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June 30, 2017 at 10:49 AM CHP Helicopter and law enforcement were on scene of a standoff on Cedar Way, off Ridge Road in Grass Valley. The situation has been resolved.
June 30, 2017 at 6:28 AM Rising temps this weekend, very slight dip in the beginning of the week. Warm high temperatures over the weekend will cool a bit going into early next week and Independence Day as high pressure shifts inland and weak troughing develops offshore. Even with the cooling, daytime highs will still remain a little above normal.
June 29, 2017 at 4:18 PM Washington Ridge crew 4 has been released from the McKnight fire and is returning to camp.
June 29, 2017 at 3:41 PM Per Nevada County Fore JOA: Fire reported at Hwy 49 and McKnight is contained. Mop-up in progress.
June 29, 2017 at 3:34 PM One lane is closed on LaBarr Meadows Road for firefighter engines. All other roads are open and the threat to the structure has been mitigated.
June 29, 2017 at 3:30 PM Hwy 49 remains open, as does LaBarr Meadows.
June 29, 2017 at 3:26 PM Additional units have arrived on scene. Firefighters are making good progress. Caltrans and GVPD are assisting with traffic control. Please avoid the area if possible and expect delays.
June 29, 2017 at 3:18 PM Vegetation fire on Hwy 49 and East McKnight way just outside of Grass Valley. Possible threat to structure. Washington Ridge crew was passing by and stopped to fight the fire. Reported at approximately 1/4 acre. Additional engines en route.
June 29, 2017 at 11:02 AM CAL FIRE AEU: Smoke will be visible today and tomorrow as crews train with prescribed fire on the Georgetown Divide VMP near Garden Valley.
June 29, 2017 at 8:50 AM Non-injury accident on Rex Reservoir Road near Flying T Road in Grass Valley.
June 29, 2017 at 7:10 AM Slightly warmer through the weekend, perfect temps for Independence Day. High pressure over the west coast will bring fair skies and a little above normal temperatures through the coming weekend. A slight cool off early next week will put daytime highs on Independence Day at right around normal for this time of year.
June 28, 2017 at 4:10 PM There are no road closures associated with the small fire on the South Yuba, just watch for fire engines.
June 28, 2017 at 4:01 PM Small 20 by 20 spot near Independence Trail on the South Yuba. Units are on scene, air support overhead. Fire has a line around it, air support is being released.
June 28, 2017 at 5:58 AM Gradual warming continues into the weekend. Slight warming forecast across interior NorCal today.
June 27, 2017 at 10:23 PM Reports of gun fire or fireworks in Grass Valley near Empire and South Auburn, possibly in the apartment complex on Whiting Street. Units are out searching the area.
June 27, 2017 at 7:14 PM Medics and rescue personnel are at the Diamond Arrow landing zone with the patient, waiting for the air ambulance to land.
June 27, 2017 at 6:56 PM Edwards IC is requesting an air ambulance to respond to the incident. Landing zone will be at the Diamond Arrow Campground.
June 27, 2017 at 6:48 PM Battalion 2 and North San Juan are being released. Units at scene can handle.
June 27, 2017 at 6:47 PM Consolidated and NSJ rescue teams are at Edwards Crossing. They have located the patient.
June 27, 2017 at 6:29 PM Water rescue at Edwards Crossing, unknown details, patient may be out of the water. North San Juan Fire, Nevada County Consolidated, ambulance and medics en route.
June 27, 2017 at 4:40 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire near Downieville, smoke seen in the area.
June 27, 2017 at 4:02 PM Vegetation fire near Beale Air Force Base, units on scene. The fire is near the base’s fire station 1.
June 27, 2017 at 3:37 PM Updates on the Colfax Fire are posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/colfax/
June 27, 2017 at 3:31 PM Vegetation fire between Hwy 174 and Placerhills, westbound I-80 in Colfax. Full wildland response, including air support.
June 27, 2017 at 3:26 PM Tractor trailer fire on westbound I80 just west of Applegate. Firefighters on scene.
June 27, 2017 at 2:49 PM Update from UNR’s Seismological Lab: Two Magnitude 4s in series of earthquakes northwest of Truckee, California.
June 27, 2017 at 2:14 PM Small vegetation fire on Hwy 20 on Harper Lane Drive. Fire started by a mower, less than 1/2 acre, did not escape the property. Firefighters have it fully contained.
June 27, 2017 at 11:58 AM Fire season is here. Cal Fire suspends burning permits and other uses of open fire in Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Sierra and Sutter counties as of June 28, 2017.
June 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM 550-acre control burn by Cal Fire at the UC Field Station in Browns Valley. Smoke will be visible throughout the area for several days.
June 27, 2017 at 7:09 AM Mild temperatures with a slight warming trend later in the week. Cooler temperatures across interior NorCal early this week! Warming trend begins midweek through the weekend.
June 27, 2017 at 6:46 AM Series of small earthquakes rattles windows in Truckee overnight.
June 26, 2017 at 5:48 PM Injury collision now reported on Scotts Flat Road, avoid the area if possible.
June 26, 2017 at 5:04 PM Vehicle vs pedestrian on Scotts Flat Road. Emergency services en route.
June 26, 2017 at 1:48 PM Two vehicles off the roadway on Hwy 174 at Greenhorn Access Road.
June 26, 2017 at 9:32 AM Grass Valley Police: Investigation of an altercation and death of adult male at a Sutton Way apartment
June 26, 2017 at 6:46 AM Let the cooldown begin. Cooler temperatures continue to spread inland across interior NorCal today. Redding will see its streak of consecutive 100+ degree days end at 9.
June 25, 2017 at 7:45 PM Sadly, one fatality reported at the vehicle accident on Yankee Jims. All other patients have been transported.
June 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM Firefighters have located a jeep, about 150 ft down the embankment on Yankee Jims Road. H24, PCSO, Cal Fire and Colfax Fire on scene.
June 25, 2017 at 6:48 PM Tree across the roadway on McCourtney Road and Indian Springs Road.
June 25, 2017 at 6:41 PM Medical rescue in the area of Yankee Jims Road and Pine Hollow Road. Vehicle approximately 25 ft over the embankment, unknown injuries. Multiple units en route.
June 25, 2017 at 5:38 PM From Metro Fire: Current estimates at #PericlesRd is 48 acres and no structural loss.
Forward progress stopped pic.twitter.com/bq0Qa142yn
— Metro Fire of Sacramento (@metrofirepio) June 26, 2017
June 25, 2017 at 4:49 PM Smoke in the Sacramento area is from a grass fire in Rancho Cordova off Douglas Blvd. 10 acres, spotting and immediate structure threat. Additional engines requested by Sac Metro.
June 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM Three videos from CHP’s H24 helicopter depicting three separate rescues yesterday, including the Emerald Pool incident which we reported on yesterday. Watch:
Pacific Coast Trail Rescue (video)
June 25, 2017 at 12:43 PM Motorcycle accident, two patients, on Marysville Road, west of Bullards Bar dam. Air ambulance on order, Dobbins Fire and Cal Fire en route.
June 25, 2017 at 11:21 AM Watch out for pedestrians walking along Hwy 20 and Scotts Flat Road north of Nevada City.
June 25, 2017 at 10:07 AM The California National Guard has deployed a Black Hawk helicopter to support County of Tulare with Kings River flooding.
VIDEO: The #CalGuard has deployed a Black Hawk helicopter to support @CountyofTulare with #KingsRiver flooding. Stay tuned for updates. pic.twitter.com/npDPVw1iMn
— CaliforniaGuard (@theCaGuard) June 25, 2017
June 25, 2017 at 8:25 AM Cooler today, but still above normal heat. The high pressure over the west coast that brought very hot temperatures last week has begun shifting inland. This has allowed temperatures to cool some but daytime highs will still remain at least a little above normal through the coming week.
June 24, 2017 at 9:07 PM The La Porte incident has been terminated at 8:57 pm. The fire will have to be rechecked tomorrow.
June 24, 2017 at 6:12 PM Current Ozone AQI levels in the Auburn area have reached: 136 AQI (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups) on Saturday, June 24.
June 24, 2017 at 6:07 PM Firefighters held the fire on La Porte Road at 0.8 acres in heavy fuels. Line around the fire, still waiting on additional resources for mop-up.
June 24, 2017 at 5:52 PM Incident Commander is reporting good progress, wildland fire has been contained.
June 24, 2017 at 5:48 PM All aircraft has been released from the fire on La Porte Road, returning to Grass Valley and White Cloud.
June 24, 2017 at 5:23 PM Possible structure involvement now on Laporte Road, air support and additional units are being reported.
June 24, 2017 at 5:01 PM Report of a vegetation fire on Laporte Road near Darby Road, Foothill Fire’s response area. Reported as a single tree on fire. Units en route.
June 24, 2017 at 3:38 PM Now augmented response for a vegetation fire at Ponderoase Way and Eagle Ridge Road. Full wildland response on order, including air support.
June 24, 2017 at 3:36 PM Smoke check near Foresthill on Ponderosa Way near Eagle Ridge Road. Light smoke reported by Duncan Peak lookout.
June 24, 2017 at 3:06 PM Technical rescue crew has arrived at the Emerald Incident. Estimated one hour before the rope rescue can be completed.
June 24, 2017 at 1:50 PM An initial report by the Sergeant who responded to a reported shooting with the victims located at Petersons Corner in North San Juan:
At around 9:50 PM of June 23rd , 2017 the Nevada County Sheriffs Office responded to the comer of Pleasant Valley Road and Highway 49 for the report of a male and female with minor gunshot wounds. The victims were transported via air ambulance and ground ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center and are expected to survive. Further investigation revealed the likely location of the shooting was on Highway 49 in Yuba County. The Yuba County Sheriffs Office responded to assist with the scene and took over the investigation.
June 24, 2017 at 1:13 PM H24 is returning to Auburn to get technical rescue gear. Will be back over the Emerald Pool area in 30 minutes. The reported rescue at Hwy 49 Bridge was a duplicate call by the same person. They are actually near Emerald Pool off Lake Spaulding. All units are returning to their stations or attempting to reach the patient up at Emerald Pool.
June 24, 2017 at 1:01 PM CHP helicopter H24 has located the patient approximately 1 mile downstream from Emerald Pool. If a hoist rescue is not an option, the Tahoe rescue team will have to perform a very complicated rope extrication.
June 24, 2017 at 12:45 PM Now a medical rescue near Colfax on Stevens Trail.
June 24, 2017 at 12:35 PM New river rescue at Emerald Pools on the South Yuba, Hwy 20 and Bowman Lake Road.
June 24, 2017 at 12:34 PM IC is requesting a wheel stokes (litter) to the incident. Nevada County Fire JOA is establishing a command post at the Hwy 49 bridge. Avoid the area!
June 24, 2017 at 12:30 PM First units have arrived at the bridge, trying to locate the exact incident location. Rescue units are assuming the incident command.
June 24, 2017 at 12:26 PM River rescue: Rescue 84 responding to the South Fork of the Yuba for reports of a swimmer trapped in rocks down river approx 1 mile downstream from the Hwy 49 bridge. North San Juan and Penn Valley also responding.
June 24, 2017 at 8:10 AM Placer County Fire, Placer County Volunteer Firefighters and CAL FIRE personnel are conducting a prescribed burn in the Lincoln area today and maybe tomorrow.
June 23, 2017 at 9:18 PM Outage in Brownsville from Sharon Valley along La Porte Road and Willow Glenn Road to Ponderosa Road. 458 customers out, PG&E crew is en route.
June 23, 2017 at 8:44 PM Wrong way driver on Hwy 49 now at Alta Sierra Drive, direction of travel towards Grass Valley from Auburn – use extreme caution!
June 23, 2017 at 8:31 PM Power outage/brownouts in an area from Lime Kiln Road, down to Wolf Road via McCourtney to Bald Mountain Road. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. Over 700 customers affected.
June 23, 2017 at 4:21 PM Engines en route to an extinguished vegetation fire, 2 by 2 on Old Dobbins Road and Powerhouse Trail. Person of interest is attempting to leave the area.
June 23, 2017 at 4:06 PM TNF Air Attack 17 has located a slash pile smoking off Foresthill Road near the Humbug Ridge on Forest Road 66 before the Westville turnoff. Engines are en route to the location. Little growth potential at this time.
June 23, 2017 at 3:49 PM Report of a vegetation fire in the Humbug Ridge area on the American River Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest. Units en route. Air Attack 17 is off the ground.
June 23, 2017 at 2:59 PM Smoke seen in the Georgetown area is from a 23-acre prescribed burn in the Growlersburg Camp. Numerous firefighters are assigned to the underburn. There is no need to report it, the crews are on site.
June 23, 2017 at 8:18 AM Join us at 10 am today at the Hwy 49 bridge for this press conference and public outreach effort. A Deadly Yuba: Unite to Save Lives – Friday, June 23 at 10 am at the Hwy 49 Bridge
June 23, 2017 at 8:17 AM BLM initiates fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Mother Lode Field Office, starting today.
June 23, 2017 at 7:26 AM A wee bit cooler next week – relief is in sight! High pressure over the eastern Pacific and west coast is bringing sinking air. This sinking air compresses and warms creating widespread hot conditions across the north state.
June 22, 2017 at 6:59 PM Quite the view of a thundercloud looking east from the Foresthill exit off I-80. Thank you to reader Casey Tomasi for sharing!
June 22, 2017 at 6:34 PM Meadow Way IC reports no extension to the wildland, all incoming units are being canceled.
June 22, 2017 at 6:23 PM First unit arrived at scene is investigating, nothing showing.
June 22, 2017 at 6:18 PM Residential structure fire with threat to the wildland on Meadow Lane near Wildwood. Penn Valley Fire, CAL FIRE, Rough&Ready Fire and GVFD en route. Unoccupied house, ca. 5% involved per the report by a local.
June 22, 2017 at 4:42 PM Sole vehicle into a tree on northbound Hwy 49 at Newtown Road outside of Nevada City. Emergency services on scene. Vehicle is off the roadway but watch for engines in the area. Traffic is starting to back up, CHP en route for traffic control.
June 22, 2017 at 4:31 PM Caltrans update: Right hand lane of EB Highway 20 near Melody Rd in Nevada County is closed due to truck fire. Expect congestion during pm commute. No ETO.
June 22, 2017 at 3:22 PM Updates on the Hunter Creek Fire west of Reno are here: //yubanet.com/Fires/hunter-creek/
June 22, 2017 at 3:22 PM One lane is open in both directions of travel now on Hwy 20. The eastbound #2 lane remains closed for an undetermined period.
June 22, 2017 at 2:58 PM Fire off Lone Tree Rd & Cox Ln, south of Oroville (Butte County) is 100% contained at 111 acres.
June 22, 2017 at 1:45 PM RV fire has Hwy 20 Blocked near Melody Lane. Please use an alternate route if possible, CHP and fire on scene.
June 22, 2017 at 9:12 AM Fire weather concerns with north winds along with very dry conditions today. Single digit relative humidity is drier than kiln-dried lumber!
June 22, 2017 at 6:45 AM Today is a NO BURN day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba counties. Red Flag Warning in effect for the lower elevations until 11 pm tonight.
June 22, 2017 at 6:42 AM Heat wave peaks today, goes on through the end of the week. The high heat, low relative humidity and increased winds will continue high fire danger for a number of areas.
June 21, 2017 at 6:58 PM Go jump in a lake if you must – not the river. School’s out for summer and the heat is on – everybody is looking for relief from the heat wave. Naturally, spending time at the river comes to mind. Only you might face a deadly surprise. The river is cold, running high and fast. Any river in the Sierra at this point. The South Yuba has claimed a high toll already, two fatalities last weekend alone.
June 21, 2017 at 6:05 PM Air Quality Health Advisory for Western Nevada County for ozone June 21 through 25. The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District and the Nevada County Public Health Department are issuing a joint Air Quality Health Advisory to notify the public of expected poor air quality today through Sunday, June 25 due to conditions favoring ozone formation.
June 21, 2017 at 4:42 PM CAL FIRE and Beale Air Force Base are cancelling the planned prescribed burn slated to take place this weekend.
June 21, 2017 at 3:02 PM Medical call at the Bridgeport recreation area near the Covered Bridge. Penn Valley and North San Juan Fire are responding.
June 21, 2017 at 10:09 AM As a follow-up to yesterday’s search for Maple: Maple was retrieved safe and sound last night. An extremely happy ending, according to her humans. Thanks to everyone who called in “Maple sightings”
June 21, 2017 at 6:13 AM Oppressive heat continues – Red Flag Warning in the lower elevations. Breezy north winds and low humidity will create critical fire weather conditions Wednesday afternoon – Thursday in the Sacramento Valley and surrounding terrain.
June 20, 2017 at 12:36 PM Updates on the Evans Fire east of Loyalton will be posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/evans/
June 20, 2017 at 9:11 AM Non-injury traffic collision on northbound Hwy 49 just south of the Idaho-Maryland off ramp.
June 20, 2017 at 7:59 AM Follow-up on the accident at McKnight. If you are in the area, please keep your eyes out for an orange and white cattle dog puppy called Maple. She was in the car with her owner but got scared and ran away. Maple recently had surgery, that’s why she is not wearing a collar. If you see her, please call 5309131790. By the way, hats off to the Caltrans personnel who called this in and are still out looking for Maple.
June 20, 2017 at 7:50 AM Today is a NO BURN day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba counties. Fire Weather Watch in effect for the lower elevations from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening – winds and low relative humidity.
June 20, 2017 at 7:17 AM Vehicle accident on southbound Hwy 49 at McKnight Way. Emergency services en route. A car ran a red light light and collided with another vehicle.
June 20, 2017 at 6:33 AM Record high temps continue, chance of thunderstorms over the mountains. More hot weather is expected on Tuesday as record highs once again will be in jeopardy. An Excessive Heat Warning will continue for the valley with highs in 105-110. Stay cool and hydrated.
June 19, 2017 at 6:11 PM First unit arrived on Rough&Ready Hwy reports an extinguished pile. All incoming units are being canceled.
June 19, 2017 at 6:03 PM Possible structure fire on Rough&Ready Hwy across from West Drive, numerous engines en route.
June 19, 2017 at 4:44 PM First unit has arrived on Norlene Way, nothing showing. Canceling incoming engines with the exception of one.
June 19, 2017 at 4:35 PM Possible residential structure fire on Norlene Way in Alta Sierra. Numerous engines en route, use caution on Hwy 49 and Norlene Way.
June 19, 2017 at 3:56 PM One lane blocked on Hwy 174 just east of You Bet Road. Vehicle off the westbound lane, trailer in the roadway. Emergency services on scene.
June 19, 2017 at 1:23 PM Air Attack 17 will now fly recon between Bullards and the North Yuba, a few confirmed strikes on the lightning map in the area.
June 19, 2017 at 1:19 PM Air Attack 17 reports their recon flight is not showing any new smokes on either the Tahoe or the Eldorado Forests.
June 19, 2017 at 12:50 PM Air ambulance has lifted for the accident on LaBarr Meadows. Traffic still congested in the area. Use an alternate route if possible.
June 19, 2017 at 12:16 PM Avoid the LaBarr area while emergency services are dealing with the head-on collision. Roadway is partially blocked. GVPD will provide traffic control.
June 19, 2017 at 12:08 PM Head on collision on LaBarr Meadows Road in front of Hansen Brothers, emergency services en route.
June 19, 2017 at 11:33 AM TNF Air Attack 17 is off the Grass Valley Air Base for a recon flight over the Tahoe and Eldorado National Forests.
June 19, 2017 at 10:34 AM Updates on the Mosquito Fire will be posted here: //yubanet.com/Fires/mosquito/
June 19, 2017 at 10:19 AM Watch your feet (and your pet’s paws)! When the air temp is over 100°, black top is hot enough to destroy your skin!
June 19, 2017 at 10:12 AM Helicopter 514 is being dispatched to the fire on Mosquito Ridge Road near Foresthill.
June 19, 2017 at 10:04 AM Vegetation fire on Mosquito Ridge Road, east of Duncan, about 1/4 acre with a slow build. Resources on scene.
June 19, 2017 at 9:10 AM Today is a NO BURN day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba counties.
June 19, 2017 at 8:51 AM Per NWS Sacramento: T-showers still going this morning for the foothills/mountains approaching I-80. Heavy downpours likely with small hail possible.
June 19, 2017 at 6:55 AM Heat wave continues, little overnight cooling. The hot weather is going to continue right into the work week. We will continue to see highs in the valley 105-110 and an Excessive Heat Warning will remain in effect through Thursday. Record highs for the date will once again be in jeopardy across much of interior NorCal today.
June 18, 2017 at 4:12 PM All units have been canceled.
June 18, 2017 at 4:02 PM Possible residential structure fire on Pawnee Drive in Alta Sierra, numerous engines en route. Unknown if there is a fire or an alarm malfunction.
June 18, 2017 at 1:24 PM Water rescue near the summit, Truckee CAL FIRE units en route, CHP helicopter on order. Also, a possible shooting incident at Camp Far West, staging required for the firefighters – law enforcement at scene.
June 18, 2017 at 11:59 AM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 49 between Downieville and Sierra City, unknown injuries. Emergency services en route.
June 18, 2017 at 11:49 AM Tree and power lanes down on Tokayana Way in the Gold Run area. Units en route.
June 18, 2017 at 11:12 AM Non-injury accident in front of the park on Empire Street in Grass Valley.
June 18, 2017 at 10:43 AM Downed tree with power lines down on Joeger Road between Bell Road and Mt. Vernon in Auburn. Units en route.
June 18, 2017 at 10:19 AM Per CHP, no big rig fire on westbound I-80. All units have been canceled.
June 18, 2017 at 10:14 AM Big rig with hot brakes, on westbound I-80 between Baxter and Dutch Flat. Driver states no fire. Units en route.
June 18, 2017 at 8:52 AM Today is a NO BURN day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba counties. Red Flag Warning in effect.
June 18, 2017 at 8:20 AM Extreme heat risk this weekend – warnings extended until Thursday. Despite the hot temperatures local rivers are still running fast and cold due to the snow melt in the mountains. Wear a life vest if near water!
June 17, 2017 at 4:36 PM A tree is partially blocking the roadway on southbound Hwy 49 near Shoshoni Trail
June 17, 2017 at 3:16 PM The fire at Dutch Flat was apparently started by target shooting, the offending party has left since. Updates will be posted on this page.
June 17, 2017 at 3:10 PM Report of a vegetation fire at the Dutch Flat Powerhouse. Full wildland dispatch, including aircraft en route.
June 17, 2017 at 2:31 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 11 PM this evening to 9 PM Sunday.
June 17, 2017 at 9:21 AM As a follow-up to the medical rescue with a reported fatality at Rice’s Crossing yesterday afternoon. The victim was in the river and seen floating face down. A friend pulled him out and started CPR. Due to the lack of cell coverage, the victim’s friend had to get out of the canyon to place a call to 911. Medics arrived and pronounced the victim dead on scene. The cause of the drowning is pending the autopsy but no indication of foul play or suspicious circumstances. The name of the victim will not be released at this time.
June 17, 2017 at 7:57 AM The Beale prescribed burn will be rescheduled for the weekend of the 24th or 25th. This burn will help to convert up to 800 acres of noxious weeds to native vegetation near Beale’s north western boundary about seven miles east of Linda. The actual date of the burn will be determined by the weather, fire activity, and burn day status.
June 17, 2017 at 7:52 AM Dangerous heat Sunday through Wednesday. Remember, heat is the #1 weather-related killer in the United States. Please take this heat wave seriously!
June 17, 2017 at 7:25 AM Today is a NO BURN day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba counties.
June 16, 2017 at 7:03 PM Power has been restored at the Nevada County airport and surrounding area.
June 16, 2017 at 5:30 PM Power outage near the Nevada County airport has now extended to 162 customers.
June 16, 2017 at 4:53 PM Delivery truck vs power pole on John Bauer Ave across of Loma Rica Drive. Power outage at the airport, affecting 50 businesses and agencies. Downed power line started a small vegetation fire.
June 16, 2017 at 4:40 PM Great progress being made by firefighters.
June 16, 2017 at 4:06 PM Numerous firefighters and law enforcement on scene of the structure fire on Carey Drive. Avoid the area.
June 16, 2017 at 4:04 PM Medical rescue at Rice’s Crossing has been canceled, the person is deceased. NCSO en route.
June 16, 2017 at 3:43 PM Medical rescue near Rice’s Crossing is on the Land Trust preserve
June 16, 2017 at 3:33 PM Report of a structure fire on Carey Drive near Ridge Road. Units en route.
June 16, 2017 at 3:32 PM Medical rescue, patient out of the water near Rice’s Crossing. North San Juan Fire en route.
June 16, 2017 at 2:47 PM All aircraft released from the structure fire on Greenleaf.
June 16, 2017 at 2:44 PM Air Attack 230 and both tankers over a reported fire on the Middle Fork of the American River near Skyview MHP in the Todd Valley area.
June 16, 2017 at 1:41 PM A truck is blocking the eastbound lane on Rough&Ready Hwy near Rex Reservoir.
June 16, 2017 at 11:58 AM Air Attack 230 and Tanker 89 are currently training in the South Yuba canyon. No fire!
June 16, 2017 at 11:20 AM Forward progress of the Skyway Fire near Chico stopped at 134 acres and 80% contained. Crews remain at scene for mop-up.
June 16, 2017 at 10:08 AM Two way traffic in the northbound lanes of Hwy 49 at Cramer Road after a fatal accident. Use extreme caution in the area. Photo courtesy of reader Gina BB.
June 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM Southbound Hwy 49 is blocked near Cramer Road (Placer County) due to a major head-on collision accident. Avoid the area and use an alternate route if possible. Thanks to reader Barbara for the heads up.
June 16, 2017 at 8:43 AM Update from the National Weather Service in Sacramento: High pressure builds over northern California this week, continuing into next week. High temperatures this weekend will increase heat related illnesses for those exposed to prolonged outdoor heat, especially sensitive groups. Heat event is likely to continue through next week so no significant relief expected in the near future. Upgraded the Heat Advisory to an Excessive Heat Warning for Sunday through Tuesday due to the potential for greater impacts from prolonged heat. Ensure that you take precautions with this extended heat event, check on those that are heat sensitive and never leave pets or people in parked cars.
June 16, 2017 at 8:35 AM Extended heatwave into next week. High pressure over the west coast will bring hot temperatures across NorCal over the weekend and well into next week. Heat advisories and warnings have been issued for the valley and elevations up to around 5000 feet starting this weekend. Be prepared for these hot temperatures and plan activities over the weekend accordingly.
June 16, 2017 at 8:32 AM Accident on Purdon Road near Tyler Foote, cars on the side, roadway is partially blocked. Emergency services on scene.
June 16, 2017 at 7:20 AM Today is a NO BURN day in Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba counties.
June 16, 2017 at 7:04 AM 19 homes out of power in the area of Lake Wildwood Drive and Lake Forest Drive. PG&E crew en route, Rough&Ready Fire in the area. Estimated time of restoration is 9:30 am.
June 15, 2017 at 4:55 PM Firefighters and medics on scene at Hwy 174, the roadway is clear.
June 15, 2017 at 4:32 PM Accident on Hwy 174 in front of the Happy Apple Kitchen. Entire roadway is blocked, units en route.
June 15, 2017 at 3:57 PM Jet ski vs a boat on Bullards Bar near the Dark Day boat ramp. Multiple patients reported. Camptonville Fire and Tahoe National Forest en route.
June 15, 2017 at 3:37 PM Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is cautioning those recreating along the South Yuba River to be aware of higher and changing flows brought on by warmer temperatures and seasonal runoff. PG&E’s Lake Spaulding in Nevada County is full and currently spilling at around 460 CFS and could increase to more than 1,500 CFS this weekend as temperatures heat up.
June 15, 2017 at 3:30 PM Illegal debris burn on Loma Rica Road, firefighters on scene.
June 15, 2017 at 3:12 PM Air Attack is over the small vegetation fire near Rollins Lake on Chattering Pines. Small spot, slow rate of spread and firefighters are on scene. Tanker 89 has just been released from the incident, returning to Grass Valley, loaded.
June 15, 2017 at 3:08 PM Air Attack 230 and Tanker 89 are over the Grass Valley area. First day of the airbase resuming normal operations.
June 15, 2017 at 3:04 PM Report of a debris burn in the Chicago Park/Peardale area on the 1800 block of Spring Valley Drive across of George Meadow – on a no burn day. This is NOT the reason air tankers are in the area. The air base has reopened officially for the fire season.
June 15, 2017 at 8:18 AM Today is a NO BURN day in Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba counties.
June 15, 2017 at 8:08 AM It’s official – as of this morning the Grass Valley Air Attack Base is fully staffed and operational.
June 15, 2017 at 7:51 AM The heat is on, warmest temperatures forecast for Sunday through Tuesday – hydrate! Triple digit temperatures Saturday through at least next Wednesday in the Valley with 80°+ at higher elevations. Warm overnight temperatures will provide little relief with a moderate to high risk of heat-related illnesses.
June 14, 2017 at 10:01 PM Outage has been reduced to 819 customers. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location and restoring power to the remaining customers as safely and fast as possible. Estimated time of complete restoration is 11 pm.
June 14, 2017 at 8:13 PM Power outage affecting 1,900 homes from Hwy 20 near Condon Park to Rough&Ready Hwy almost to Newton Road. PG&E crews are en route.
June 14, 2017 at 4:48 PM Fire on Kellogg has been contained at 3/4 acre. Mop-up operations are ongoing.
June 14, 2017 at 4:43 PM Vegetation fire in Newcastle on Kellogg Street (along I-80). Reported as 1.5 acres burning at a slow rate of spread. Aircraft on order and first units have arrived at scene.
June 14, 2017 at 4:23 PM Fire contained.
June 14, 2017 at 4:07 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire off Idaho-Maryland Road and Centennial in Grass Valley. Units en route.
June 14, 2017 at 2:11 PM Accident on southbound Hwy 49 just past the Golden Chain Motel. SUV vs deer, debris in the roadway. Use caution in the area.
June 14, 2017 at 11:05 AM Cows are out for a stroll on the roadway on Pleasant Valley Road near Folsom Street. Moo-ve over please.
June 14, 2017 at 8:11 AM Accident on Hwy 49 at LaBarr Meadows. Car hit a deer.
June 14, 2017 at 7:24 AM Excessive Heat Watch from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening. Hot weather is going to move into NorCal just in time for the weekend. We will see highs push into the 100’s for the valley and that will bring a high heat risk. If you have outdoor plans be prepared for hot weather. Be aware! Temperatures are warm but rivers, lakes & streams are running very cold & fast due to mountain snow melt & reservoir releases!
June 13, 2017 at 11:22 PM Firefighters will remain on scene and mop up, both the structure fire (900 sqft cabin) and the extension to the wildland have been contained.
June 13, 2017 at 10:46 PM Firefighters have contained the extension to the wildland, reported as minimal only by the Incident Commander.
June 13, 2017 at 10:38 PM Firefighters will be staging on Red Dog Road, due to the access issues. Please avoid the area.
June 13, 2017 at 10:32 PM Firefighters are attempting to make access to the fire but are hampered by several locked gates.
June 13, 2017 at 10:27 PM Additional water tenders and a crew ordered to the structure fire on Benedict Canyon Lane.
June 13, 2017 at 10:22 PM Neighbor reported the fire, sees the flames coming from the house, possible extension to the vegetation.
June 13, 2017 at 10:20 PM Report of an explosion heard, possible house fire on Benedict Canyon Lane off Red Dog Road. Numerous engines en route.
June 13, 2017 at 6:45 AM Return of summer heat – except for rivers and streams. After seeing a few cool days we are going to be warming up in a big way. Highs will be pushing to near 100 by Friday and will continue to be warm into the weekend. Be aware! Temperatures are warm but rivers, lakes & streams are running very cold & fast due to mountain snow melt & reservoir releases!
June 12, 2017 at 7:21 AM Big warm up this week. Highs this week will be starting out cool running 15-20 degrees below normal but that will be changing as we head throughout the week. By Friday we will see highs near 100 running 10-15 degrees above normal.
June 10, 2017 at 8:59 AM Mixed bag o’ weekend weather. An upper level low pressure system dropping out of the northeast Pacific will bring a mixed bag of weather this weekend. Today will see cool temperatures and a few showers across the northern most state. As the low moves into Norcal on Sunday, most northstate locations will see a few showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
June 9, 2017 at 10:42 AM Caltrans alert: WB I-80 JWO Kingvale crash closes lane. Big rig blew tire – collided with Caltrans vehicle. No Caltrans staff injured. Expect delays.
June 9, 2017 at 7:35 AM Carson City Sheriff reporting: Arrest made in connection with suspected murder in Nevada City
June 9, 2017 at 7:05 AM Cool and unsettled weekend weather to give way to summer temps. A late season low pressure system will move across northern California over the weekend bringing a mix of weather over the next couple of days. Both Saturday and Sunday will see well below normal daytime temperatures. Saturday will see clouds and scattered showers especially to the north. As the low moves into the north state Sunday, thunderstorms will be possible. Snow levels will be low enough to impact the Trans-Sierra roadways with an inch or two of snow.
June 8, 2017 at 2:22 PM Smoke coming from a pickup truck on Hwy 49 at the Gold Flat off ramp. Firefighters on scene.
June 8, 2017 at 1:52 PM Vehicle vs tree on Alta Sierra Drive at Gibboney Lane. Emergency services en route.
June 8, 2017 at 12:02 PM Accident on Brewer Road near Annie Drive in Alta Sierra. Emergency services on scene.
Two car accident on Lime Kiln Road just prior to the bridge, power pole damaged and lines hanging low across the roadway. Emergency services on scene and PG&E en route.
June 8, 2017 at 10:35 AM PG&E crews have reduced the outage in the Peardale area to 780 customers between You Bet Road and Chattering Pines. Crews continue to work on restoring power by 11:45 am.
June 8, 2017 at 10:05 AM NWS update: A weather system moving through the region will continue to bring periods of rain today, tapering off in the afternoon and evening. Friday will be mostly dry across the region, except for a few showers over the mountains. A cooler weather system will move through Northern California Saturday evening through Sunday and bring another round of showers and possible thunderstorms, along with the potential for light snow above 5000 feet.
June 8, 2017 at 9:15 AM 1,057 customers are still out of power in the Peardale area. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. Estimated time of restoration is 11:45 am.
June 8, 2017 at 7:32 AM Showers today and tomorrow, dry and warm next week. A late season Pacific low pressure system will bring unsettled weather to northern California over the next few days. A cold front associated with the low will bring light rain across most of Norcal today. The low itself will move into the Pacific northwest Friday and over the weekend bringing a threat of mostly mountain showers. Dry weather returns early next week.
June 7, 2017 at 8:39 AM The Tahoe National Forest will conduct an underburn today in the Madrone Springs area near Hwy 20. This is a 30-acre prescribed fire, no need to report it. Smoke may be visible from Nevada City, Cascade Shores and Hwy 20. Firefighters will be on scene.
June 7, 2017 at 7:26 AM One last warm day before much cooler and wetter weather moves in. A late season Pacific storm system will bring light to moderate precipitation to northern California starting tonight and lasting through Friday. Much cooler temperatures can be expected as well with daytime highs 10 to 15 degrees below normal. Showers will continue to be possible over the northern most state through the weekend.
June 6, 2017 at 5:14 PM CHP Grass Valley: Hwy 49 has been opened in both directions south of Grass Valley. It will take some time for traffic to clear. Thanks for your patience.
June 6, 2017 at 4:05 PM A tip from a Reader: Extreme heavy bumper to bumper traffic on LaBarr Meadows rd. Consider taking Allison Ranch or AUburn rd (across from Fairgrounds).
June 6, 2017 at 2:41 PM Rollover accident on McKnight in front of K Mart in Grass Valley. Emergency Services on scene.
June 6, 2017 at 1:59 PM Per CHP Gras Valley: Caltrans is en route for a long-term detour due to extensive damage at the scene of a collision involving multiple RV’s on Hwy 49 south of Grass Valley (near Golden Chain Motel). Please avoid the area.
June 6, 2017 at 1:44 PM Accident blocking all lanes on Hwy 49 near the Golden Chain Motel. No estimated time of clearing, expect delays and traffic congestion in the area.
June 6, 2017 at 6:51 AM Another small fire along westbound I-80 near the Placer Hills Road off-ramp has been fully contained.
June 6, 2017 at 6:47 AM Westbound I-80 at Weimar Cross Road, the slow lane is shut down due to a grass fire. Numerous fire personnel on scene.
June 6, 2017 at 6:44 AM Cooling trend Wednesday through Friday with showers expected Wednesday night through Friday. Shower potential may even extend over northern area into Saturday.
June 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM Firefighters are checking out a reported smoke on Hwy 20 near Cattle Drive in Penn Valley. So far, nothing showing.
June 5, 2017 at 6:21 PM The smoke visible south of Alta is from a prescribed fire on the Tahoe National Forest on the American River Ranger District. It is not a wildfire.
June 5, 2017 at 5:40 PM Per CHP Truckee: I-80 westbound, west of Secret Town expect delays and stopped traffic as CHP-Gold Run is working a collision involving an overturned vehicle blocking all lanes. No estimated time of reopening at this point.
June 5, 2017 at 5:20 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 174 at the corner of Orchard Springs.
June 5, 2017 at 8:31 AM Roadway still blocked on southbound Hwy 174 near Cedar Ridge Drive. Use caution in the area.
June 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM A jeep went off the roadway and hit a tree on northbound Hwy 49 near Ridge Road. Emergency services en route.
June 5, 2017 at 7:53 AM Cooler and showers possible starting Thursday. Warm and dry weather through the middle of the week. Cooler with a chance of showers for the latter half of the week.
June 4, 2017 at 4:49 PM A car stalled in the roadway on Hwy 49 southbound at the 49’er bridge. Use caution in the area.
June 4, 2017 at 3:43 PM Thanks to Jared Kopp of Sierra Timberline for sharing these photos of the Railroad Fire!
June 4, 2017 at 2:17 PM Fire contained, units remaining at scene for mop up. #RailroadFire Units held it to less than an acre.
June 4, 2017 at 2:03 PM Crews working a vegetation fire in Grass Valley, Railroad Ave near 49er Fun Park. Avoid the area and stay alert for FD crews.
June 4, 2017 at 7:48 AM Warm and dry to start the week, chance of rain by Thursday. High pressure rebuilds over the Great Basin on Monday, extending west into California. Expect Valley high temperatures in the 90s Monday through Wednesday, with mountain highs in the 60s to 80s. Winds will begin to pick up on Wednesday in advance of the next weather system.
June 3, 2017 at 5:06 PM Good progress is being made on the Thornberry incident.
June 3, 2017 at 4:58 PM Thornberry IC is requesting one handcrew to the fire. Washington Ridge crew 3 is being dispatched.
June 3, 2017 at 4:52 PM First units have arrived at the Thornberry fire. Battalion 2 is now the Thornberry IC.
June 3, 2017 at 4:33 PM Report of a vegetation fire, 1/4 acre on Thornberry Lane, near Retrac Way. Numerous engines en route.
June 3, 2017 at 4:04 PM Medical rescue, precautionary air ambulance ordered, at Stevens Trail near Colfax. Multiple units responding.
June 3, 2017 at 1:45 PM Smoke check on Old Tunnel turned out to be dust from the Horsemen’s Club
June 3, 2017 at 1:38 PM Smoke check on Old Tunnel Road near Brunswick Road, a single report of grey/black smoke seen. Units en route.
June 3, 2017 at 8:17 AM Above normal temperatures expected Saturday with near normal on Sunday. Warm and dry weather through the middle of next week. Cooler with a chance of precipitation late next week.
June 2, 2017 at 7:59 AM Prescribed burns will continue today on the Tahoe National orest near Bullards Bar and Camptonville.
June 2, 2017 at 6:50 AM Hot today, then warm, then breezy and warm. Roller coaster temperatures.
June 1, 2017 at 5:28 PM CHP Grass Valley: Roadway was just cleared of a collision on SR-49 north of Alta Sierra Dr. Traffic should be clearing soon.
June 1, 2017 at 5:09 PM This is about as close as you ever want to be when a tanker drops a load! Water drop by Tanker 93 at the Grass Valley Air Attack Base (video)
June 1, 2017 at 2:04 PM Proficiency training underway at the Grass Valley Air Attack Base. Tanker 93 out of Chico will be flying over the area. There is no fire locally, just training for the air and ground crews.
June 1, 2017 at 10:39 AM Northbound Hwy 49 at Brunswick off ramp, lane is blocked after a non-injury accident. Thanks to a reader for the heads up.
June 1, 2017 at 7:03 AM The Truckee Ranger District is planning a 100-acre prescribed fire near Stampede Reservoir area today, Thursday, June 1st. Ignition is planned to start around 11:00 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. The prescribed fire will only take place if weather, fuel conditions, and smoke dispersal remains favorable. Smoke may be visible along portions of Hwy 89 North, Interstate 80, Russel Valley and the Stampede/Boca Reservoir area.
June 1, 2017 at 7:01 AM Dry, warmer through the end of the week. We hope you enjoyed the rain and cooler temperatures today! Temperatures begin warming tomorrow and will reach the 90s in the valley by Friday. The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting for an extended warm, dry period for the western US. It looks like summer temperatures are here to stay!
June 1, 2017 at 6:55 AM If you are looking for last month’s log, you can find it here.
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