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November 30, 2018 at 11:21 AM A cold storm system with lower snow levels arrives tonight, impacting the area through Saturday. This system will bring severe travel impacts to the Sierra. Snow levels will be as low as 3500 feet. This system will cause major traffic delays with snowfall rates of up to 2″ per hour down to 4000 feet. The time for the greatest impact will be from 4 am to 4 pm Saturday, when travel over the Sierra will be near impossible.

November 30, 2018 at 10:29 AM Due to predicted cold and wet weather Saturday, Nevada City officials have been able to secure an alternate location for that night. In an effort to collaborate over one of our most vulnerable populations, the City of Nevada City, Sierra Roots and the County of Nevada have activated their Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol in an effort to temporarily shelter homeless citizens in our community and plan to open the following shelter from 4:30pm until 7:00am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights (December 1st, 2nd and 3rd) at:
City of Nevada City:

• Saturday: SAEL High School-Multi-Purpose Room located at 505 Main Street Nevada City, CA 95959
• Sunday and Monday: Veteran’s Hall located at 415 North Pine Street, Nevada City CA 95959

November 30, 2018 at 9:58 AM Preliminary magnitude 7.0 earthquake 10 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. Aftershocks of 5.8 and 3.9 occurred.

November 30, 2018 at 9:18 AM Three-car accident on Hwy 49 at Old Downieville Hwy, cars are on the right-hand shoulder.

November 30, 2018 at 8:57 AM Truckee Police Advisory: Icy roads this morning. Allow extra drive time so you arrive safely.

November 30, 2018 at 8:17 AM More rain (and snow) tonight through Saturday, clearing up by Sunday. Next storm set to move into northern California tonight. Major travel impacts possible, especially Friday night into Saturday, with whiteout conditions, major delays & possible road closures.

November 29, 2018 at 6:33 PM Tree in the roadway on Darkhorse Drive near Moon Ridge Court.

November 29, 2018 at 6:14 PM Solo vehicle accident on Brewer Road at Gary Way, roadway is partially blocked.

November 29, 2018 at 5:57 PM Small landslide on northbound Hwy 49 near Tyler Foote Road.

November 29, 2018 at 5:38 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 49 at Little Valley Road. CHP is on scene.

November 29, 2018 at 5:27 PM An evacuation order has been issued for Esquon Road from Mesa North to the end of Esquon including Garden Road over to 1624 Garden Rd in Butte County.

November 29, 2018 at 4:44 PM Roadway flooding at Vintage Dr / Lime Kiln Rd. Use extreme caution in the area.

November 29, 2018 at 4:41 PM Accident on Norlene Way in Alta Sierra.

November 29, 2018 at 4:18 PM Butte County Sheriff: An Evacuation Order has been ordered for Honey Run road from Skyway up to town of Paradise limits including all roads off Honey Run including Centerville road from Honey Run up to Harris Hills road and all roads off Centerville. An evacuation warning has been issued for the area of Centerville road from Harris Hills road north to Nimshew road. Residents are being asked to Shelter in Place.

November 29, 2018 at 4:12 PM A cluster of strong thunderstorms will affect Eastern Sutter, West Central Placer, South Central Yuba and Southwestern Nevada Counties.

At 4:08 PM PST, a cluster of strong thunderstorms was located near Beale AFB, or 16 miles southwest of Grass Valley, moving northeast at 10 mph.

November 29, 2018 at 2:57 PM Butte County: An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the Hamlin Canyon and Lower Neal zones due to Flooding.

November 29, 2018 at 1:38 PM Heads up, the main YubaNet phone line is unavailable due to an outage in the area. If you need to call us, please use 530-409-9888.

November 29, 2018 at 1:34 PM Butte County: Evacuation Order Issued Due To Flooding: An evacuation order has been issued for Honey Run road from 200 block to Skyway including Horse Run Lane due to flooding.

November 29, 2018 at 11:57 AM Tree down on Old Downieville Hwy near Champion Mine Road.

November 29, 2018 at 11:56 AM Tree down on Spenceville Road near the Ready Springs Elementary School. Firefighters on scene.

November 29, 2018 at 10:57 AM Bands of heavy rain and strong wind gusts over the area now. Reduce your driving speed and turn your headlights on.

November 29, 2018 at 9:22 AM Yuba River Ranger District is planning to continue our pile burning. We will have fire personnel and apparatus on-scene and within the Pendola Area, along the 47 Road (Long Point Road). Smoke will be visible from Camptonville, Bullards Bar Reservoir, and Highway 49. Please drive with extra caution when traveling through this area.

November 29, 2018 at 8:10 AM Be prepared for difficult travel conditions over the Sierra summits.

November 29, 2018 at 8:06 AM Strong weather system moves through today, colder system arrives this weekend. Heads up! Thunderstorms are possible across NorCal today. Heavy rain, hail, & even a chance of a brief tornado are possible with these storms. Be weather aware and have multiple ways to receive weather warnings.

November 28, 2018 at 5:50 PM Two-vehicle accident on Hwy 174 at Odyssey Lane, emergency services on scene.

Photo Peardale Chicago Park Fire

November 28, 2018 at 5:17 PM Overturned car on You Bet Road, one lane is open, emergency services are on scene.

November 28, 2018 at 2:32 PM The roadway is now clear on Hey 174 at Odyssey Lane.

November 28, 2018 at 2:19 PM Tow truck is at scene on Hwy 174. Do to the positioning of the overturned vehicle, this process may take a little longer than usual.

Photo Peardale Chicago Park Fire

November 28, 2018 at 2:10 PM One lane traffic on Hwy 174 near Odyssey Lane due to a vehicle accident. Traffic is backed up on the Colfax side of the bridge.

November 28, 2018 at 7:25 AM Tahoe National Forest: Yuba River Ranger District is planning to continue our pile burning. We will have fire personnel and apparatus on-scene and within the Pendola Area. Smoke will be visible from Camptonville, Bullards Bar Reservoir, and Highway 49. Please drive with extra caution when traveling through this area.

November 28, 2018 at 7:21 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Plumas and Sierra counties – with a valid burn permit only.

November 28, 2018 at 6:45 AM Second system brings heavier precip tonight, colder system follows. A Winter Storm Warning will continue through early Friday morning. Travel will be hazardous while the warning is effect and is highly discouraged. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the burn scars in Northern California from Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Ash, mud, and debris flows will be possible with heavy rain. If you are near these areas, stay weather aware.

November 27, 2018 at 3:36 PM Accident on Lime Kiln Road near Duggans Road. Emergency services en route.

November 27, 2018 at 9:11 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada, Plumas and Sierra counties – with a valid burn permit only.

November 27, 2018 at 8:02 AM Two storms back to back and more on the horizon. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect thru Wednesday evening above 6500 feet. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for portions of the Sierra Wednesday evening through late Thursday night. If you plan on traveling in the Mountains during this time be prepared for snow and poor travel conditions.

November 26, 2018 at 6:10 PM Both lanes of Hwy 20 at Auburn blocked after a traffic accident. Use an alternate route if possible.

November 26, 2018 at 11:01 AM A small fire in the attic of an 800 sq ft structure on Sages Road in North San Juan has been contained. Firefighters are mopping up and will be committed another 1-2 hours. The fire was initially dispatched as a vegetation fire to to spotty information from the reporting party.

November 26, 2018 at 6:43 AM Yuba River Ranger District is going to begin pile burning on the north side of the district. The units are located up next to Packer Lake area, Sierra City (transfer station & Wild Plum Campground), and Saddleback Lookout area. Smoke will be visible from Highway 49, and fire personnel and apparatus will be on site. Please drive with extra caution when traveling through these areas.

November 26, 2018 at 6:35 AM Rain and mountain snow starting on Tuesday through the weekend. This week will start out dry as high pressure moves over the region. Next series of storms moves in starting tonight and Tuesday. Lighter precipitation Wednesday will be followed by a stronger system Thursday and Friday with lower snow levels and mountain pass snow.

November 25, 2018 at 2:58 PM Homeowner in the Rices Crossing area has multiple burn piles going, emergency services are on scene and will extinguish the piles. The burn ban is in effect until tomorrow.

November 25, 2018 at 11:42 AM 68 homes affected by the outage on Lawrence Way in Alta Sierra. PG&E crews are on scene, estimated time of restoration is 1:45 pm.

November 25, 2018 at 11:41 AM PG&E crews found damaged equipment on a power pole along Dog Bar Road, 222 homes now affected by the outage – estimated time of restoration is 7:30 pm.

November 25, 2018 at 11:25 AM Separate power outages along Dog Bar Road and Lawrence Way in Alta Sierra. PG&E crews have been assigned.

November 24, 2018 at 6:17 PM McCourtney Road was fully reopened at 4:50 pm, according to CHP Grass Valley.

November 24, 2018 at 1:49 PM Possible debris pile burning in the area of Hwy 20 and Wild Turkey Lane in Penn Valley. Units are en route. The burn ban is still in effect.

November 24, 2018 at 12:44 PM Fatal accident on Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge Road. A car went over the embankment. No further details until next of kin have been notified.

November 24, 2018 at 10:04 AM Tree across the roadway on Purdon Road near Montezuma Lane on the San Juan Ridge. Both lanes are blocked.

November 24, 2018 at 9:27 AM 31 homes out of power along Slate Creek Road after a vehicle hit a power pole last night. PG&E crews are on scene. Estimated time of restoration is 3:00 pm today.

November 24, 2018 at 9:16 AM Low-hanging power lines and a snapped pole on McCourtney Road near Polaris Drive have led to a road closure. 180 homes are out of power. Please use an alternate route.

November 24, 2018 at 9:10 AM Brief break in precipitation this weekend, more wet systems lining up. Isolated mountain snow showers Saturday morning. Otherwise, a dry weekend with near normal temperatures for interior NorCal. Night and morning valley fog likely. Next chance of rain next Tuesday

November 23, 2018 at 1:54 PM Large boulders in the roadway blocking the northbound lane on Hwy 49 at Drunken Miners Road, just south of Moonshine. Road crews removing the boulders now, roadway will be clear in a few minutes.

November 22, 2018 at 6:50 PM 1,697 homes out of power in the Lake of the Pines area. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

Photo Kathy Cridge

November 22, 2018 at 12:10 PM Vehicle vs a pole at the intersection of Rough&Ready Highway and Rex Reservoir. Emergency services are on scene. Vehicle engine compartment fire has been extinguished.

November 22, 2018 at 8:37 AM Winter Storm Warning through Friday in the higher elevations. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for portions of the northern Sierra. Snow slick roads & periods of whiteout conditions are possible, creating hazardous travel conditions. If you must travel thru the mountains, please be prepared for winter conditions!

Photo Peardale Chicago Park Fire PIO Daniel Ramey

November 22, 2018 at 8:07 AM One lane of You Bet Road is open after a rollover accident.

November 21, 2018 at 9:45 PM PG&E patrol had the fire on the pole extinguished as engines were arriving. Top of the power pole broke off, units will remain on scene while the status of the power lines is checked. There was no extension of the fire to the vegetation.

November 21, 2018 at 9:30 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Sweetland Trail near Tanglewood Lane south of Oregon House. Report of a power pole on fire with possible spread to the vegetation. Units are en route.

November 21, 2018 at 6:02 PM Road conditions are starting to deteriorate. Here is Donner Summit.

November 21, 2018 at 12:42 PM Caltrans now screening trucks for chains on I-80, EB at Applegate and WB at Overland Trail.

November 21, 2018 at 12:34 PM Thanks to reader Brooke for the following: Accident on Rough&Ready Hwy at Ridge Road. Traffic is backed up from Twin Cities Church to A-Z Supply on Ridge Road. Use an alternate route if possible.

November 21, 2018 at 12:06 PM Tree blocking the roadway on Hwy 174 near Jewett Lane. Traffic is at a standstill. Emergency services en route.

November 21, 2018 at 11:04 AM NWS update: A weather system will move through the area today. The heaviest precipitation from this system will occur through late this afternoon with moderate rainfall. This will increase the potential for ash movement and debris flows on recent burn scars. In addition to rain, our first significant snow of the season will impact holiday travel with heavy snow possible at passes levels this afternoon and evening. The second system moves through late Thursday afternoon into early Friday, bringing additional moderate to heavy rain and mountain snow along with gusty winds. Expect snow to impact travel as low as around 6000 feet.

November 21, 2018 at 11:02 AM A reminder: As soon as you use your windshield wipers, headlights must be on.

November 21, 2018 at 9:19 AM Rain starts this afternoon, snow in the higher elevations. A series of storms will track over northern California this week, with the first system arriving today! Heavy rain, possible debris/ash flows, mountain snow above 6000 feet, and gusty southerly winds are all expected over the next few days. Those that must travel over the next few days should check the forecast and road conditions before traveling.

November 20, 2018 at 7:39 AM Firefighters on scene at Old Mill Road have a line around the fire. The closest engine to continue in, all others can cancel.

November 20, 2018 at 7:33 AM Firefighters are at scene of the fire, reporting a 100 by 150 ft spot burning at a slow rate of spread.

November 20, 2018 at 7:25 AM Reported fire in North San Juan now at the intersection of Old Mill Road and Rainbows End, per a caller. Engines are en route to the address.

November 20, 2018 at 7:14 AM Major change in weather: Rain with a side of mountain snow ahead. A major change in the weather pattern is forecast for mid to late this week with rain and mountain snow expected. This will bring travel difficulties to the region with slick roadways due to summer oil build up and accumulating snow forecast at pass level. If you are traveling this week, make sure to check the forecast and road conditions before you go.

November 20, 2018 at 7:02 AM Report of smoke in the area of Old Mill Road and Bear Run Road in North San Juan. Units en route.

November 19, 2018 at 5:22 PM Accident on northbound Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive. Expect delays.

November 19, 2018 at 1:46 PM The latest election results update for Nevada County has been posted.

November 19, 2018 at 11:23 AM Winter Storm Watch for higher elevations of Placer, El Dorado, Nevada counties on Wednesday. Holiday travelers should be prepared for long delays on Interstate 80 and Highway 50.

November 19, 2018 at 11:22 AM Possible vegetation fire in Auburn near the Golf Course and Country Club on Bell Road. Units are en route.

November 19, 2018 at 9:40 AM Both lanes are blocked after a two-car accident on Augustine Road at Excelsior Ditch Camp Road in Nevada City. No injuries have been reported.

November 19, 2018 at 7:39 AM Non-injury accident on Hwy 49 at Uren Street in Nevada City, vehicles are on the right-hand side.

November 19, 2018 at 7:31 AM Firefighters are on Texas Hill Road, located the smoke, not a burn pile.

November 19, 2018 at 7:17 AM Report of a debris burn on Texas Hill Road, across of Marysville Road. Reported as smoke coming from a backyard, a possible burn pile. Units are en route.

November 19, 2018 at 6:40 AM Rain and mountain snow starting on Wednesday. A major change in the weather pattern is forecast for mid to late this week with rain and mountain snow expected. This will bring travel difficulties to the region with slick roadways due to summer oil build up and accumulating snow forecast at pass level. If you are traveling this week, make sure to check the forecast and road conditions before you go.

November 19, 2018 at 6:36 AM One way traffic on Oak Tree Road near Robinson Road in North San Juan after an accident. Use caution in the area and take it slow.

November 19, 2018 at 6:31 AM Smoke check in the Bitney Springs Road area near Pine Hollow, single report of a small column of smoke. Engines are en route.

November 18, 2018 at 8:55 AM Current PM2.5 AQI levels in the Lincoln area have reached: 214 AQI (Very Unhealthy) on Sunday, November 18.

November 18, 2018 at 8:50 AM Report of a vehicle fire on the Hwy 49 off ramp at Bennett Street in Grass Valley.

November 17, 2018 at 6:36 PM Southbound lanes of Hwy 49 at Turkey Trot Place are open.

November 17, 2018 at 5:56 PM Accident on northbound Hwy 49 near Turkey Trot Place. Traffic is at a standstill.

November 17, 2018 at 12:41 PM From Buckingham Palace, a message from Queen Elizabeth II: “Prince Philip and I offer our deepest sympathies to the people of California, who continue to suffer from the devastating fires across the state.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims, and to all those who have lost their homes and livelihoods. I pay tribute to the courage and dedication of the US emergency services and the volunteers that have provided support.”

Elizabeth R

November 17, 2018 at 11:07 AM Forward progress of the small fire at the Brownsville Airport has been stopped. Laporte IC estimates resources in scene will be committed for about an hour.

November 17, 2018 at 11:02 AM Air quality advisories have been extended into next week for Nevada, Placer, Yuba and Sierra counties.

November 17, 2018 at 11:01 AM Small 20 by 20 spot at the Brownsville Airport. Numerous resources on site.

November 16, 2018 at 5:15 PM Accident on Lones Lobo Trail and Bitney Springs Road. The roadway is blocked, use an alternate road if possible.

November 16, 2018 at 2:52 PM Red Flag Warning Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 10 PM Saturday to 4 PM Sunday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

November 16, 2018 at 11:31 AM Truckee Fire and Police on scene of small fire on a deck near Wyetha & Silver Fir. Truckee Fire have extinguished the fire. Expect emergency vehicles in the area and some minor impacts to traffic.

November 16, 2018 at 10:28 AM Firefighters have thoroughly checked the area, no fire. All units are returning to their stations.

November 16, 2018 at 10:20 AM Firefighters are in the area of the Berryhill Apartments, nothing showing so far. Caller reported seeing a column of smoke, firefighters have no column or fire in sight. They will continue to investigate.

November 16, 2018 at 10:16 AM Small grass fire reported behind Fisher’s Towing at Hwy 49 and Idaho-Maryland Road. Units are en route.

November 16, 2018 at 10:10 AM Hospitality House has expanded its hours today and will be staying open all day so that our homeless guests can take refuge from the smoke. Typically the shelter is closed 7:30am-4pm.

November 16, 2018 at 8:01 AM Fire Weather Watch from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. Dry weather will continue into the weekend with breezy northeast to east winds returning Saturday night. This will bring an increased fire weather danger from Saturday night through Sunday afternoon with the greatest threat being over the Camp Fire.

November 15, 2018 at 9:31 PM GVPD update: All 4 suspects are in custody. Highway 49 is open. Thank you to Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, Nevada City Police, and Placer County Sheriff’s Office for their help. It was a collaborative and successful effort!

November 15, 2018 at 8:27 PM GRASS VALLEY POLICE Update: On Thursday (11/15/18) @ 7:47 pm, GVPD Officers were dispatched to the T-Mobile store on Nevada City Highway for the report of a robbery that had just occurred. The suspects fled in a vehicle southbound on Highway 49. Officers were able to catch up to the suspects and initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle stopped and multiple suspects fled the car on foot. As of now, multiple suspects are in custody and officers from multiple agencies are searching for the remaining suspects. Currently, Highway 49 is shut down just south of Alta Sierra Drive while they continue the search.

November 15, 2018 at 8:04 PM Law enforcement operation underway on Hwy 49 near Alta Sierra. Per CHP GV: SR-49 near Lime Kiln is shut down for police activity. Please avoid the area and report any suspicious activity.

November 15, 2018 at 5:57 PM The Air Quality Health Advisory has been extended to Monday November 19th. Yuba and Sutter counties will continue to see Unhealthy to Very Unhealthy air quality levels for the next several days.

November 15, 2018 at 5:13 PM Confirmed false alarm on Marysville Road near Collins Lake Road. All resources have been released.

November 15, 2018 at 5:12 PM The Penn Valley Union Elementary School District will be closed Friday, 11/16/18 due to poor air quality concerns.

November 15, 2018 at 5:05 PM The schools and programs in the Grass Valley Elementary School District will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 16th, 2018 due to the poor air quality forecast.

The schools and programs included are:
Lyman Gilmore Middle School
Grass Valley Charter School
Margaret G. Scotten School
Bell Hill Academy
All Before and After School Programs
Our Kids’ Place Preschool
Grass Valley Little Learners Preschool
PIP Preschool

November 15, 2018 at 5:02 PM Camptonville School in Yuba County will remain open Friday, November 16th, It is a minimum day, and all students will be dismissed at 12:45 pm. Students will remain indoors for all activities.

November 15, 2018 at 4:51 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Marysville Road near the intersection of Collins Lake Road in the Dobbins area. Units are en route.

November 15, 2018 at 2:55 PM Due to poor air quality resulting from the Camp Fire, Sierra College has closed the Rocklin Campus, Nevada County Campus, and Roseville Center through the evening of Sunday, November 18. All classes and activities are canceled.

November 15, 2018 at 11:31 AM Dry weather continues at least into early next week. Light winds will mean continued areas of persistent smoke and poor air quality, at least through Saturday. Gusty northeasterly winds expected Saturday night into early Sunday over the mountains and foothills, bringing a brief period of increased fire concerns. There is increasing confidence in a pattern change mid to late next week with potential precipitation, but exact timing and amounts are uncertain. Onshore flow should increase humidity and lower fire danger.

November 15, 2018 at 7:25 AM Vehicle accident on Hwy 174 at Greenhorn Access Road. Emergency services are en route.

November 15, 2018 at 7:10 AM Smoke will continue to hamper visibility, breathing. A thick layer of smoke from the Camp fire in Butte county is having an impact on high temperatures today over a large portion of the Sacramento valley. Highs today under the more smoky areas will run anywhere from 3 to 8 degrees cooler than areas outside this region of smoke.

The (non)view from Wolf Mountain Lookout today.

November 14, 2018 at 11:10 AM Please be extremely careful outside today and report any plume of smoke immediately.

The lookout towers are unable to spot any new starts given the very poor visibility.

PS: Turn the headlights on when driving.

November 14, 2018 at 10:10 AM


November 14, 2018 at 9:31 AM A small fire in Portola on the grounds of the hospital has been successfully contained to a 300 by 300 spot.

November 14, 2018 at 6:48 AM Smoke will be a constant companion. Smoke originating from the Camp Fire will continue to affect much of interior NorCal the next several days.

November 13, 2018 at 1:32 PM Updated results from the Elections Office now posted.

November 13, 2018 at 12:54 PM Car down the embankment on Grizzly Hill Road near Jennet Trail. Emergency services are on scene.

November 13, 2018 at 9:40 AM A reminder: ALL burn restrictions are still in effect, you may not light your burn pile.

November 13, 2018 at 7:27 AM Cold nights, mild afternoons – with a side of smoke. Wildfire smoke from the Camp Fire will continue to bring health concerns this week.

November 12, 2018 at 9:10 PM All units with the exception of one engine are released. They will mop up and remain on scene for the next 20 minutes.

November 12, 2018 at 8:53 PM Alderwood IC confirms they have the small spot (20 by 30ft) handled. No need for the water tenders. Releasing one of the Cal Fire engines. The fire was caused by discarded ashes.

November 12, 2018 at 8:48 PM Alderwood IC states they can handle with 2 additional  state engines and one local engine. Canceling the dozers and the crew.

November 12, 2018 at 8:45 PM First unit is at scene on Alderwood. Reporting a 30 ft spot, burning at a slow rate of spread, they are taking action now. All units to continue in for now.

November 12, 2018 at 8:43 PM The fire on Alderwood is approximately 10 ft from the house, according to the report from the Homeowner.

November 12, 2018 at 8:36 PM Reported vegetation fire on Alderwood Way off Lake Vera/Purdon Road. Full wildland dispatch, report of a threat to structures.

November 12, 2018 at 4:17 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Shirland Road near Newcastle. Reported as a grass fire the size of a car and growing.

November 12, 2018 at 3:19 PM Both air tankers have been released from the Live Oak incident, firefighters are making good progress.

November 12, 2018 at 3:09 PM Air Attack is over the structure fire on Live Oak. Canceling TNF Helicopter 514.

November 12, 2018 at 3:02 PM Firefighters on scene are reporting a structure fire with possible extension to the vegetation on Live Oak Road near Canyon Way in the Placer Hills area. Full wildland dispatch en route.

November 12, 2018 at 2:54 PM Smoke report from Mt. Howell lookout. Engines en route to the Placer Hills area.

November 12, 2018 at 2:32 PM Units are checking the area, nothing showing so far. Could be haze from the Camp Fire.

November 12, 2018 at 2:19 PM Smoke check in the North Day Road off Hwy 174.

November 12, 2018 at 1:29 PM The reported incident in the Cypress Hill area was a swatting, no actual shooting occurred. Swatting is defined as making a prank call to emergency services to bring about the dispatch of a large number of law enforcement to a particular address.

November 12, 2018 at 12:07 PM Law enforcement operation underway in the Cypress Hill area of Grass Valley.

November 12, 2018 at 7:24 AM Persistent smoky conditions thanks to inversion layer. An inversion cap is acting like a lid, keeping the wildfire smoke from rising, while the mountains prevent it from moving horizontally, trapping it in the area.

November 11, 2018 at 5:13 PM Trash heap pile on Hammonton-Smartsville Road has been extinguished.

November 11, 2018 at 5:10 PM Report of an unattended burn pile, still smoldering, on White Oak Drive off Perimeter Road. Engines are en route.

November 11, 2018 at 4:52 PM Dispatch is sending a dozer, a Washington Ridge Crew and several engines to the trash heap fire in Smartsville.

November 11, 2018 at 4:38 PM Report of a possible debris fire in Smartsville, reported as a pile of trash on fire near Hammonton-Smartsville Road, engines are en route.

November 11, 2018 at 4:35 PM Report of a possible debris fire in Alta (Placer County) engines en route.

November 11, 2018 at 4:26 PM Report of a debris fire – someone burning leaves – in the Chicago Park area on Fletcher Lane, engines are in route.

November 11, 2018 at 2:24 PM Both burn piles have been extinguished. Prevention officers are on scene.

November 11, 2018 at 1:55 PM Report of a debris pile off Greenhorn Road.

November 11, 2018 at 1:27 PM Report of a debris fire (burn pile) on Idaho-Maryland Road in Grass Valley. Engines en route.

November 11, 2018 at 1:16 PM Air Attack 17 reports firefighters have knock down on the fire, releasing all aircraft.

November 11, 2018 at 1:13 PM Fire has been located, off Stackhouse Lane, approximately 1/4 acre. Units at scene are able to handle the fire,canceling incoming resources.

November 11, 2018 at 1:12 PM Incoming units are to stage at Rices Crossing until the reported fire can be located.

November 11, 2018 at 1:09 PM Engines at scene on Rices Crossing are trying to make access to the fire. The fire is at the river bottom off an unimproved dirt road.

November 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM Report of grass on fire near the road, close to the intersection.

November 11, 2018 at 12:57 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire, full wildland dispatch, near Rices Crossing Road and possibly Stackhouse Lane.

November 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM In an effort to provide immediate support to victims of the Camp Fire, firefighters and first responders, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will be collecting needed items from 9-2pm today (11/11) at Building 4 at the hospital campus. Supplies will be then delivered later in the afternoon. We encourage all in our community to come out and donate. Every donation helps. Below are some items that are needed:

Clean Socks
Clean/new undergarments
Shopping bags
Laundry baskets
Ready to eat single serve foods
Baby wipes
Pet food
Toilet paper
Individual toiletries (soap, shampoo, razors, toothbrush, toothpaste)
Hand sanitizer
First Aid Kits and Supplies
Over the counter medications (cold meds, Tylenol, Ibuprofen)
Camping gear (sleeping bags, flashlights)
Cleaning supplies (Lysol wipes, spray cleaners, paper towels)
Trash bags
Ziploc bags (gallon or quart)
Gift cards (fast food, groceries, Walmart, gas cards)

Thank you!

November 11, 2018 at 9:08 AM Critical Fire Weather Conditions Through Monday Morning. Dry weather will continue across interior NorCal this week. Critical fire weather conditions will continue into Monday morning due to low humidity and gusty winds. Winds will gradually diminish across the Valley tonight into Monday, but will remain gusty overnight across the Sierra foothills. Areas of smoke will be possible across interior northern CA, especially in the vicinity of the Camp Fire. Cold overnight temperatures are expected mainly across the Central Sacramento Valley southward, which may impact sensitive plants over the next few nights.

November 11, 2018 at 8:35 AM Per Yuba County Sheriff: At 6:40 a.m. today; a grass fire was spotted in the area of Virginia Ave off Feather River Blvd in Olivehurst. Sheriff Deputies began door to door evacuations in the immediate area as fire crews quickly attacked the threat. Thankfully the fire was contained in a short amount of time and estimated at 5-10 acres. Residents were allowed to return home. Fire crews will remain on scene to complete their work, but the residential threat appears to be over. (Note: there was a separate grass fire overnight near Island Ave also being mopped up nearby)

November 10, 2018 at 4:20 PM A first-hand look at the conditions firefighters are facing. This photo was taken by Firefighter Bill Tangren, a firefighter with Peardale Chicago Park Fire, part of the Nevada County Strike Team.

November 10, 2018 at 3:23 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 4 AM PST Sunday.

* Location: Northeast foothills and the Motherlode.

* TIMING: This evening through noon Sunday for winds. Now through 4 AM for the smoke.

November 10, 2018 at 2:46 PM Right now, at the corner of Butte House Rd and Tharp Road in Yuba City. The community of Yuba City coming together collecting donations for the Camp Fire victims. You have nurses, Sutter County Sheriff’s depuites, volunteers from the Sikh temple and just a group of friends, collecting supplies.

November 10, 2018 at 2:29 PM Local donation drop for Nevada County: NorCal Riders Choice on Olympia Park Road (off Maltman) in the Brunswick Basin. They are accepting donations of food, clothing and cash.

November 10, 2018 at 12:57 PM The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 10 PM this evening to noon PST Sunday. Northeast to east wind 20 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph. Strongest winds expected through favorably oriented canyons and over ridges.

November 10, 2018 at 10:58 AM Nevada City Elks Lodge will be accepting donations of “New” clothing, household items such as blankets and bedding plus checks and cash donations for those effected by the Camp Fire. Donations can be dropped off at the lodge on Monday, November 12, between 2-7 pm. Donations will be taken to our brother lodge in Chico for distribution. For any questions you can call Kim West at 530-263-0647. Note: Please remember to only drop off new clothing and household items. Cash and check donations are always welcome.

November 10, 2018 at 9:22 AM Red Flag Warning this evening through Monday morning. Northeast to east winds 15 to 30 mph gusts 35-45 mph in the foothills, locally higher Sierra ridges & canyons. Strongest winds Placer County northward for foothills.

November 10, 2018 at 7:21 AM The morning update for the Camp Fire, including the threat assessment from the predicted Red Flag Warning, has been posted: https://yubanet.com/Fires/camp/

November 9, 2018 at 8:26 PM All units returning from the smoke check on Bitney Springs, nothing showing.

November 9, 2018 at 7:45 PM All incoming units still responding to Fifield Road are being canceled.

November 9, 2018 at 7:32 PM First unit is at scene on Fifield Road, reports a large spot burning at a slow rate of spread, one residence in the immediate vicinity. Incoming units to stage on You Bet.

November 9, 2018 at 7:32 PM Smoke check on Bitney Springs, across of Empress Road. Units are en route.

November 9, 2018 at 7:23 PM Firefighters are responding to a large spot on the 14000 block of Fifield Road off You Bet Road.

November 9, 2018 at 2:42 PM The National Weather Service has upgraded the Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning from Saturday through Monday morning.

Smoke in Rough & Ready, photo by Eric Dickerson

November 9, 2018 at 1:47 PM As forecasted, smoke from the Camp Fire is starting to blanket the area.

November 9, 2018 at 12:27 PM Air Quality Health Advisory for Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County – Smoke. Public Health Officials and the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District are issuing an air quality health advisory to notify the public of potentially poor air quality conditions in the western portions of Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County through Monday resulting from the Camp Fire in Butte County. Conditions are expected to vary from Good in areas that are not in the smoke plume to Very Unhealthy in some areas downwind from the fire. The greatest smoke concentrations during the advisory period are expected late Friday afternoon and Saturday.

November 9, 2018 at 9:48 AM Expect smoke from the Camp Fire to blanket the area this afternoon.

November 9, 2018 at 9:30 AM Report of traffic lights malfunctioning on Hwy 49 at LaBarr Meadows. Please use extreme caution in the area.

November 9, 2018 at 8:57 AM No letup in critical fire weather conditions. Dry weather with above normal temperatures is forecast to continue over NorCal through next week. Another round of gusty winds will be possible late Saturday into early Monday as a disturbance drops into the Great Basin. However, the winds are not expected to be as strong as yesterday’s event. Critical fire weather conditions will return Saturday evening into Monday morning due to low humidity and gusty winds. Winds will gradually diminish during the day Monday. Areas of smoke will be possible across interior northern CA, especially in the vicinity of the Camp Fire.

November 9, 2018 at 6:57 AM The IR map for the Camp Fire and updates are posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/camp/

November 8, 2018 at 7:13 PM Small spot (20 by 20), already extinguished by firefighters, on Idaho-Maryland Road. Canceling all incoming resources.

November 8, 2018 at 5:17 PM Small spot fire on the Natchez, tanker will drop a full load.

November 8, 2018 at 5:11 PM Good progress on the Natchez Fire. Tankers have slowed the progress of the fire with the final drops for the day. Cutoff time for aircraft is rapidly approaching.

November 8, 2018 at 5:02 PM Air tankers now over the Natchez Fire, about to drop retardant to slow the progress.

November 8, 2018 at 4:57 PM TNF Helitack crew is on the ground now, starting to work the Natchez Fire. The helicopter will do bucket drops.

November 8, 2018 at 4:46 PM TNF Helicopter 514 is en route to the Natchez Fire north of Rackerby.

November 8, 2018 at 4:40 PM NorthOps has diverted 3 S-2s to the new start in Yuba County, the Natchez Fire.

November 8, 2018 at 4:35 PM New start on the Butte/Yuba County line. Air Attack 230 is overhead and reports 1-2 acres, some spotting and moving upslope. The fire is on Robinson Mill Road and Natchez Creek Road.

November 8, 2018 at 2:25 PM Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has determined that it will not proceed with plans today for a Public Safety Power Shutoff in portions of eight Northern California counties, as weather conditions did not warrant this safety measure.

November 8, 2018 at 12:19 PM Traffic lights are out of service on Hwy 20 at Penn Valley Drive, use extreme caution in the area.

November 8, 2018 at 7:38 AM Updates on the #CampFire in Butte County in the Feather River Canyon will be posted here: https://yubanet.com/Fires/camp/

November 8, 2018 at 7:03 AM Firefighters are working to access a fire in the Camp Creek Road area near Highway 70 in the Feather River canyon. Estimated 10 acres and spreading.

November 8, 2018 at 6:41 AM Red Flag Warning until 7 AM Friday and Wind Advisory until 10 PM this evening. North to east wind 20 to 40 mph with gusts 45 to 65 mph expected. In Central Valley, strongest wind on northern and western portions this morning into mid-afternoon. Strong wind continues in eastern foothills and mountains through Friday morning.

November 8, 2018 at 6:25 AM An update from PG&E: PG&E is closely monitoring weather conditions and may not be able to make a definitive call to shut off power for safety until later this morning. The forecasted weather event is expected to occur between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., or possibly later. Current forecasts indicate the extreme weather window will begin in some of the eight counties as early as 6:00 a.m. today.

November 7, 2018 at 3:31 PM Report of a possible vegetation fire at the Parks Bar Bridge on Timbuktu Road in Yuba County.

November 7, 2018 at 3:17 PM Continuing today, PG&E is sending automated voice messages, texts and emails to customers alerting them to a potential power shutoff. The company has also taken extra steps to notify customers enrolled in the Medical Baseline program via available channels, including deploying PG&E employees to knock on these customers’ doors. Due to forecasted high winds and dry vegetation, PG&E may temporarily turn off power in portions of the following communities:

Butte County (including Berry Creek, Forest Ranch, Magalia and Paradise, and areas east of Chico and east of Oroville)
Lake County (including Clearlake Oaks, Cobb, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Middletown)
Napa County (including Angwin, Pope Valley, St. Helena)
Nevada County (including Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan)
Placer County (including Colfax, Foresthill, Alta)
Plumas County (including La Porte)
Sierra County (including Downieville, Sierra City)
Sonoma County (only portions of unincorporated northeast Sonoma County)
Yuba County (including Brownsville, Dobbins, Camptonville)

November 7, 2018 at 9:07 AM Vehicle vs deer on northbound Hwy 49 at Brewer Road.

November 7, 2018 at 9:05 AM Two large goats are wandering in the roadway on Laws Ranch Cross Road near Hwy 174. Please use caution in the area.

November 7, 2018 at 8:50 AM Firefighters have knockdown on the small fire near the Cottage Creek Campground at Bullards Bar.

November 7, 2018 at 8:34 AM Forest Service engine and one Dobbins engine on scene of the 10 by 30 fire near Bullards Bar.

November 7, 2018 at 8:27 AM Possible vegetation fire in the Bullards Bar area near Cottage Point Campground. Firefighters are in route.

November 7, 2018 at 7:51 AM A strong upper-level trough will dig into the northern Great Lakes region on Thursday. Farther west, a more significant push of high surface pressure will move into the Great Basin. Fire weather concerns will increase across much of California as widespread, enhanced offshore flow is expected. Similar to the previous day, strong high pressure in the Great Basin will drive critical fire weather concerns. Strong surface winds of 20-25 mph within the Sacramento Valley and adjacent higher terrain can be expected. Afternoon RH values will fall to 5-15%. Elevated areas surrounding the critical area will experience similar afternoon RH with winds of only 15-20 mph. The pressure gradient should relax by evening and end widespread fire weather concerns.

November 7, 2018 at 7:34 AM Red Flag Warning starting tonight through Friday. Critical fire weather conditions are possible tonight thru Friday morning due to gusty north winds and dry conditions.

November 7, 2018 at 1:48 AM Critical fire weather conditions are possible Wednesday night – Friday morning due to gusty north winds and dry conditions. Please practice fire safety!

November 6, 2018 at 7:14 PM We are live at the Nevada County Elections Office, still a steady stream of voters coming in. You have until 8:00 pm to cast your ballot! Check this page for the results.

November 6, 2018 at 6:51 PM POTENTIAL OUTAGE PREPARATION: PG&E urges customers to prepare for possible proactive power shutoff (11/8) and extended outages in portions of the following counties: Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Plumas, Yuba, Sierra, Placer & Nevada.

November 6, 2018 at 5:50 PM Brisk business at the Elections Office. Yes, there is a line, but it is moving along. We will start our live coverage at 7:00 pm.

November 6, 2018 at 3:46 PM A reminder: Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 3 days after Election Day. If you are not sure your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time if mailed, bring it to any polling place in the state before polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

November 6, 2018 at 3:32 PM No matter the election outcome, remember we all live here.

November 6, 2018 at 2:04 PM A rare nationwide update for this log:

November 6, 2018 at 8:55 AM Warm and dry weather is forecast to continue over Northern California at least through early next week before this pattern shows any indication of weakening. North winds and low humidity are expected this week. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for a period of stronger winds and extremely low humidity from Wednesday night through Friday morning as a disturbance drops into the Great Basin.

November 6, 2018 at 7:17 AM Dry and mild weather continues with periods of breezy north to east wind through Friday morning leading to elevated to critical fire weather conditions.

November 6, 2018 at 7:01 AM It’s Election Day. Vote Centers are open in Nevada County.

November 5, 2018 at 3:58 PM Firefighters are on scene at the accident on Hwy 49 near Cement Hill Road.

November 5, 2018 at 3:55 PM Numerous engines en route to Hwy 49 at Cement Hill Road for an accident. Use caution in the area.

November 5, 2018 at 10:02 AM The North Divide prescribed burn on the American River Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest is continuing today. Firefighters plan to burn 40 acres.

November 5, 2018 at 7:32 AM Dry & mild weather continues through next week. A gradual cooling trend continues into next weekend, but temperatures remain above normal. Breezy north winds and low humidity may bring fire weather concerns at times.

November 4, 2018 at 10:03 AM Dry, warm and no precipitation in sight. Dry & mild conditions are expected today. Temperatures will gradually cool down heading into midweek!

November 4, 2018 at 9:41 AM 200-acre prescribed burn starting today near Alleghany and Forest City. The Yuba River Ranger District of Tahoe National Forest is planning a prescribed burn (controlled underburning) of 200 acres beginning Sunday, November 4th near the communities of Alleghany and Forest City, along Henness Pass Road. This prescribed burn unit is a continuation to the previous prescribed burning done in this area.

November 4, 2018 at 9:09 AM Test ignition on the prescribed fire for the North Divide were successful. TNF firefighters are planning to burn 30 acres today.

November 3, 2018 at 10:02 PM Eldorado National Forest firefighters estimate 1-2 acres in heavy timber, presumably low potential.

November 3, 2018 at 9:00 PM Eldorado NF fire units are responding to a report of a fire in the Hell Hole Reservoir area

November 3, 2018 at 10:39 AM Smoke report from Oregon Peak, about 25 miles out. This is the controlled burn on the Plumas National Forest in the Laporte area.

November 3, 2018 at 9:45 AM Prescribed burns today will continue on the Tahoe National Forest. The North Divide burn is fully staffed, the fire stayed within the containment lines overnight and firefighters will continue to burn today. Smoke may be visible from Foresthill, Georgetown and I-80.

November 2, 2018 at 3:46 PM The American River Ranger District in the Tahoe National Forest has completed 15 acres of prescribed burn on the North Divide Rx fire. They anticipate completing 35 acres by 7:00 pm tonight.

November 2, 2018 at 12:50 PM Hwy 49 at Idaho-Maryland is open again. Traffic is still pretty slow, expect some delays.

November 2, 2018 at 12:30 PM Vehicle vs building on Johnson Place in Grass Valley. No injuries reported.

November 2, 2018 at 12:24 PM The northbound #1 lane on Hwy 49 at Idaho-Maryland is completely blocked, the #2 lane is partially blocked. Use the surface streets to get to your destination until the accident is cleared up.

November 2, 2018 at 12:22 PM Better late than never: PG&E explains the low-flying helicopters.

November 2, 2018 at 12:15 PM Multi-car accident on northbound Hwy 49 at the Dorsey drive on ramp. The roadway is blocked, emergency services are on scene. Please use an alternate route if possible.

November 2, 2018 at 8:42 AM As of this morning, the Nevada County Elections Office has received 23,781 voted ballots.

November 2, 2018 at 7:31 AM A dead deer partially in the northbound lanes of Hwy 49 at Alta Sierra Drive.

November 2, 2018 at 7:12 AM Car vs deer on Hwy 49 at Lime Kiln Road.

November 2, 2018 at 7:03 AM Breezy and dry conditions Saturday will bring increased fire concerns. Cloudy skies on Sunday will bring cooler temperatures, lighter winds and lowered fire danger.

November 1, 2018 at 4:09 PM The smoke you are seeing/smelling is from the prescribed burn on the Tahoe and the Plumas National Forests – there is no wildfire currently burning.

November 1, 2018 at 9:03 AM As of this morning, the Nevada County Elections Office has received 22,548 voted ballots.

November 1, 2018 at 8:21 AM The burn ban is still in effect – no burn piles allowed in Nevada, Yuba or Placer counties.

November 1, 2018 at 8:12 AM Warm start to November, breezy north winds this weekend. High pressure over the west coast will bring above normal temperatures today. Highs will average from 5 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year. Another round of breezy north winds will bring increased fire danger on Saturday.

November 1, 2018 at 12:01 AM Last month’s log can be found here.

6 replies on “Happening Now – November 2018”

  1. Hey there. I am in North San one, looking north I see what looks like smoke is there a fire nearby?

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