Happening Now is a feature designed to bring updates, announcements and info on news items throughout the day. You are invited to participate. See a road closure? A business opening? A smoke plume? Storm-related mishaps like downed trees, power lines, road or other flooding? Email us at news@yubanet.com or call 530-478-9600 to let us know. You can also text us reports at 530-409-9888, but please don’t text or call while driving. Thanks!

October 31, 2016 at 5:51 PM Drivers, slow down and pay extra attention tonight. Lots of ghouls and goblins – with a sugar rush – are out tonight!

October 31, 2016 at 2:11 PM The Truckee Police Department would like to remind residents that there will be lots of ghouls and goblins out spooking the streets of Truckee this evening. Please be mindful that they’ll be Trick-or-Treating in areas all over Truckee. We will have extra patrols in numerous areas including Glenshire and Gateway to assist with street crossing where there is more foot traffic but remember to take it slow while driving around in the evening.

October 31, 2016 at 8:48 AM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 174 at Rattlesnake Road in Grass Valley. Vehicle swerved off the roadway.

October 31, 2016 at 7:34 AM Evening rain to mar Trick or Treating tonight. Halloween is looking cool and wet as another system moves in tomorrow afternoon. While it won’t be as strong as Sunday’s system, be sure to bring a jacket and umbrella during trick or treating!

October 30, 2016 at 7:31 PM CHP Grass Valley: Overturned vehicle collision on SR-49 near Auburn Rd. Please approach the area slowly in this heavy rain.

October 30, 2016 at 6:12 PM CHP Truckee: Currently we are holding traffic on I-80 westbound in Truckee due to multiple spin outs going over Donner Summit. We will let you know when traffic is rolling again.


October 30, 2016 at 2:42 PM As of 2:35 pm, I80 was closed in both directions due to snow and multiple accidents from Kingvale to Donner Lake. The Caltrans Donner webcam shows backup.Chain controls in effect on US 50. Avoid travel over the summits if possible.


October 30, 2016 at 1:46 PM Conditions deteriorating rapidly on I-80! @CaltransDist3 reports heavy, slow moving traffic with chain controls. Only travel if you must!

October 30, 2016 at 1:42 PM The entire westbound lane of Hwy 174 at Laws Ranch Cross Road just past the Y is flooded.

October 30, 2016 at 12:37 PM Tree in the power lines, with lines now in the roadway on You Bet Road near Poorman Creek Road in Nevada City. Engines en route.

October 30, 2016 at 10:37 AM Cold and windy system moves in today. Wet unsettled weather continues into Tuesday as several weather systems move across the area. Heavy snow will be possible at Sierra pass levels today into tonight with lighter amounts possible later Monday into Tuesday. Winter Storm Warning from 10 AM this morning to 11 PM PDT this evening for West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada.

October 28, 2016 at 4:45 PM Powerlines down on Bitney Springs Road just off Newtown Road. Use caution in the area, engines en route.

October 28, 2016 at 3:58 PM Per Caltrans: WB I-80 at Secret Town/Cape Horn multiple crashes. One lane closed. Traffic moving slowly thru crash zones. Take it slow!

October 28, 2016 at 3:01 PM Vehicle accident, vehicle vs a parked tractor on McCourtney Road near Polaris Drive in Grass Valley. Engines en route.

October 28, 2016 at 2:12 PM Vehicle accident on Hwy 174 at North Day Road. Engines and medics en route.

October 28, 2016 at 1:56 PM Vehicle accident at Hwy 49 near Auburn Road in Grass Valley. Engines en route.

October 28, 2016 at 8:07 AM Weather systems playing tag, decent amount of precip expected. A couple of weather systems will make for a wet upcoming weekend. The first system will move into Norcal from the southwest. This is a warmer system bringing high snow levels and light to moderate rainfall. There is a break between systems Saturday but showers are likely at times. The second system will move through on Sunday. This is a colder system and will bring lower snow levels impacting the Sierra passes with several inches of snow. This will be the first significant snowfall event of this winter season so don’t be caught off guard. Carry tire chains and extra supplies if traveling through the Sierra Cascades Saturday night through Sunday evening.

Caltrans photo
Caltrans photo

October 27, 2016 at 4:58 PM Per Caltrans: I-80 Heavy rain and traffic over Donner Pass. Slow down and be alert.

October 27, 2016 at 4:04 PM Vehicle accident on southbound Hwy 49 at the McKnight off ramp. Car into a tree. Engines, medic on scene.

October 27, 2016 at 3:26 PM I-80 closed in both directions at Magra east of Colfax for crash. Debris on both sides of the roadway.  No ETO. Expect delays and congestion.

October 27, 2016 at 12:08 PM Strong odor of sulfur reported in the area of Whiting Street in Grass Valley. Engines are en route.

October 27, 2016 at 11:38 AM Caltrans: Jack-knifed big rig EB I-80 at Floriston blocking both lanes. Traffic being held at top of hill just west of incident. No ETO.

October 27, 2016 at 10:56 AM The Yuba River Ranger District sent an update on their prescribed firing operations: We had good success along Hwy 49 and Ridge Road. Hwy 49 will have no burning today.  We will continue along Ridge Road in the Forest City area.  We will also be burning in the Pendola area north, northwest of Camptonville.

October 27, 2016 at 8:19 AM Wet weather returns, several storms lined up. Wet weather will return Thursday morning as warm subtropical moisture moves into our area. Due to its origins, we expect snow levels and precipitation totals to be quite high with most of the valley seeing 1’’ of rain. A cooler system originating from the Gulf of Alaska will begin to impact Northern California on Saturday. Rainfall from this system might not be as high for the valley, but a bigger impact is expected from this system as snow levels fall below the passes on Sunday.

October 27, 2016 at 8:07 AM Two car vehicle accident on Alta Sierra Drive and Hwy 49. The intersection is blocked, emergency services are on scene.

October 26, 2016 at 8:52 AM The Plumas National Forest will conduct pile burns today in the Antelope Lake area.

Name of Burn: Antelope Lake Unit 1, Boulder Creek WC, and Boulder Creek CG
Type of Burn:  Piles
Location: T27N R 12E S14,15,23
When: Ignition will begin on October 26, 2016
Size: 9 Acres
Duration:  Burning will take 1 day. With smoke visible during the time of burning, and continued smoke production for up to 2 days after the day of ignition.
Areas of Impact: Smoke will be visible from Antelope Lake.
Point of contact:  Mt. Hough Ranger District at 530-283-0555

October 26, 2016 at 8:23 AM The Tahoe National Forest’s Yuba River Ranger District will be conducting prescribed burning on multiple locations today throughout the district.  Areas include Ridge Rd. in the Forest City area and along Hwy 49 between Bassets and Cal-Ida.

October 26, 2016 at 8:05 AM Brief dry spell today, then at times heavy rain starting Thursday afternoon. After a short break today, rain returns to the region on Thursday and Friday.

October 25, 2016 at 7:18 PM Car vs fire engine, no injuries reported, at the Bear River Bridge in Hwy 174. Roadway is partially blocked, use caution in the area.

October 25, 2016 at 3:55 PM Vehicle into a tree on Greenhorn Road. Driver is out of the vehicle and walking around, no injuries reported.

Photo courtesy The Mountain Messenger
Photo courtesy The Mountain Messenger

October 25, 2016 at 3:28 PM The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is confirming that both the suspect in the Sunday morning Guerneville kidnapping and her 7-month-old baby have been safely located in the area of Downieville, CA at about 3:10 PM. The woman, Hannah Ashley is in custody and the baby has been taken into protective custody. The details of the arrest haven’t come in from the scene yet but we will update as soon as they are received.

October 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM On-ramp from Dorsey Drive to EB Hwy 20/49 in Grass Valley closed 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. to erect light pole. Use caution in area.

October 25, 2016 at 9:25 AM The TNF’s Yuba River Ranger District will be conducting pile burning at 3 locations today (10/25/2016) in Yuba County.

1.       Vista Point (along Marysville Road)

2.       Old Toll Road/Marysville Road

3.       Old Camptonville Road (adjacent to Highway 49-within Camptonville area)

Fire apparatus will be at these locations along with smoke being visible and may impinge Highway 49 and Marysville Road. Please drive with caution and lower your speed when traveling through these areas.

October 25, 2016 at 7:25 AM Current system moves out, second storm arrives Thursday, more on tap for weekend. Rain will retreat northward today as high pressure temporarily builds across NorCal ahead of the next developing weather system off the coast. Widespread rain is expected to return to the region on Thursday.

October 24, 2016 at 8:55 PM Standoff over on Sutton Way. Standoff over, area secure – nobody has been injured.

October 24, 2016 at 4:33 PM Vehicle accident, two vehicles involved on East Main Street, across from Hughes Road in Grass Valley. Roadway is partially blocked, Grass Valley Police is on scene.

October 24, 2016 at 2:17 PM Amber alert issued and in effect for the following counties: Sonoma, Marin, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Calaveras, Alpine, Amador, Sacramento, Solano, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Yolo, Sutter, Placer, El Dorado, Nevada, Yuba, Colusa, Glenn, Butte, Sierra, Plumas, Tehama, Humboldt, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Modoc, Siskiyou, and Del Norte.

On October 23, 2016, Henry Massey was abducted from Guerneville, California.

Henry Massey is a 7 month old white male, 26 inches tall, weighing 15 pounds, with brown hair and grey eyes.

The suspect, Hannah Ashley, is a 35 year old white female, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

The suspect was last seen driving a 2005 Subaru Forrester, with a California license plate number 5JKZ255.

If seen contact the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department at (707) 565-2121

October 24, 2016 at 2:14 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Hutto Road in the Smartsville area. Engines are en route. Reported as building smoke, possibly a grass fire.

October 24, 2016 at 1:33 PM First unit at scene of the Bullards incident reports this is a legal debris burn with some extension to nearby berry bushes. Two engines and one water tender requested, all others can cancel.

October 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM First Forest Service unit has arrived on scene of the fire near Bullards, hiking in now.

October 24, 2016 at 1:05 PM Escaped debris burn on the Garden Point side of Bullards Bar. Numerous engines en route. Access from the Camptonville side via Pendola Road to Garden Valley. The fire is just before the Garden Point campground.

October 24, 2016 at 12:55 PM Report of a vehicle rollover with injuries at McKitrick Ranch Road near Jones Bar Road. Emergency services and ambulance en route.

October 24, 2016 at 10:51 AM All CAL FIRE aircraft have left the Grass Valley Air Attack Base for the winter. Both Tankers 88, 89 and Air Attack 230 are on their way to McClellan where winter maintenance will be performed. The planes will return at the beginning of the 2017 fire season.

October 24, 2016 at 8:11 AM Today is the last day to register to vote in the November Presidential Election. Register online, check your voter status, study the races and then vote!

October 24, 2016 at 7:27 AM Unsettled weather week ahead. Unsettled weather pattern expected into the weekend. An incoming weather system will bring showers and breezy winds to the area today into early Tuesday.

October 23, 2016 at 4:20 PM Station 33 in the Mt. Howell area is conducting a control burn. Smoke can be seen from I-80 near the Dutch Flat off ramp.

October 23, 2016 at 4:15 PM Power outage on Bitney Springs Road, estimated time of restoration is 6:30 pm. Crews are on scene.

October 23, 2016 at 9:57 AM Vehicle vs deer on Hwy 49 just north of Combie Road in the Lake of the Pines area. Use caution as car parts are strewn over the roadway.

October 22, 2016 at 9:41 PM  Rollover accident at the corner of Hwy 174 and Rollins Lake Road, vehicle vs pole. No power lines down, emergency services are on scene.

October 22, 2016 at 8:33 PM Rollover accident on the 12400 block of Valley View Road off Banner Lava Cap in Nevada City. Emergency personnel on scene reporting minor injury only, use caution in the area, the road is blocked. Thanks to reader Marcia for the heads up.

October 22, 2016 at 10:16 AM Eldorado National Forest: Test burns on the Georgetown District were successful. Burning will continue in the Nevada Point Ridge area and East of Stumpy Meadows.

October 22, 2016 at 9:18 AM Mostly dry weekend, then a rainy week ahead. A sunny and seasonable weekend is ahead across northern California, but an approaching weather disturbance will bring increasing winds, clouds, and widespread rain during the work week.

October 21, 2016 at 11:32 AM Medical rescue underway on Stevens Trail near Colfax. Units are making their way to the patient, approximately 3 miles into the trail.

October 21, 2016 at 9:55 AM The County of Nevada of Nevada has overstock metal filing cabinets, mostly 2 & 4 drawer legal size.  The warehouse will be open Friday, 10/21 from 12-1, located at 15036 Hwy 49 at the corner of E. Broad and Hwy 49 at the North Bloomfield traffic light.  All cabinets are $10 each and must be hauled away at time of sale.

October 21, 2016 at 9:13 AM From the Tahoe National Forest: The Yuba River Ranger District will be conducting pile burning in 2 separate locations today. One unit is on the Northern edge of Downieville and the other is along the Hwy 20 corridor (Hwy20/Conservation Road).  Smoke will be visible in these areas and there will be fire apparatus on the roads. Please drive with caution when traveling through these 2 areas. Be advise, if planning to recreate along the First Divide trail (Lavezzola Road/Downieville), this section of the trail will be closed due to burning and rolling debris.

October 21, 2016 at 7:30 AM Sunny Saturday, rain returns late Sunday. High pressure over the west coast will give way over the weekend bringing a change in the weather pattern. Fair skies on Saturday will transition to mainly cloudy skies on Sunday. A chance of showers exists over the coast range by Sunday afternoon. Most of northern California will see scattered showers during the early part of next week.

October 20, 2016 at 3:37 PM Per Truckee Fire: Fire alarm activation due to faulty HVAC unit at #Truckee Alder Creek Middle School, negative fire. All children have been picked up.

October 20, 2016 at 3:35 PM Nevada-Yuba-Placer and Sierra Counties 2016 Burn Permit Suspension Lifted. Effective Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:00 am the burn permit suspension in Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra Counties will be lifted.

October 20, 2016 at 3:25 PM Unconfirmed reports of missing ballot cards – check your absentee ballots. Unconfirmed reports of vote by mail ballots missing the second ballot card are starting to pop up. According to the Nevada County Elections Office, they received two calls on Monday alerting them to missing cards.

October 20, 2016 at 3:02 PM Accident at Hwy 49 at Old Downieville HWY, units at scene reporting roadway blocked, please avoid the area and expect delays.

October 20, 2016 at 2:41 PM Truckee Fire: Currently fire alarm is activated at Alder Creek Middle School all children have been evacuated. All children are safe

October 20, 2016 at 8:48 AM If you see people dropping to the floor at 10:20 am, they’re practicing the Great California #ShakeOut

October 20, 2016 at 8:02 AM Dry weekend ahead, then more rain. High pressure over the southwest U.S. will bring fair skies and warm temperatures through Saturday. A low pressure system coming off the Pacific will bring cooler temperatures and scattered showers early next week.

October 19, 2016 at 9:13 AM If you see smoke on Hwy 20 near the Washington Conservation Camp, it’s a prescribed burn. Firefighters are in the area now.

October 19, 2016 at 8:14 AM Report of structure fire turned out to be a false alarm.

October 19, 2016 at 8:05 AM Report of a structure fire on Hwy 49 near Lime Kiln Road in Grass Valley, units en route.

October 19, 2016 at 7:51 AM Dry through Sunday, then more rain on the way. High pressure over the west coast will bring fair skies and a little above normal temperatures through the end of the week. An upper level low pressure system is forecast to approach the coast over the weekend bringing the start of a cooling trend. Most NorCal locations will see a threat of precipitation early next week as this system moves inland.

Photo courtesy Tyrus Blount

October 18, 2016 at 7:05 PM Minor injuries only reported at a two-vehicle accident on Banner Lava Cap at Madrona Way. Thanks to reader Tyrus Blount for the photo.

October 18, 2016 at 6:10 PM Traffic #Update at 6:00pm: SR-49 is clear near Rincon Way. The traffic backup should be clearing soon.

October 18, 2016 at 5:25 PM Traffic #Update at 5:20pm: SR-49 northbound lanes are closed near Rincon Way. Traffic is backed-up for several miles. Helicopter clear.

October 18, 2016 at 4:33 PM Per CHP Grass Valley: Major collision blocking SR-49 south of Rincon Way. Please avoid the area if possible.

October 18, 2016 at 11:45 AM Smoke report from Banner Mountain lookout. Low, light grey smoke. It is a control burn on the Tahoe National Forest in the Madrone Springs area.

October 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM Dry and warmer week ahead. Drier weather returns to NorCal this week as the storm track shifts north of the region.

October 17, 2016 at 3:24 PM CHP Grass Valley: Pleasant Valley Rd has been cleared. 1 injury reported as minor-to-moderate injuries. Thanks for your patience.

October 17, 2016 at 2:36 PM CHP Grass Valley: Overturned vehicle with roadway blocked on Pleasant Valley Rd near Lake Wildwood. Expect delays.

October 17, 2016 at 10:58 AM The Plumas NF, Feather River RD will be burning on the following projects:

  • Name of project:
    • Meadow Restoration HCP
  • Contact info:
    • Feather River Ranger District (530) 534-6500
  • Legal location and landmark of burn:
    • T 22N R 8E sec 21,22,27,33,34
  • Type of burn: Hand Piles
  • Total acreage:
    • 15 acres
  • Ignition date:  10/17/2016
  • Duration of ignition, given in days: 1-2
  • Estimated direction of smoke travel:  Variable
  • Communities or Smoke Sensitive Areas that could be impacted (if any):  Smoke will be visible near the Little Grass Valley Campgrounds; Horse Camp and Little Beaver

October 17, 2016 at 9:57 AM The northbound lane of Hwy 49 near the 49er bridge will remain closed until noon. Caltrans is removing the rock and mudslide blocking the lane. Traffic control is in place. Slow down and use caution in the area.

October 17, 2016 at 9:03 AM Non-injury accident at the Idaho-Maryland off ramp on Hwy 49.

October 17, 2016 at 8:32 AM Non-injury accident on Hwy 20 at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road in Penn Valley.


October 17, 2016 at 7:59 AM Caltrans: I-80 at Castle Peak snow continues to fall, take it slow.

October 16, 2016 at 2:39 PM A large tree is in the roadway on southbound Wolf Rd at Lime Kiln Rd.


October 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM Urban and small stream flood advisory until 5:00 pm for Sacramento, El Dorado, Nevada, and Placer counties. Some locations that will experience flooding include:

Sacramento, Elk Grove, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rocklin, Auburn, Forest Hill, Fair Oaks, El Dorado Hills, Carmichael, Cameron Park, Rancho Cordova, West Sacramento, Lincoln, Lake of the Pines, Loomis, Garden Valley, Elverta, Granite Bay and Parkway-South Sacramento.


October 16, 2016 at 11:50 AM Flash flood warning for El Dorado County in northern California  until 2:45 pm. At 11:45 am, Doppler Radar indicated heavy rain across the Emerald Bay fire burn scar flash flooding is expected to begin shortly. Flash flooding will remain over mainly rural areas of El Dorado County. Excessive rainfall over the burn scar may result in a debris flow moving over Highway 89. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.


October 16, 2016 at 10:18 AM Caltrans alert: WB I-80 at Floriston truck fire. Traffic is getting through with escorts in the #1 lane, ETO noon.

October 16, 2016 at 10:02 AM More rain, gusty winds and mountain snow today. Periods of rain – heavy at times – gusty winds, and high mountain snow into Monday. Drier weather expected the rest of the week with warming temperatures.

October 15, 2016 at 8:27 PM Tree down on Cooper Road near Madrone Springs Road off Hwy 20, according to a reader.

October 15, 2016 at 8:13 PM Tree in the roadway on Tyler Foote Road near Ananda. Roadway is partially blocked.

October 15, 2016 at 7:54 PM Tree down, blocking the roadway on Tyler Foote at Jackas Flat on the San Juan Ridge.

October 15, 2016 at 5:44 PM According to reader Katherine, tree down blocking the road at the entrance of Rector Rd. off Lake Vera/Purdon!

October 15, 2016 at 3:38 PM A tree is hanging over the roadway, approximately 5 ft off the ground, on North Bloomfield/Graniteville Road near Cooper Road.


October 15, 2016 at 3:31 PM At 3:29 PM Significant weather advisory for south central Plumas, east central Yuba, northwestern Nevada and Sierra counties until 4:15 pm. Doppler Radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over Cherokee or 10 miles north of Grass Valley, moving northeast at 55 mph. Half inch hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with this storm. Locations Impacted Include: Sierra City, Downieville, Pike, Alleghany, Camptonville, La Porte, Bald Mountain Summit, Cherokee, Little Grass Valley, Nevada City and Graniteville.

October 15, 2016 at 11:48 AM Series of storms brings heavy rain, winds and possibly thunderstorms. Additional Pacific storms will bring periods of rain (heavy at times), gusty wind, and high mountain snow into early next week. Drier with warming temperatures expected midweek.

October 14, 2016 at 6:22 PM Vehicle accident on Hwy 49 and Ivey Lane on the San Juan Ridge, both lanes are blocked. Emergency services on scene.

October 14, 2016 at 6:03 PM Vehicle rollover accident on Hwy 174 across from Odyssey Lane near the Bear River bridge. Units en route.

October 14, 2016 at 5:46 PM Vehicle vs pedestrian on East Main Street in Grass Valley. Units en route.

October 14, 2016 at 5:44 PM Vehicle into a ditch on Lime Kiln Road between Duggans and McCourtney. No injuries reported.

October 14, 2016 at 3:37 PM Three big rigs collided on I-80 eastbound at the Donner Pass Rd of ramp.

October 14, 2016 at 3:35 PM CHP Truckee: Multi vehicle collision I-80 eastbound at Floriston.  The right hand lane is blocked. Expect delays through the area.

October 14, 2016 at 3:11 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 49 at Combie Road. Vehicle vs tree on I-80 westbound at the Hwy 174 on ramp. Two-car accident on Hwy 49 at Old Foresthill Rd. Multi-vehicle accident on westbound I-80 at the Alta off ramp. Weather and excessive speed are not a good combination. Reduce your speed and turn your headlights on.

October 14, 2016 at 11:21 AM Members of the Nevada County strike team have arrived at the Little Valley Fire. They are engaged in structure protection, trying to prevent the fire from crossing a narrow road with houses on the other side. Stay safe!

October 14, 2016 at 9:54 AM Thanks to reader Chris: Tree down across East Bennet near Brunswick (GV). Use alternate route.

October 14, 2016 at 9:26 AM Rockslide is creating a traffic hazard on Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge Road.


October 14, 2016 at 9:14 AM Updates on the Emerald Fire in Lake Tahoe are here: http://yubanet.com/Fires/emerald/ Updates on the Little Valley Fire near Carson City are here: http://yubanet.com/Fires/little-valley/

October 14, 2016 at 9:13 AM Vehicle over the embankment on Hwy 174 at Lower Colfax Road. Fire en route. Use caution and reduce your speed.

October 14, 2016 at 8:43 AM Good reminder from Nevada County Fire JOA: Please use extra caution driving this morning. Remember that if your windshield wipers are on, state law requires your headlights on too!

October 14, 2016 at 8:14 AM Roadway is flooded on Hwy 174 at Laws Ranch Cross Road. Use extreme caution in the area.

October 13, 2016 at 10:08 PM Wrong way driver on westbound I-80 between Weimar and Gold Run. Major injury collision between Rollins and Weimar. Use an alternate rote if possible.

October 13, 2016 at 9:47 PM Traffic is being re-routed after an accident on Magnolia Road near Trotter Road. A pickup truck vs a power pole, with the pole severed in half. Power lines are down. Estimated time of reopening the roadway is approximately 2 hours, as reported by a reader.

October 13, 2016 at 7:25 PM Multi-vehicle accident on northbound Hwy  49 / Lady Jane Rd. One lane is still blocked, use caution in the area.

October 13, 2016 at 1:51 PM Smoke check in the McCourtney Road area, reported by lookout. Units are en route to investigate.

October 13, 2016 at 11:43 AM Vehicle accident on Idaho-Maryland Road, firefighters at scene.

Tanker 118 (before the current paintjob) on the Lowell Fire, July 25, 2015. Photo by Matthew Rhodes.
Tanker 118 (before the current paintjob) on the Lowell Fire, July 25, 2015. Photo by Matthew Rhodes.

October 13, 2016 at 9:29 AM If you are seeing a Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) and a lead plane flying over the Tahoe, it is just a drill. More info: http://yubanet.com/regional/c130-maffs-aircraft-to-train-over-the-tahoe-national-forest/ October 13, 2016 at 9:20 AM Update from the Eldorado National Forest: No additional acres to be burned today on Big Grizzly Prescribed Burn, Georgetown District. Fire crews will be monitoring yesterday’s burn. October 13, 2016 at 7:10 AM Eldorado National Forest: Burning is planned to continue on Lost Horse (NE of Lumberyard, Amador District) and Big Grizzly (Nevada Pt Ridge, Georgetown District.) October 13, 2016 at 4:51 AM Atmospheric river points at Northern California, wet and windy weekend forecast. A series of wet weather systems will take aim at Northern California beginning today. We have high confidence in this early season wet weather pattern that will continue through the weekend. Given the early season nature of this system, expect impacts to be elevated from normal winter storms, with slick roads, clogged drains, and high elevation snow all likely.

As seen from the Foresthill Divide: Moonrise over El Dorado County Controlled Burns. Photo courtesy Debbie Griffin
As seen from the Foresthill Divide: Moonrise over El Dorado County Controlled Burns. Photo courtesy Debbie Griffin

October 13, 2016 at 4:05 AM Numerous reports of smoke throughout Nevada and Placer counties. At this time, there are no active fires in the area. The smoke settling into drainages overnight is from prescribed burns on the Eldorado National Forest. Prevailing winds pushed the smoke to the north and the nightly inversion has the particulate matter sinking lower to the ground. Remember that prescribed fires in the fall and winter reduce the risk of major wildfires – only call 911 if you see flames. October 12, 2016 at 5:10 PM Passenger vehicle fire on Hwy 20 and Rough&Ready Hwy. Reported as an engine compartment fire, occupants are out of the vehicle. Units are en route. October 12, 2016 at 1:23 PM First units have arrived at scene on I-80. Canceling all aircraft and crews. October 12, 2016 at 1:09 PM Semi trailer vehicle fire with extension to the wildland on eastbound I-80 at the Nyack off ramp. Full wildland dispatch with air resources on order. October 12, 2016 at 12:46 PM Debris pile reported in the area of Hwy 20 and Spring Valley Road in Loma Rica. Caller reported a large burnpile behind the fruit stand. Units are en route. October 12, 2016 at 12:37 PM There will be smoke. Eldorado National Forest reports test fires successful on all prescribed burns. Target acreage for the day – Peninsula 100, Lost Horse 100, Big Grizzly 150. October 12, 2016 at 11:05 AM The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a high wind warning, which is in effect from 8 pm Thursday to 11 am Friday. Winds will increase Thursday afternoon and persist through Friday. A second wave of strong and potentially damaging winds is likely Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Winds: Southwest 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 65 mph. Sierra ridge gusts up to 125 mph. Lake Tahoe wave heights: 3 to 6 feet. Impacts: Damage to trees, power lines and property is possible. Winds will result in severe turbulence for aircraft flying through the region. Small boats, kayaks and paddle boards should stay off Lake Tahoe. October 12, 2016 at 8:48 AM Nevada County Voter Statistics as of October 12, 2016. October 12, 2016 at 8:44 AM Windy and very wet starting Thursday night. A series of Pacific weather systems will bring periods of moderate rain (heavy over the mountains) and gusty winds late Thursday through early next week. Satellite imagery already shows a Pacific basin-wide moisture plume originating from Typhoon Songda feeding into this frontal system.

October 12, 2016 at 1:06 AM Firefighters are making good progress, a hose line around the fire shortly will be completed shortly. A dozer has been requested to the fire to improve the access road. October 12, 2016 at 12:44 AM The latest update puts the fire at 1/2 to 1 acre, burning at a slow to moderate rate of spread, in brush and duff. Firefighters are on scene, access will be off Old Toll Road. October 12, 2016 at 12:31 AM Two handcrews requested to the fire off Old Toll Road. The fire is burning in heavy brush, mostly as a ground fire at this time. October 12, 2016 at 12:17 AM Firefighters have made access to the fire, still estimated at 1/4 acre. October 11, 2016 at 11:39 PM Firefighters have located the fire off Old Toll Road and Kelly Road. Estimated to be about 1/4 acre, burning at a slow rate of spread. Numerous resources are in the area, there is no threat to any structures. October 11, 2016 at 11:15 PM Two engines from Dobbins will check the Colgate Powerhouse area. Firefighters are still attempting to locate the fire. If helicopter H-20 is available, they might fly the area. October 11, 2016 at 10:42 PM Possible vegetation fire between Allegheny and the Yuba River, on the Camptonville side of the Middle Fork. North San Juan, Camptonville and Pike County Fire units are en route.

ENF photo of Peninsula Rx burn from Big Hill lookout.
ENF photo of Peninsula Rx burn from Big Hill lookout.

October 11, 2016 at 6:10 PM Smoke widely seen in the Foresthill, Georgetown and Placerville areas is from two prescribed burns on the Eldorado National Forest. 30 acres were completed on Lost Horse today & 100 on the Peninsula Prescribed Fire. Lost Horse prescribed burn, north of Highway 88 near Cat Creek road, began this morning. Approximately, 650 acres planned over 4 days. Peninsula burn, east side of Union Valley Reservoir, began this morning. Approximately, 230 acres are planned over a 2-day period.

October 11, 2016 at 3:15 PM A note from the Nevada County Elections Office: State Voter Information Guides: I spoke with the Secretary of State Office on Friday October 7, 2016 regarding Nevada County voters receiving the State Voter Guide.  The Secretary of State Office stated that the remaining Nevada County Voters could be receiving their guide by the end of the week of October 10th. If you would like to access this guide electronically, please visit:  http://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2016/general/en/pdf/complete-vig.pdf.

October 11, 2016 at 10:37 AM WR&R has been alerted by a local falconer, to a missing red-tailed hawk in the North San Juan area. The bird was lost in the Tyler Foote Road area. It is a first-year bird, so does not have a red tail yet, but it does have anklets, jesses, a bell and a telemetry tracker on it. It will readily approach humans. If anyone sees this bird, or hears from someone who has, please contact WR&R’s answering service right away at 530-432-5522 or Randall Harding at 530-478-9091, and please try to keep an eye on the bird and where it goes. Thank you!

October 11, 2016 at 7:35 AM Series of Pacific weather systems will take aim at Northern California late this week. Here’s a look at the latest forecast rain totals for the wet weather systems late this week. Between Thursday and early Monday, between 1 and 3 inches of rain will be possible across the Sacramento Valley, with higher totals toward the north. 2 to 5 inches of rain will be possible across the northern Sierra, and 4 to 8 inches of rain are possible across the Shasta County mountains.

October 10, 2016 at 4:32 PM Accident on Hwy 49 near La Barr Meadows Road. Use caution, the roadway is partially blocked.

October 10, 2016 at 8:09 AM Storm door cracks open late this week. Wet weather arrives late this week. How wet will it get? Here is an early estimate for the period from early Thursday through Saturday night. The mountains of Shasta county could see several inches, with a few inches over portions of the Sierra. Estimates for the Valley range from around a quarter of an inch for the northern San Joaquin Valley to nearly 3 inches for the northern Sacramento Valley. Additional systems could bring even more rain early the next week!

October 9, 2016 at 6:45 PM Brush fire on westbound I-80 near Ophir Road and Newcastle is impacting traffic. CHP was on scene to provide traffic control. The fire has been contained to approximately 1 acre. Please watch for firefighting equipment leaving the scene.

October 8, 2016 at 10:48 AM Beautiful weekend ahead. This will be a good weekend to enjoy some outdoor fun before the weather turns cooler and wetter by the end of next week. Daytime highs for interior NorCal will be warmer than average with light winds and dry conditions.

October 7, 2016 at 6:33 PM Single vehicle into the ditch approximately 1/2 mile north of Shoshoni Trail, before the 49er bridge. Emergency services are on scene, reporting no injuries to the single occupant.

October 7, 2016 at 9:13 AM Report of a possible structure fire, smoke seen, on Walsh Street across from Pleasant Street in Grass Valley. Multiple engines en route.

October 7, 2016 at 7:53 AM Dry and warm through the weekend. High pressure sliding across the southwest U.S will bring fair skies and warm temperatures to northern California through the upcoming weekend. Daytime temperatures are forecast to come in a few to several degrees above normal each day. Cooling is expected next week.

October 6, 2016 at 5:27 PM Vehicle accident on Starduster Lane near Bitney Springs, solo vehicle overturned. Emergency services are on site.

October 6, 2016 at 4:16 PM TNF Helicopter 514 is en route to the Grouse Ridge area for a smoke check. A possibly lightning-caused fire has been reported in the area.

October 6, 2016 at 4:11 PM Units at Brewer report one patient with moderate injuries. This was a solo vehicle accident.

October 6, 2016 at 4:07 PM Vehicle accident on Brewer Road across from Wolf Road is blocking the roadway. Emergency services on scene, assessing for injuries.

October 6, 2016 at 2:35 PM Vegetation fire on Hammonton-Smartsville Road. Full wildland dispatch on order, including aircraft. Reported as a 50 by 50 spot on private property.

October 6, 2016 at 12:41 PM The reported smoke check/residential structure fire in Alta Sierra is a good reminder to open the damper of your fireplace.

October 6, 2016 at 9:43 AM Smoke check in the South Ponderosa Way area, across the freeway in Grass Valley.

October 6, 2016 at 8:44 AM Warming up – Saturday will be warmest day of the week. Building high pressure will bring fair skies and increasing temperatures over the next few days. Temperatures today will come in a little below normal but then climb to above normal by Friday. A little more warming is expected on Saturday. Light northerly breezes are also expected through the end of the week.

October 6, 2016 at 12:21 AM Updates on the vegetation fire near Cement Hill Road will be posted here: http://yubanet.com/Fires/cement/

October 6, 2016 at 12:13 AM Additional engines are en route to the Cement fire on Hwy 49.

October 6, 2016 at 12:07 AM Firefighters have located a vegetation fire in the vicinity of Juvenile Hall on Hwy 49 in Nevada City. They are making access now.

October 5, 2016 at 11:56 PM Smoke check in the area of Hwy 49 and Cement Hill in Nevada City. Firefighters are in the area, attempting to locate the fire.

October 5, 2016 at 8:14 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 49 approximately one mile past the Willo, near Cedarsong Road. The northbound lane is blocked and emergency services are on scene.

October 5, 2016 at 6:02 PM Large pile, multiple smokes, on a construction site on Allison Ranch Road on city property. One engine at scene, requesting a second engine and a water tender. An on-site dozer is helping to tear the pile apart.

October 5, 2016 at 1:55 PM Smoke check in the Camptonville area.

Photo Shawn Olson
Photo Shawn Olson

October 5, 2016 at 12:28 PM Independence IC reports the fire was contained to the RV trailer. Crews are working on mopping up the fire. They’ll be on scene for another 30 minutes, use caution in the area.

October 5, 2016 at 12:16 PM The reported fire is near Independence Trail on the Nevada City side of the river, first unit at scene reports this as a fire in a trailer being towed. One additional unit to continue in, all others are being canceled.

October 5, 2016 at 12:07 PM Report of a vegetation fire, smoke seen only, near the South Yuba River State Park at the 49er Bridge. Full wildland dispatch on order.

October 5, 2016 at 8:27 AM Gradual warming with breezy northerly winds. Dry conditions and a gradual warming trend expected the rest of the week. A few showers over the far northern mountains possible Wednesday.

October 5, 2016 at 7:39 AM Fire on Maidu Trail is extinguished, investigator en route. The incoming units are being canceled.

October 5, 2016 at 7:34 AM Report of a vegetation fire, reported to be the size of a car, on Maidu Trail, across from Indian Springs Road. Units are at scene.

October 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM Update posted with additional information on the arrest: http://yubanet.com/regional/shooting-suspect-found-alive-in-washington/

October 4, 2016 at 5:55 PM The missing suspect in the Town of Washington has been located alive, more details to follow shortly.

October 4, 2016 at 3:46 PM Accident at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Coyote Street in Nevada City. Ambulance on order, precautionary.

October 4, 2016 at 2:17 PM Motorcycle down on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. Emergency services are arriving on scene.

October 4, 2016 at 1:06 PM Vehicle in the middle of the roadway on northbound Hwy 49, approximately 1 mile from the 49er Bridge. Fire engine is on scene, use caution in the area.

October 4, 2016 at 10:22 AM Smoke check in the Oregon Creek area. TNF firefighters en route.

October 4, 2016 at 8:15 AM Clearing skies and a slight warming up. Milder temperatures are expected across the interior of NorCal today, though highs will still be below average for early October.

October 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM Slow traffic on westbound I-80 at Norton Grade Road near Secret Town. Solo vehicle accident in the #1 lane. Medics, CHP on scne – traffic control is in place.

October 3, 2016 at 12:23 PM Report of a structure fire, reported as a garage on fire, on New York Flat Road in Forbestown. Units are en route. The two reported fires near Alleghany are one and the same, units are working to contain this lightning-caused fire.

October 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM There are possibly two fires near Alleghany, in the Black Jack canyon area.

October 3, 2016 at 10:02 AM Report of a vegetation fire on the Tahoe National Forest, in the Alleghany area.

October 3, 2016 at 9:28 AM Firefighters have arrived on scene and report a small spot, already extinguished. All engines are available.

October 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM Report of a vegetation fire on Willow Glen Road before Brownsville. Dobbins Fire, CAL FIRE engines en route. Reported as a small spot in the trees, just past the hardware store.

October 3, 2016 at 7:50 AM Firefighters have mitigated the chimney fire on Aurora Close, engines are being released back to their respective stations.

October 3, 2016 at 7:26 AM First unit has arrived in Cascade Shores, reports a single-story home, with light smoke showing.

October 3, 2016 at 7:13 AM Report of a chimney fire in Cascade Shores, on Aurora Close off Banner Quaker Hill Road. Numerous engines en route.

October 3, 2016 at 7:12 AM Unseasonably cool temperatures will continue across interior NorCal today. A return to drier and milder weather begins Tuesday.


October 2, 2016 at 3:02 PM Gas hazard reported at BriarPatch on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. Units en route. Smell of propane in the bakery.

October 2, 2016 at 3:01 PM Severe Thunderstorm Warning from 10/2/2016 2:59 PM to 3:45 PM PDT for Sierra, Placer County, El Dorado County.

October 2, 2016 at 2:57 PM National Weather Service in Sacramento: Getting reports of ponding on road, pea-size hail, and storm drains not keeping up with this storm in some areas of Roseville, CA.

October 2, 2016 at 2:12 PM Heavy snow, starting to stick from Yuba Gap to Kingvale.


October 2, 2016 at 1:56 PM First two units have arrived on New York Road and reports a 10 by 10 spot, extinguished by property owners. All other units are canceled. Cause was a hot ash bucket, dumped outside last night.

October 2, 2016 at 1:53 PM First unit has arrived on East Lime Kiln Road and can handle the incident. All other incoming units are being canceled.

October 2, 2016 at 1:45 PM Report of a vegetation fire on New York House Road in the Brownsville area. Large dispatch en route.

October 2, 2016 at 1:41 PM Air ambulance on order for the accident on I-80 and the Hwy 174 off ramp.

October 2, 2016 at 1:40 PM Report of a possible residential structure fire on East Lime Kiln. Large dispatch on order. Reported as smoke only, no flames seen.

October 2, 2016 at 1:14 PM Rain + slippery roads = accidents: Sr174 / Odyssey Ln Grass Valley Rough And Ready Hwy / Bitney Springs Rd Foresthill Rd / Robinson Flat Rd I80 W / Sr174 Ofr Lime Kiln Rd / Doolittle Rd

October 2, 2016 at 12:45 PM Banner Mountain Lookout is going out of service, due to heavy rain. Saddleback Lookout is reporting rain and snow flurries.

October 2, 2016 at 12:27 PM Drive carefully, roads will be slick with accumulated oil, leaves and dust, mixed with rain. Pro tip: Turn your headlights on.

October 2, 2016 at 10:44 AM Vehicle accident, three cars involved on Hwy 49 near Smith Road, just south of Grass Valley. The roadway is blocked, use an alternate route of possible.

October 2, 2016 at 10:07 AM Report of a vegetation fire near Bowman Lake on the Tahoe National Forest. Full wildland response on order.

October 2, 2016 at 9:17 AM Light rain and snow, with an added chance of thunderstorms, today and Monday. Generally light precipitation totals are expected across the interior of Northern California with today’s weather system. Less than a quarter inch of rain is expected to fall across the Valley, with up to half an inch over the Sierra. Locally higher totals will be possible in thunderstorms.

October 1, 2016 at 8:35 PM Rollover vehicle accident on Combie Road. Minor injuries, but major damage to one vehicle.

October 1, 2016 at 8:33 PM Vehicle accident on Lower Colfax Road, near the Chicago Park Post Office. Engines en route.

October 1, 2016 at 7:50 PM Michigan IC reports the fire is in mop-up stage. No growth from the original report.

October 1, 2016 at 7:33 PM IC reports the fire on Woodpecker Lane is contained. All engines are canceled, returning to their stations.

October 1, 2016 at 7:25 PM The fire is contained to the chimney. IC requests any incoming units to stage on Reward Street at this time.

October 1, 2016 at 7:17 PM Structure fire, reported as a chimney fire, on Woodpecker Lane in Nevada City. Units en route.

October 1, 2016 at 7:14 PM Reported vegetation fire, a 20 by 20 spot, on Pleasant Valley Road in Penn Valley. First unit has arrived at scene, only one CAL FIRE engine to continue in.

October 1, 2016 at 6:56 PM Air Attack is returning to Grass Valley from the Michigan incident.

October 1, 2016 at 6:47 PM Michigan Air Attack is releasing TNF Helicopter 514 back to the Whitecloud helibase. Michigan IC provided the following coordinates:

October 1, 2016 at 6:32 PM Michigan IC still has three engines incoming, plus a Golf Strike team, 2 crews and 2 water tenders. BC 2312 and Battalion 41 also en route.

October 1, 2016 at 6:24 PM Michigan Air Attack is releasing both tankers back to Grass Valley, loaded. No tanker drops were needed, the bucket work by the helicopter did the job.

October 1, 2016 at 6:19 PM TNF Helicopter 514 is headed to Whitecloud for refueling, they will be back if needed.

October 1, 2016 at 6:17 PM IC reports good progress on the fire. Still holding at 1/4-1/2 acre, firefighters have a line around half the fire already. Resources on site plus 3 engines will be able to handle this.

October 1, 2016 at 6:13 PM Michigan Air Attack is using Helicopter 514 with bucket dumps. For now, she is keeping both tankers in orbit.

October 1, 2016 at 6:07 PM First unit at scene reports the fire is at the Western States Trail via Chicken Hawk and Michigan Bluff, approximately 1/4 to 1/2 acre, burning at a slow to moderate rate of spread.

October 1, 2016 at 5:56 PM Vehicle accident, car into a power pole on Brunswick Road near Wood Rose Way in Grass Valley. Power lines are down. Watch for engines and medics in the area.

October 1, 2016 at 5:47 PM Report of a vegetation fire near Michigan Bluff, Tahoe National Forest and CAL FIRE resources are responding.

October 1, 2016 at 5:03 PM All resources, with the exception of Patrol 33 are canceled. This was a report of smoke in the area of Maybert Road in the Town of Washington, no fire.

October 1, 2016 at 4:48 PM Report of a vegetation fire near the town of Washington, full wildland response on order.

October 1, 2016 at 4:24 PM Updates on the Taylor Fire will be here: http://yubanet.com/Fires/taylor-bear-river/

October 1, 2016 at 4:13 PM Report of a vegetation fire, 1/4 acre in heavy timber, no threat to structures. The fire is in the canyon near Dog Bar Road and Taylor Crossing Road. Air Attack is on their way, with numerous ground resources. This will be the Taylor incident. Helicopter 514 is lifting off Whitecloud, en route to the fire now.

October 1, 2016 at 12:38 PM Medics and rescue en route to the Bridgeport Covered Bridge. A fall victim, with reported minor injuries, requires medical attention.

October 1, 2016 at 11:25 AM Four hunting dogs are chasing cars on the roadway on Hwy 20 near the Omega Road. Use caution in the area, traffic is backing up.

October 1, 2016 at 8:53 AM Heads up, traffic hazard on Hwy 49 at East Lime Kiln Road. A person is running in traffic.

October 1, 2016 at 8:38 AM Unseasonably cool weather system to move through Northern California Sunday.  This is not a strong storm; however, these early season events often catch many people off-guard and unprepared. Expect snow to cause travel delays across the mountains, extra-slick roads in the lower elevations where rain falls, and isolated thunderstorms possibly causing hail accumulation.

October 1, 2016 at 12:02 AM Updates on the German Bar Fire will be here: http://yubanet.com/Fires/german/

October 1, 2016 at 12:01 AM October’s featured image: Steamer, a Barn Owl and a Wildlife Ambassador for Wildlife Rehab & Release. If you are looking for last month’s log, click here.

2 replies on “Happening Now – October 2016”

  1. New plume of smoke looking North across the Middle Fork Yuba from the Tyler Foote Road ridge. Just started about 20 minutes ago. Not sure of location but seems to be growing.

    1. That’s a new start on the Plumas Natl. Forest in the Clipper Mills area. We don’t have any other info yet, firefighters are en route to the fire.

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