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March 31, 2020 at 8:57 PM El Dorado County Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams today issued a directive extending the amount of time County residents are to remain at home except to engage in “essential activities,” to Thursday, April 30, 2020. The new order takes effect at 11:59 PM, March 31st.

March 31, 2020 at 8:50 PM There are 26 known cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County

Total Nevada County Residents
Positive Tests26
Deaths0
Eastern Nevada County Residents
Positive Tests18
Deaths0
Western Nevada County Residents
Positive Tests8
Deaths0

Positive tests will include those who have died.  Counts will be updated as soon as we have new information. 

March 31, 2020 at 4:57 PM Gold Country Community Services update: The Senior Grocery Program is expanding to meet the growing need of seniors in need of food delivery in our community.

Seniors over the age of 60 can sign up to receive a bag of food items by contacting 211 to sign up to the Senior Grocery Bag Program.

Volunteers will be help us deliver the meals.

People interested in donating to the program to serve more seniors can do so by donating $5.00 per bag at our website www.goldcountryservices.org

March 31, 2020 at 1:50 PM Video: Covid-19 Update from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital President/CEO Dr. Brian Evans – 3/30/2020

March 30, 2020 at 8:37 PM There are 21 known cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County

Eastern Nevada County ResidentsWestern Nevada County Residents
Positive Tests156
Deaths00

Positive tests will include those who have died. 
Counts will be updated as soon as we have new information. 

March 30, 2020 at 7:59 PM Possible escaped control burn off Rough&Ready Highway, units en route to check.

March 30, 2020 at 6:55 PM Anchor IC reports the have a knockdown on the fire, all incoming units can cancel.

March 30, 2020 at 6:53 PM Anchor IC reports one small outbuilding at the back of the structure. One water tender and one engine to continue in for now.

March 30, 2020 at 6:49 PM Residential structure fire on Anchor Lane off Greenhorn Road, numerous engines en route. Additional water tenders on order.

March 30, 2020 at 11:57 AM A red-tailed hawk (front and back) paid a visit to YubaNet HQ. #WorkingFromHomeLookingOutTheWindow

Red-tailed hawk. Photo: YubaNet
Red-tailed hawk. Photo: YubaNet

March 30, 2020 at 10:54 AM There are 18 known cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County.

Type of TransmissionNevada County Residents
Positive TestsTravel-related2
Community Acquired4
Known Person-to-person0
Mode of Transmission Under Investigation12
Deaths0

14 confirmed cases in Eastern Nevada County. 4 confirmed cases in Western Nevada County.

March 30, 2020 at 7:21 AM Showers possible today, dry and mild weather returns by mid-week. Light precipitation will be likely across portions of NorCal through Tuesday.

March 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM There are 17 known cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County

Type of TransmissionNevada County Residents
Positive TestsTravel-related2
Community Acquired4
Known Person-to-person0
Mode of Transmission Under Investigation11
Deaths0

Geographic distribution: 13 cases in eastern county and 4 in western county.

March 29, 2020 at 4:21 PM First units at scene on Pleasant Valley Road reports one injury, all units tocontinue in.

March 29, 2020 at 4:16 PM Vehicle upside down in the creek on Pleasant Valley Road across from Wildflower Drive, emergency services en route.

March 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Now, more than ever, it is important to avoid causing respiratory impacts.  Burn hot & clean. 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.

March 29, 2020 at 9:59 AM California State Parks today announced it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). On Saturday, many state parks once again experienced visitation surges that made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social/ physical distancing practices.

March 29, 2020 at 8:29 AM Low Impact Weather System This Weekend. Light rain and mountain snow will continue today as a weak weather system moves through. There may be some minor mountain travel delays, but overall impacts are likely to be low. Isolated thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, mainly west of I-5. Warmer and drier conditions are expected this week, except for light showers across the northern Sacramento Valley and the adjacent higher terrain Monday and Tuesday.

March 28, 2020 at 12:46 PM During the initial town hall we received some questions about pets and COVID-19. Thanks to Nevada County Health & Human Services Director Ryan Gruver for sending us CDC guidance regarding pets. The good news: There is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time.

March 27, 2020 at 8:17 PM

There are 12 known cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County


Type of Transmission
Nevada County Residents
Positive TestsTravel-related2
Community Acquired4
Known Person-to-person0
Mode of Transmission Under Investigation6
Deaths0

March 27, 2020 at 6:47 PM Units at scene on Marysville Road report this is a legal control burn which has not escaped. They can handle, all incoming units are canceled.

March 27, 2020 at 6:42 PM Vegetation fire, approximately 1/2 acre on Marysville Road in Yuba County, units are at scene.

March 27, 2020 at 4:54 PM Public access to the McCourtney Road Transfer Station is temporarily limited to the disposal of commingled recycling, green waste and municipal solid waste (trash).​ ​

March 27, 2020 at 8:00 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Now, more than ever, it is important to avoid causing respiratory impacts.  Burn hot & clean. 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.

March 27, 2020 at 7:47 AM Dry weather expected today with high temperatures slightly below normal. Showers possible in the Central Valley and foothills this weekend with snow showers in the mountains.

March 26, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Nevada County as of March 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Type of TransmissionNevada County Residents
Positive TestsTravel-related2
Community Acquired4
Known Person-to-person0
Mode of Transmission Under Investigation2
Deaths0
Six cases in eastern county, two cases in western county.

March 26, 2020 at 5:36 PM Firefighters are at scene of a vehicle fire on Brunswick and Sutton. Please avoid the area.

March 26, 2020 at 2:10 PM Link to the archive video for this townhall: https://youtu.be/JO5vvYLbvuk

March 26, 2020 at 11:55 AM Watch the town hall live here:

March 26, 2020 at 10:55 AM Reminder: Virtual town hall for Nevada County residents today from noon to 1:30 pm. Join our panelists:
Alison Lehman – County of Nevada, CA
Brian Evans – Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
Caleb Dardick – County of Nevada, CA
Chip Close – NID
Heather Heckler – 211 Connecting Point
Jill Blake – County of Nevada, CA
Ken Cutler – County of Nevada, CA
Kimberly Parker – Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation
Kristin York – Sierra Business Council
Rem Scherzinger – NID
Robert Jakobs – Nevada County Office of Emergency Services
Shannan Moon – Nevada County Sheriff’s Office

Updates on COVID-19 in Nevada County and answers to your questions. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7715849915603/WN_dtE4Oh9aT1Om38IbFEsqCg

The town hall will be broadcast on YouTube and questions can be emailed now to townhall@yubanet.com

March 26, 2020 at 7:24 AM Drier weather into Friday with warming temperatures. Unsettled weather expected over the weekend with showers possible in the Central Valley and foothills and snow showers in the mountains.

March 26, 2020 at 7:12 AM The Food Bank of Nevada County Drive-Thru will be held at the Grass Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church 12889 Osborn Hill Rd, Grass Valley, today Thursday, March 26th from 10am-1pm. They will be distributing pre-bagged shelf stable foods and some fresh items. Anyone needing food may attend. Please stay in your vehicle at all times.

March 25, 2020 at 9:45 PM No confirmation of a COVID-19 case in Grass Valley apartment complex. A letter by a property management company reminding residents of an apartment complex on Sutton Way in Grass Valley to follow state and local shelter in place rules was widely shared on social media these past few days. It wasn’t the sensible guidelines to residents in the memo that sparked extensive sharing in social media groups. The memo indicated a resident of the apartment complex had tested “positive” for COVID-19 and the affected household was in self-quarantine “mode.”

March 25, 2020 at 8:00 PM

There are 7 known cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County as of 3/25/20

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Nevada County

Type of TransmissionNevada County Residents
Positive TestsTravel-related2
Community Acquired4
Known Person-to-person0
Under Investigation1
Deaths0
Editor’s note: 6 of the cases are in eastern Nevada County.

Positive tests will include those who have died. 
Counts will be updated as soon as we have new information. 

March 25, 2020 at 6:13 PM Firefighters en route to check a debris burn on East Bennett Street.

March 25, 2020 at 4:53 PM Vehicle accident with major injury reported on Hwy 49 at Empire, all northbound lanes are blocked. Detour is over the overpass.

March 25, 2020 at 10:47 AM

March 25, 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.

March 25, 2020 at 7:28 AM Storm system makes a quick exit, thunderstorms possible today. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for elevations above 4000 feet through this morning.

March 25, 2020 at 12:24 AM Reported structure fire on Dorsey Drive. Units en route.

March 24, 2020 at 6:27 PM Reported plume of smoke near Sugarloaf was a waterdog, units have checked the area thoroughly.

March 24, 2020 at 6:15 PM Report of dark smoke coming up near Sugarloaf in Nevada City. Units are en route.

March 24, 2020 at 4:29 PM

March 24, 2020 at 4:15 PM Nevada County Public Health Reports Fourth Person with Confirmed COVID-19. Details here: https://yubanet.com/regional/nevada-county-public-health-reports-fourth-person-with-confirmed-covid-19/

March 24, 2020 at 2:13 PM Accident on Hwy 20 at Penn Valley Drive, units are on scene.

March 24, 2020 at 1:50 PM

March 24, 2020 at 1:02 PM Nevada County Health Officer, Dr. Ken Cutler, has issued a local Order to clarify that while short-term lodging facilities may help temporarily house local homeless populations or critical infrastructure workers, they should not house people for non-essential needs such as short-term vacation rentals. This Nevada County Order applies to hotels, motels, condominiums or other units. If a short-term rental does not fit into the categories listed in the local Order, it should be closed. Full details here: https://yubanet.com/regional/nevada-county-public-health-clarifies-stay-at-home-for-short-term-rentals-and-lodging-facilities/

March 24, 2020 at 9:45 AM By a unanimous vote, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution suspending the authority of any landlord to commence any residential or commercial property evictions of tenants or occupants of residential or commercial properties located in the unincorporated areas of Nevada County based on the following through May 31, 2020, unless otherwise terminated or extended:

a. The basis of the eviction is non-payment of rent, or a foreclosure, arising out of a substantial decrease in household or business income (including but not limited to, a substantial decrease in household income caused by layoffs or a reduction in the number of compensable hours of work, or a substantial decrease in business income caused by a reduction in opening hours or consumer demand), or substantial out-ofpocket medical expenses; and

b. The decrease in household or business income or the out-of-pocket medical expenses describe in subparagraph (a) was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, or by any local, state, or federal government response to COVID-19, and is documented.

Nothing in this Resolution shall relieve a tenant of the obligation to pay rent, nor restrict a landlord’s ability to recover rent due.

March 24, 2020 at 9:07 AM First @NevadaCountyCA virtual BOS meeting has started. Watch and participate: bit.ly/2vMCyQT

March 24, 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.

March 24, 2020 at 7:02 AM Showers moving back in today, mountain snow through Wednesday. A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for elevations above 4000 feet through Wednesday morning. Up to 1 foot of snow will be possible at Sierra pass levels, locally higher. If you have mountain travel be prepared for winter driving conditions.

March 24, 2020 at 6:42 AM

March 23, 2020 at 3:15 PM Nevada County Public Health Reports Third Person with Confirmed COVID-19. The adult person, who resides in Western Nevada County, recently traveled outside the country, and at this time, it appears the disease was acquired during international travel.

March 23, 2020 at 2:24 PM Vegetation fire reported at 10-20 acres in the Marysville area. Mutual aid from CAL FIRE NEU en route.

March 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM Nevada County Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, March 26th. In an effort to address questions and concerns from the community, YubaNet is organizing a virtual town hall with Nevada County leaders, public health, local government agencies and organizations. The meeting will be held on the Zoom platform and will be broadcast live via YouTube from noon to 1:30 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Details and registration here: https://yubanet.com/regional/nevada-county-virtual-town-hall-on-thursday-march-26/

March 23, 2020 at 12:19 PM

March 23, 2020 at 12:09 PM Two horses in the roadway on Bitney Springs Road near Excelsior Road. Unknown if they are practicing social distancing but you definitely should.

March 23, 2020 at 10:44 AM Nevada County Public Health Reports Second Person with Confirmed COVID-19. This case appears to be a community transmission case meaning the person had no travel history or known contact with another confirmed case. The person’s close household contacts are under quarantine and have no symptoms at this time. For confidentiality reasons, no other details or information about this case will be shared.

March 23, 2020 at 8:36 AM Widespread precipitation returns to interior NorCal Tuesday through Wednesday. A winter storm will bring hazardous mountain travel Tuesday and Wednesday. Up to 1 foot of snow will be possible at Sierra pass levels, locally higher.

March 23, 2020 at 8:25 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.

March 22, 2020 at 5:25 PM Regarding the McCourtney Transfer Station: “The transfer station remains open to the public during normal operating hours. The only aspects that are closed are Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), recycling buy back and drop off,” according to WM spokesperson Paul Rosynsky.

March 21, 2020 at 7:52 PM The Departments of Public Health from Yuba and Sutter Counties confirmed two cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Yuba County Saturday, March 21. As previously advised, this circumstance is not unexpected given the current state of affairs. Local agencies both public and private have been anticipating this occurrence and are well prepared to address this recent development. These are the first cases in Yuba and Sutter counties combined, and neither patient has required hospitalization. Both individuals are currently in isolation at home. They are recovering well. The Department of Public Health has been in contact with those who have come into contact with the affected individuals to ensure that this situation is handled appropriately.

March 21, 2020 at 5:14 PM

March 21, 2020 at 2:24 PM SNMH update: We are pleased to announce additional drive through COVID-19 testing sessions on Monday, March 23 and Thursday, March 26 from 3-5pm. Nevada County residents should first call their primary care doctor. If the doctor agrees that the person needs to be tested, the doctor can fax an order to the hospital. We will then follow up to schedule a drive through appointment. For providers that have questions about the process, please contact Ida Arne at 530.274.6220.

March 21, 2020 at 11:04 AM Mountain Travel Impacts Early Next Week. A few showers are expected over the higher elevations today as a weak system pushes through. Overall they will be low impact with little rain and snow accumulation. Otherwise we will see dry and mild conditions into Sunday afternoon. Isolated showers will be possible I-80 south starting Sunday evening with scattered showers expected across the entire area on Monday as a system passes to the south. Snow level on Monday will be 5500 to 6000 feet falling to 3500 to 4500 feet Monday night. Rain and snow will become more widespread on Tuesday with the heaviest rain and snow expected Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning. Snow levels during this time will be 3000 to 4000 feet, locally lower Wednesday morning. Mountain travel delays, chain controls and at times road closures will be possible especially Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday.

March 20, 2020 at 8:14 PM Power outage affecting 449 customers along Dog Bar Road closest to Lake of the Pines. PG&E assessment crew is en route to the outage, no estimated time of restoration yet. The outage was caused by a car vs power pole on Magnolia Road at Knolls Road. Emergency services are at scene, Magnolia is blocked at Hacienda.

March 20, 2020 at 6:58 PM Updated with revised magnitude 4.5:

Geographic coordinates: 39.111N, 119.736W
Magnitude: 4.5
Depth: 8 km
Universal Time (UTC): 21 Mar 2020 01:33:35
Time near the Epicenter: 20 Mar 2020 18:33:35
Local standard time in your area: 21 Mar 2020 01:33:35

Location with respect to nearby cities:
5.0 km (3.1 mi) NE of Indian Hills, Nevada
6.4 km (4.0 mi) SSE of Carson City, Nevada
24.8 km (15.3 mi) N of Gardnerville Ranchos, Nevada
29.2 km (18.1 mi) NE of South Lake Tahoe, California
45.5 km (28.2 mi) ESE of Truckee, California

Full details here: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/nn00719663/executive

March 20, 2020 at 6:34 PM Magnitude 5.0 earthquake 7 km SSE of Carson_City, NV. Widely felt in the area. If you felt it, please report to USGS here.

Location with respect to nearby cities:
9.2 km (5.7 mi) NNE of Johnson Lane, Nevada
9.6 km (6.0 mi) ESE of Carson City, Nevada
26.5 km (16.4 mi) NNE of Gardnerville Ranchos, Nevada
34.2 km (21.2 mi) NE of South Lake Tahoe, California
46.6 km (28.9 mi) S of Sparks, Nevada

March 20, 2020 at 9:28 AM NID closes its Grass Valley Business Center and all recreational facilities. The temporary closure includes all campgrounds and boat launches at Scotts Flat Reservoir and Rollins Reservoir.

March 20, 2020 at 7:50 AM We know you have questions re the new #COVID19 reality. Virtual town hall coming soon. Send your questions to townhall@yubanet.com

March 20, 2020 at 7:13 AM Mainly dry today and Saturday, several active systems lined up for next week. Widespread rain and mountain snow returns later Sunday and continues into the middle of next week.

March 19, 2020 at 9:25 PM

March 19, 2020 at 7:14 PM Stay home except for essential needs. The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to follow the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

March 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM

March 19, 2020 at 6:34 PM

March 19, 2020 at 5:37 PM Updated PG&E outage numbers.

Outages by County (as of 5:30 p.m. on March 19)

El Dorado County
Aukum1
Camino666
Cool1
El Dorado1
Fairplay3
Garden Valley60
Georgetown286
Greenwood2
Grizzly Flat5
Kelsey21
Kyburz448
Little Norway61
Mount Aukum11
Omo Ranch2
Pacific House29
Placerville821
Pollock Pines2935
Silver Fork1
Somerset178
Twin Bridges64
TOTAL5596
Nevada County
Grass Valley116
Nevada City1277
North San Juan90
Washington137
TOTAL1620
Placer County
Alta201
Auburn2
Baxter59
Colfax85
Dutch Flat8
Emigrant Gap125
Foresthill268
Gold Run36
TOTAL784
Sierra County
Alleghany29
Camptonville322
Downieville53
Goodyears Bar63
Pike7
Sierra City292
TOTAL766
  Amador County Pioneer 97
TOTAL 97
Calaveras County
Angels Camp 1
Arnold 1818
Camp Connell 9
Dorrington 20
West Point 36
TOTAL 1884

March 19, 2020 at 9:50 AM “Following health and safety best practices directives, the Western Gateway Park Board of Directors voted at their regular monthly meeting to close all areas of the park beginning Thursday 3/19/20. Park gates will be closed to vehicle traffic until further notice. For more information call the park office at 530 432-1990. Thank you for your patience!“

March 19, 2020 at 8:38 AM Dry and mild through Saturday, more precip next week. Drier weather & warming temperatures return to most of interior NorCal. Heads up: Another winter storm may be in store for the area late this weekend into early next week. Details are uncertain at this time, so look out for updates

March 18, 2020 at 9:55 PM Yuba-Sutter Health Officer issues directive to stay home except for essential activities. Details: https://yubanet.com/regional/yuba-sutter-health-officer-issues-directive-to-stay-home-except-for-essential-activities/

March 18, 2020 at 6:18 PM Outage numbers provided by PG&E.

El Dorado County
Aukum2
Camino967
Cool1
El Dorado1
Fairplay3
Garden Valley255
Georgetown499
Greenwood6
Grizzly Flat150
Kelsey33
Kyburz448
Little Norway61
Mount Aukum44
Pacific House101
Placerville901
Pollock Pines2830
Rescue2
Shingle Springs46
Silver Fork1
Somerset390
Twin Bridges1054
TOTAL7795
Nevada County
Grass Valley198
Nevada City1408
North San Juan90
Washington137
TOTAL1833
Placer County
Alta239
Auburn2
Baxter63
Colfax366
Dutch Flat62
Emigrant Gap205
Foresthill450
Gold Run84
TOTAL1471
Sierra County
Alleghany12
Camptonville322
Downieville53
Goodyears Bar63
Pike7
Sierra City292
TOTAL749
Amador County
Pine Grove343
Pioneer1243
Volcano27
TOTAL1613
Calaveras County
Angels Camp3
Arnold1964
Avery6
Camp Connell13
Dorrington21
Rail Road Flat33
West Point121
White Pines2
Wilseyville15
TOTAL2178
Tuolumne County0
Cold Springs11
Pinecrest575
Strawberry1
Tuolumne1
Twain Harte1
TOTAL589

March 18, 2020 at 4:53 PM Waste Management update: Please be notified that residential trash pickup was impacted today 3/18 due to the weather. The areas around Chicago Park and North East towards Nevada City were impacted. Weather permitting, we will be recovering stops on Saturday. Customers have been informed of the recovery schedule. We will be watching the weather and evaluating the feasibility of Saturday recovery and will let customers know of any necessary changes.

March 18, 2020 at 2:29 PM PG&E update: More than 150 crews are working to get the lights back on. Numbers below as of 2 p.m. Crews continuing to find significant damage to equipment and down trees causing access issues. Working through it all to restore as many customers as possible by the end of the day.

El Dorado County
Aukum 1
Camino 947
Cool 1
El Dorado 1
Fairplay 3
Garden Valley 320
Georgetown 909
Greenwood 89
Grizzly Flat 150
Kelsey 33
Kyburz 448
Little Norway 61
Mount Aukum 71
Omo Ranch 2
Pacific House 101
Placerville 1057
Pollock Pines 3294
Rescue 2
Shingle Springs 75
Silver Fork 1
Somerset 436
Twin Bridges 64
TOTAL 8066

Nevada County
Grass Valley 305
Nevada City 1473
North San Juan 90
Washington 137

TOTAL 2005

Placer County
Alta 239
Auburn 1
Baxter 63
Colfax 366
Dutch Flat 62
Emigrant Gap 205
Foresthill 458
Gold Run 87
TOTAL 1481

Sierra County
Alleghany12
Camptonville322
Downieville53
Goodyears Bar63
Pike7
Sierra City292
TOTAL749
Amador County
Pine Grove351
Pioneer1667
Volcano55
TOTAL2073
Calaveras County
Angels Camp3
Arnold1971
Avery6
Camp Connell13
Dorrington21
Murphys2
Rail Road Flat34
West Point393
White Pines2
Wilseyville152
TOTAL2597
Tuolumne County0
Cold Springs11
Groveland156
Long Barn171
Pinecrest650
Sierra Village2
Strawberry27
Tuolumne1
Twain Harte1
TOTAL1019

March 18, 2020 at 1:31 PM Nevada County Consolidated Fire, Grass Valley and Nevada City Fire stations closed to the public for non-emergency business. As news and concerns about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to grow, the City of Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Nevada County Consolidated Fire Departments have a responsibility to protect the public and the employees of our agencies. Effective immediately all Joint Operational Area (JOA) fire stations are closed to the public for non-emergency business in compliance with federal and state guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

March 18, 2020 at 1:05 PM Rumor control: A plethora of trucks is staging in the Cascade Shores area, with snow plows and heavy equipment. That would be PG&E crews and contractors trying to restore power to the area. No, it is not the National Guard, Nevada County or some military faction.

March 18, 2020 at 12:38 PM

March 18, 2020 at 12:07 PM Electrical hazard on Banner Quaker Hill Road across from Pasquale Road, tree into power lines, power pole is down. Units en route.

March 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM County of Nevada, City of Grass Valley and City of Nevada City Limit Public Counter Services and Temporarily Close Buildings Starting March 19th. Details: https://yubanet.com/regional/county-of-nevada-city-of-grass-valley-and-city-of-nevada-city-limit-public-counter-services-and-temporarily-close-buildings-starting-march-19th/

March 18, 2020 at 9:51 AM Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 5 am Thursday above 3500 feet. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

March 18, 2020 at 9:01 AM Latest PG&E update, 101 crews have been assigned to work on Sierra outages. No outages at this time originating in Yuba County.

El Dorado County
Aukum1
Camino1138
Cool1
El Dorado1
El Dorado Hills26
Fairplay3
Garden Valley320
Georgetown1000
Greenwood112
Grizzly Flat150
Kelsey33
Kyburz448
Little Norway61
Mount Aukum84
Omo Ranch2
Pacific House101
Placerville1343
Pollock Pines3476
Rescue2
Shingle Springs75
Silver Fork1
Somerset563
Twin Bridges64
TOTAL9005
Nevada County
Grass Valley379
Nevada City1597
North San Juan92
Washington137
TOTAL2205
Placer County
Alta226
Auburn1
Baxter63
Christian Valley
Colfax393
Dutch Flat63
Emigrant Gap150
Foresthill532
Gold Run157
TOTAL1585
Sierra County
Alleghany112
Camptonville322
Downieville52
Goodyears Bar63
Pike7
Sierra City292
TOTAL848

March 18, 2020 at 8:51 AM CANCELED: Talking in Code- A Nevada County Building Dept Focus Group

March 18, 2020 at 8:17 AM NWS update: Rain and mountain snow showers linger over interior northern California this morning, which may result in some minor travel impacts. Showers will gradually taper off through the afternoon and evening hours, with drier weather expected Thursday through Saturday. Another winter storm looks possible early next week, which could bring snow into the upper foothills.

March 18, 2020 at 8:14 AM Overturned car on Foresthill Road near Upper Lake Clementine road. Units en route.

March 18, 2020 at 7:43 AM

March 18, 2020 at 7:25 AM Power outages as of this morning. Most locations have an estimated time of restoration between 6 and 7 pm tonight.

Alleghany 2 outages affecting 557 customers
Alta 25 outages affecting 456 customers
Alta Sierra 1 outage affecting 2 customers
Camptonville 1 outage affecting 401 customers
Colfax 13 outages affecting 388 customers
Dutch Flat 10 outages affecting 185 customers
Emigrant Gap 2 outages affecting 7 customers
Foresthill 43 outages affecting 544 customers
Georgetown 24 outages affecting 683 customers
Gold Run 2 outages affecting 49
Grass Valley 72 outages affecting 403 customers
Nevada City 48 outages affecting 1,601 customers
North San Juan 1 outage affecting 2 customers
Pike 2 outages affecting 428 customers
Placerville 83 outages affecting 954 customers
Pollock Pines 66 outages affecting 3,546 customers
Sierra City 1 outage affecting 65 customers

March 18, 2020 at 6:39 AM Wobbly low brings more unsettled weather today. Additional light foothill and mountain snowfall is likely today.

March 18, 2020 at 6:20 AM A message from Waste Management: Please be notified that residential trash pickup was impacted on 3/17 due to the weather and the roads being impassable or dangerous. The areas around Scotts Flat Reservoir, Cascade Shores, everything we service up Highway 20, and the farther reaches of the North Bloomfield area were affected. Weather permitting, we will be recovering stops on Saturday. Customers have been informed of the recovery schedule. We will be watching the weather and evaluating the feasibility of Saturday recovery and will let customers know of any necessary changes.

March 17, 2020 at 6:53 PM Penn Valley Union Elementary School District are doing meals for families in the Penn Valley area. They have breakfast and lunch for anyone who shows to a hub location. Please see the schedule for the student meal delivery from March 17, 2020 through April 3, 2020. Each meal will contain a lunch for the current day and a breakfast for the following morning. Any student up to 12th grade is eligible for a free meal.

March 17, 2020 at 6:27 PM Grass Valley School District is providing school lunches for anyone under 18. Breakfast and lunch are available for pickup at Scotten Elementary School and at their Central Kitchen, located at 900 Golden Gate Terrace from 11am-1 pm. Today, they also supplied 200 lunches to Penn Valley School District. You do not have to be a GV School district student to receive these meals.

March 17, 2020 at 2:24 PM PG&E outage update as of 2 pm:

El Dorado County
Aukum1
Camino1736
Cool1
Diamond Springs4
El Dorado3
El Dorado Hills26
Fairplay3
Garden Valley320
Georgetown1183
Greenwood120
Grizzly Flat150
Kelsey33
Kyburz448
Little Norway61
Mount Aukum85
Omo Ranch2
Pacific House101
Placerville2045
Pollock Pines4281
Rescue2
Shingle Springs75
Silver Fork1
Somerset758
Twin Bridges64
TOTAL11503
Nevada County
Grass Valley1078
Nevada City2493
North San Juan92
Washington137
TOTAL3800
Placer County
Alta349
Auburn1
Baxter59
Colfax397
Dutch Flat283
Emigrant Gap75
Foresthill1044
Gold Run167
TOTAL2375
Sierra County
Alleghany112
Camptonville350
Downieville52
Goodyears Bar63
Pike7
Sierra City573
TOTAL1157

March 17, 2020 at 1:24 PM Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board Meeting Scheduled March 19, 2020 Meeting Cancelled. We will be looking at options to hold teleconference meetings or another alternative to comply with the 6 feet of social distance in small to medium gatherings.

March 17, 2020 at 12:58 PM

March 17, 2020 at 12:02 PM

The Camptonville Union Elementary School District is closed effective March 17, 2020. We will be reassessing our status on March 27th. Information to families is being delivered via our Blackboard messaging system. Please continue to check for updates.

Thank you and stay well,

Sandy

Sandra Ross
Superintendent/Principal
Camptonville Elementary School District

March 17, 2020 at 11:37 AM Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital to begin drive-through COVID-19 testing. If you are symptomatic and meet criteria for testing, Nevada County residents should call their primary care doctor. If the doctor agrees that an individual needs to be tested, the doctor can fax an order to the hospital.

March 17, 2020 at 9:27 AM PG&E power outages persist, affecting 19,696 customers in the Sierra foothills. “We worked to get as many customers restored as possible yesterday and continue to work in the area today with 82 crews and even more on the way,” spokeswoman Brandi Merlo stated.

El Dorado County
Aukum1
Camino1738
Cool1
Diamond Springs4
El Dorado3
El Dorado Hills26
Fairplay3
Garden Valley321
Georgetown1299
Greenwood302
Grizzly Flat150
Kelsey33
Kyburz448
Little Norway61
Mount Aukum100
Omo Ranch2
Pacific House101
Placerville2275
Pollock Pines3705
Rescue2
Shingle Springs75
Silver Fork1
Somerset809
Twin Bridges64
TOTAL11,524
Nevada County
Grass Valley1176
Nevada City3140
North San Juan92
Washington137
TOTAL4,545
Placer County
Alta433
Auburn1
Baxter58
Colfax620
Dutch Flat284
Emigrant Gap63
Foresthill1032
Gold Run167
Lincoln8
Weimar21
TOTAL2,687
Sierra County
Alleghany112
Camptonville350
Downieville52
Goodyears Bar63
Pike7
Sierra City356
TOTAL940

March 17, 2020 at 7:48 AM

March 17, 2020 at 6:40 AM Showers tapering off today. Showers, with mountain snow, will continue today. Below average temperatures through the week and may be accompanied with unsettled weather at times. Another strong winter storm will be possible early next week.

March 16, 2020 at 4:55 PM Power outage updates:

Nevada City: 71 outages affecting 3,680 customers
Grass Valley: 11 outages affecting 1,489 customers
North San Juan: 1 outage affecting 2 customers
Placerville: 82 outages affecting 1,878 customers
Pollock Pines: 46 outages affecting 3,747 customers
Sierra City: 1 outage affecting 36 customers
Allegheny: 2 outages affecting 592 customers
Colfax: 16 outages affecting 649 customers
Alta: 14 outages affecting 745 customers
Dutch Flat: 6 outages affecting 262 customers
Foresthill: 27 outages affecting 2,201 customers
Georgetown: 12 outages affecting 1,227 customers
Camptonville: 1 outage affecting 28 customers
Challenge: 1 outage affecting 44 customers
Challenge-Brownsville: 1 outage affecting 705 customers

Due to access difficulties, weather conditions and the sheer number of power poles needeing replacement, no estimated times of restoration are available.

March 16, 2020 at 1:49 PM Based off of recommendations from the California Board of State and Community Corrections, all in-person visitation at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility has been temporarily suspended.

This suspension will assist in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our incarcerated population. We appreciate your understanding and will provide an update when in-person visitation has resumed.

March 16, 2020 at 1:12 PM From Gold Country Community Services: The Senior Firewood Program has closed all operations due to the COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and seniors.

March 16, 2020 at 12:53 PM NSJ Fire en route after a report of multiple trees in the roadway on Lost River Road.

March 16, 2020 at 12:19 PM Tree into the power lines on Crystal Wells Road across from Banner Quaker Hill. Units en route.

March 16, 2020 at 12:10 PM Tree into the power lines on Lightning Tree Road, units en route. Power lines are down.

March 16, 2020 at 11:51 AM

March 16, 2020 at 11:41 AM Nevada County is announcing its first laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
• The person is an adult, resides in Eastern County, and has been isolated at home.
• There are ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
• Testing is available though limited, and those with severe illness or vulnerabilities will be prioritized at this time

March 16, 2020 at 11:10 AM Tree into a propane tank on Banner Quaker Hill Road, units en route for possible gas hazard.

March 16, 2020 at 11:05 AM The following Tahoe National Forest Offices are closed due to power outages and related issues: Tahoe National Forest Supervisors Office (Nevada City), Yuba River Ranger District Office (Camptonville) and the American River Ranger District Office (Foresthill).

March 16, 2020 at 10:45 AM

March 16, 2020 at 10:28 AM Emergency services are requesting CHP to respond to Pasquale Road and Red Dog for traffic control. Avoid the area or stay off the roads altogether if you can.

March 16, 2020 at 10:11 AM Tree in the power lines on Banner Quaker Hill Road and Little York, units en route.

March 16, 2020 at 10:02 AM Interfaith Food Ministry will be open today from 10 AM to 1 PM, as well as on Wednesday and Friday. Their service will not be interrupted. Please come if you need to. They are located at 440 Henderson. Grass Valley, Ca. Call 530-273-8132 if you have any questions or email info@interfaithfoodministry.org

March 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM

March 16, 2020 at 9:57 AM There are no known cases of Coronavirus in Nevada County as of 3/16/2020 am.

March 16, 2020 at 9:54 AM Tree into power lines on Mayflower Drive across from Banner Lava Cap Road, the roadway is blocked. Emergency services en route.

March 16, 2020 at 9:27 AM Electrical hazard on Meadow Lane, units en route. Tree into the power lines.

March 16, 2020 at 9:23 AM Tree in the power lines on Sunrise Road across from Skyline Road on the San Juan Ridge, units en route.

March 16, 2020 at 9:23 AM NWS Update: The height of the storm has passed, but we will continue to see impacts from this system as rain and snow showers continue. Light to moderate snow showers continue across the higher elevations into Tuesday with light showers still possible on Wednesday. Snow levels this afternoon will be between 3000 and 4000 feet but will fall to around 2500 feet, locally lower overnight tonight. Mountain travel will continue to be difficult today and tomorrow with chain controls and travel delays. Light valley rain south of I-80 will push south and we will see scattered valley showers into the evening. Isolated thunderstorms will be possible in the northern San Joaquin Valley into the Sierra Foothills this afternoon. Small hail will be possible with any of the thunderstorms along with gusty winds. Valley showers diminish during the evening with just an isolated chance for showers tomorrow. Mainly dry weather is expected Wednesday to Friday with the possibility of showers returning for the weekend.

March 16, 2020 at 9:00 AM Winter storm continues through Tuesday morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Sierra Cascade range through Tuesday morning. A Winter Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect for northern Shasta County tonight to Tuesday morning. Travel will be hazardous and is highly discouraged.

March 16, 2020 at 8:35 AM Crystal Wells between Red Dog and Quaker Hill Cross Road, tree down blocking the roadway.

Red Dog east of Crystal Wells, a large oak branch hung up in the power lines blocking most of roadway. Very low lines over the roadway, PG&E and Public Works have been notified.

March 16, 2020 at 8:22 AM

March 16, 2020 at 8:03 AM Power outages affecting areas east and north of Nevada City, Camptonville, Washington, Sierra City, the I-80 corridor starting at Colfax are affected. La Barr Meadows and Higgins also affected. PG&E crews are out repairing downed lines and trying to access broken poles.

March 16, 2020 at 7:59 AM Due to snow conditions, the Nevada County Superior Court will be closed county-wide today.

March 15, 2020 at 7:28 PM Camptonville School will be closed tomorrow due to the power outage. At this time we are not closing school due to the COVID-19 outbreak on the recommendation of the Bi-County Health Dept. We will be actively engaged in planning for the needs of our students in the event that we are advised to close in the near future. The health and safety of our community is a high priority and we recommend that employees over 65 as well as anyone with underlying health issues or a compromised immune system stay home. Thank you for your support and stay well.

March 15, 2020 at 3:57 PM KVMR’s transmitter on Banner Mountain is out of service at this time, but they are broadcasting online.

March 15, 2020 at 3:38 PM Sierra Roots Weather Shelter will open Sunday and Monday, March 15-16th, due to cold and wet weather. Considering the weather predictions, Sierra Roots, and the County of Nevada are activating the Weather Shelter Protocol for the nights of Sunday and Monday, March 15th and 16th. The Sierra Roots Weather Shelter will open at 5:00 p.m. in their Nevada City location. The shelter closes at 7:30 a.m. in the morning the next day.

March 15, 2020 at 2:08 PM Gov. Newsom calls for the home isolation of all persons 65+. All bars and nightclubs are urged to close.

March 15, 2020 at 1:40 PM Accident on Hwy 49 at the Brunswick off ramp, emergency services are on scene.

March 15, 2020 at 12:57 PM

March 15, 2020 at 12:51 PM North San Juan Fire dispatched to power lines down in the roadway on Hwy 49, one mile north of Oak Tree.

March 15, 2020 at 12:31 PM

March 15, 2020 at 12:28 PM

Tree blocking the roadway on the 14,000 block of Banner Lava Cap Road.

March 15, 2020 at 11:52 AM Tree in the roadway on Byron Road in North San Juan. NSJ Fire on scene, removing debris from the roadway now.

March 15, 2020 at 10:35 AM Reported structure fire on Pine Peak Road in Grass Valley, units are on scene.

March 15, 2020 at 9:25 AM Electrical hazard on New School Road and Oak Tree Road in North San Juan, caller states smoke coming from lines. Units en route.

March 15, 2020 at 9:17 AM Widespread rain and snow continue today into Monday. Rain continues through NorCal this weekend. Showers continue to move through the area today with widespread rain tonight into Sunday. Isolated valley t-storms will be possible on Sunday. A strong storm system will continue to bring moderate to heavy snow with low snow levels into Monday. The heaviest snow is expected today and tonight. Travel is highly discouraged!

March 15, 2020 at 8:52 AM Power outages, more:

52 customers out in the Marysville Road area, preliminary time of restoration is 11:15 am.
439 customers out in the Camptonville and Pike area, preliminary time of restoration is 10:30 am.
201 customers out in the Frenchtown and Challenge area, preliminary time of restoration is 12:15 pm.
187 customers out in the Greenville to La Porte Rd area, preliminary time of restoration is 1:30 pm.
51 customers out in the Challenge Cutoff Road area, preliminary time of restoration is 12:45 pm.
705 customers out in the La Porte Road area from Clipper Mills to the Little Grass Valley area, preliminary time of restoration is 11:15 am.
1,159 customers out in the Washington, Allegheny, Downieville, Sierra City and Bassets area, preliminary time of restoration is 11:45 am.

March 15, 2020 at 8:25 AM Power outages update:

47 customers on North Bloomfield Road, no estimated time of restoration.
23 customers on High Rise Drive and Lightning Tree Road, preliminary estimated time of restoration is noon today.
24 customers in the Harmony Ridge Road area, no estimated time of restoration.
207 customers in the Hwy 20, Willow Valley Road area, estimated time of restoration is 9:30 am.
874 customers in the Red Dog Road, Banner Lava Cap, Deer Creek, Cascade Shores area, estimated time of restoration is 9:30 am.

March 14, 2020 at 6:40 PM

March 14, 2020 at 1:15 PM

March 14, 2020 at 10:10 AM March 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM

March 14, 2020 at 10:01 AM High Impact Winter Storm this Weekend into Early Next Week. A strong winter storm is moving into NorCal this weekend which will continue into early next week, bringing widespread mountain snow and Valley rain. Snow levels will be low around 2500 to 3000 feet and accumulating snow is expected down to 2500 feet. Periods of heavy mountain snow and gusty winds will create whiteout conditions at times with chain controls and road closures likely, especially this evening through Sunday evening. Isolated Valley thunderstorms will be possible on Sunday afternoon. Activity becomes more showery Sunday evening with showers continuing through mid-week. Light snow will be possible down to 2000 feet Sunday night into Monday morning, especially in the northern and coastal mountains, as snow levels begin to lower. Compared to earlier in the week, temperatures will be much colder with highs running around 10 to 15 degrees below average.

March 14, 2020 at 9:52 AM

March 13, 2020 at 9:51 PM Erin IC reports the fire is contained, releasing most of the resources. Remaining engines will be committed for about an hour.

March 13, 2020 at 9:44 PM Erin IC reports the residence is cleared of occupants.

March 13, 2020 at 9:42 PM Firefighters are at scene on Erin Place, they have a hoselay ready to go if needs be. Making access into the residence now.

March 13, 2020 at 9:36 PM Firefighters are attempting to locate the address given for the fire in a kitchen on Erin Place.

March 13, 2020 at 9:29 PM Fire in a kitchen on Erin Place in the Higgins area. Units en route.

March 13, 2020 at 9:24 PM Salvation Army Shelter will open Saturday and Sunday, March 14th and 15th, due to cold and wet weather. Considering the weather predictions, Salvation Army, and the County of Nevada are activating the Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol.

The Homeless Outreach and Medical Engagement Team (HOME Team) will provide case management services to attendees and Hospitality House will assist in providing HAT Van transportation to and from the sheltering locations. The Nevada County Veteran Services Office will also be available for connecting homeless veterans to available services.

March 13, 2020 at 8:27 PM

March 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM Nevada County public schools to transition to distance learning starting Wednesday March 18th, campuses closed on Monday and Tuesday. Your individual school district(s) and sites will communicate instructions via email, all-calls, and websites on where and when to pick up materials and instructions for distance learning. We anticipate such communication being issued no later than 3:00 p.m.,Tuesday, March 17. Students, parents and guardians are asked to wait for those instructions and contact their individual school sites for questions or concerns.

March 13, 2020 at 1:58 PM NWS Sacramento: Video Briefing for March 14-16 Winter Storm

March 13, 2020 at 12:09 PM

March 13, 2020 at 9:50 AM Tahoe National Forest firefighters are conducting pile burning east of Nevada City on Burlington Ridge.

20 acres of piles are the objective for the day before the incoming snow storm. Numerous firefighters are on scene, there is no need to report the plume.

March 13, 2020 at 9:19 AM NWS Sacramento update:

Winter storm warning in effect from 5 am Saturday to 5 pm Monday above 3000 feet.

Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 feet above 4000 feet for the Sierra and Southern Cascades, locally higher over peaks. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches above 3000 feet for the Coastal Range, locally up to 2 feet over peaks. Local accumulations of 4 to 8 inches possible down to around 2500 feet.

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March 13, 2020 at 8:06 AM The accident on Hwy 49/Tyler Foote has been located.

March 13, 2020 at 8:03 AM Firefighters have thoroughly checked the area, so far nothing visible. They’re continuing the area check.

March 13, 2020 at 7:58 AM NSJ firefighters are in the area of Tyler Foote and Hwy 49, attempting to locate the reported accident.

March 13, 2020 at 7:47 AM Vehicle accident on Hwy 49 at Tyler Foote Crossing on the San Juan ridge. Vehicle went over the embankment, emergency services en route.

March 13, 2020 at 6:54 AM Cold winter storm will bring widespread snow to elevations above 2500 feet this weekend. Expect widespread stormy weather across NorCal with gusty winds, slick roads and travel delays.

March 12, 2020 at 9:48 PM PG&E has arrived at Maven Road, firefighters on scene will be committed another 15 minutes. The power line has been de-energized.

March 12, 2020 at 9:27 PM IC reports live power line down, they can handle with units at scene, requesting PG&E to the scene. All other fire units can cancel.

March 12, 2020 at 9:23 PM Units at scene report no visible fire, possibly just power lines arcing. IC requesting a medic unit to respond to the incident

March 12, 2020 at 9:19 PM PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage, first fire engine has arrived at scene.

March 12, 2020 at 9:15 PM Reported power lines down on Maben Road between Carriage Road and Hwy 49, roadside vegetation is on fire. Numerous engines en route. 36 homes out of power.

March 12, 2020 at 4:00PM Mr. Costa has been located – thank you.

March 12, 2020 3:40 PM The Grass Valley Police Department and the Nevada County Search and Rescue are looking for Robert “Bob” Costa, seventy three years old, red plaid shirt, blue jeans, black baseball cap, 5 10, 178 pounds. Robert left Sierra College Drive at 1 30 today on foot. He suffers from Alzheimer’s. If seen, contact dispatch at 265-7880.

March 12, 2020 at 1:27 PM ​Sierra Stages cancels all remaining performances of “Blithe Spirit” at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. It is with regret and disappointment that Sierra Stages announces the cancellation of all remaining performances (March 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21) of its production of “Blithe Spirit” at the Nevada Theatre. The cancellation is based upon the guidance relating to public gatherings issued by the State of California on March 11, 2020 and our concern about the health and safety of our audiences, cast, production staff and ushers. Ticketholders for the canceled performances may find information about their options on the Sierra Stages website www.SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

March 12, 2020 at 1:43 PM Reported vegetation fire, escaped burn pile, on Marysville Road. Smartsville Fire and other units en route.

March 12, 2020 at 1:12 PM The latest NWS Sacramento update

March 12, 2020 at 1:06 PM On the recommendation to postpone or cancel large gatherings by Governor Gavin Newsom to slow the spread of COVID-19, Sierra Harvest has canceled this year’s Soup Night for the health and safety of our community. We look forward to a wonderful celebration of local farmers and ranchers next year. For more information about Sierra Harvest: sierraharvest.org

March 12, 2020 at 12:42 PM Live Oak and Hwy 49 in Auburn are being closed to traffic to allow firefighter access.

March 12, 2020 at 12:28 PM Commercial structure fire on Live Oak Lane and Hwy 49 in Auburn, numerous units at scene.

March 12, 2020 at 12:25 PM Sweetland IC reports the fire is contained to a 50 by 150 spot. Washington Ridge crew will remain at scene for another 1-2 hours.

March 12, 2020 at 12:19 PM Firefighters on scene at the Sweetland incident. CHP still there, assisting.

March 12, 2020 at 11:57 AM Firefighters en route to the possible vegetation fire on Sweetland Road and Hwy 49 in North San Juan.

March 12, 2020 at 11:53 AM Possible vegetation fire on Hwy 49 and Sweetland Road, unattended burn pile. Reported by CHP.

Photo courtesy CHP GV

March 12, 2020 at 6:53 AM Today, firefighters from the Plumas National Forest’s Feather River Ranger District will conduct a prescribed burn west of Bullards Bar Reservoir, just southeast of Pike County Lookout. The plan is to complete 17 acres of piles. Smoke may be visible from Pike County Lookout, Oregon Hill Road, Bullards Bar Reservoir, Challenge, Bullards Bar. Smoke may settle in low-lying areas overnight and into the morning.

March 12, 2020 at 6:47 AM Rain and snow return this weekend. A cold winter storm will bring widespread snow to elevations above 2500 feet this weekend. Winter will be returning to the Sierra this weekend! A cold weather system will bring moderate to heavy snow and low snow levels starting Saturday with the heaviest snow expected Saturday night into Sunday. Prepare ahead of time if you have mountain travel.

March 11, 2020 at 11:09 PM California Public Health Experts: Mass Gatherings Should be Postponed or Canceled Statewide to Slow the Spread of COVID-19. State public health experts announce that gatherings with 250 people or more should be rescheduled or canceled. Smaller gatherings can proceed if organizers implement 6 feet of social distancing

March 11, 2020 at 2:34 PM Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday morning through Monday morning above 2500 feet.

  • What: Heavy snow with low visibility possible at times. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches from 2500 to 3000 feet, and 15 to 30 inches, with localized amounts up to 40 inches possible over higher elevations.
  • Where: West slope of the Northern Sierra Nevada, Southern Cascade Mountain Range, and portions of the Sierra Foothills
  • When: From Saturday morning through Monday morning.
  • Wind: Wind gusts 40 to 60 mph over the Sierra crest.

March 11, 2020 at 11:09 AM Preparation, not panic – for fire season and coronavirus alike. At this time (Morning hours of March 11, 2020) there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County, just as there is no large wildfire burning. Neither should keep you from preparing for both. It is not a question of if, but when a wildfire/cases of coronavirus will happen in our area. By preparing now, you and your family increase your chances of weathering any type of emergency.

March 11, 2020 at 9:03 AM NID Board Director Nick Wilcox announced that he will not seek re-election for another term after 12 years of service. He will serve out the remainder of his term and is endorsing Rich Johansen to replace him. Nick and Amanda Wilcox plan to move to Colorado to join their children. Both Rich Johansen and John Norton were at the meeting and announced their candidacy for Wilcox’ seat.

March 11, 2020 at 7:12 AM Rain and snow look to return to NorCal over the weekend with the best chances on Sunday. Dry and warm to end the week. Cooler weather with rain and snow chances during the weekend.

March 10, 2020 at 6:34 PM The earthquake has been downgraded to a 3.8 magnitude. If you felt it, please report it to USGS: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/nc73352615/dyfi

March 10, 2020 at 6:18 PM Magnitude 4.1 earthquake north of Truckee.

Location with respect to nearby cities:
16.8 km (10.4 mi) NNW of Truckee, California
37.5 km (23.3 mi) W of Reno, Nevada
42.5 km (26.4 mi) WSW of Sun Valley, Nevada
42.8 km (26.5 mi) W of Sparks, Nevada
53.4 km (33.1 mi) NW of Carson City, Nevada

UNR Seismo Lab

March 10, 2020 at 3:25 PM

This Willow fire is now reported as a control burn on private property, not a vegetation fire. IC is releasing most resources back to their units

March 10, 2020 at 2:16 PM

Updates on the Willow Fire will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/willow2020/

March 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM Reported vegetation fire, estimated at 4-5 acres with a spot fire on Willow Glenn Road in Yuba County, north of Collins Lake. One structure is immediately threatened. Washington Ridge Crew 2 is at scene, requesting 2 more crews, 4-5 engines and aircraft if available.

March 10, 2020 at 7:34 AM Dry and warm through Friday, possible significant precip over the weekend. Warmer temperatures will return to the region today. For the weekend, a threat of widespread precipitation to interior NorCal.

March 9, 2020 at 4:52 PM An update from the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center: We’re writing to let you know that the Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse monastery regrettably CANCELLED their visit to our area, including ALL EVENTS scheduled for March 24th on the Ridge, due to concerns related to the spread of coronavirus.

March 9, 2020 at 4:02 PM Accident on Hwy 20 at the Melody Road intersection. Cars are blocking one lane, use caution in the area.

March 9, 2020 at 3:10 PM Non-injury accident on Hwy 49 at Cobie Road.

March 9, 2020 at 1:52 PM Reported fire in a ditch on the 6800 block of Loma Rica Road in Yuba County, units are en route.

March 9, 2020 at 1:11 PM Everything is better with music – wash your hands!

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March 9, 2020 at 12:51 PM Car vs tree on East Bennett Road near Lava Rock Ave. Emergency services on scene, lanes are blocked.

March 9, 2020 at 10:49 AM Three-car collision on northbound Hwy 49 at Cramer Road, emergency services on scene, one lane is blocked. Expect delays.

March 9, 2020 at 9:07 AM Update from Sierra Streams Institute: We regret to announce that our March Sierra Science Series talk, scheduled for tomorrow night, is now canceled. Sierra College has declared a state of emergency for all its campuses to prevent the spread of coronavirus, meaning we are unable to use their auditorium for the talk. We hope to reschedule Dr. Gus Tolley to speak in the fall; in the meantime, we hope you can attend upcoming Sierra Science Series talks on April 14th and May 12th. Thank you for your understanding.

March 9, 2020 at 7:00 AM Chance of showers through Wednesday. Warmer temperatures will return to the region today, and will once again be well above average beginning Tuesday as ridging and northerly surface flow develop.

March 9, 2020 at 6:57 AM

March 7, 2020 at 9:30 PM Firefighters have knocked down the fire on Village Drive, requesting one Camptonville engine to the incident to help with extensive overhaul.

March 7, 2020 at 9:07 PM North San Juan firefighters report they can handle, no need for Camptonville or Pike City to respond.

March 7, 2020 at 9:00 PM Reported small structure fire on Village Drive in North San Juan, numerous units en route.

March 7, 2020 at 8:06 PM Crews have knockdown on the fire, starting overhaul now. All units will be committed for at least one hour.

March 7, 2020 at 8:04 PM Firefighters are on scene of a reported residential structure fire on Lower Circle in Alta Sierra. Good progress being made, working on knockdown.

March 7, 2020 at 6:30 PM Possible blown transformer on Del Mar Way off Pleasant Valley Road, units en route. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. 65 customers are affected, preliminary restoration time is 9:30 pm.

March 6, 2020 at 11:06 AM Due to unfavorable wind conditions, the Deadwood underburn on the Tahoe National Forest will not take place today.

March 6, 2020 at 9:26 AM

March 6, 2020 at 7:47 AM The American River Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest will be resuming ignitions on Deadwood Underburn Phase I today, Friday, March 6. They will be holding a project briefing on the unit at 9:30 and intend to burn ~300 acres in units 22 and 23 before predicted precipitation reaches the region on Saturday. Given the project location, smoke may be visible from the I-80 corridor and around Auburn.

March 6, 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.

March 6, 2020 at 7:00 AM Light to moderate precipitation returns Saturday. Dry weather continues through Friday. A quick moving system will bring Valley rain and mountain snow Saturday, followed by mainly dry weather Sun-Mon. Another system could bring some light showers on Tuesday, mainly south of I-80.

March 5, 2020 at 4:02 PM

March 5, 2020 at 3:43 PM Declaration of Emergency issued for Grass Valley/Nevada City re Coronavirus

March 5, 2020 at 1:43 PM Report of an escaped debris burn on the 14000 block of Wolf Road. Higgins Fire and other units en route.

March 5, 2020 at 11:59 AM From reader Maryann: Red mini-doxi found in Penn Valley Thursday morning.  Near Gateway Park.  Call Maryann at 818-606-2958.  Dog is happy, not hurt, has food and water but wants to go home.

March 5, 2020 at 10:59 AM In keeping with today’s animal theme, we have turkeys on parade.

March 5, 2020 at 10:09 AM An update from First Rain Farm: Thanks for putting the word out about our goats. We were able to locate them thanks to your post. All is well – the goats are back home as is the dog. Thanks to everybody in the community who helped notify us of their goats. We hope no ornamental plants goat munched too hard!

Thanks again,
Tim

March 5, 2020 at 9:40 AM The goats’ owner has been notified, community in action 🙂

March 5, 2020 at 9:01 AM

March 5, 2020 at 8:30 AM From a reader: A lost herd of about 10 goats and their dog, a white Great Pyrenees, are wandering around near Bush Rd/ Turtleback/Honeysuckle off North Bloomfield Road. Use caution in the area and if you have goats, check their pen. Thank you Margie for caring!

March 5, 2020 at 7:21 AM Smoke may be visible in Colfax due to a scheduled broadcast burn Thursday, March 5th through Thursday March 19th, on the North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break project. Details here: https://yubanet.com/regional/north-fork-american-river-shaded-fuel-break-smoke-may-be-visible-in-the-colfax-area/

March 5, 2020 at 6:48 AM Slight dip in temperatures today and Friday. Dry and mild weather will continue across the region today, though temperatures will be a few degrees cooler compared to Wednesday’s.

March 4, 2020 at 8:25 PM Units in the Squaw Valley area are attempting to locate the reported fire.

March 4, 2020 at 8:12 PM Reported vegetation fire in Squaw Valley, possibly Shirley Canyon. Caller reports fire moving up the canyon, large flames showing. Units are en route.

March 4, 2020 at 9:08 AM Reported smoking pile of wood chips, possibly a control burn, on the side of the roadway on Red Dog Road near Banner Lava Cap Road. Units en route.

March 4, 2020 at 7:17 AM Dry and warm through Thursday, light precip possible this weekend. Another warm day is in store for interior NorCal with high temperatures expected to be near, or exceed, daily records for the date.

March 4, 2020 at 7:10 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.

March 3, 2020 at 7:03 PM At the Nevada County Elections Office, we will be posting results as we receive them live – starting shortly after 8:00 pm. The results will be here: https://yubanet.com/regional/primary-2020-results/

March 3, 2020 at 5:17 PM Firefighters to check a debris burn on Berryman Street in Grass Valley. Burning is prohibited within city limits.

March 3, 2020 at 2:13 PM Updates on the #BakerFire near Camptonville will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/baker/

March 3, 2020 at 8:10 AM Non-injury accident at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Rough&Ready Hwy. Lanes are clear.

March 3, 2020 at 6:40 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.

March 3, 2020 at 6:37 AM Back to dry and near record high temperatures for Election Day. Strong high pressure will result in dry weather with near record to record high temperatures today and Wednesday.

March 3, 2020 at 6:36 AM

March 2, 2020 at 5:31 PM Amurosa IC reports the line around the fire is complete, resources will still be committed for several hours.

March 2, 2020 at 5:02 PM Firefighters have a line around the fire in Oregon House, mop-up is in progress.

March 2, 2020 at 4:28 PM Firefighters have located a 100 by 120 ft fire, burning at a slow rate of spread.

March 2, 2020 at 4:27 PM Firefighters are in the area, attempting to locate the reported fire. So far, nothing visible.

March 2, 2020 at 4:19 PM Additional resources are responding to the reported fire in Orgon House, no update on conditions yet.

March 2, 2020 at 4:09 PM Reported vegetation fire on Amoruso Lane in Oregon House, described as an escaped debris burn (on a no burn day), units en route.

March 2, 2020 at 7:06 AM Hwy 20 has reopened to through traffic from Nevada City to the junction with I-80.

March 2, 2020 at 6:59 AM

March 2, 2020 at 6:44 AM Still breezy, otherwise dry and warming up through Thursday. Dry and warmer today with breezy to windy conditions. Peak wind speeds expected this afternoon.

March 2, 2020 at 6:36 AM Caltrans: WB 80 at Truckee is now OPEN. Trucks released from stateline. Still closed EB in Colfax.

March 2, 2020 at 6:04 AM Hwy 20 in Nevada City is closed to through traffic up to the I-80 junction.

March 1, 2020 at 10:36 PM Single power line down on Sky Pines Lane in Alta Sierra, outage affecting 66 homes, approximate restoration time is 1:30 am. Fire is on scene.

March 1, 2020 at 8:29 PM Power has been restored in the Hwy 20/Cascade Shores area with the exception of 3 homes.

March 1, 2020 at 7:11 PM Due to expected high winds, Cal Fire has declared Sunday and Monday No Burn Days.

March 1, 2020 at 6:56 PM 206 customers out of power along Hwy 20 and Scotts Flat. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

March 1, 2020 at 5:40 PM Power outage affecting 40 homes on Wellswood Way, Lynshar Road and Winding Creek Court of Hwy 49, PG&E crew en route.

March 1, 2020 at 5:37 PM Firefighters have made contact with a homeowner on Hwy 49 who has now extinguished their burn pile (on a No Burn day.)

March 1, 2020 at 5:30 PM Smoke check on Scotts Flat Road, engines en route.

March 1, 2020 at 3:24 PM Tree into the power lines on Salmon Mine Road off Sages Road on the San Juan Risge. Power lines are reported intact, emergency services en route.

March 1, 2020 at 3:13 PM Tree blocking both lanes on Hey 49 between Cement Hill and Old Downieville Road.

March 1, 2020 at 9:30 AM Precip moving out, breezy winds bring back drier and warmer weather. Northerly winds will be increasing this morning and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible in the Sacramento Valley during the afternoon. These gusty winds will also bring low afternoon relative humidity. Northeast winds increase in the higher elevations late afternoon and continue into the overnight while valley winds diminish overnight. A few light snow showers will be possible mainly I-80 south into the mid-afternoon with minimal additional accumulation. Breezy winds are expected again on Monday but are not expected to be nearly as strong as today. Quiet and dry weather settles in for the rest of the week with rain and snow chances returning next weekend.

March 1, 2020 at 12:20 AM Chain control at Nyack on 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).

March 1, 2020 at 12:02 AM Due to expected high winds, Cal Fire has declared Sunday a No Burn Day.

March 1, 2020 at 12:01 AM The February 2020 log can be found here.