Happening Now – November 2019

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 [email protected] or call 530-478-9600 to let us know. You can also text us reports to 530-409-9888, but please don’t text or call while driving.

November 30, 2019 at 6:30 PM

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November 30, 2019 at 12:18 PM Winter Storm Warning for a high impact snowstorm this afternoon through Monday – significant rainfall in the lower elevations. A significant winter storm arrives today with snow levels initially in the upper foothills then rising to pass levels by Sunday. Feet of snow are expected at and around the Sierra passes through the weekend. Windy conditions are expected in the Valley, mainly south of I-80 tonight through Sunday. Snow decreases Monday night, with lighter snow accumulations continuing into Tuesday. The wet pattern will continue into next week bring periods of rain and high mountain snow. Another very wet system could arrive late in the week.

November 30, 2019 at 11:46 AM Propane tank fire on Torrey Pines Drive in Lake of the Pines, units are on scene.

November 30, 2019 at 10:08 AM Chain control lifted for EB I-80 over the Donner Summit. Chains still required on WB I-80 from Truckee to Eagle Lakes.

November 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM Today is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

November 29, 2019 at 10:25 PM Update: Caltrans QuickMap shows multiple vehicle spinouts & traffic at a standstill on I-80 in the Sierra. There’s no ETO when everything will be cleared. I-80 remains closed between NV stateline & Colfax. Hwy 20 is closed in NV City; Hwy 49 at Downieville due to the 80 closure.

November 29, 2019 at 6:20 PM

November 29, 2019 at 4:11 PM Brush fire on Hwy 49 now reported as a burn pile.

November 29, 2019 at 4:08 PM Report of a brush fire on Hwy 49 near High Street in North San Juan.

November 29, 2019 at 12:11 PM Winter Storm Warning in effect from 3 pm Saturday to 6 pm Monday. A significant winter storm arrives for the weekend starting Saturday with snow levels initially in the upper foothills then rising to pass levels by Sunday.

November 29, 2019 at 7:28 AM Winter storm lingers before making way for warmer, wetter storm this weekend. Scattered snow showers remain in the forecast for the Sierra this morning, but another winter storm is looming for this weekend.

November 28, 2019 at 10:00 PM Tomorrow, Friday Nov. 29, 2019 is a permissible burn day in western Nevada County. Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County: Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only. An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects. Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

November 28, 2019 at 2:54 PM Found in Penn Valley a black/white pinto gelding with one blue eye and freeze brand on his right shoulder. Currently stabled in the finders barn. Call 818-606-2958

November 28, 2019 at 12:37 PM Power outage on You Bet Road and You Win Court near Poorman Creek, affecting 25 customers. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location.

November 28, 2019 at 11:58 AM Power outage affecting 150 customers on Alexandra Way, George Way, Joseph Drive, Lena Court, Goodwyn Way, Oscar Drive and Patricia Drive in Alta Sierra.

A reader reported a smoking power pole on Patricia Way. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

November 28, 2019 at 8:54 AM Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Have a great time with your family and friends.

Twenty years of gratitude from us to you and a special shout out to all the first responders, dispatchers and crews working today.

November 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM Today is a NO BURN DAY in Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.

November 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM I-80 closed over the Donner Summit due to multiple spinouts. EB traffic being turned around at Drum; WB at Truckee. No ETO.

November 27, 2019 at 1:46 PM Effective immediately Wednesday, November 27th, at 1:00 pm the burn suspension in Nevada, Yuba and Placer Counties is lifted. Open burning is now allowed with no permit required. CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief Brian Estes is formally cancelling the burn suspension and advises residents they can now start burning on permissible burn days.

November 27, 2019 at 11:56 AM Winter weather is making some Grass Valley roads inaccessible to WM collection trucks today (11/27/19). Drivers are attempting to reach as many homes as possible. However, customers who are not serviced today may put out extra bags, equivalent to their cart size, on their next collection day. And don’t forget – collection will not occur on Thanksgiving, as our drivers will be home with their families. They’ll be back on the road Friday running the routes they missed Thursday. On Saturday they’ll be collecting waste from customers who are usually serviced on Friday. Customers who need more information are encouraged to call WM at (530) 274-3090.

November 27, 2019 at 5:14 PM Vehicle off the roadway on North Bloomfield Road near Hwy 49. Emergency services en route.

November 27, 2019 at 11:34 AM Vehicle vs tree on Rough&Ready Hwy at the cemetery. No injuries reported.

November 27, 2019 at 11:16 AM 1,642 customers still out on the Todd Valley area. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location, no estimated time of restoration yet.

November 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM Non-injury solo vehicle accident on La Noria Ct off Greenhorn Road.

November 27, 2019 at 9:41 AM 207 customers out of power along Hwy 20 from Burjer Road to Scotts Flat. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

November 27, 2019 at 9:29 AM Hwy 20 has reopened from Nevada City to the I-80 junction – passenger vehicles ONLY.

November 27, 2019 at 9:24 AM Throughout the storm, Hospitality House will remain open 24/7 to keep people out of the snow and cold conditions.

November 27, 2019 at 8:53 AM Accident on Hwy 174 at Rollins lake. Accident on Wolf Road near Hwy 49, possible car over the embankment. Emergency services en route.

November 27, 2019 at 8:39 AM UPDATE: I-80 has reopened in both directions to passenger vehicles ONLY. R-2 chain controls from Colfax to the Nevada state line.

November 27, 2019 at 8:34 AM Reader Dan reports a school bus stuck on Red Dog Road and Crystal Wells Road.

November 27, 2019 at 8:06 AM Clear Creek School is open.

November 27, 2019 at 7:06 AM An additional 114 customers now out of power along North Bloomfield and Harmony Ridge Road.

November 27, 2019 at 7:03 AM Winter storm continues today, temperatures to plummet overnight. Heavy mountain snow will continue today across the northern Sierra Nevada with tapering showers elsewhere. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect into Thursday afternoon. Travel will be hazardous while the warning is effect and is highly discouraged.

November 27, 2019 at 6:47 AM Caltrans: I-80 EB R-2 chain controls from Colfax to the Nevada state line. Trucks are being turned at Applegate and state line due to traction issues over the summit.

November 27, 2019 at 6:40 AM

November 27, 2019 at 6:20 AM Nevada City School District is open for a minimum day today. School buses will run but parents should be prepared for delays. Route 19, Hwy 20 will meet students at the Northridge. Route 21 Bloomfield and Lake Vera students will meet at the Rood Center. Route 22 Cascade Shores will meet at the Banner Quaker turnaround. Durham Student Transportation is without power, parents will need to check with the school office in case of any bus questions. All other public schools are closed for the holiday weekend.

November 27, 2019 at 6:05 AM Bitney Prep is closed today due to snow.

November 27, 2019 at 5:58 AM Sierra College Nevada County Campus will remain closed for all day and night classes and all activities.

November 27, 2019 at 5:55 AM Highway 20 is closed between Nevada St in Nevada City & the Hwy 20/I-80 junction due to whiteout conditions and excessive snow. Please use alternate routes. No ETO. Highway 49 closed between Downieville & Sattley in Sierra County due to excessive snow. No ETO.

November 26, 2019 at 10:54 PM Chain control on Hwy 20 starting at Rex Reservoir to Penn Valley. Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

November 26, 2019 at 10:38 PM Power out in the Town of Washington, Downieville, Sierra City, Bassetts. Approximately 1,000 customers affected.

November 26, 2019 at 9:27 PM Power outages in Camptonville and Pike, crews en route. 413 customers affected.

November 26, 2019 at 9:10 PM

November 26, 2019 at 8:45 PM Power outage affecting 1,072 customers in Nevada City and up Hwy 20 to the north and Red Dog Road to the east. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

No estimated time of restoration available.

November 26, 2019 at 8:25 PM Power outage affecting 476 customers from Old Downieville Hwy Along Hwy 49 to Excelsior Ditch Road. PG&E is assessing the cause at the outage location.

November 26, 2019 at 8:03 PM

November 26, 2019 at 7:39 PM Residential structure fire, fire behind a fireplace, on Old Grass Valley Road in Colfax. Numerous units en route.

November 26, 2019 at 7:37 PM Low hanging power lines on Rough&Ready Hwy near the Booth Center.

November 26, 2019 at 7:18 PM Power outage affecting 31 customers on Wolf Mountain Road at the intersection with McCourtney Road (at the Transfer Station). PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

November 26, 2019 at 7:12 PM Vehicle into a ditch on Hwy 174 at Rattlesnake Road, occupant cannot open the door. Emergency services en route.

November 26, 2019 at 7:08 PM 68 customers out in Lake of the Pines along Oro Valley Road. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

November 26, 2019 at 7:06 PM Power outage affecting 336 PG&E customers in the Red Dog Road area. PG&E crew en route.

November 26, 2019 at 7:05 PM Vehicle partially blocking the lanes on eastbound Hwy 49 at Dorsey.

November 26, 2019 at 7:04 PM Vehicle over the embankment on Hwy 20 near Washington Road.

November 26, 2019 at 6:23 PM Numerous vehicles stuck on Idaho Maryland Road at Banner Lava Cap. Lanes are blocked, local tow trucks being dispatched.

November 26, 2019 at 6:22 PM Tree in the high voltage lines on Toby Trail off Greenhorn Road. PG&E crew en route.

November 26, 2019 at 6:19 PM Downed power pole, hanging by the wires only, on Marysville Road near Peoria Road. Units en route.

November 26, 2019 at 6:09 PM Firefighters on scene at New York House Road report a single branch stuck in the power lines, no fire.

November 26, 2019 at 6:06 PM Power outage affecting 30 PG&E customers on American Hill Road and Old Downieville Hwy in Nevada City. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

November 26, 2019 at 6:05 PM

November 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM Power outage affecting 21 PG&E customers in the Lake Vera area of Marigold Way and Purdon Road through Rector Road. PG&E is unable to access the affected equipment, crews are unable to safely assess damage due to snow. Estimated time of restoration is 8:30 tomorrow if crews can access the outage.

November 26, 2019 at 5:51 PM Tree into power lines, tree on fire and power lines still arcing on New York House Road near Dobbins. Units en route.

November 26, 2019 at 5:14 PM

November 26, 2019 at 5:09 PM Thanks to reader Ian for this update: Vehicle off road on Gold Flat Road between Clay Street and Railroad Ave. Emergency services on scene, one lane open.

November 26, 2019 at 4:13 PM Chain control on Hwy 49 now down to the Gold Flat Rd on ramp. Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

November 26, 2019 at 4:45 PM Chain control on Hwy 174 from Memorial Park in Grass Valley to Lakewood Lane on the Colfax side. Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

November 26, 2019 at 4:30 PM Vehicle accident Hwy 20 and Parks Bar Road. Reported as a vehicle rollover, emergency services en route.

November 26, 2019 at 4:24 PM Non injury accident on Astral Trail off Lake Vera Purdon Road.

November 26, 2019 at 4:10 PM Vehicle spun out on Greenhorn Access Road and Hwy 174. All occupants out of the car.

November 26, 2019 at 3:59 PM Thanks to reader Bev for this update: Semi stuck on Alta Bonny Nook Rd in Alta. Tried to bypass the closure on 80. No chains. Blocking all traffic coming into Alta. Pro tip: Do not attempt to use back roads to circumvent closures, you will get stuck and block residents in at the same time.

November 26, 2019 at 3:51 PM

November 26, 2019 at 3:16 PM The gates on Donner Pass Road near Truckee are closed due to the snowy conditions.

November 26, 2019 at 3:13 PM Sierra College Nevada County Campus is closing for the remainder of the day and night classes due to snow.

Per Nevada County, Banner Quaker Hill Road going into Cascade Shore is closed due to snowy conditions.

November 26, 2019 at 3:10 PM Vehicle accident on Hwy 20 just past White Cloud Campground. Eastbound lane of Hwy 20 is closed.

 

November 26, 2019 at 3:09 PM Winter Storm Road Update: Donner Pass Road is experiencing gridlock and multiple spin outs.

November 26, 2019 at 3:04 PM

November 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM Starting in Nevada City now, for Hwy 20: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

November 26, 2019 at 2:30 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 49 at the South Yuba River bridge. Emergency services on scene, the road is partially blocked.

November 26, 2019 at 2:28 PM

Hwy 20 11 miles east of Nevada City: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

I-80 at Alta: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas).

November 26, 2019 at 1:39 PM Overturned moving truck on North Bloomfield near Hwy 49. Emergency services en route.

November 26, 2019 at 1:18 PM Accidents are starting to multiply on I-80 eastbound as snow accumulates.

November 26, 2019 at 12:42 PM First snow flurries coming down here at YubaNet HQ. Be safe out there everyone!

November 26, 2019 at 12:19 PM Hot ashes dumped onto a pile of vegetation on Bandolier Way off Banner Mountain Trail. Numerous resources on site. Can your ashes please!

November 26, 2019 at 10:14 AM Wind gust forecast from the NWS Sacramento. This means increased whiteout conditions in the higher elevations and potential damage to trees and power outages.

November 26, 2019 at 9:49 AM Some tips for you to get ready for the upcoming storm. Also, sandbag locations!

November 26, 2019 at 9:10 AM Illegal debris burn on Moonshine Road near Camptonvile. Units on scene report two small piles, they are extinguishing them now.

November 26, 2019 at 8:39 AM Pile burning near the 93 Road near Sierra Buttes on 155 acres, condensed into some 20 landing piles. Tahoe National Forest Service firefighters will be on scene throughout the burn, there is no need to report the smoke.

November 26, 2019 at 7:57 AM Significant winter storm arrives today, stays through Thanksgiving weekend. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from this morning into Thursday afternoon. Travel will be hazardous while the warning is effect and is highly discouraged. Heavy mountain snow will be likely tonight – Wednesday. 2 to 3 feet of snow are possible above 3000-3500 feet with locally higher amounts.

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November 25, 2019 at 1:25 PM There is a reported vegetation fire on the 15000 block of Bitney Springs Road in Penn Valley. No threat to structures, numerous resou5ces on site.

November 25, 2019 at 11:25 AM Tankers 88 and 89 are still doing proficiency training. Currently over the Yuba River canyon.

November 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM Breezy north winds today usher in significant winter storm starting Tuesday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from midday Tuesday into Thursday afternoon. Travel will be hazardous while the warning is effect and is highly discouraged.

November 24, 2019 at 9:22 PM Firefighters are making good progress on Gary Drive, canceling incoming resources.

November 24, 2019 at 9:05 PM First unit at scene reports the fire is behind a home, with very minor threat to the structure. Fire is approximately a 20 by 30 spot.

November 24, 2019 at 9:03 PM Possible vegetation fire reported on Gary Drive near Sicard Flat Road in Browns Valley. Units en route.

November 24, 2019 at 5:51 PM Mill IC reports a line around the fire, resources will be committed for about 40 minutes.

November 24, 2019 at 5:43 PM Reported vegetation fire, approximately the size of a car, near the intersection of Mill Street, McCourtney and Hwy 20 in Grass Valley. Numerous engines en route. The on ramp to Hwy 20 is shut down. This will be the Mill incident.

November 24, 2019 at 3:32 PM Winter Storm Warning in effect from 10 am Tuesday to 4 pm Thursday above 2000 feet. Rain and snow may begin as early as Tuesday afternoon, with heavier precipitation seen by Tuesday night. Snow levels have been lowered, especially in the coastal mountain and foothill regions, and some accumulations may be seen in the lower foothills. Rain and snow continue Wednesday into Thursday and a chance of storms will be seen both of these afternoons mainly in the southern Sacramento Valley. Valley rainfall may be impactful given it has been several months since the region saw widespread rain. The weather becomes more showery on Thanksgiving Day with light snowfall continuing through Friday morning with below average temperatures and low snow levels. Another system may impact California next weekend.

November 23, 2019 at 5:56 PM Firefighters have contained the debris fire on Wiley Lane.

November 23, 2019 at 5:42 PM Report of brush and tree on fire on Wiley Lane near Race and Pine Streets in Grass Valley. Units en route.

November 23, 2019 at 9:46 AM Fire Weather Concerns Monday; Winter Storm with Significant Travel Impacts Next Week for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Quiet weather with mild temperatures are expected through the weekend. Low pressure passing to the east will bring a brief period of dry, northerly winds to the Valley on Monday, which will bring short lived elevated fire weather concerns. A pattern change will be seen Tuesday as a strong Pacific system reaches the West Coast. Rainfall may begin as early as Tuesday afternoon, with heavier precipitation seen by Tuesday night. Snow levels drop overnight and heavy snow is forecast in the mountains, with accumulations seen down into the upper foothills. Rain and snow continue Wednesday into Thursday with a chance for isolated storms being possible in the southern Sacramento Valley. Valley rainfall may be impactful given it has been several months since the region saw widespread rain. The weather becomes more showery on Thanksgiving Day, possibly into Friday, with below average temperatures and low snow levels.

November 23, 2019 at 8:59 AM CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire is implementing a live fire operation on the Mt. Howell Fire Lookout State property in Placer County near Colfax. Smoke may be visible in surrounding communities Saturday November 23 and Sunday 24, 2019.

November 23, 2019 at 8:06 AM Fatal rollover accident at Highway 49 and Sleighville Creek Road, 2 miles above Camptonville. Units on scene, one lane open with traffic control.

November 22, 2019 at 3:47 PM Winter Storm Watch in effect from Tuesday morning through Thursday afternoon above 3000 feet.

WHAT: Heavy snow possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Tuesday. Several feet of snow will be possible above 4,000 feet with accumulations expected down to the upper foothills.

WHERE: Burney Basin / Eastern Shasta County, Northeast Foothills/Sacramento Valley, Motherlode, Western Plumas County/Lassen Park and West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada.

WHEN: From Tuesday morning through Thursday afternoon.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Significant reductions in visibility are possible. Downed trees and power outages possible.

November 22, 2019 at 6:57 AM Quiet conditions through Sunday, breezy on Monday, first significant weather system of the season likely on Tuesday. A storm is brewing and it’s headed our way!! Don’t let the warm and quiet weather this upcoming weekend fool you. After a breezy Monday, expect cool and soggy weather to be widespread over Northern California mid-week.

November 21, 2019 at 9:01 AM Winter weather is possible as a pattern change is expected mid-week next week. Be prepared for slick roads and increased travel times.

November 21, 2019 at 7:59 AM Regardless of the fact that the PSPS DID NOT happen, Nevada LAFCO will still meet in Penn Valley today at ten a.m.

November 21, 2019 at 7:06 AM Dry and mild until Monday, then a cooling trend begins with the potential for widespread precipitation. Dry, less windy, and cooler weather is expected across the region today.

November 20, 2019 at 11:59 AM

PSPS update: Due to improving weather conditions, 83,000 customers originally expected to lose power for safety are no longer part of this Public Safety Power Shutoff. Power will NOT be shut off in El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Yuba and the Guerneville area of Sonoma County.

November 20, 2019 at 11:52 AM BREAKING NEWS: This just in, PG&E has announced power will remain on for Nevada County.

November 20, 2019 at 9:47 AM Winds have started to increase across the area and we will see them peak late morning into the afternoon with gusts up to 55 mph possible mainly I-80 north. This will help to drop the relative humidity into the teens and 20s and bring enhanced fire weather conditions. Winds will remain breezy overnight into Thursday morning and we will see locally poor to moderate recoveries. Rain and snow showers over the Sierra will continue but we will see them push south of highway 50 by this afternoon. Some light snow accumulation will be possible near the Sierra crest. A few snow showers will linger into the overnight but little to no additional accumulation is expected. Quiet weather sets in by Thursday afternoon and continues into the weekend. There is a potential for another north wind event Monday that will bring increased fire weather concerns.

November 20, 2019 at 9:44 AM Accident on Hwy 49 near the Middle Fork, emergency services are on scene. One lane is blocked.

November 20, 2019 at 5:51 AM

Nevada County school closures:

  • Chicago Park
  • Clear Creek
  • Earle Jamieson
  • Grass Valley School District
  • Nevada City School District
  • Nevada Joint Union High School District
  • SAEL
  • TKM
  • Union Hill
  • Yuba River Charter School

The following schools are OPEN

  • Bitney Prep
  • Echo Ridge Christian
  • Forest Lake Christian School
  • NCSOS Office
  • Nevada City School of the Arts
  • Penn Valley Union School District
  • Pleasant Ridge School District
  • Sierra College, Grass Valley Campus
  • Sierra College Child Development Center
  • Washington School

November 20, 2019 at 4:48 AM

November 20, 2019 at 4:44 AM Unsettled and very breezy today, Red Flag Warning until 7 am Thursday in the Valley. Gusty winds and extremely dry conditions will cause enhanced fire weather concerns Wednesday – early Thursday. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for portions of the northern Valley, foothills, & Coastal mountains.

November 19, 2019 at 6:56 PM Please use caution if you are getting on the roads after this rain/hail episode. Roads will be slippery with leaves and oil residue, reduce your speed.

November 19, 2019 at 12:46 PM The slow lane of eastbound I-80 between Taylor and Auburn is closed to traffic due to the roadside fires. Firefighters are making good progress.

November 19, 2019 at 12:24 PM Two roadside spots reported along eastbound I-80 between Penryn and Auburn. Emergency services are en route.

November 19, 2019 at 9:23 AM NWS update from their morning forecast: North winds will begin to pick up today with gusts up to 25 mph possible in the northern Sacramento Valley. Winds will continue to increase overnight tonight, and we will see strong winds by mid morning Wednesday with gusts up to 55 mph possible. The strong winds are expected to remain mainly I-80 north. This will bring dry conditions with relative humidity levels in the teens and 20s Wednesday afternoon.

Strong winds will continue into Wednesday night, especially over the higher elevations, leading to locally poor to moderate overnight recoveries. Winds die down Thursday morning with humidity levels rising slightly. The strong winds and low humidity will bring increased fire weather conditions late Tuesday night into Thursday morning for areas north of I-80.

The system that is bringing the winds will also bring mountain rain and snow showers Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday evening for areas south of I-80.

Mountain snow accumulation will remain mainly above 7500 feet, but some light accumulation is possible down to 6500 feet south of Highway 50.

November 19, 2019 at 8:21 AM Wind Advisory for Placer County, Yuba County, El Dorado County, Plumas County in effect from 4 am to 10 pm Wednesday. North to northeast winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph, locally higher in canyons and other wind prone areas.

November 19, 2019 at 5:05 AM Red Flag Warning in the valley, Winter Weather Advisory in the high country, widespread gusty winds. A weather system moving through late Tuesday into Wednesday will bring a period of gusty northerly winds to large sections of the Valley as well as the higher terrain. South of I-80, some rain/snow showers will be possible over the Sierra. Gusty winds and extremely dry conditions will cause enhanced fire weather concerns Wednesday – early Thursday. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for portions of the northern Valley, foothills, & Coastal mountains. Now is the time to prepare!

November 18, 2019 at 5:19 PM All updates about PSPS #7, scheduled by PG&E for Nov. 20th, will be posted here: PSPS #7

November 18, 2019 at 2:34 PM Nevada County update: PG&E currently plans to start de-energizing power lines at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and predicts they will receive the “all clear” to begin inspecting power lines at 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

November 18, 2019 at 2:33 PM Vehicle into the ditch on Hwy 174 at White Oak Drive, emergency services en route.

November 18, 2019 at 1:26 PM PGE4 has shared with Nevada County OES that if a PSPS is implemented, de-energization in Nevada County is anticipated to begin at 2:00 PM Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019. Timing is weather dependent & may change, however these are the most accurate estimates we have at this moment.

November 18, 2019 at 8:43 AM PG&E update: A strong north or northeast wind event is expected to develop late Tuesday into Thursday this week, generally affecting the northern half of the PG&E territory.  There is still considerable uncertainty regarding the strength, timing and humidity levels with this system and some changes in the forecast are possible moving forward.  Nonetheless, there is an increasing possibility that gusty winds will result in critical fire weather conditions. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Fire Weather Watches that will likely be upgraded soon to Red Flag Warnings for many areas across central and northern California due to the potential critical fire conditions. Northern Operations Predictive Services is forecasting a high risk event and increased potential for significant fires due to these dry and gusty winds.  Please refer to weather.gov, https://gacc.nifc.gov/oncc/, or https://gacc.nifc.gov/oscc/ for the latest updates from federal forecast agencies. As a result of the potential critical fire weather conditions, Geographic Zones 2, 3, 4 and 5 are now under a PSPS Watch for Wednesday and Thursday. The PG&E Emergency Operations Center remains activated to monitor and prepare for the event.

November 18, 2019 at 4:15 AM Fire Weather Watch from late Tuesday night through Thursday morning for the lower elevations. The system that is expected to bring some rain to the southern part of the state will bring strong winds to our area. Winds pick up early Wednesday and continue into Wednesday night mainly north of I-80. These winds will bring an increased fire weather concern. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for 4 am Wednesday morning through 7 am Thursday. Gusty winds and low humidity coupled with very dry fuels will bring the potential for critical fire weather conditions to portions of Northern California.

November 18, 2019 at 3:00 AM PG&E may turn off power to approximately 250,000 customers in portions of 19 counties in the Sierra Foothills, North Valley and North Bay.

The weather forecasts continue to be dynamic, so the extent of wind and PSPS impacts may change. No decision has been made about calling a PSPS at this time. As of tonight, portions of the following counties could be affected if PG&E moves forward with a PSPS: Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.

November 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM PG&E will announce their decision regarding a power shutoff tomorrow morning at the earliest.

November 17, 2019 at 11:38 AM Multi-car vehicle accident on northbound Hwy 49 at Lime Kiln Road, numerous emergency services on scene. Overturned car with passengers trapped. All lanes are blocked, use an alternate route of possible.

November 17, 2019 at 10:57 AM Accident on Hwy 49 near La Barr Meadows Road, emergency services on scene.

November 17, 2019 at 9:15 AM Pattern change mid-week with breezy winds. High temperatures are forecast to be above average for the entire forecast region on Sunday. Fuels remain at critically dry levels for this time of year. A mainly dry weather system moving into the region Tuesday into Wednesday will be followed by breezy to windy north to northeast winds. The strongest winds are expected early Wednesday through Wednesday night. Fire weather conditions rapidly improve Thursday morning for all areas.

November 16, 2019 at 9:04 PM PG&E update: Weather models continue to show potential for breezy to locally gusty offshore winds to develop mid-week next week across Northern California. The updated PSPS forecast now shows elevated PSPS potential for the middle part of next week for zones 2, 3, 4 and 5. There is still considerable uncertainty regarding the strength, timing and humidity levels with this system. Expect changes in the forecast moving forward. High pressure building over the territory this weekend results in much warmer than normal weather. Expect maximum temperatures away from the immediate coast to rise into the 70s to low 80s, which is 10 – 20 degrees above normal for mid-November. Fuel moistures are expected to drop due to the warm trend combined with breezy north to northeast winds across Northern California this weekend. Due to lack of precipitation, fuel moistures remain extremely dry for mid-November and generally below critical values.

November 16, 2019 at 5:42 PM Firefighters are unable to locate any fire on Dutch Flat Crossing.

November 16, 2019 at 5:28 PM Possible illegal campfire on Dutch Flat Crossing Road near Lowell Hill Road. Units en route.

November 16, 2019 at 4:10 PM Hughes IC reports both spots (approx. 2′ by 2′ in size) are fully contained, canceling all incoming resources.

Photo courtesy Lauren Luquin

November 16, 2019 at 4:09 PM Hughes IC reports firefighters have a line around both spots. They are making access to a property now.

November 16, 2019 at 4:07 PM Units are at scene on Hughes Road, starting to pick up the small spots. Avoid Hughes Road to leave room for incoming engines.

November 16, 2019 at 4:03 PM Several small roadside spots on Hughes Road in Grass Valley, engines en route.

November 16, 2019 at 3:45 PM Power outage on Bush Road off North Bloomfield, PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

November 16, 2019 at 9:05 AM Dry, mild and breezy today, stronger winds expected Wednesday. Dry and breezy conditions will be seen across portions of the Sacramento Valley and surrounding foothills today. Please practice fire safety. North winds will increase again mid-week as a system moves across the area. Fire weather concerns are anticipated at this time, but keep looking out for the most updated forecast.

November 15, 2019 at 6:16 PM Round IC is releasing Engine 88 back to their unit, fire has been extinguished.

November 15, 2019 at 6:10 PM Report of a truck on fire, with extension to the wildland on Round Valley Road in Alta Sierra. Emergency services en route, reports of possible explosions coming from the truck.

November 15, 2019 at 3:55 PM Power outage affecting 235 PG&E customers along Indian Springs Road near McCourtney. Unknown cause, PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage. Estimated time of restoration is 6:30 pm.

November 15, 2019 at 7:35 AM After a chilly morning, climbing temperatures make for a very warm weekend. Breezy northerly winds are likely across the region on Saturday.

November 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM Roadway is clear at Hwy 49 and Combie, but still very slow between Grass Valley past Alta Sierra.

November 14, 2019 at 6:28 PM Three car collision on Hwy 49 at Pingree, emergency services en route. Please avoid Hwy 49 between Grass Valley and Lake of the Pines.

November 14, 2019 at 6:12 PM Use caution on Hwy 49 between Alta Sierra and Combie. Motorcycle down near Auburn Road and a two-car collision near Combie with minor to moderate injuries reported. Emergency services are on scene, traffic is very congested.

November 14, 2019 at 6:07 PM Accident on northbound Hwy 49 at Combie Road. Emergency services en route, no report on injuries.

November 14, 2019 at 3:32 PM Non-injury accident at the Empire Street on ramp for southbound Hey 49 in Grass Valley.

November 14, 2019 at 11:12 AM Use extreme caution on Hwy 174 near the church at Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. A lot of foot traffic due to the food bank distribution going on now.

November 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM Accident on southbound Hwy 49 between Round Valley Road and Quail Creek. Emergency services on scene.

November 14, 2019 at 9:30 AM Non-injury collision on northbound Hwy 49 at the Idaho-Maryland off ramp. Lanes are clear.

November 14, 2019 at 6:51 AM Slightly cooler temperatures today, very warm and breezy weekend ahead. Breezy northerly winds are likely across the region on Saturday.

November 13, 2019 at 5:58 PM Vehicle accident on Drunken Miners Road and Hwy 49 on the San Juan Ridge, emergency services en route.

November 13, 2019 at 12:43 PM Non injury accident with lanes blocked on Hwy 49 near Old Downieville Hwy. Emergency services are on scene.

November 13, 2019 at 8:31 AM

Alta Sierra, between Tippy and Norlene, will be closed to through traffic for utility work and/or roadwork today, 11/13, between 7AM-7PM. Access to businesses/residences will be maintained, however through traffic will be required to use an alternate route.

November 13, 2019 at 8:29 AM Update from Nevada County

November 13, 2019 at 7:10 AM Slight cooling today, but still warm and dry. No noticeable change in weather, highs returning to well above average this weekend.

November 13, 2019 at 7:07 AM Pleasant Valley Road is closed at Lake Wildwood Drive after a later night accident. Vehicle vs pole with the power and telecom lines damaged.

November 12, 2019 at 3:36 PM Resources assigned to the Lake Oroville Ponderosa Diversion are being canceled, including all aircraft.

November 12, 2019 at 3:32 PM Air Attack 230 is over the area where the fire was reported at Lake Oroville. Nothing showing so far.

November 12, 2019 at 3:20 PM Air Attack and two tankers departed from the Grass Valley air base to a reported vegetation fire near Lake Oroville. No active fires in Nevada, Yuba or Placer counties at this time.

November 12, 2019 at 7:03 AM Mild temperatures will continue across interior NorCal today. Cooling trend this week, but above normal high temperatures continue. Warmer this weekend.

November 11, 2019 at 7:51 PM Reported illegal debris burn on Cruzon Grade on the San Juan Ridge, units en route.

November 11, 2019 at 2:59 PM Car vs tree on McKnight on ramp to northbound Hwy 49. Emergency services on scene.

November 11, 2019 at 9:17 AM At times breezy winds and well above average high temperatures this Veterans Day. Locally breezy northeast winds Monday. Mid to late week, cooling temperatures and continued dry.

November 10, 2019 at 7:31 PM Hwy 49 at Indian Flat is fully open again.

November 10, 2019 at 6:00 PM Fatal accident on Hwy 49 in front of the Willo/Indian Flat Road.

November 10, 2019 at 11:06 AM Power outage in North San Juan has been reduced to 193 customers. Estimated time of complete restoration is noon today.

November 9, 2019 at 11:21 PM Vehicle vs power pole, pole reported on the car, 1/2 mile west of Petersons Corner on Hwy 49 on the San Juan Ridge. Emergency services en route, unknown if occupants are still in the vehicle.

November 9, 2019 at 10:57 PM Power outage on the San Juan Ridge. Estimated restoration time 2:15 am. Crew en route

November 9, 2019 at 10:05 PM Firefighters are transporting one patient to the landing zone for the air ambulance, other patients will be transported by ground ambulance.

November 9, 2019 at 9:55 PM Emergency services requesting an additional ambulance to an accident on Lazy Dog Road east of Nevada City.

November 9, 2019 at 10:03 AM No change, dry and mild weather continues. Above normal highs will continue for today with 70s and 80s across the Valley/Foothills and 50s and 60s in the Mountains.

November 9, 2019 at 9:52 AM We are aware that the video from last night’s town hall is unavailable at this time. Seems a short piece of music was playing before the meeting started and it has raised a copyright issue. A new version without the music will be uploaded by NC Media and we’ll post the new URL.

November 9, 2019 at 9:49 AM Traffic is still backed up between Gold Flat and the Brunswick off ramp. One lane remains blocked. Use an alternate route of possible.

November 9, 2019 at 9:53 AM Major injury collision on southbound Hwy 49 near Banner Lava Cap. Overturned vehicle. Air Ambulance on order.

November 8, 2019 at 3:30 PM You’ll be able to watch the PSPS Aftermath Town Hall live at this link, starting at 6:00 pm. (link will be live at 5:55 pm.)

November 8, 2019 at 6:51 AM Quiet weather weekend ahead. Our quiet and mild weather is going to continue into the weekend and beyond.

November 7, 2019 at 5:21 PM Stalled RV on Hwy 174 just south of the Bear River, heading towards Colfax. Reduce speed and use extreme caution in the area.

November 7, 2019 at 12:48 PM Logtown IC reports forward progress stopped, they have a wetline around the fire. Commitment time is approximately 4 hours for mop up.

November 7, 2019 at 12:34 PM Logtown IC is requesting 4 additional engines and 1 handcrew. The fire is holding at 5 acres, structure threat is mitigated for the most part and firefighters are making good progress. Tankers 88 and 89 are over the incident with Air Attack 230.

November 7, 2019 at 12:19 PM

November 7, 2019 at 11:24 AM News from NID’s meeting: On Wednesday, NID’s Board of Directors approved starting negotiations with PG&E that could eventually lead to the purchase of the embattled power provider’s assets and operations in the region. Details here: https://yubanet.com/regional/nid-board-of-directors-approves-negotiations-with-pge-that-could-lead-to-local-control-of-electrical-distribution/

November 7, 2019 at 6:23 AM No change in weather forecast: Dry and mild, repeat. Dry weather with warmer than normal daytime temperatures will continue through at least early next week.

November 6, 2019 at 10:34 PM First unit at scene reports well-involved passenger vehicle, no extension or threat to the vegetation. Canceling most incoming units.

November 6, 2019 at 10:31 PM Numerous engines en route to a reported passenger vehicle fire with possible extension to the wildland near Doris Drive in Grass Valley.

November 6, 2019 at 5:28 PM The Town of Washington is without power and phones, according to a report. 1,240 customers affected. Camptonville and Pike are also affected, 440 customers in the dark.

November 6, 2019 at 5:02 PM Update on the San Juan power outage. A contractor hit a transmission pole with a bulldozer. Power will be restored possibly after midnight.

PG&E crews are out at the incident, they’ll need to remove the broken pieces, install a new pole and fix the lines.

November 6, 2019 at 4:51 PM PG&E outage along Indian Springs Road is affecting 235 customers, cause unknown. PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.

November 6, 2019 at 3:43 PM A power outage affecting 1,152 PG&E customers on the San Juan Ridge is expected to be resolved by 6:30 pm. No cause available yet, but it is not a planned maintenance or a PSPS.

November 6, 2019 at 1:15 PM Accident on Penn Valley Drive, emergency services en route.

November 6, 2019 at 6:52 AM Warm and dry weather will continue across the region today. Warm temperatures and dry conditions are forecast to continue through the weekend. Even though winds are expected to stay light, dry conditions can lead to easier fire starts. Please practice wildfire safety!

November 5, 2019 at 10:17 PM First unit at scene on Valley Drive reports no injuries to occupants of the vehicle, per CHP. All incoming units are being canceled

November 5, 2019 at 10:11 PM A vehicle into a front yard on Valley Drive off Rough&Ready Highway. Numerous emergency services en route.

November 5, 2019 at 4:23 PM All lanes blocked on Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge Road just east of Nevada City.

November 5, 2019 at 4:20 PM Buttermilk Bend trail at the South Yuba River State Park is closed for improvements and repairs. The expected construction time is five weeks. Repairs and improvements include new and repaired bridges, an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant section starting at the north parking lot at Bridgeport Crossing and general trail stabilization throughout the trail. State Parks had to close the trail due to construction and limited access along the narrow pathways. State Park crews and the California Conservation are partnering to complete the project, they appreciate visitors’ patience and cooperation.

November 5, 2019 at 3:57 PM Reported head on collision on Hwy 20 near Harmony Ridge Road. One lane open only, traffic is backing up. Expect delays and use extreme caution in the area.

November 5, 2019 at 10:45 AM Firefighters have extinguished the small spot on Hwy 49 near Harmony Ridge Road. Reduce your speed in the area.

November 5, 2019 at 10:31 AM Smoke from previous prescribed fires may be visible in the Foresthill area. Details here

November 5, 2019 at 10:30 AM

November 5, 2019 at 7:22 AM Warm and uneventful weather through the rest of the week. Well above average temperatures will continue today across interior NorCal.

November 4, 2019 at 2:40 PM

November 4, 2019 at 12:31 PM CAL FIRE/Placer County firefighters responding to the report of multiple vegetation fires. Small spots on the side of road East bound interstate 80 from Elm Ave to Russell Road (Placer County).

November 4, 2019 at 7:57 AM Accident on southbound Hwy 49 near Streeter Road, the two vehicles are on the right hand side.

November 4, 2019 at 7:52 AM Emergency services on scene at Hwy 49 near Rush Creek report a vehicle down the embankment, two occupants are out of the car and not injured. Use caution in the area and reduce speed

November 4, 2019 at 7:17 AM Report of a vehicle down the embankment on Hwy 49 near Rush Creek. Units en route.

November 4, 2019 at 6:45 AM Warm and dry weather will continue across the region for an extended period. Highs will be around 5 to 15 degrees above average for early November. Dry weather is forecast to continue across NorCal through mid-November.

November 3, 2019 at 6:47 PM Reported smell of electrical fire at the Roadway Inn on Lincoln Way in North Auburn. Units en route.

November 3, 2019 at 6:33 PM Numerous units at scene of a structure fire on Red Dog Road near Quaker Hill Crossroad outside of Nevada City. Firefighters contained the fire to the garage, mop up is in progress.

November 3, 2019 at 6:23 PM New outage along Byers Lane off McCourtney, affecting 102 customers. PG&E crew is in the area.

November 3, 2019 at 5:21 PM Power has been restored to the Peardale/Chicago Park area. with the exception of 109 customers along Sunshine Valley.

November 3, 2019 at 2:11 PM PG&E now lists outage affecting 796 customers in the Peardale/Chicago Park area. A crew has been assigned to the outage.

November 3, 2019 at 1:47 PM Reports are coming in of a power outage on Meadow View in Peardale and the Chicago Park and “flickering” power on Greenhorn Access Road. Please report any outages to PG&E immediately.

November 3, 2019 at 1:31 PM Report of a vehicle fire on Lake City Road near Tyler Foote Road. First unit at scene reports a fully involved vehicle.

November 3, 2019 at 12:48 PM NorthOps Predictive services outlook for November: Above Normal Significant Fire Potential forecast.

November 3, 2019 at 10:56 AM First unit at scene in Foresthill reports a small spot only, canceling all incoming units.

November 3, 2019 at 10:55 AM Reported vegetation fire on Foresthill Road at the Sierra Dawn Apartments in Foresthill. Units en route.

November 2, 2019 at 3:27 PM Units out to check a possible backyard debris burn on Banner Lava Cap Road. The burn ban is still in effect.

November 2, 2019 at 12:58 PM Firefighters have thoroughly checked the Pliocene Ridge area, no fire visible.

November 2, 2019 at 12:12 PM Smoke check on Pliocene Ridge on the Tahoe National Forest. Units are in route.

November 2, 2019 at 9:12 AM Units at scene report one lane is blocked on East Empire Street.

November 2, 2019 at 9:09 AM Vehicle accident on East Empire and Empire Mine Crossroads, reported as a vehicle vs pole. Units en route.

November 2, 2019 at 8:53 AM Fall weather just as it should be, dry and mild with no wind events. A warm fall weekend is in store for interior NorCal. Daytime temperatures will be 5-15 degrees above normal for early November, though overnight temperatures will still be cool.

November 1, 2019 at 3:32 PM Multi-vehicle accident, no injuries reported, on southbound Dorsey Drive on Hwy 49. Emergency services are on scene.  Traffic is backing up, avoid the area if possible.

November 1, 2019 at 3:29 PM Longest weekend of the year ahead of us. Don’t forget to #FallBack tomorrow night! #DaylightSavingTime ends tomorrow at 2:00 am.

November 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM Report of fire on Hwy 49 appears unfounded.

November 1, 2019 at 7:52 AM Report of a possible grass fire on Hwy 49 at Cameo Drive.

November 1, 2019 at 7:05 AM

November 1, 2019 at 6:00 AM Dry and mild with neither wind nor rain in sight. A little milder temperatures are expected across interior NorCal today to begin the month of November.

November 1, 2019 at 0:01 AM Last month’s log is available here.