains are required on all vehicles except passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks under 6,000 pounds gross weight and equipped with snow tires on at least two drive wheels. Chains must be carried by vehicles using snow tires. All vehicles towing trailers must have chains on one drive axle. Trailers with brakes must have chains on at least one axle.

January 16, 2020 at 11:47 AM Units are at scene on southbound Hwy 49 at Gold Flat report no injuries, however one lane is blocked. Traffic control is in place. Reduce your speed and use caution in the area.

January 16, 2020 at 11:42 AM Vehicle accident on southbound Hwy 49 near Gold Flat, units en route. Car is stuck in the snow.

January 16, 2020 at 11:39 AM Vehicle against the embankment on Hwy 49 at Union Flat Campground near Downieville.

January 16, 2020 at 11:34 AM North San Juan Fire has cleared the tree from the roadway at Ananda Way, canceling Public Works crew.

January 16, 2020 at 11:28 AM Large tree in the roadway on Ananda Way near Sages Road. North San Juan Fire units en route.

January 16, 2020 at 10:54 AM Hwy 20 from Vista Point/ Washington Road to the junction with I-80: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

January 16, 2020 at 10:32 AM Empress, between Bitney Springs and Kentucky Flat, will be closed to through traffic due to down tree. The road will remain closed until tree is cleared. Please use an alternate route.

Please observe all traffic control signs and the instructions of onsite personnel. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience. Contact the County of Nevada Department of Public Works at (530) 265-1411 for more details.

January 16, 2020 at 9:57 AM Firefighters on Pleasant Street in Grass Valley report no downed lines. A branch is impacting a service drop to a residence. PG&E is being notified.

January 16, 2020 at 9:51 AM Outage on Newtown Road now affecting 85 customers.

January 16, 2020 at 9:46 AM Electrical hazard reported on Pleasant Street near Walsh Street in Grass Valley, tree down into the power lines. Emergency services en route.

January 16, 2020 at 9:37 AM Power outage on Newtown Road affecting 53 customers, PG&E crew en route. Emergency services are also en route.

January 16, 2020 at 9:35 AM A tree is blocking one lane on Newtown Road near Empress Road in Nevada City. Public Works crew en route.

January 16, 2020 at 9:16AM

January 16, 2020 at 9:06 AM Mill IC reports a small warming fire between two buildings. The fire has been extinguished, canceling all incoming units.

January 16, 2020 at 9:05 AM Law enforcement and firefighters are at scene of the reported fire on Mill Street. Avoid the area if possible.

January 16, 2020 at 9:01 AM Reported commercial structure fire on Mill Street. Units en route.

January 16, 2020 at 8:48 AM Units at scene on Duggans report minor injury only. CHP is at scene as well.

January 16, 2020 at 8:34 AM Vehicle accident on Duggans Road Across from Wolf Meadows Drive. Emergency services are en route.

January 16, 2020 at 7:50 AM This just in from the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County: In consideration of weather conditions, we have canceled tonight’s LWV Forum for Nevada City City Council and reschedule it for January 27 at the Rood Center from 6 to 8pm.

January 16, 2020 at 6:38 AM Periods of rain, snow and gusty wind through early Friday. The brunt of this upcoming storm is expected today with mountain snow showers continuing through early Friday morning. Multiple feet of snow are forecast above 2000 to 3000 feet with snow accumulations possible to lower elevations.

January 16, 2020 at 6:31 AM The Sierra Avalanche Center in Truckee has issued a Backcountry Avalanche Warning.

Timing: In effect from Thu 10:00 PST to Fri 07:00 PST.

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

Avalanche Danger: Increasing avalanche danger will reach HIGH danger today and tonight in the mountains.

January 16, 2020 at 6:02 AM

January 16, 2020 at 5:54 AM All Nevada County schools have a normal start time.

January 15, 2020 at 6:50 PM

January 15, 2020 at 11:58 AM Westbound I-80 at Colfax is all clear after the big rig accident earlier this morning.

January 15, 2020 at 9:42 AM

January 15, 2020 at 8:15 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

January 15, 2020 at 7:05 AM Emergency warming shelters will be open tonight and Thursday night.

January 15, 2020 at 7:04 AM Winter Storm Warning tonight to 6 am Friday. Heavy snow is likely for the upper foothills and mountains with major travel impacts likely. Moderate amounts of rain are likely for the valley.

January 14, 2020 at 9:00 AM Sierra snow will continue to become lighter this morning, although additional scattered precipitation may continue in the Sierra-Cascades north of I-80 and northern mountains through late tonight. A strong winter storm will impact the area Wednesday night continuing through Friday morning. Periods of heavy mountain snow and gusty winds could create possible whiteout conditions that could cause chain controls and road closures. Low snow levels are expected which could bring impacts for the foothills and over portions of I-5. There is some potential for snowfall to extend into the Redding area late in the week, but confidence still remains low. In the Valley, gusty south to southeasterly winds could bring down tree branches and cause local power outages late Wednesday into early Thursday. Valley thunderstorms are possible during the day Thursday. This system moves out of the area Friday morning, with another storm expected to impact northern California on Saturday.

January 14, 2020 at 7:12 AM Brief break in precip before stronger systems sweep through NorCal. The stronger mid-week system will bring a widespread half inch up to an inch over much of the Valley, locally higher up toward Redding. Foothill and mountain locations can expect higher amounts, mainly in the form of snow.

January 13, 2020 at 7:15 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

January 13, 2020 at 7:12 AM Winter Storms Expected This Week; Strong Storm Mid to Late Week. Multiple storms to move through during the next several days. A high-impact winter storm remains likely for late Wednesday, continuing into Friday morning.

Photo courtesy
Grass Valley/Nevada City Fire

January 12, 2020 at 4:06 PM Nevada City Engine 5482, Grass Valley Engine 2, and Battalion 1 responded to a solo vehicle accident at Highway 20 and Harmony Ridge Road. No injuries were reported.

January 11, 2020 at 1:47 PM A series of 3 storms is expected to bring snow over the mountains and into the foothills next week. The strongest storm will be Wednesday night into early Friday. Snow is expected to start falling over the mountains of Shasta County by Sunday morning, reaching the West Slope of the northern Sierra Nevada by afternoon. The heaviest snowfall is expected Sunday night. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 8 inches over peaks, are forecast. Plan on slippery road conditions and possible chain controls. The next storm system arrives Monday night and continues into Tuesday. The heaviest snowfall is expected Monday night. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are forecast. Plan on slippery road conditions and likely chain controls and delays. The third and strongest of the series of storms arrives Wednesday night and continues into early Friday. Early estimates suggest 2 to 3 feet of snow at pass levels, locally more over peaks. This cold storm should have snow levels around 1,000-2000 feet, locally lower possible. This will bring winter driving conditions into the foothills, potentially down into the far northern Sacramento Valley. Periods of snow may cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

January 10, 2020 at 10:03 PM Vehicle of the roadway on Old Mill Road near Tyler Foote on the San Juan Ridge. Emergency services en route, one lane reportedly blocked.

January 10, 2020 at 11:18 AM Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies are assisting CHP locate a subject that foot bailed from his car after a vehicle pursuit that led them to the Banner Quaker area outside of Nevada City.

January 10, 2020 at 10:36 AM Amador County is currently experiencing phone system issues resulting in no voicemail and frequent busy signals. While County offices remain open for business, phone communications are interrupted. Thank you for your patience and understanding while these issues are mitigated.

January 10, 2020 at 9:35 AM

January 10, 2020 at 9:06 AM Accident on northbound Hwy 49 near Poppy Lane in Auburn, lanes are blocked – emergency services are on scene. Use an alternate route if possible.

Photo courtesy Jenna F.

January 10, 2020 at 8:30 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

January 10, 2020 at 7:16 AM Colder series of systems next week. Another weather system will bring light precipitation later tonight and Saturday. Stronger systems could bring low elevation snow by Wednesday next week.

January 9, 2020 at 8:30 PM Westbound lanes are open again on Hwy 20 at Uren Street in Nevada City after a car fire.

January 9, 2020 at 6:12 PM The first in a series of candidate fora has started at the Nevda County Rood Center. You can come and join us, listen live on KVMR or watch on the local government channel. Tonight’s forum welcomes two of the three candidates for State Assembly District 1, Elizabeth Betancourt and PK “Paul” Dhanuka.

Megan Dahle, newly elected to the seat her husband vacated when he ran for State Senate, was “unable to attend.”

January 9, 2020 at 2:40 PM Units in the area of Gold Flat have located downed lines, appears to be phone/fiber lines.

January 9, 2020 at 2:39 PM Units in the area of Gold Flat have been unable to locate any downed lines so far.

January 9, 2020 at 2:34 PM Possible electrical hazard, unknown type of lines down on Gold Flat Road near New Mohawk Road in Nevada City. Units en route.

January 9, 2020 at 11:50 AM Accident on westbound Hwy 20 near Pleasant Valley Road. No injuries reported, the roadway is clear.

January 9, 2020 at 11:46 AM Non-injury collision on eastbound Hwy 20 at Poker Flat. roadway is clear.

January 9, 2020 at 11:23 AM

January 9, 2020 at 9:38 AM Multiple weather systems are expected to impact the area through next week bringing chances for rain and snow to northern California. The current system will exit the area this afternoon with dry weather expected through Friday. The next system will bring light snow with potential chain controls Saturday. Another system is possible late Sunday night and Monday, with a period of snow that could cause chain controls. Along with the continued wet weather, colder than normal temperatures are also expected next week. A potentially stronger storm is possible late Wednesday into Thursday.

January 9, 2020 at 9:37 AM

January 9, 2020 at 7:27 AM Rain moves out by noon, cold and unsettled weather next week. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for elevations above 3500 feet through this morning. Several waves of precipitation are forecast to track over the region, with the first round arriving Sunday night into Monday.

January 9, 2020 at 7:26 AM

Photo by Trina Kleist

January 8, 2020 at 11:17 AM A service of candlelight, chants, prayers and readings will be offered at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. The service will provide a moment of calm and an opportunity to privately lift up personal concerns in a supportive atmosphere. Peace Lutheran Church offers evening prayers at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. The church is at 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. This brief service follows the Taizé style of evening prayers. It embraces people of all faiths and those with no faith affiliation, and helps people feel centered and find connection in a busy and frightening world. The service includes short, simple prayers chanted to sacred, yet easy tunes. Peace musicians lead the worship with music sung in harmony. Participants will have the opportunity to light candles and lift up prayers. All are welcome, regardless of religious tradition or affiliation. Peace’s Taizé-style prayer service coordinates with a similar program of evening prayers offered at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Nevada City United Methodist Church.

January 8, 2020 at 10:16 AM Non-injury collision on Dalmatian Drive in Peardale, roadway is clear.

January 8, 2020 at 9:26 AM

January 8, 2020 at 9:10 AM The North Yuba unit of the Tahoe National Forest will continue burning in the Pendola area this week, continuing through Friday. They’re looking at accomplishing 5-15 acres daily. Smoke will be visible in the Camptonville and San Juan Ridge areas. There is no need to report the smoke, firefighters will be on scene for the duration of the operation.

January 8, 2020 at 7:11 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

January 8, 2020 at 7:09 AM Some snow for the high country tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for elevations above 3500 feet late this evening into Thursday morning.

January 7, 2020 at 5:38 PM Caller to CHP reported a possible structure fire on Thornberry Way off Retrac Way.

January 7, 2020 at 1:30 PM Line on the ground over Alta Sierra Drive at Francis Drive, unknown if power or phone line. Units en route.

January 7, 2020 at 12:02 PM

It’s a good day to soak up the sun for these house finches. Photo: YubaNet

January 7, 2020 at 11:49 PM Firefighters on Coyote Street have determined this to be a legal burnpile, property owner is in attendance.

January 7, 2020 at 11:46 AM Units are checking a possible illegal debris burn behind the Forest Service office on Coyote Street in Nevada City.

January 7, 2020 at 9:55 AM Auburn Police at scene states overheated vehicle only, no fire. All fire units are being canceled.

January 7, 2020 at 9:48 AM Passenger vehicle fire on eastbound I-80 between Elm and Hwy 49 in Auburn. Emergency services en route.

January 7, 2020 at 8:50 AM The North Yuba unit of the Tahoe National Forest will be looking at burning in the Pendola area this week, starting today and continuing through Friday. They will be burning on Camp Units XX, G and LL depending on weather and focusing primarily on Unit XX. They’re looking at accomplishing 5-15 acres daily. Smoke will be visible in the Camptonville and San Juan Ridge areas. There is no need to report the smoke, firefighters will be on scene for the duration of the operation.

January 7, 2020 at 8:01 AM Report of two cows and two calves in the roadway at Meyer Ravine Road and Garden Bar Road west of Higgins.

January 7, 2020 at 7:37 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

January 7, 2020 at 7:36 AM Easing back into a wet pattern. After the morning fog dissipates, today will be mostly dry for interior NorCal. A couple of weak weather systems will bring periods of light rain & mountain snow showers tonight through Thursday.

January 6, 2020 at 5:32 PM Solo vehicle accident on Dog Bar Road near Taylor Crossing Road. Car into the ditch, emergency services on scene.

January 6, 2020 at 5:08 PM Solo vehicle accident on McCourtney Road near Brook End, emergency services on scene.

January 6, 2020 at 11:21 AM A dead deer in the roadway on Red Dog Cross Road 1/2 mile west of Banner Lava Cap Road. Use caution in the area.

January 6, 2020 at 8:17 AM The American River District of the Tahoe National Forest will begin pile burning near Big Trees on Mosquito Road in the Foresthill area today. The goal is to burn between 1-50 acres of hand piles daily for a total of 100 acres for the project. Smoke may impact the communities of Foresthill, Baker Ranch, Michigan Bluff and surrounding areas. There is no need to report the smoke, firefighters will monitor the prescribed burn throughout the duration of the project.

January 6, 2020 at 7:36 AM Several weak weather systems lining up for later this week. Dry weather is expected today before a couple weak weather systems bring light rain & mountain snow to NorCal Tuesday through Thursday. Limited impacts are expected with these systems.

January 6, 2020 at 7:30 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

January 5, 2020 at 11:41 PM Firefighters on scene will be committed approximately for another 3 hours on the Jones incident. Extensive mop up and overhaul required.

January 5, 2020 at 11:27 PM Additional water tender and engine requested to the Jones incident. Units on scene are making good progress.

January 5, 2020 at 11:18 PM Firefighters on scene report fully involved structure, mostly on the ground. Priority is to establish good water supply to the incident. No significant extension to the wildland or adjacent structures.

January 5, 2020 at 11:01 PM Numerous resources en route to a reported structure fire on Jones Ridge Road off Red Dog Road. Reported as a fully involved structure, possible extension to the wildland.

January 5, 2020 at 2:22 PM Pickup truck vs tree on the 15000 block of Wolf Road, lanes are clear.

January 5, 2020 at 1:36 PM Vehicle vs tree on Wolf Road at Hawkeye Lane. Emergency services are on scene.

January 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM Mostly dry and mild to start the week, rain and snow possible starting Friday. A mild Sunday is in store for interior NorCal.

January 4, 2020 at 4:35 PM Solo vehicle accident, rolled into a rock, on Penn Valley Drive near the Dollar Store. No injuries reported.

January 4, 2020 at 11:34 AM

January 3, 2020 at 10:15 AM The roadway is clear again on Hwy 49 near Wolf Road.

January 3, 2020 at 9:47 AM A truck leaking fluid is partially in the roadway on southbound Hwy 49 near Wolf Road. Use caution in the area.

January 3, 2020 at 6:59 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

January 3, 2020 at 6:56 AM Dry and mild today, chance of showers tonight and Saturday. Dry conditions & mild temperatures continue today. A weak weather system will bring light precipitation late tonight into Saturday morning.

January 2, 2020 at 7:39 PM Overturned car on westbound Hwy 20 near Willow Valley Road. Emergency services en route.

January 2, 2020 at 7:28 PM Roadway is clear on Hwy 174 at Meadow Drive, emergency services are clearing the scene.

January 2, 2020 at 5:51 PM Reported solo vehicle accident on Hwy 174 at Meadow Drive. Car went off the roadway, emergency services are on scene.

January 2, 2020 at 4:42 PM SUV off the roadway on Hwy 49 between North San Juan and Oregon Creek. Emergency services are en route.

January 2, 2020 at 4:09 PM Power has been restored along Lake Vera/Purdon Road and at YubaNet HQ.

January 2, 2020 at 2:45 PM New estimated time of restoration for 216 customers along Lake Vera/Purdon Road north of Nevada City is now 5:00 pm. PG&E repair crew is en route to the outage location.

January 2, 2020 at 2:08 PM Non-injury accident on South Auburn Street near Bank Street in Grass Valley.

January 2, 2020 at 1:58 PM Official update: “Our preliminary determination is that your outage was caused by an equipment issue.”

According to PG&E crews on Lake Vera/Purdon Road, a tree fell into the power lines and damaged a pole. Pole needs replacing, the outage could possibly last 4-5 hours for 216 customers.

Updates will be posted when available.

January 2, 2020 at 12:41 PM Power outage north of Nevada City along Lake Vera/Purdon Road affecting 464 customers. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

Estimated time of restoration is 3:30 pm. No cause available yet.

January 2, 2020 at 12:34 PM Power outage at YubaNet HQ. Working off our small backup units.

January 2, 2020 at 12:27 PM Traffic jam at the McCourtney Transfer Station. Expect long wait times and traffic control!

January 2, 2020 at 9:25 AM All lanes on Hwy 174 at Green Access Road are open again.

January 2, 2020 at 8:50 AM Accident on Hwy 174 at Greenhorn Access Road, emergency services are on scene.

January 2, 2020 at 8:10 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

January 2, 2020 at 8:08 AM Dry & mild temperatures are expected through Friday. Light precipitation returns late Friday night into Saturday, mainly north of I-80.

January 1, 2020 at 4:56 PM Shortly before 1pm on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 the Nevada County Regional Dispatch Center received reports of a male subject walking down Squirrel Creek Rd near Adam Avenue with a shotgun over his shoulder. Several law enforcement officers from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and Grass Valley Police Department arrived on scene and began conducting an area check. The male subject was located at the intersection of Oak Drive and Walker Drive armed with a suspected firearm. More: https://yubanet.com/regional/officer-involved-shooting-on-walker-drive/

January 1, 2020 at 3:37 PM Red-tailed hawk resting before exploring the South Yuba canyon.

January 1, 2020 at 1:23 PM Red-shouldered hawk enjoying the sun.

January 1, 2020 at 9:48 AM Showers possible today, mostly dry through late Friday. Mild temperatures are forecast today. Happy New Year’s Day.

January 1, 2020 at 12:02 AM Today is a No Burn day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra and Yuba counties.

January 1, 2020 at 12:00 AM Happy New Year!

January 1, 2020 at 12:00 AM You can find last month’s log here.