Happening Now brings you community news, updates and announcements throughout the day. Don’t forget to refresh/reload this page to see the latest updates.

We’d like to know what type of reporting you are most interested in. Head on over to our survey and let us know. Thank you!

March 31, 2022 at 4:51 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 7 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 16,094 cases since the start of the pandemic, 20 are active. One person hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,6130
18-292,5360
30-392,959+1
40-492,376+2
50-643,097+1
65+2,509+3
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 31, 2022 at 4:13 PM Accident on Hwy 49 at Auburn Road in Grass Valley. Units dispatched.

March 31, 2022 at 3:26 PM Unspecified traffic hazard on northbound Hwy 49 at the Gold Flat on ramp.

March 31, 2022 at 12:13 PM A pop-out trailer is partially blocked a lane on Cattle Drive near Gray Oak Drive in Rough and Ready. Not a good way to live up to a name.

March 31, 2022 at 11:34 AM Traffic hazard on eastbound Hwy 20 at McCourtney. Use caution to avoid the mystery hazard – situational awareness is always good!

March 31, 2022 at 10:30 AM Traffic hazard in the little town of Washington. Car on a blind turn on Relief Hill Road about 2 miles from Gaston.

March 31, 2022 at 10:17 AM A very useful read. Forest Management Handbook For Small-Parcel Landowners Released.

March 31, 2022 at 7:39 AM

March 31, 2022 at 7:02 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 30, 2022 at 3:37 PM Nevada City incident terminated, per NCPD: “Area open, incident concluded. M-type explosive safely removed. Thank you for your cooperation and patience. Thank you Placer County Sheriff’s Office for the assist.

The “dynamite” call today was interesting to say the least. In summary, a local couple related cleaning out storage today and rediscovering the stick of “dynamite” an acquaintance had given them many years ago. They felt it prudent to bring it to us and have it properly disposed. The potential explosive was ushered back into their vehicle and secured. Notification to the Placer County bomb squad was made, a social media push and code-red were sent to the designated area, evacuations and road closure began. The item was the same shape and size of a typical stick of dynamite. It was safely recovered by the bomb squad and determined to be a homemade M-type explosive designed to do just that. NCPD urges anyone discovering a potential explosive device to refrain from touching it. Retreat and create a large distance, contact law enforcement immediately for further instructions.”

March 30, 2022 at 1:43 PM Zones NEV-E284 and NEV-E252 have received an advisory to be on alert and follow recommendations. #KnowYourZone

March 30, 2022 at 1:35 PM Dog IC reports the fire is contained, one engine to continue in to assist with mop-up and line construction.

March 30, 2022 at 1:30 PM Units at scene on Dog Bar Road report immediate threat to one structure, all units to continue in to the Dog Fire.

March 30, 2022 at 1:20 PM NCPD has requested help from Placer County Explosive Ordnance Demolition’s team for the potential old stick of dynamite in a vehicle, they are on the way.

March 30, 2022 at 1:18 PM Reported vegetation fire on Dog Bar Road near Taylor Crossing Road, units dispatched.

March 30, 2022 at 1:08 PM A Code Red alert just went out repeating the information provided by NCPD: Stay clear of the 200, 300, and 400 block of Broad Street in Nevada City.

March 30, 2022 at 12:50 PM Per Nevada City Police Department: Stay clear of the 200, 300, and 400 block of Broad Street in Nevada City for a potential explosive device in a vehicle. Not terrorist related. NCPD is on the phone with explosive experts.

March 30, 2022 at 12:45 PM Heads up, a small truck has mechanical issues and is stuck on the Dorsey Drive on ramp on northbound Hwy 49.

March 30, 2022 at 7:53 AM The best 10 minutes you’ll spend on YouTube today, watch the creation of the Nevada Theatre mural in Nevada City.

March 30, 2022 at 7:18 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 29, 2022 at 4:22 PM Accident on southbound McCourtney Road near Brighton Street. Three cars involved, emergency services at scene.

March 29, 2022 at 3:08 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 5 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 16,087 cases since the start of the pandemic, 21 are active. One person hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,613-1
18-292,5360
30-392,9580
40-492,374+2
50-643,096+2
65+2,506+1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 29, 2022 at 2:03 PM One more rainbow from yesterday in Morgan Ranch. Thanks to reader Lorna for sharing.

March 29, 2022 at 7:40 AM Bags of garbage or insulation in the lanes on southbound Hwy 49 just north of McKnight. Don’t litter!

March 29, 2022 at 6:49 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 28, 2022 at 8:50 PM More rainbows! Amanda took the photo from the Brunswick parking lot and Brendan saw this one while making a delivery.

March 28, 2022 at 7:08 PM Looks like we have a competition going. South county rainbow just in.

March 28, 2022 at 6:31 PM Thanks to reader Keith for sharing this photo of an incredibly vibrant rainbow seen in the Brunswick Basin.

Rainbow in the Brunswick Basin Photo by Keith

March 28, 2022 at 3:07 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 13 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 16,083 cases since the start of the pandemic, 24 are active. One person hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,614+3
18-292,5360
30-392,958+4
40-492,372+2
50-643,094+4
65+2,5050
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 28, 2022 at 3:02 PM Non-injury accident on You Bet Road near Fawn Hill Drive, the roadway is clear.

March 28, 2022 at 12:37 PM Power outage in the Browns Valley are has been reduced to 3 customers.

March 28, 2022 at 11:48 AM Power outage affecting 734 customers in the Browns Valley area. Crew is on site, estimated time of restoration is 1:30 pm.

March 28, 2022 at 8:17 AM Showers continue today with a chance of thunderstorms. Cooler, more seasonal temperatures today. Breezy north and east winds Thursday.

March 28, 2022 at 7:26 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 27, 2022 at 1:06 PM Smoke in the New Rome Road and Excelsior Ditch area is from a control burn on private property.

March 27, 2022 at 10:44 AM Rain and mountain snow overnight and Monday. Cooler, more seasonal temperatures today and Monday. Thunderstorms possible Monday for the southern Sacramento Valley, San Joaquin Valley and adjacent foothills.

March 26, 2022 at 10:07 PM Tree on fire from an earlier burn pile on Tiger Tail Road at Wolf Creek Road eats of Alta Sierra. Units dispatched.

March 26, 2022 at 7:10 PM Power has been restored to the 40 customers along Hwy49.

March 26, 2022 at 6:18 PM Power outage affecting 40 customers on Hwy 49 between Christian Life Way and Wellswood Way. PG&E trouble crew is assigned. Estimated time of restoration is 9:15 pm.

March 26, 2022 at 4:34 PM Indiana IC reports the fire as fully contained, releasing some resources.

March 26, 2022 at 4:31 PM Forward progress stopped on the Indiana Fire, mop-up starting.

March 26, 2022 at 4:17 PM Indiana IC reports the fire is holding at 1/2 acre, with one spot fire outside the main fire.

March 26, 2022 at 4:03 PM Dozer has arrived at scene of the fire, they’ll establish a wider control line.

March 26, 2022 at 4:01 PM Vegetation fire, possible escaped burn pile, on the 14900 block of Indiana School Road in the Frenchtown area in Yuba County. Units are at scene.

March 26, 2022 at 2:40 PM Scenes from the green waste drop off event. Great to see the community come out and dispose of the storm damage.

March 25, 2022 at 8:39 PM Multiple cows reportedly put for a moonlight stroll on Oak Meadow Road near Bald Mountain Road south of Indian Springs Road. Watch out for the bovines who reportedly took advantage of an open gate.

March 25, 2022 at 6:25 PM Just got word from the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, over 850 loads dropped off today at the free green waste event. Take advantage of the program this weekend, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at 12625 Brunswick Rd, Grass Valley.

March 25, 2022 at 5:30 PM Thanks to Peardale Chicago Park Fire Dept. PIO Daniel Ramey for this video of the Oak incident.

https://yubanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/oakincident.mov

March 25, 2022 at 4:10 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 8 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 16,070 cases since the start of the pandemic, 20 are active. No persons hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,611+1
18-292,536+1
30-392,9540
40-492,370+4
50-643,090+1
65+2,505+1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 25, 2022 at 3:49 PM Birch IC reports the fire did not cross the property line, prevention officer’s discretion if they want to respond.

March 25, 2022 at 3:37 PM Birch IC is reports forward progress stopped.

March 25, 2022 at 3:30 PM First unit has arrived at Birchwood Drive in Foresthill.

March 25, 2022 at 3:24 PM Reported vegetation fire on Birchwood Drive in Foresthill. Numerous units dispatched.

March 25, 2022 at 3:21 PM Units at scene on Noble Hill have the forwards progress stopped. The two engines can handle mop-up.

March 25, 2022 at 3:16 PM Units at scene on Noble Hill report a 50 by 50 spot, slow rate of spread. They are putting a hoseline around it now.

March 25, 2022 at 3:09 PM Report of a possible fire on Noble Hill Road, between You Bet Road and Greenhorn Creek. Described as a large spot, no threat to structures. Units dispatched.

March 25, 2022 at 3:06 PM Report of an escaped burn pile on Oak Way near Hwy 174 in the Chicago Park area. Units dispatched.

March 25, 2022 at 12:50 PM Non-injury accident on the McCourtney off ramp on Hwy 20. Lanes are clear.

March 25, 2022 at 11:24 AM A larger bag of garbage didn’t quite make it to the transfer station and is now languishing in the lanes on McCourtney Road near Thoroughbred Loop. Cover your dump loads!

March 25, 2022 at 10:30 AM Report of flames seen on Valley Drive near Paradise Drive in Rough and Ready. Units dispatched to check. Today is a permissible burn day.

March 25, 2022 at 10:18 AM Showers possible Sunday-Monday. Cooler, more seasonal temperatures Sunday and Monday. Valley rain and mountain snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Possible fire weather concerns Thursday.

March 25, 2022 at 10:11 AM Non-injury accident on Brunswick Road at Town Talk Road, pickup vs a fork lift.

March 25, 2022 at 9:06 AM The second weekend of community green waste drop off starts today through Sunday from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm at 12625 Brunswick Rd, Grass Valley. This free disposal program is designed to help homeowners address the storm debris, like tree trunks and branches, on their properties in advance of fire season.

The first week of the Free Storm Green Waste Disposal event. The second weekend has started!

March 25, 2022 at 8:00 AM This week’s installment of Getting ready for peak fire season – Plan and practice with your kids.

March 25, 2022 at 6:57 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 24, 2022 at 3:01 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 6 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 16,062 cases since the start of the pandemic, 19 are active. No hospitalizations reported today.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,6100
18-292,532+2
30-392,954+2
40-492,366+1
50-643,089+1
65+2,504+1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 24, 2022 at 2:48 PM The slow lane of Hwy 49 the Old Tunnel overpass is shut down. The fire is contained to a 30 by 75 ft. spot approximately, with temporary structures involved.

March 24, 2022 at 2:43 PM Forward progress of the fire has been stopped, Tunnel IC is releasing Washington Ridge Crew 6 back to camp. There will be extensive mop-up. Caltrans will have to assess the structural integrity of the overpass.

March 24, 2022 at 2:40 PM Tunnel IC is requesting CHP and Caltrans to respond to the fire, there may be some damage to the overpass.

March 24, 2022 at 2:38 PM Structure threat has been mitigated, firefighters are working on mop-up. Meanwhile law enforcement is looking for a person of interest seen leaving the area.

March 24, 2022 at 2:37 PM Firefighters are making good progress, hoseline around the fire is almost complete.

March 24, 2022 at 2:34 PM Avoid the Old Tunnel Road/Banner Lava Cap Road area. Firefighters will access from Banner Lava and Old Tunnel. Law enforcement has closed Old Tunnel to all traffic.

March 24, 2022 at 2:31 PM This will be the Tunnel Fire.

March 24, 2022 at 2:29 PM Reported vegetation fire on Old Tunnel Road near Banner Lava Cap in Grass Valley. Numerous units responding. Two structures may be threatened.

March 24, 2022 at 9:02 AM Non-injury accident on McCourtney Road near Retrac Way, lanes are blocked by three vehicles.

March 24, 2022 at 8:55 AM If you want to watch the special meeting of the Nevada County Planning Commission starting at 9:30 am today: The meeting is broadcast live on Nevada County Media Channel 17 in the Western County and on Suddenlink Channel 78 in the Eastern County and can be viewed live through the web at http://nevco.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=19. Closed Captioning is available for hearing impaired viewers. This is a public hearing to accept comments on the adequacy of the circulated Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR19-0001), prepared by the Idaho-Maryland Mine Project.

March 24, 2022 at 7:01 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 23, 2022 at 8:54 PM Wild IC reports forward progress stopped.

March 23, 2022 at 8:52 PM Units have made access, the fire could be accessible off Greenhorn. Slow rate of spread. less than 1/4 acre.

March 23, 2022 at 8:44 PM Engines are attempting to make access to the fire, they have eyes on it.

March 23, 2022 at 8:43 PM All units can continue in to the incident.

March 23, 2022 at 8:41 PM Incoming units to the Wild Life incident to hold on Mulberry Lane, a tow truck is on its way out.

March 23, 2022 at 8:37 PM First unit at scene on Wild Life.

March 23, 2022 at 8:32 PM Report of flames seen in a tree on Wild Life Lane in the You Bet area. Units dispatched.

March 23, 2022 at 5:39 PM Burn pile has been contained and extinguished.

March 23, 2022 at 5:23 PM Report of an escaped burn pile in Alta Sierra on Landini Place, units dispatched.

March 23, 2022 at 12:11 PM A ladder in the roadway on southbound Hwy 49 near the Brunswick Road on ramp.

March 23, 2022 at 11:02 AM Chainsaws recovered from burglary of Fire Safe Council – 2 suspects arrested. Full details here: https://yubanet.com/regional/chainsaws-recovered-from-burglary-of-fire-safe-council-2-suspects-arrested/

March 23, 2022 at 7:38 AM Unseasonably warm weather continues. A few daily record highs will be possible. Pattern change and possible precipitation starting Sunday.

March 23, 2022 at 6:47 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 22, 2022 at 6:06 PM Wood debris in the off ramp of westbound Hwy 49 at Sacramento Street. Use caution and bring your wood debris to the free green waste drop off this weekend!

March 18, 2022 at 4:30 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 2 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 16,055 cases since the start of the pandemic, 19 are active. Two people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,6100
18-292,533-1
30-392,9520
40-492,365+1
50-643,088-4
65+2,503+1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 22, 2022 at 1:19 PM As a reminder, the control burn near Colfax is underway. Smoke can be seen from Nevada County.

March 22, 2022 at 11:50 AM Report of a possible rekindle of a burn pile on Adam Ave at Rough and Ready Hwy, units will check it out.

March 22, 2022 at 10:55 AM Nevada County Launches “Need for Speed” Broadband Survey. The results of the survey will help the County prioritize new broadband projects, apply for funding, and advocate to elected officials and state regulators. Full details here: https://yubanet.com/regional/nevada-county-launches-need-for-speed-broadband-survey/

March 22, 2022 at 9:18 AM

https://twitter.com/NWSSacramento/status/1506302856332152833

March 22, 2022 at 6:37 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants). For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 21, 2022 at 8:19 PM Firefighters at scene on Indian Springs can handle the burn pile.

March 21, 2022 at 8:07 PM First unit at scene on Indian Springs Road reports a large burn pile, dispatched units to continue in.

March 21, 2022 at 7:58 PM Reported vegetation fire, escaped burn pile, on Indian Springs Road in Penn Valley. Units dispatched.

March 21, 2022 at 7:08 PM Report of possible trash burning in the area of Sweetland Road in North San Juan, units dispatched to check.

March 21, 2022 at 6:30 PM Air ambulance has lifted with one patient from the accident on Tyler Foote.

March 21, 2022 at 6:11 PM Air ambulance requested for the accident on Tyler Foote.

March 21, 2022 at 6:00 PM Units at scene of a two-car collision on Tyler Foote Road on the San Juan Ridge. Roadway is partially blocked south of Ananda Way.

March 21, 2022 at 5:59 PM Mop-up is underway on the Sontag incident, releasing some of the units. It was a large spot only.

March 21, 2022 at 5:25 PM Firefighters are making good progress, IC believes they are able to handle with units at scene.

March 21, 2022 at 5:10 PM Report of an escaped burn pile on Sontag Hill Road in the Peardale area. Units dispatched.

March 21, 2022 at 3:10 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 12 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 16,058 cases since the start of the pandemic, 22 are active. Two people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,610+2
18-292,5340
30-392,952+3
40-492,364+1
50-643,092+3
65+2,502+3
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 21, 2022 at 10:30 AM Update from the Fire Safe Council about the theft of 14 chainsaws from their equipment shop. The theft likely occurred overnight, the stolen chainsaws range in bar size from 16 to 30 inches.

March 21, 2022 at 9:11 AM Breezy northerly winds today, rapid warming trend through midweek, cooler for the weekend. Rapid warm-up may create low heat risk for those extremely sensitive to the heat. Cold and fast-moving waterways as a result of snowmelt.

March 21, 2022 at 8:52 AM A big rig is stuck Dog Bar Road near the Bear River bridge. Use caution, the vehicle is on a blind corner.

A stock image of the 14 or 15 chainsaws stolen from the Fire Safe Council

March 21, 2022 at 8:15 AM Just received a call from the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County with disheartening news. Over the weekend, their equipment shop on East Main Street in Grass Valley was burglarized, all their chainsaws (14-15 total) were stolen. These are professional Stihl chainsaws, with 16 to 20 inch guide bars. A report has been filed with Grass Valley Police. If you have any information, please contact GVPD at 530-477-4600.

May 15, 2022 at 8:33 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, packaging materials, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  Never create a Smoke nuisance. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM.  A Burn Permit issued by CAL FIRE is required at this time. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit  is available at: https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

March 20, 2022 at 8:21 PM Earlier today, Peardale Chicago Park Fire responded to a possible escaped burn at Orchard Springs Campground. Upon arrival crews found a 30’x30’ spot fire burning on steep terrain with a threat to vehicles. Crews extinguished and cut hand line around the burned area with the help of CAL FIRE.

March 20, 2022 at 6:42 PM Forward progress stopped at a little under an acre, all units will be committed for one to two hours.

March 20, 2022 at 6:33 PM Fire is holding at approximately one acre, forward spread slowed.

March 20, 2022 at 6:27 PM Units at scene are making good progress, canceling the dozer.

March 20, 2022 at 6:18 PM Mill IC water tender from Pike to respond to the fire.

March 20, 2022 at 6:15 PM First units have arrived at scene on Old Mill Road.

March 20, 2022 at 6:11 PM Mill IC requesting the dozer on the Washington Ridge crew to stage on Tyler Foote Road at Hwy 49 until the first units have eyes on the fire.

March 20, 2022 at 6:08 PM Washington Ridge Crew 3 is responding to the Mill incident.

March 20, 2022 at 5:59 PM Report of a vegetation fire on Old Mill Road near Long Point Road in the North Columbia area. Caller reports it to be the size of a football field, with trees on fire and structure threat. Numerous resources dispatched. This will be the Mill Fire.

March 19, 2022 at 2:53 PM Showers today, breezy Sunday-Monday followed by a rapid warm-up. Isolated thunderstorms may produce dangerous lightning and small accumulating hail, impacting outdoor activities and recreationists. On Sunday, north wind gusts 20 to 30 mph in the Valley and mountains, locally near 35 mph. Rapid warming trend next week will result widespread 80s in the Sacramento Valley.

March 19, 2022 at 12:16 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. It is illegal to burn wrapping and packaging materials.  Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 18, 2022 at 5:49 PM Thanks to reader Steve for this great picture of Fuller lake today. Steve reported it was a beautiful sunny day and the snow is melting.

March 18, 2022 at 4:29 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 11 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 16,046 cases since the start of the pandemic, 32 are active. One person hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,608+5
18-292,534+2
30-392,9490
40-492,363+1
50-643,089+1
65+2,499+2
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 18, 2022 at 3:00 PM Dog Bar Road is fully open again.

March 18, 2022 at 2:22 PM Dog Bar Road at Oak Ridge Drive is blocked for retrieval of the overturned SUV. Emergency services report only minor injuries to occupants.

March 18, 2022 at 2:00 PM Solo vehicle accident, occupants still in the car, on Dog Bar Road near Oak Ridge Drive. Emergency services dispatched.

March 18, 2022 at 12:10 PM A good reminder:

March 18, 2022 at 11:17 AM InConcert Sierra update: Due to circumstances beyond our control at this time, we are cancelling the live audience aspect of the “Composers Project with Mark Vance” presentation of “Poetry in Song” this Sunday, March 20. Ticket holders will be refunded. We are working very hard to allow for all the student’s compositions to be performed and videotaped, so that they and their families can enjoy and have a record of their compositions. The “Composer Project with Mark Vance” is an outstanding program. Continuing this Composers Project experience since the beginning of Covid has been an
overwhelming challenge for Mark and InConcert Sierra as we’ve tried to navigate the additional expense and ever-changing–and often disappointing–landscape.

March 18, 2022 at 8:49 AM Unsettled on Saturday, breezy Sunday-Monday then a rapid warm-up next week. 10-15% chance of isolated thunderstorms, mainly in the Sacramento Valley and lower foothills on Saturday. Rapid warming trend next week will result widespread 80s in the Sacramento Valley. Cold and fast-moving waterways as a result of snowmelt will create dangerous conditions close to river and streambanks.

March 18, 2022 at 6:49 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. It is illegal to burn wrapping and packaging materials.  Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 17, 2022 at 5:08 PM As a follow-up on the medical rescue on Deer Creek Trail: Nevada County Consolidated Technical Rescue team with Grass Valley Fire, Cal Fire, and Sierra Nevada Ambulance rescued an injured hiker from Deer Creek. The patient suffered non-life threatening injuries.

March 17, 2022 at 4:13 PM Non-injury accident on Combie Road in the CVS parking lot.

July 12, 2022 at 12:44 PM California Department of Public Health reports 53 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nevada County since last reported. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic stands at 18,073. Three people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

March 17, 2022 at 2:59 PM Units at scene on Karrys Place report a 50 by 50 ft. spot being worked on by locals, no threat to structures or growth potential. One engine to continue in, all others can cancel.

March 17, 2022 at 2:50 PM Medical rescue, patient with a leg fracture, located on the Deer Creek Trail in Nevada City. Units dispatched.

March 17, 2022 at 2:49 PM Flare up of a burn pile reported on Karrys Place in the Chicago Park area. Units dispatched.

March 17, 2022 at 2:47 PM

March 17, 2022 at 1:06 PM Accident at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Mooney Flat Road, emergency services dispatched.

March 17, 2022 at 10:36 AM

https://twitter.com/NWSSacramento/status/1504507891427921935

March 17, 2022 at 10:16 AM Non-injury accident reported on New Rome Road at Eaglepine Place outside of Nevada City. No details, but no injuries. Glass half full.

March 17, 2022 at 9:22 AM Abandoned vehicle with no plates on Dog Bar Road near Lodestar Drive. The northbound lane is blocked by this car with no name.

March 17, 2022 at 7:27 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. It is illegal to burn wrapping and packaging materials.  Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 16, 2022 at 5:24 PM Traffic hazard on Pleasant Valley Road near Black Forest Road in Penn Valley. Two 20-gallon trash barrels in the roadway. Please don’t litter!

March 16, 2022 at 5:19 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 16 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 16,024 cases since the start of the pandemic, 45 are active. Three people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,603-1
18-292,532+1
30-392,949+3
40-492,3600
50-643,084+3
65+2,492+2
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 16, 2022 at 10:12 AM Non-injury accident on northbound Hwy 49 at the Idaho-Maryland of ramp. The roadway is clear/

March 16, 2022 at 8:54 AM Mountain snow and Valley showers this weekend, breezy Sunday – Monday. Valley rain and mountain snow Saturday, snow forecast 3-7 inches, locally up to 1 foot expected above 5500 feet, with lighter accumulations up to 1-2 inches down to 5000 feet. Breezy north and east winds Sunday – Monday. Warm weather returns next week.

March 16, 2022 at 7:38 AM to According to Peardale/Chicago Park Fire PIO Daniel Ramey Hwy 174 has reopened between the Cedar Ridge Y and North Meadow View Drive.

March 16, 2022 at 7:04 AM Roadway blocked on Hwy 174 after a vehicle rollover at Blueberry Lane (just east of Best Friends Animal Clinic.) Emergency services at scene.

March 16, 2022 at 1:17 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. It is illegal to burn wrapping and packaging materials.  Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 15, 2022 at 10:00 PM Strong thunderstorms will impact portions of northeastern Colusa, southwestern Butte, southeastern Glenn and northern Yuba Counties through 11:00 pm.

March 15, 2022 at 9:53 PM Bovine stroll alert, 2-3 cattle in the roadway on Englebright Dam Road near Mooney Flat Road. Use caution in the area.

March 15, 2022 at 9:10 PM Sky watching tips from Alan Stahler: Thursday 3/17, 8:29PM – The International Space Station will pass almost directly overhead. Head out a couple minutes early.

Sunday 3/20, 8:11PM – Tiangong – the Chinese space station – will pass not-quite overhead. Fewer solar panels than the ISS, so it’s not as bright. Again, head out a couple minutes early.

March 15, 2022 at 4:54 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 11 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 16,016 cases since the start of the pandemic, 45 are active. Two people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,6040
18-292,531+3
30-392,946-1
40-492,360+1
50-643,081+1
65+2,490+3
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 15, 2022 at 1:43 PM Tree blocking the roadway on Rough & Ready Hwy at Grub Creek Road, county public works notified.

March 15, 2022 at 1:19 PM Rocks, a large boulder and a debris flow in the roadway on Hwy 49 at Drunken Miners Road before the Oregon Creek bridge.

March 15, 2022 at 1:00 PM Two candidates, vying for the District Attorney and the Sheriff’s position respectively, will not appear on the ballot in Nevada County because they do not meet the minimum qualifications for the office they were seeking. Full story here: https://yubanet.com/regional/two-candidates-for-local-office-do-not-meet-minimal-qualifications/

March 15, 2022 at 12:25 PM Clear skies are back for now.

March 15, 2022 at 10:26 AM

March 15, 2022 at 8:40 AM Valley rain and high elevation snow showers today, heavier mountain snow this weekend. Saturday – Sunday: 4-8 inches, locally up to 1 foot expected above 5000-5500 feet, with lighter accumulations up to 1-2 inches down to 4000 feet Saturday night – early Sunday. Dusting of snow possible down to 3000-3500 feet Sunday morning.

March 15, 2022 at 7:41 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. It is illegal to burn wrapping and packaging materials.  Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 14, 2022 at 8:07 PM CHP has reopened eastbound I-80 at Applegate, the westbound lanes remain closed.

March 14, 2022 at 5:11 PM Traffic is backing up near McKnight on Hwy 49 due to the traffic coming from the I-80 closure. Expect delays!

March 14, 2022 at 4:36 PM A big rig was trying to take a shortcut around the closure on I-80 and now has to back out of the tunnel on Tokayana Way and Placer Hills Road.

March 14, 2022 at 4:16 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 37 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 16,009 cases since the start of the pandemic, 56 are active. Three people are hospitalized – one in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,604-4
18-292,528+2
30-392,947+8
40-492,359+6
50-643,080+6
65+2,487+11
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 14, 2022 at 4:15 PM Per Caltrans: Please do not attempt to use local roads as a detour around the incident due to close proximity to the Hazmat area. Alternate routes include SR-49, 20 and 174.

March 14, 2022 at 3:17 PM Hazmat unit from Roseville has been dispatched to the Glen incident.

March 14, 2022 at 3:11 PM A closure of the westbound lane of I-80 is now in place at West Paoli.

March 14, 2022 at 3:07 PM Firefighters have moved the incident command post off the freeway and a shelter in place order for homes adjacent to the Heather Glen off ramp on Geisendorfer Road as a precautionary measure. The northwest corner of the Heather Glen overcrossing has been damaged by the propane truck.

March 14, 2022 at 3:02 PM Eastbound I-80 still closed for recovery of the propane truck, no estimated time of reopening yet.

March 14, 2022 at 2:45 PM Overturned propane truck on westbound I-80 at the Heather Glen off ramp, emergency services at scene, I-80 eastbound is closed at Applegate.

March 14, 2022 at 12:50 PM Scheduled power outage affecting 3,900 customers from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am in the Lake Wildwood area. PG&E is doing maintenance on the substation serving the area.

March 14, 2022 at 10:30 AM

https://twitter.com/Readygov/status/1503423123462500358

March 14, 2022 at 9:17 AM Some drizzle tonight, more rain and snow this weekend. Widespread light to moderate rain this evening through Tuesday morning, with isolated showers lingering through Tuesday afternoon. Saturday – Sunday: Majority of snowfall expected above 5000-5500 feet, with lighter accumulations up to 1-2 inches down to 4000 feet Saturday night – early Sunday.

March 14, 2022 at 8:03 AM A reminder: CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will be assisting Nevada County with vegetation treatment and fuels reduction at the Nevada County Airport off Loma Rica Drive in Grass Valley today. Smoke may be visible in the Banner Mountain, Brunswick Road and Glenbrook Basin. CAL FIRE will be performing a prescribed fire broadcast burn along the runway and taxiway for up to 13 acres.

March 14, 2022 at 6:03 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. It is illegal to burn wrapping and packaging materials.  Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 13, 2022 at 9:21 PM Candlewood IC is requesting a Prevention Officer to continue in.

March 13, 2022 at 9:16 PM Dozer will be staging a few minutes out, firefighters have started mop-up on the Candlewood incident. Fire is estimated at 1/2 acre in heavy manzanita and brush.

March 13, 2022 at 9:00 PM Firefighters are making good progress with a hoselay around the fire on Candlewood, despite difficult access.

March 13, 2022 at 8:48 PM Candlewood IC is requesting a dozer to respond to the fire.

March 13, 2022 at 8:45 PM Units are at scene of the fire on Candlewood Way.

March 13, 2022 at 8:40 PM Reported vegetation fire on Candlewood Way in Dobbins, units arriving at scene.

March 13, 2022 at 6:49 PM Vehicle off the roadway on Hwy 20 just east of the Uren Street intersection in Nevada City. Units dispatched.

March 13, 2022 at 6:24 PM The stats for the first storm green waste drop off are in: 2,098 loads have been dropped off by residents. Next drop off weekend will be March 25th, 26th & 27th.

March 13, 2022 at 2:02 PM Watch for a large white dog aka a Great Pyrenees running in the roadway on Greenhorn Access Road. Attempts to catch him be several drivers are unsuccessful for now, the pup probably enjoys the playtime. Please, use caution in the area.

March 13, 2022 at 12:23 PM

March 13, 2022 at 8:41 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. It is illegal to burn wrapping and packaging materials.  Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning.  Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants).  For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 12, 2022 at 9:37 PM Mop-up operations in progress, Sunrise IC will start to release some resources shortly.

March 12, 2022 at 9:18 PM Sunrise IC is requesting a prevention officer to respond to the incident since the fire spread to the adjacent property.

March 12, 2022 at 9:12 PM Dozer has been canceled from the Sunrise incident, hoseline around the fire is done.

March 12, 2022 at 8:59 PM Good progress on the Sunrise incident, one more water tender requested.

March 12, 2022 at 8:35 PM Sunrise IC requesting a hand crew, keeping the dozer available.

March 12, 2022 at 8:33 PM Correction, forward progress on the Sunrise incident still ongoing. Fire is estimated at 1 acre, moved into denser vegetation. Dozer on order.

March 12, 2022 at 8:30 PM Forward progress stopped on the Sunrise incident. Fire is estimated at 1 acre, moved into denser vegetation.

March 12, 2022 at 8:24 PM There is no threat to structures on the Sunrise incident. Resources at scene are making good progress.

March 12, 2022 at 8:19 PM First unit at scene on Sunrise Road reports a 100 by 40 ft fire, all resources to continue in.

March 12, 2022 at 8:07 PM Escaped burn pile, now burning on neighbor’s property on Sunrise Road on the San Juan Ridge near Old Mill Road. Units dispatched.

March 12, 2022 at 5:57 PM All units released from Alta Sierra Drive.

March 12, 2022 at 5:45 PM Escaped burn pile, approximately the size of a car, on Alta Sierra Drive. Burning towards a fence and a shed. Units at scene.

March 12, 2022 at 4:37 PM Still some active flame within the line of the John incident, mop-up operations will take several hours. Final size is 3.5 acres.

March 12, 2022 at 4:15 PM Forward progress stopped on the John Fire.

March 12, 2022 at 4:08 PM Firefighters on the John Fire are still dealing with spot fires over the line but fire behavior has greatly diminished.

March 12, 2022 at 4:07 PM Units at scene on Alta Sierra Drive report a 20 by 20 ft spot only.

March 12, 2022 at 3:58 PM Vegetation fire in Alta Sierra, on Alta Sierra Drive. Units dispatched.

March 12, 2022 at 3:44 PM John IC estimates the fire at approximately 2-3 acres, they’re making decent progress now.

March 12, 2022 at 3:34 PM Washington Ridge crew 4 is at the fire now, good progress being made.

March 12, 2022 at 3:18 PM Fire is holding at a little over 2 acres, still burning in heavy fuels. Still access issues, the IC is requesting another crew if available.

March 12, 2022 at 3:14 PM Dozer is at scene of the John (Born) Fire, as well as additional engines and water tenders.

March 12, 2022 at 3:08 PM Firefighters are making progress on the Born incident, additional resources have arrived at scene.

March 12, 2022 at 2:59 PM Units at scene are reporting heavy fuels and some spotting occurring. Requesting 3 additional engines.

March 12, 2022 at 2:54 PM Tree torching visible on the camera at the Born incident.

March 12, 2022 at 2:49 PM Units at scene report approximately 1-2 acres in grass and oak woodland. Slow rate of spread, some trees involved. No threat to structures.

March 12, 2022 at 2:42 PM Escaped burn pile on John Born Road in Penn Valley, units dispatched.

March 12, 2022 at 8:00 AM Day 2 of the first Free Green Waste event!

The community green waste drop off events will be available from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm at 12625 Brunswick Rd, Grass Valley on the following days:

  • March 11th, 12th & 13th
  • March 25th, 26th & 27th
  • April 8th, 9th & 10th

March 12, 2022 at 7:53 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants.) For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 11, 2022 at 3:25 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 12 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 15,980 cases since the start of the pandemic, 37 are active. Five people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,608+1
18-292,526+1
30-392,939-1
40-492,3530
50-643,074+4
65+2,476+3
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 11, 2022 at 2:28 PM Forward progress stopped on the escaped burn pile on Country Heights Drive.

March 11, 2022 at 2:15 PM First units arriving at scene on Country Heights Drive.

March 11, 2022 at 2:09 PM Escaped debris burn on Country Heights Drive in the Deer Meadow Drive area in Penn Valley. Units dispatched.

March 11, 2022 at 1:55 PM Unspecified traffic hazard at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Combie Road. Whatever it is, use caution in the area.

March 11, 2022 at 1:19 PM Firefighters have stopped the forward progress on Meadow Way, starting mop-up operations.

March 11, 2022 at 1:16 PM Firefighters have almost completed the hoseline around the fire on Meadow Way, the two engines dispatched are to continue in for now.

March 11, 2022 at 1:12 PM Units at scene report approximately 1/4 acre, slow rate of spread. The head of the fire will be contained by a road.

March 11, 2022 at 1:05 PM First units have arrived on Meadow Way.

March 11, 2022 at 1:00 PM Report of an escaped burn pile on Meadow Way in the Red Dog area. Units dispatched.

March 11, 2022 at 11:28 AM The first of three Free Green Waste Disposal weekends is underway. After a very busy morning, there is now a slight lull – a great time to dispose of the limbs, trees and brush from your cleanup efforts. The community green waste drop off events will be available from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm at 12625 Brunswick Rd, Grass Valley on the following days:

March 11th, 12th & 13th
March 25th, 26th & 27th
April 8th, 9th & 10th

March 11, 2022 at 9:22 AM Light showers Monday night into Tuesday. Best precipitation chances over the foothills, especially Monday night. Snow levels around 6500-7000 feet with a few inches of snow possible at pass levels.

March 11, 2022 at 9:16 AM

March 11, 2022 at 9:06 AM Most of us drive the same familiar route every day to get home. Take a few hours and identify alternate routes if possible. Depending on the direction and rate of spread of a fire, your normal way out may be blocked. Ideally, drive the alternate routes both during day and nighttime. Wildfire smoke obscures the sky rapidly and you could be driving through dense smoke with almost no visibility. Learn more at Getting ready for peak fire season – vehicle safety and neighborhood awareness

March 11, 2022 at 6:55 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants.) For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 10, 2022 at 3:02 PM

March 10, 2022 at 2:57 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 7 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 15,972 cases since the start of the pandemic, 39 are active. Four people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,607+2
18-292,525+5
30-392,940+2
40-492,3530
50-643,070+2
65+2,473+1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 10, 2022 at 11:21 AM Firefighters have made access to the reported fire on Badger Hill Rd.

March 10, 2022 at 10:45 AM Reported vegetation fire, reported as a 20 by 20 ft spot in the Salmon Mine Road and Badger Hill Road area on the San Juan Ridge. Units dispatched.

March 10, 2022 at 8:02 AM Heads up for a large white dog running in the lanes of southbound Hwy 49 between Dorsey and East Main. Please watch for the pup.

March 9, 2022 at 6:47 PM Report of a possible escaped debris burn on Laporte Road at the Challenge Cutoff Road, units dispatched.

March 9, 2022 at 5:38 PM Tomorrow, Thursday March 10, has been declared a No Burn Day in western Nevada County and Sierra County by Cal Fire, due to forecast high winds.

March 9, 2022 at 5:29 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 3 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 15,960 cases since the start of the pandemic, 33 are active. Five people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,605-2
18-292,520+2
30-392,938+4
40-492,353+3
50-643.0680
65+2,4720
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 9, 2022 at 1:38 PM A trash can in the fast lane and various debris in the slow lane on southbound Hwy 49 just north of the Hwy 174 on ramp. Use caution and note the Transfer Station is open until 3:30 pm today.

March 9, 2022 at 12:21 PM Wind Advisory in effect for Nevada, Placer, Yuba and El Dorado Counties from 1 am to 4 pm PST Thursday.

March 9, 2022 at 9:35 AM A large mattress has settled in the fast lane of southbound Hwy 49 just past the Hwy 20/Empire Street connector. Use caution!

March 9, 2022 at 8:54 AM Gusty north/east winds tonight and Thursday, potential wet weather next week. Gusty winds may cause impacts to unsecured items, including temporary structures. Valley/Foothills – gusts 25-40 mph, localized 45 mph along west side of Sacramento Valley. Mountains – gusts 35-50 mph, localized 60 mph at ridgetops/peaks/gaps. PS: No Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events are planned for the next week or longer.

March 9, 2022 at 6:43 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants.) For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 8, 2022 at 4:37 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 7 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 15,953 cases since the start of the pandemic, 39 are active. No hospitalizations today. One additional fatality has been recorded, bringing the death toll to 136 since the start of the pandemic.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,6070
18-292,5180
30-392,934+2
40-492,350+1
50-643,068+3
65+2,472+2
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 8, 2022 at 3:32 PM One-way traffic on Ridge Road near Hwy 49 after a vehicle into a ditch. Emergency services are at scene.

March 8, 2022 at 12:02 PM The victim from this morning’s fatal vehicle accident at Highway 49 and Pingree Road has been identified as Tina Terrell, 48, Grass Valley. Our condolences to her family and friends.

March 8, 2022 at 10:33 AM Gusty North/East Winds Wednesday Night – Thursday. Another round of gusty north/east winds Wednesday night/Thursday. This round will be stronger than Monday’s winds. The potential exists for wet weather to return Monday and Tuesday next week. Details are still uncertain so stay tuned!

March 8, 2022 at 10:18 AM Plumas National Forest firefighters have stopped ignitions and are extinguishing the piles. Conditions are not conducive for a safe burn operation.

March 8, 2022 at 10:05 AM Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive is open in both directions again.

March 8, 2022 at 9:59 AM Plumas National Forest firefighters are continuing ignitions in the Dry Creek Pile unit near Challenge. A total of 15 acres are slated for ignition. There may be short duration, minor smoke impacts to the community located along La Porte and Oregon Hill. Smoke could have an impact on forest roads in the vicinity of the burn, but will be mitigated by posting signs and providing traffic control if necessary. There should be no significant or long term smoke impacts to surrounding communities.

March 8, 2022 at 8:50 AM Prescribed burn scheduled for the next three days on Rock Creek Road near Ranchwood Court north of Nevada City. Smoke will be widely visible, approximately 3 acres per day are slated to be burned.

March 8, 2022 at 8:47 AM Power outage affecting 15 customers off Indian Springs Road and Maidu Trail. Estimated time of restoration is 11:45 am. Crew has been assigned.

March 8, 2022 at 7:54 AM Northbound lanes on Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive remain closed after the earlier accident. The closure will be for an extended time to remove the fully loaded big rig and the car from the roadway.

March 8, 2022 at 6:38 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants.) For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 8, 2022 at 6:34 AM Accident, possible major injuries, on Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive. Big rig vs car. Emergency services are at scene, the northbound lane is blocked. Expect delays.

March 7, 2022 at 6:35 PM Final determination in the investigation of the 2021 River Fire in Nevada and Placer counties: Human-caused, without malicious intent or criminal activity at this time.

March 7, 2022 at 5:41 PM Heads up for an unspecified traffic hazard on northbound Hwy 49 at Cherry Creek Road.

March 7, 2022 at 3:47 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 26 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 15,945 cases since the start of the pandemic, 51 are active. Four people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,607+2
18-292,518+3
30-392,932+3
40-492,349+9
50-643,065+2
65+2,470+6
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 7, 2022 at 3:29 PM Per Nevada County Transit Services: Please be advised that, due to ongoing construction at the McKnight Crossing shopping center (Kmart/Target), the stop at Kmart is no longer being served. Please use the Papa Murphy’s stop at the corner of W. McKnight Way and Freeman Ln. to access the shopping center.

March 7, 2022 at 2:01 PM Northbound Hwy 49, at the Broad Street off ramp in Nevada City, a dolly is sitting in the slow lane. Use caution and lift with your knees, not your back.

March 7, 2022 at 1:56 PM Accident on Pleasant Valley Road at Lake Wildwood Drive, emergency services are at scene.

March 7, 2022 at 9:43 AM Traffic hazard on Smith Road off Hwy 49 south of Grass Valley, the roadway is partially blocked.

March 7, 2022 at 8:59 AM Periods of breezy north/east winds this week. Another round of north/east winds Wednesday night/Thursday, likely stronger than today’s winds.

March 7, 2022 at 7:30 AM Forest Service pile burning in the Madrone Springs area east of Nevada City today and tomorrow. The Tahoe National Forest will start a 41-acre pile burning project today in the Madrone Springs area, east of Nevada City off Conservation Road.

March 7, 2022 at 6:54 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants.) For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 6, 2022 at 5:15 PM Units are being released back to their stations.

March 6, 2022 at 4:50 PM Two water tenders and one additional engine to continue in, that will be sufficient with units at scene.

March 6, 2022 at 4:48 PM Units at scene of a reported structure fire in the Rough&Ready area. Minor extension to the wildland.

March 6, 2022 at 2:17 PM Firefighters at scene of the accident on Hwy 49 are requesting an air ambulance, landing zone will be the 49’er bridge.

March 6, 2022 at 2:16 PM Accident on Hwy 49 1 mile south of Reader Ranch Road, units are at scene.

March 6, 2022 at 1:17 PM Firefighters are at scene of an outbuilding on fire on Excelsior Ditch Road in the Nevada City area. They fire has been contained to the outbuilding and no extension to the wildland has been reported.

March 6, 2022 at 11:30 AM Reported abandoned vehicle off the roadway on Owl Creek Road near Jones Bar Road.

March 6, 2022 at 9:04 AM Power outage affecting 545 customers in the Indian Springs and McCourtney area. Trouble crew has been assigned, estimated time of restoration is 11:30 am.

March 5, 2022 at 8:54 AM Reader report of a solo vehicle accident, white Jeep off the roadway, on Bitney Springs Road.

March 5, 2022 at 8:15 AM Snow showers continue today in the mountains, dry next week. Lingering snow showers today in the mountains; minor additional accumulations. Patchy Valley frost Sunday and Monday mornings, mainly in rural areas.

March 5, 2022 at 7:47 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants.) For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 4, 2022 at 8:09 PM Solo vehicle spin out on Banner Lava Cap at Altair Road. The roadway is clear.

March 4, 2022 at 5:25 PM Northbound Hwy 49 at Maidu Ave (Rood Center) vehicle blocking one lane.

March 4, 2022 at 5:16 PM Overturned car on Hwy 20 at Scotts Flat Road. Units dispatched.

March 4, 2022 at 4:47 PM

March 4, 2022 at 4:37 PM Firefighters have confirmed with the resident that no lightning strikes occurred on the property. Burn piles only, all units are being canceled – false alarm.

March 4, 2022 at 4:32 PM Firefighters in the area report several burn piles, but they will continue to check.

March 4, 2022 at 4:20 PM Additional caller reports they have a burn pile going in the area, original caller may be seeing this. Firefighters will check the area.

March 4, 2022 at 4:14 PM Reported vegetation fire on the San Juan Ridge, across from the Colgate Powerhouse, in French Corral – caller reported lightning strikes. Units dispatched.

March 4, 2022 at 3:32 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 10 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 15,920 cases since the start of the pandemic, 63 are active. Seven people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,6050
18-292,515+3
30-392,929+2
40-492,340+3
50-643,063+1
65+2,464-1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 4, 2022 at 3:17 PM Strong thunderstorms will impact portions of western Placer, southeastern Butte, central Yuba, southwestern Sierra and western Nevada Counties through 415 PM PST.

March 4, 2022 at 2:07 PM Defective traffic signal reported at the Brunswick Road off ramp on northbound Hwy 49. Left turn lane light is stuck on red.

March 4, 2022 at 2:00 PM Mountain snow with travel impacts into Saturday, unsettled weather continues. Mountain snow & isolated Valley and Foothill rain showers are expected later this afternoon through tomorrow. The heaviest mountain snow will coincide with the Friday evening commute, creating travel headaches in the Sierra, so be sure to check weather and road conditions.

March 4, 2022 at 12:42 PM

March 4, 2022 at 8:43 AM Nevada County & Sierra Roots open overflow emergency shelter Saturday night. The shelter will open at 4:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Nevada City Veterans Hall and will accept guests until 8:00 p.m. The Shelter will close at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. This is a community-wide collaborative effort to temporarily shelter one of our most vulnerable populations during extreme weather events and connects homeless residents to additional services.    

March 4, 2022 at 8:29 AM A pickup truck with a trailer is blocking the lane on eastbound Hwy 20 near Penn Valley Drive after running out of gas. Reduce your speed and use caution in the area.

March 4, 2022 at 8:00 AM The latest installment of our Getting Ready for Peak Fire Season series is here. Go Bags for all – including your pets.

March 4, 2022 at 7:16 AM

https://twitter.com/CaltransDist3/status/1499765709139632128

March 4, 2022 at 7:07 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants.) For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 3, 2022 at 7:34 PM Report of a pole on fire on Oak Tree Road and Wampum Way in North San Juan, units dispatched. Power lines are reported down.

March 3, 2022 at 6:35 PM

https://twitter.com/CaltransDist3/status/1499573273318682624

March 3, 2022 at 5:35 PM Nevada County Public Health reports a decrease of 9 COVID-19 cases to the total case count today. Out of 15,912 cases since the start of the pandemic, 67 are active. Eleven people are hospitalized – none in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,605+2
18-292,512-6
30-392,927-3
40-492,337-1
50-643,062-2
65+2,465+1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 3, 2022 at 5:23 PM The Nevada County Superior Court has issued an order “prohibiting further unlawful violence or threats of violence” to Teine Rebane Kenney and dissolved two temporary restraining orders against Chip Mattoon and Jacquelyn Mattoon. Kenney and the Mattoons appeared in court after Nevada County sought restraining orders against the respondents.

March 3, 2022 at 1:57 PM Hidden IC reports the fire is contained, mop-up operations beginning.

March 3, 2022 at 1:52 PM Third-hand report of a possible brush fire on Hidden Court in the Higgins area, units dispatched to check. This will be the Hidden incident.

March 3, 2022 at 12:44 PM Old IC reports they have knockdown on the fire, starting overhaul now.

March 3, 2022 at 12:33 PM Old IC reports there is only a minimal threat to adjacent structures and the wildland.

March 3, 2022 at 12:29 PM Old IC is requesting two additional engines and an air support module. Prevention officer is at scene.

March 3, 2022 at 12:29 PM Old IC is requesting two additional engines and a breathing support module.

March 3, 2022 at 12:22 PM Old IC reports heavy smoke and fire in the attic of the 20 ft ceiling in the barn. Requesting an additional water tender to respond.

March 3, 2022 at 12:17 PM Units at scene of the Old incident in Colfax report this is a 2,000 sq. ft. barn, heavy smoke showing.

March 3, 2022 at 12:13 PM Report of a roof on fire on Old Grass Valley Road in Colfax, units dispatched.

March 3, 2022 at 8:51 AM Mountain snow with travel impacts on Friday, scattered Valley rain showers. Minor snow accumulations on grassy/elevated surfaces in the foothills.

Snow Levels:
• 6000 – 7000 ft | Friday Morning
• 4500 – 5500 ft | Friday Afternoon
• 1500 – 2500 ft | Late Friday night/early Saturday morning

Snow Accumulations:
• 4 to 8 inches above 4000 ft; locally near 12 inches over the higher peaks
• 1 to 4 inches above 2500 ft; less than an 1 inch below 2500 ft

March 3, 2022 at 7:45 AM

March 3, 2022 at 7:38 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants.) For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 2, 2022 at 7:54 PM Units at scene on John Born Road report vehicle vs a tree, not a power pole. No power lines down. They are checking the occupants for injuries.

March 2, 2022 at 7:46 PM Vehicle vs power pole on John Born Road near Pleasant Valley Road in Penn Valley, power lines are down. Emergency services dispatched.

March 2, 2022 at 6:33 PM Vehicle partially blocking the lanes on Rough&Ready Hwy at Ridge Road.

March 2, 2022 at 4:42 PM Accident on northbound Hey 49 at Lime Kiln Road, the roadway is partially blocked. Emergency services dispatched.

March 2, 2022 at 4:33 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 13 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 15,921 cases since the start of the pandemic, 74 are active. Ten people are hospitalized – one in ICU.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,603+6
18-292,518+2
30-392,930+2
40-492,338+2
50-643,064no change
65+2,464+1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 2, 2022 at 2:55 PM TNF Firefighters decided to postpone the pile burning at Madrone Springs until next week.

March 2, 2022 at 1:25 PM A car is stalled on northbound Hwy 49 at the Idaho Maryland off ramp, use caution and watch for the tow truck.

March 2, 2022 at 12:57 PM The Nevada County Community Library is pleased to announce that in-person programs have returned at all library branches. While some events may still contain a virtual component for the time being, there are many classes which will return to full in-person service.

March 2, 2022 at 9:27 AM Valley and foothill showers late Thursday – Friday. Mountain snow late Thursday through Saturday with travel impacts possible. Light accumulation possible down to 2,000 feet Saturday morning with lingering snow showers during the day.

March 2, 2022 at 9:13 AM Starting around 10:00 am, the Tahoe National Forest will conduct pile burning in the Madrone Springs area east of Nevada City. Full details here.

March 2, 2022 at 8:38 AM Power outage affecting 36 customers in the Genasci Road/Lewis Road area off Willow Valley Road in Nevada City is scheduled maintenance.

March 2, 2022 at 8:27 AM Power outage in the North Bloomfield/Cooper Road area.

March 2, 2022 at 8:25 AM Disabled vehicle in a blind curve on Hwy 49 near Cedarsong. Use caution in the area and reduce your speed.

March 2, 2022 at 8:15 AM Hay bales in the roadway on eastbound I-80 at the Weimar Cross Road off ramp. Bales have spread out in both lanes, use caution and reduce your speed. Also, watch for critters sampling the free food.

March 2, 2022 at 8:10 AM As a follow-up on the Bloomfield incident, this was an ongoing control burn that did not escape the property owners’ control.

March 2, 2022 at 7:59 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants.) For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 2, 2022 at 7:35 AM Bloomfield IC is starting to release resources. Units still in route are being cancelled.

March 2, 2022 at 7:13 AM Firefighters continue to establish control lines on the Bloomfield Fire. IC has sufficient resources at scene. No additional growth expected.

March 2, 2022 at 7:04 AM Forward progress on the Bloomfield Fire has been stopped. The cause is under investigation, possibly a previous burn that rekindled overnight.

March 2, 2022 at 6:46 AM Bloomfield IC reports good progress, fire is contained on two sides by roads. One additional water tender to respond.

March 2, 2022 at 6:28 AM Bloomfield IC estimates the fire at 10 acres in very heavy fuels with difficult access. Requesting additional units to establish control lines. Fire seen from Ruby Bluff.

March 2, 2022 at 6:08 AM Bloomfield IC reports several roadside starts leading to the fire. There is no threat to structures.

March 2, 2022 at 5:51 AM Reported vegetation fire on North Bloomfield Road near the intersection of Snow Tent Road on the San Juan Ridge. Estimated at 4-5 acres. IC has ordered one dozer, one handcrew and additional engine to the incident.

March 1, 2022 at 6:57 PM Six customers out of power on Parsons Drive and Oak Meadow Road in the Penn Valley area. Estimated restoration time is 9:45 pm.

March 1, 2022 at 4:12 PM Nevada County Public Health reports 17 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases today. Out of 15,908 cases since the start of the pandemic, 83 are active. Ten are hospitalized – one in ICU. One additional fatality has been recorded, bringing the death toll to 135.

Cases by age

Age groupCasesDifference
0-172,597-1
18-292,516+5
30-392,928+2
40-492,336+3
50-643,064+2
65+2,463+1
As case investigations are conducted and more information is gathered, case counts may change or even decrease due to residents location being confirmed in nearby counties.

March 1, 2022 at 3:59 PM Vehicle blocking one lane on Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive. Tow service dispatched.

March 1, 2022 at 3:02 PM Caltrans is beginning vegetation removal Wednesday, March 2 on State Route 20 (SR-20) in Nevada County prior to the start of major construction work on the Omega Curves Safety Improvement project. The $62.5 million Omega Curves project aims to improve safety and reduce collisions on SR-20 by realigning curves on two non-contiguous segments near White Cloud and Lowell Hill, widening shoulders, improving the highway’s sight distance and adding designated left turn lanes near Conservation Road and Washington Road.

March 1, 2022 at 2:32 PM Firefighters have contained the burn pile (50 by 50 spot), only one additional engine to continue in, all others can cancel.

March 1, 2022 at 2:27 PM Units at scene on East Brookview report slow rate of spread, fire is burning in oak litter, all units to continue in.

March 1, 2022 at 2:18 PM Reported vegetation fire in the Ophir Hill area on East Brookview Drive off Lower Colfax Road, units dispatched.

March 1, 2022 at 10:42 AM The prescribed burn near Colfax is underway.

March 1, 2022 at 9:39 AM Unsettled weather mid to late week with mountain snow and valley showers. Valley and foothill showers Thursday – Friday. Timing with this system has shifted later with better snow chance on Friday now. With the slower timing thunderstorms have also been pushed back to Friday.

March 1, 2022 at 6:45 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, plastic etc. (burning such man-made materials releases highly toxic pollutants.) For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 AM to 3 PM. A CAL FIRE burn permit is not required at this time.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley. 

Inside the Truckee Fire Protection District, burning is restricted to daylight hours only. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit (available at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/  or a permit issued by the Truckee Fire Protection District is always required in the Truckee area.

March 1, 2022 at 6:42 AM You can find last month’s log here.