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December 31, 2020 at 11:21 PM Three car accident, one vehicle down the embankment on northbound Hwy 49 at Cerrito Road. Emergency services on scene. The roadway is blocked.

December 31, 2020 at 7:46 PM Thank you and Happy New Year. Before #Uninstall2020 is complete, we’d like to thank you – our subscribers and readers.

December 31, 2020 at 3:48 PM Nevada County Public Health reports an additional 44 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases today. Since March 18th, 2,609 positive cases have been reported. 13 people are hospitalized, 4 of them in ICU.

Here are the monthly cumulative totals since the start of the pandemic:

  • March: 21
  • April: 41
  • May: 41
  • June: 116
  • July: 299
  • August: 446
  • September: 543
  • October: 642
  • November: 1,348
  • December: 2,609

December 31, 2020 at 12:34 PM Accident on Brunswick Road, lanes are blocked. Emergency services on scene. Use an alternate route if possible. Thanks to reader Scarlett for the photos.

December 31, 2020 at 10:29 AM

December 31, 2020 at 9:50 AM Multiple winter storms lining up for the start of 2021. A brief period of dry weather is forecast today through most of tomorrow (New Year’s Day) before multiple rounds of widespread precipitation chances return beginning late tomorrow into next week. A weak weather system is expected to bring light mountain snow and minimal Valley rain late tomorrow night – Saturday, with scattered showers lingering through the day Saturday and Sunday. Significant snowfall is possible over mountain passes Sunday evening through Monday as a stronger winter storm impacts NorCal. Another potentially strong winter storm is forecast to impact the area late Tuesday through Wednesday.

December 31, 2020 at 8:18 AM

December 31, 2020 at 8:00 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 30, 2020 at 4:36 PM An additional 17 cases were reported today, bringing the total confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Nevada County to 2,565. 551 cases are active and 1,964 have been released from isolation. Out of the 15 people hospitalized, 4 are in ICU according to State reports.

December 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM A reader is reporting long lines at the McCourtney Transfer Station. Use an alternate route if possible or be prepared for very slow traffic on McCourtney.

December 30, 2020 at 9:28 AM Rain and snow showers tonight, widespread precip possible for the holiday weekend. Dry weather continues into early this afternoon before a quick-hitting weather system will bring light rain and snow showers late this afternoon into tomorrow morning. The best precipitation chances will be over the mountains. Most of New Year’s Day is looking to be dry, but multiple rounds of widespread precipitation chances will return beginning late Friday for the holiday weekend into early next week. Significant snowfall is possible over mountain passes Sunday through early next week as multiple weather systems are expected to impact NorCal.

December 30, 2020 at 7:33 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 29, 2020 at 5:17 PM Today, 30 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported. 539 of the 2,548 cases total remain active. 18 people are hospitalized, 3 in ICU. The death toll has reached 50.

December 29, 2020 at 11:12 AM

  • Nevada County’s current vaccine allocation phase and tier: Phase 1A, Tier 1
  • Total number of doses received thus far in Nevada County as of 12/28: 1,875
  • Total number of additional doses in the state’s queue that are earmarked for Nevada County as of 12/28: 0

December 29, 2020 at 9:44 AM Rain and snow showers Wednesday night. Widespread precipitation possible for the holiday weekend. Dry weather continues into Wednesday afternoon with chilly morning lows. Patchy dense Valley fog will be seen Wednesday morning, mainly in the southern Sacramento and northern San Joaquin valleys. Another system will bring light rain and snow showers late Wednesday into Thursday morning with best chances over the mountains. Most of New Year’s Day is looking to be dry, but multiple rounds of widespread precipitation chances will return for the holiday weekend into early next week.

December 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 28, 2020 at 7:43 PM Accident on Hwy 49 Oregon Creek and Ridge Rd.(the Pike/Allegheny turn off) Traffic control is in place, reduce your speed and use extreme caution.

December 28, 2020 at 4:56 PM The weekend update for Nevada County has been published. 106 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, for a total of 2,519. Active cases are 562, with 19 people hospitalized – 5 in ICU. The death toll is 49, 5 additional deaths reported over the holiday weekend.

December 28, 2020 at 4:05 PM Lumber and wood pallet in the roadway at the Hwy 49/20 split in Nevada City. Reduce your speed and use caution.

December 28, 2020 at 1:42 PM A reader is reporting a Shiba Inu dog running on the east side of Hwy 174 past Empire Mine State Park. Seems the dog is heading for downtown Grass valley. Please use caution in the area.

December 28, 2020 at 8:40 AM Vehicle vs the NSJ Community Center, no injuries reported.

December 28, 2020 at 6:49 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 27, 2020 at 9:57 AM Rain and snow showers return tonight with lower snow levels. Dry weather is expected for much of the day today with light showers beginning to move into the area from the south late this evening. Light showers will continue for the overnight with the chances staying below highway 32 and the best chances staying south of I-80. Snow levels will be lower with this system in the 3500-4000 foot range and some light snow accumulations will be possible down to 3500 feet by tomorrow morning. Dry weather settles back in by Monday evening and we will remain dry into the middle part of the week. Another system will bring light rain and snow showers for the second half of Wednesday into early Thursday. Snow levels will be low with this system also but amounts are looking to remain very light with this system. New Year’s Day is looking to be dry but we are keeping an eye on the potential for a wetter system for next weekend.

December 26, 2020 at 10:42 AM Power outage affecting 3,625 people in Lake Wildwood has been resolved.

December 26, 2020 at 9:08 AM

December 26, 2020 at 9:01 AM Power outage affecting 3,625 customers in Lake Wildwood, Big Oak Valley. Estimated time of restoration is 11:34 am (automatic system estimate.) Another outage between Magnolia Road and Ranchero Way is affecting 27 customers since 7:06 am, restoration estimate is 10:45 am.

December 25, 2020 at 1:52 PM Power has been fully restored to the 3,262 customers affected by the outage.

December 25, 2020 at 1:32 PM Power restoration is underway for the Nevada City outage.

December 25, 2020 at 1:08 PM PG&E crews are on site at the outage origin.

December 25, 2020 at 12:33 PM Power outage affecting a wide swath from Glenbrook, all of Nevada City and areas north of Nevada City, automatic system estimates restoration time by 4:00 pm. 3,262 customers affected.

December 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM Today is a No Burn day. No burn piles or broadcast burns.

December 24, 2020 at 5:30 PM The news is quieting down, we’re thankful for the break. We’ll be on standby for emergencies, of course.

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays.
– Susan and Pascale

December 24, 2020 at 2:45 PM Nevada County Public Health is reporting 32 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, for a total of 2,415. As of today, there are 519 active cases. 20 patients are hospitalized, 6 in ICU.

December 24, 2020 at 11:47 AM Accident on Scotts Valley Road near Willow Valley Road. Emergency services arriving at scene.

December 24, 2020 at 8:12 AM Winter Storm for the holidays. Rain and mountain snow will return to NorCal on Friday and continue into the weekend. Heavy mountain snow is likely Christmas (Friday) into Saturday.

December 24, 2020 at 7:36 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 24, 2020 at 12:02 AM The annual NORAD tracks Santa is live. The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 65th Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey around the globe. NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations.

December 23, 2020 at 2:45 PM The latest numbers from Nevada County Public Health show and additional 29 positive cases for a total of 2,388. Sadly, the death toll now stands at 44. 15 people are hospitalized with 5 in ICU.

Vaccine update

Nevada County is following the vaccine allocation guidelines developed by the California Department of Public Health. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has developed tiers and levels within those tiers. CDPH continues to define/clarify who is included in which phases and tiers. Nevada County’s first doses are going to front-line health care workers at our two hospitals. Congregate care settings such as Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities are also prioritized in Phase 1A, Tier 1, and Nevada County’s facilities have enrolled in the CDC’s Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) Pharmacy Partnership Program to receive vaccine. The vaccine allocation for this program is separate from the allocation coming directly to our county.

  • Nevada County’s current vaccine allocation phase and tier: Phase 1A, Tier 1
  • Total number of doses received thus far in Nevada County as of 12/21: 975
  • Total number of additional doses in the state’s queue that are earmarked for Nevada County: 800

December 23, 2020 at 1:23 PM

December 23, 2020 at 11:25 AM Non-injury accident on Combie Road near Whispering Pines Drive. Solo vehicle into a ditch.

December 23, 2020 at 8:18 AM Rain and Snow for the Holiday Weekend. Dry and breezy conditions will be short lived as another chance for stormy weather reaches Northern California by this Friday. The first wave is expected Christmas day into Saturday. Then it looks like we will get a short break from wet weather before another round is expected Sunday into Monday. Winter Storm Watch from Friday morning through Saturday morning for Burney Basin / Eastern Shasta County-Mountains Southwestern Shasta County to Western Colusa County-Shasta Lake Area / Northern Shasta County-West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada-Western Plumas County/Lassen Park.

December 23, 2020 at 7:40 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 22, 2020 at 11:24 PM Units at scene on Rough&Ready Hwy, large pile still smoldering. Might be visible from the highway.

December 22, 2020 at 11:11 PM Possible escaped control burn, reported as a field on fire across near Hwy 20 and Rough&Ready Hwy. Units in route.

December 22, 2020 at 7:02 PM COVID-19 vaccines have arrived at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley. The first healthcare workers got a literal shot in the arm this evening.

Dr. Dawn Harris, head of the ER, was the first recipient of the vaccine administered by Nurse Shin Newsom.

December 22, 2020 at 4:48 PM With 31 new confirmed cases Nevada County has 2,361 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Out of 497 active cases, 17 are hospitalized, with 4 patients in ICU.

December 22, 2020 at 8:09 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 21, 2020 at 5:47 PM Don’t forget to step outside and look to the south-southwest, the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn is fully visible.

December 21, 2020 at 4:49 PM Nevada County Public Health lists another 126 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, for a total of 2,327. Last week 1,542 test results were returned. 537 cases are currently active, representing 23% of all cases since the start of the pandemic in March. The State reporting system shows 23 people hospitalized, 5 in ICU. The death toll now stands at 42.

December 21, 2020 at 12:09 PM Vehicle vs motorcycle on East Lime Kiln Road near Hwy 49, emergency services are on scene.

December 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM A mostly dry and mild Winter Solstice. A weak system will bring light showers mainly to higher elevations tonight and early Tuesday. Dry weather returns for midweek. Then another chance of precipitation is possible for the holiday weekend.

December 20, 2020 at 5:26 PM Sumi IC advises they can handle with the units at scene and one additional water tender. All others can cancel.

December 20, 2020 at 5:15 PM Units at scene on Sumi report smoke inside the house and visible charring on the wall. All units dispatched to continue in.

December 20, 2020 at 5:08 PM Units at scene on Sumi report no outside smoke showing, they will investigate.

December 20, 2020 at 5:06 PM Sumi IC (still in route to the fire) is requesting one water tender to the structure fire.

December 20, 2020 at 4:54 PM Reported possible structure fire on Sumi Road off Jackass Flats Road on the San Juan Ridge. Emergency services in route. Residents have evacuated the home after reporting an active wall fire.

December 20, 2020 at 12:34 PM Grass Valley School District will be distributing food the next two Mondays from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. at their central kitchen located at 900 Golden Gate Terrace in Grass Valley.

They are looking forward to seeing any child 18 and under and provide a 5-day meal packs that include breakfast, lunch and milk.

If you are in need of food, please call 211, there are multiple options available to Nevada County residents.

December 18, 2020 at 5:32 PM Thirty new cases reported today and one additional fatality. Nevada County stats are 2,203 confirmed positive cases with 540 currently active.

17 people are hospitalized, 5 in ICU. The ICU capacity is at 0 in Nevada County according to state data.

December 18, 2020 at 10:18 AM Units at scene on Banner Lava report minor injury only, tow truck requested for the cars blocking the roadway.

December 18, 2020 at 10:04 AM Accident on Banner Lava Cap, emergency services arriving at scene.

December 18, 2020 at 9:36 AM Locally dense fog Saturday morning, freezing overnight temperatures continue. Dry weather with seasonal temperatures are expected through Monday. Widespread patchy fog is possible late tonight through tomorrow morning, with fog in some areas becoming dense. Clear skies will allow morning temperatures to drop to near freezing across the Valley tomorrow through Monday. A weak weather system will bring a slight chance for some light mountain showers late Monday into Tuesday, mainly over the Coastal Range and Shasta County mountains.

December 17, 2020 at 6:05 PM Nevada County reports an additional 25 confirmed positive cases today, for a total of 2,173. There are 510 active cases and 18 hospitalizations. The death toll has risen by another four. Since the start if the pandemic, 38 Nevada County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

December 17, 2020 at 4:35 PM PG&E crews are arriving at scene of the accident on Lazy Acres. 30 customers are out of power.

December 17, 2020 at 3:56 PM Vehicle into a pole on Lazy Acres Court off Bitney Springs. Emergency services arriving at scene.

December 17, 2020 at 3:17 PM Hit and run accident, with injuries reported, near the intersection of Countrywood Lane, Cooper Road and North Bloomfield Road. Emergency services are in route.

December 17, 2020 at 11:47 AM

December 17, 2020 at 11:13 AM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 49 near Shoshoni Trail. Driver is out of the vehicle, emergency services are in route.

December 17, 2020 at 10:01 AM

December 17, 2020 at 9:11 AM Today is the Food Bank of Nevada County’s Holiday Distribution. It will be taking place at the Grass Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church from 10am-2pm at 12889 Osborn Hill Rd. Today there will be produce, extra proteins, dairy, and holiday food items. Any family needing help with their Holiday meal may attend.

December 17, 2020 at 8:36 AM Lingering mountain showers today. Valley showers are pushing out of the area this morning, and we are seeing lingering showers over the mountains. The majority of the mountain showers will diminish by 10 am, but a few showers will linger into the early afternoon over the Sierra mainly I-80 south. North winds will develop this afternoon and continue into the overnight. They are not expected to be strong but they will bring a challenge to the fog forecast for Friday morning. Best chances for dense fog will be in the San Joaquin Valley east of I-5 with fog expected to be more patchy over the southern Sacramento Valley. With less wind Saturday morning fog will likely be more widespread across portions of the Sacramento Valley into the San Joaquin Valley. Dry weather will continue into the weekend and for Monday. A weak weather system will bring a slight chance for some light mountain showers later Monday into Tuesday.

December 16, 2020 at 4:57 PM Nevada County total positive COVID-19 cases: 2,149 since the start of the pandemic. 534 active cases and 20 hospitalizations – 1 patient in ICU. Two additional deaths reported.

December 16, 2020 at 3:33 PM Deer Creek School ready to deliver food donations to the food bank. #ncsdproud

December 16, 2020 at 3:02 PM With good burning conditions, TNF fire crews were able to complete Burlington 2B for 11 ac., Cascade Shores Unit FF for 17 ac. and going for an additional 10 ac. on the Buckeye unit.

December 16, 2020 at 8:55 AM Widespread rain, mountain snow, and travel impacts later today into Thursday. A winter weather system will bring the return of rain and snow to northern California starting over the northern Mountains later this afternoon. Rain and snow will continue to spread over the area into the evening and overnight. The heaviest precipitation can be expected overnight into tomorrow morning for both the Valley and Mountains. Mountain travel delays and chain controls can be expected during this time. The majority of the precipitation will diminish during the morning tomorrow but a few lingering showers can be expected over the higher elevations. Dry weather settles back in by Thursday evening and continues into the weekend.

December 16, 2020 at 8:06 AM Yesterday, Tahoe National Forest fire crews completed 20 acres of pile burning in the Cascade Shores area. Today, the goal is to finish the remaining 11 acres of handpiles between Quaker Hill Road and Sailor Flat. Firefighters will remain on site until the piles are out, there is no need to report the smoke visible in the Cascade Shores area.

December 16, 2020 at 7:59 AM Car into a tree on the 17000 block of Colfax Hwy. Emergency services in route.

December 16, 2020 at 7:54 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 15, 2020 at 5:32 PM Nevada County COVID-19 update for Dec. 15, 2020. An additional 56 confirmed positive cases bring the total to 2,123 cases. 34 of the newly reported cases are in western Nevada County, 22 on the east side. The death toll has increased to 32. 80 health care workers in three facilities have tested positive. Several local facilities, in coordination with Public Health, have reached out to the state for assistance with staffing and resources. For context, 6 out of 22 first responders/staff of Grass Valley/Nevada City Fire Department and 11 out of 864 County of Nevada staff tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

December 15, 2020 at 8:57 AM The USFS has plans to burn 5 acres of hand piles within the Big Jack East project area today, December 15th. Smoke may settle into the Martis Valley area or other lower elevation areas at night and into the morning as cool air sinks, but will clear out as daytime temperatures rise. If successful, this will finish up the burning of hand pile units at Big Jack East.

December 15, 2020 at 8:47 AM Accident on La Barr Meadows Road, in front of Rare Earth. Semi vs passenger vehicle, emergency services are on scene. The roadway is blocked, use an alternate route of possible.

December 15, 2020 at 8:40 AM The Tahoe National Forest will burn piles today in the Cascade Shores area, both off the Quaker Hill Road and Lower Greenhorn Road. Approximately 50 acres are slated for today. Firefighters will be on scene and the piles will be monitored until completely extinguished. There is no need to report the smoke.

December 15, 2020 at 8:18 AM Widespread rain, mountain snow, and travel impacts Wednesday. Clouds are beginning to move over Northern California this morning as a weak weather system moves across the northern half of the forecast area today. A few scattered showers will be possible today, mainly across the surrounding mountains and foothills of the northern Sacramento Valley, although a stray Valley shower cannot be ruled out. The main focus will be on an impactful winter storm which will affect all of NorCal tomorrow into Thursday. Widespread rain and mountain snow are expected, with the heaviest precipitation in the evening and overnight hours. Snow levels begin near the high pass levels with the onset of precipitation, lowering to 4500 to 5000 feet by Thursday. A Winter Storm Watch continues for over 5500 feet, where the heaviest snow is expected to fall. Hazardous mountain travel is anticipated during this time. The system clears out Thursday evening and dry weather returns on Friday. Mainly dry weather for the weekend although a few showers may be seen in the northern mountains on Sunday.

December 15, 2020 at 7:58 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM The Monday update by the Nevada County Public Health Department added nine deaths to the fatalities reported in Nevada County due to COVID-19. Four of the deceased were connected to a long-term care facility.

December 14, 2020 at 2:41 PM

December 14, 2020 at 10:33 AM Thanks to reader Michael Davis for sharing this photo captured from the top of Sugarloaf this morning.

Photo Michael Davis

December 14, 2020 at 8:20 AM Dense Valley Fog this morning – rain, mountain snow, and travel impacts return mid-week. Dense Valley fog is seen this morning mainly in the central Sacramento Valley with visibilities ranging from one mile down to a quarter of a mile. Fog is expected to dissipate by mid-morning with dry weather and cool temperatures seen today. A passing system to the north may bring some scattered showers to the mountains surrounding the northern Sacramento Valley on Tuesday, otherwise dry weather will continue for much of the area this day. Another impactful winter storm is expected to reach Northern California on Wednesday continuing into Thursday. Widespread rain and mountain snow is anticipated with snow levels beginning near pass level on Wednesday, but decreasing overnight. Hazardous mountain travel is likely during this storm. Dry weather returns Friday.

December 14, 2020 at 8:14 AM

December 14, 2020 at 7:57 AM Vehicle rollover on McCourtney Road at Auburn Road, reportedly non-injury accident.

December 14, 2020 at 7:53 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 13, 2020 at 10:06 AM

December 12, 2020 at 5:26 PM Rekindled slash pile on fire on Perry Ranch Road south of Auburn. No threat to structures.

December 12, 2020 at 12:10 PM Outage has been reduced to the Ridge Road area.

December 12, 2020 at 11:28 AM Power outage for 478 customers in Nevada City. PG&E crews are on scene. Power pole is being replaced on Ridge Road, avoid the area.

December 11, 2020 at 8:37 PM Third-hand report of a possible fire on the 14000 block of Rattlesnake Road, units are in the area.

December 11, 2020 at 5:34 PM Nevada County COVID-19 update: 40 new confirmed cases today, 1,962 total. 520 cases are active, with 18 people hospitalized – 5 in ICU.

December 11, 2020 at 11:17 AM Non-injury accident on Pleasant Valley Rd / Lake Wildwood Drive.

December 11, 2020 at 9:16 AM Non-injury accident on Hwy 49 at LaBarr Meadows Road, lanes are not blocked.

December 11, 2020 at 7:38 AM Rain and snow return to NorCal this weekend. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

December 10, 2020 at 4:43 PM Nevada County has a total of 1,922 confirmed COVID-19 cases. 528 of them active. The death toll has rises to 21. Active hospitalizations are at 13, with 5 patients in ICU.

December 10, 2020 at 3:26 PM All lanes open again on Hwy 20 near Pleasant Valley Road. Only minor injuries reported to the sole occupant of the overturned car.

December 10, 2020 at 2:25 PM Rollover accident on Hwy 20 at Pleasant Valley Road, emergency services are in route.

December 10, 2020 at 12:57 PM Updated ICU capacity for the Greater Sacramento Region: 13.3% ICU availability.

December 10, 2020 at 6:53 AM Weekend rain and snow. Quiet weather is going to continue for today and tomorrow but rain and snow will be returning to the area Friday night into the weekend.

December 9, 2020 at 5:22 PM The latest Nevada County statistics show 85 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases today. 513 active cases, 14 hospitalized with 5 patients in ICU. The total since the beginning of the pandemic is 1,895.

December 9, 2020 at 4:57 PM Firefighters have located the reported debris burn, it is a legal warming fire on private property with the owner in attendance. Engines are returning to their stations.

December 9, 2020 at 4:36 PM Engines being dispatched to check a possible debris burn on Old Mill Road near Tyler Foote Crossing on the San Juan Ridge.

December 9, 2020 at 2:44 PM

December 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM Regional Stay Home for Greater Sacramento area takes effect tomorrow at midnight

Greater Sacramento Region14.3% ICU availability
Regional Stay Home Order effective 12/10/2020 11:59 PM

December 9, 2020 at 11:23 AM Heads up. Watch for the official announce on the Regional Stay at Home order coming at noon.

December 9, 2020 at 8:21 AM Locally breezy winds tonight into Thursday morning, rain and snow return this weekend. Another round of dry and breezy weather is possible tonight into Thursday morning. These gusty winds could bring a brief period of elevated fire weather concerns for portions of the western Sacramento Valley and adjacent foothills. Dry weather with a gradual cooling trend is expected through the end of the work week. A pattern change is possible this weekend, with possible Valley rain and mountain snow. Precipitation will generally remain north of I-80 Friday night into Saturday, then becomes more widespread on Sunday. Stay tuned for details as precipitation amounts and timing could change this far out.

December 8, 2020 at 9:46 PM Firefighters have been released from the car fire on Bitney Springs near Lazy Acres Court. Two vehicles were involved, no extension to the wildland or neighboring properties.

December 8, 2020 at 9:20 PM Vehicle fire reported on Bitney Springs Road, units are in route.

December 8, 2020 at 7:36 PM

December 8, 2020 at 7:12 PM Two additional casualties and 35 new confirmed cases reported in Nevada County today. Total positive cases stand at 1,811, with 1,251 released from isolation. 541 active cases with 18 hospitalizations – 4 in ICU.

December 8, 2020 at 9:36 AM

https://twitter.com/Tahoe_NF/status/1336363770956804098

December 8, 2020 at 9:34 AM The USFS has tentative plans to burn 3.5 acres of hand piles (unit 49) within the Big Jack East project area today, December 8th as long as weather/smoke dispersal remains favorable. Smoke may settle into the Martis Valley area or other lower elevation areas at night and into the morning as cool air sinks, but will clear out as daytime temperatures rise.

December 8, 2020 at 6:48 AM Precipitation to make a comeback next week. A pattern change likely heading into mid December.

December 8, 2020 at 6:22 AM Caltrans is currently in the process of recovering a semi truck down the EB I-80 embankment near Rainbow. Around mid-morning I-80 EB will temporarily CLOSE for approximately 1 hour for final truck recovery.

December 7, 2020 at 7:30 PM

December 7, 2020 at 3:59 PM 209 new confirmed cases in Nevada County since Friday and one additional death. For context, it took from March 21 to July 19, 2020 to reach 210 cases. Active cases are up to 582 and the death toll now stands at 17. Hospitalizations are at 18 with 4 patients in ICU. The total of confirmed cases is 1,776 today. More information here.

December 7, 2020 at 9:31 AM Governor Newsom California COVID-19 Update: December 7, 2020.

December 7, 2020 at 9:25 AM Accident on the 14000 block of Indian Springs Road, use caution in the area, the collision happened on a blind corner. Emergency services are on scene, lanes are blocked.

December 7, 2020 at 7:10 AM Resources assigned to the Osborn fire are mopping up, they will be committed for another 45 minutes to an hour. No damage to structures, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

December 7, 2020 at 7:02 AM Osborn IC reports forward progress has been stopped. Units not yet at scene can cancel.

December 7, 2020 at 6:54 AM Units at scene have started suppression and looking to mitigate the threat to the structures.

December 7, 2020 at 6:51 AM First unit at scene on Osborn Hill reports 1/2 acre, burning at a slow rate of spread. Two structures are threatened, all units to continue in.

December 7, 2020 at 6:47 AM Report of a possible vegetation fire on Osborn Hill Road off Hwy 174, numerous units are being dispatched. Caller reports brush and trees on fire, about 100 ft from the caller’s house.

December 7, 2020 at 6:43 AM Gusty winds continue through early Tuesday. Dry weather expected through the work week with above normal high temperatures.

December 7, 2020 at 6:16 AM Le Duc IC reports the fire is fully contained, they are looking for any remaining hotspots – none found so far. All resources will be committed for another 30 minutes.

December 7, 2020 at 6:08 AM Le Duc IC reports knockdown on the fire at the back of the house, no extension to the attic. Canceling still incoming units.

December 7, 2020 at 6:07 AM Reported residential structure fire on Le Duc Street off Whiting Street in Grass Valley, units at scene report a small fire, no extension to the attic.

December 6, 2020 at 3:24 PM Red Flag warning in effect from 11:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday. Strong, gusty northerly winds on the west side of the Sacramento Valley and into Solano County along with dry fuels and low humidity will result in critical fire weather conditions later tonight and into Monday afternoon.

This area has not seen significant rainfall yet, and fuels are at unseasonably dry levels.

December 6, 2020 at 3:08 PM PG&E update: Potential PSPS Update: Due to Improved Weather Conditions, Scope of Public Safety Power Shutoff Significantly Reduced

December 6, 2020 at 1:02 PM Accident ear Chalk Bluff, reported as a dirt bike collision. Units are trying to locate.

December 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

December 6, 2020 at 10:22 AM Gusty winds and elevated fire weather concerns possible today and Monday. Gusty and dry winds are forecast to increase today, with breezy conditions continuing through tomorrow. Lower daytime relative humidities in combination with dry fuels and gusty winds will lead to the elevated fire weather concerns for portions of the Sacramento Valley, mountains, and foothills today and into tomorrow. By Tuesday, winds decrease; however, expect high temperatures to be about 5 to 20 degrees above average to through at least mid-week. No precipitation is expected for interior northern California through the remainder of the work week.

Photo courtesy Peardale Chicago Park Fire

December 6, 2020 at 9:46 AM Accident on Hwy 174 and Jewett Lane. Peardale Chicago Park, Ophir Hill Fire at scene with CHP. Use caution in the area and reduce your speed.

December 6, 2020 at 9:22 AM The latest preliminary PSPS maps indicate that only Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare and Tuolumne counties are likely to be affected by PSPS #6.

December 5, 2020 at 8:24 PM Due to dry conditions, lack of precipitation and forecasted high winds all door yard burning in Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra Counties is suspended until further notice.

December 5, 2020 at 1:13 PM John fire is contained at 4.4 acres. Firefighters will continue mop-up operations.

December 5, 2020 at 12:58 PM Mop-up operations are underway on the John incident. Firefighters will be committed for an hour at least.

December 5, 2020 at 12:48 PM Firefighters have stopped the forward progress of the John Fire.

December 5, 2020 at 12:34 PM John IC reports good progress, still no threat to structures.

December 5, 2020 at 12:28 PM Units at scene report approximately 2 acres, burning at a slow rate of spread. No threat to structures at this time. All resources to continue in.

December 5, 2020 at 12:26 PM Units are arriving at scene of the John incident.

December 5, 2020 at 12:16 PM Possible vegetation fire on John Born Road near Piper Hill Drive, Penn Valley area, reported as an escaped debris burn (on a no burn day). Caller estimates the size at approximately 1 acre. Numerous engines being dispatched.

December 4, 2020 at 9:14 PM

Current available ICU capacity by region:

· Bay Area: 21.2%

· Greater Sacramento Region: 21.4% – Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba

· Northern California: 20.9%

· San Joaquin Valley: 14.1%

· Southern California: 13.1%

December 4, 2020 at 6:00 PM Tomorrow, Saturday December 5 is a No Burn day.

December 4, 2020 at 5:54 PM The latest report for Nevada County shows one additional death and 52 new cases for a total of 1,569. 450 active cases with 18 patients hospitalized. According to the California Department for Public Health, 5 of the 18 patients are in ICU.

December 4, 2020 at 5:12 PM PG&E has released preliminary maps for a possible PSPS event on December 7, 2020. The outage could start on Monday early morning at 4-6:00 am and power restoration is tentatively set for Tuesday evening by 10:00 pm.

December 4, 2020 at 1:55 PM Many readers have received a text notification from AT&T about a possible PSPS. At this time, there is no power shutoff planned. However, winds are expected to create high fire danger on Sunday and Monday. We will keep you posted of any changes.

December 4, 2020 at 1:50 PM

December 4, 2020 at 1:40 PM Avoid downtown Gras Valley, South Church Street is temporarily closed to traffic between West Main Street and Neal Street for a rollover accident. Everyone is okay, and crews are working to clear the roadway.

December 4, 2020 at 12:10 PM An unusual sight for December.

December 4, 2020 at 10:41 AM Gusty winds and elevated fire weather concerns possible Sunday – Monday. A weak weather system will move through northern California Saturday, producing a slight chance of scattered showers late Saturday night through early Sunday morning for the Coastal Range, northern Sierra, and far northern Sacramento Valley. Most communities can expect to remain dry. Gusty winds are forecast to increase Sunday into Monday as this weather system moves to the east of the forecast area. With low daytime relative humidities and dry fuels, these gusty winds could create elevated fire weather concerns for portions of the Sacramento Valley, mountains, and foothills. Confidence is low at this time in the strength and location of the gusty winds, so keep an eye out for forecast updates. Otherwise, dry weather, daytime temperatures around 5-15 degrees above normal, and cool nights will continue through next week.

December 4, 2020 at 7:22 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 3, 2020 at 4:49 PM The latest stats for Nevada County: Five new fatalities, for a total of 15. Today, 17 active hospitalizations, with 3 patients in ICU. 63 new confirmed cases yesterday, for a total of 1,517. Four of these deaths are related to COVID-19 outbreaks in local skilled nursing facilities and elderly residents who lived there, and the other was an older adult not affiliated with a skilled nursing facility. Another death was reported earlier this week, bringing our County’s total deaths due to COVID-19 to fifteen.

December 3, 2020 at 3:05 PM The prescribed burn at Beale Air Force Base has been successfully completed.

December 3, 2020 at 12:31 PM Watch the Governor’s update live now:

December 3, 2020 at 12:20 PM Westbound lane on the 10500 block of Combie Road is blocked after a two-car collision. Emergency services are on scene.

December 3, 2020 at 10:44 AM Heads up: Prescribed Fire on Beale Air Force Base today

December 3, 2020 at 9:46 AM The Yuba River Ranger District on the Tahoe National Forest is starting the Yuba Unit E pile burn today. The 117-acre unit is located within the Clark Summer Home Sites on US Hwy 49, just west of Yuba Pass. Smoke may be visible from the highway and other areas in the Yuba Pass area for 2 weeks, while the piles continue to burn down.

December 3, 2020 at 7:51 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 2, 2020 at 4:43 PM Nevada County Public Health Department reports 41 new confirmed COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,455. 17 active hospitalizations in the two Nevada County hospitals, with 5 of these patients in ICU, according to the California Department of Public Health.

December 2, 2020 at 3:52 PM All lanes open again on Hwy 49 at Bethel Church.

December 2, 2020 at 3:47 PM Lanes are blocked on Hwy 49 at Birchville Road on the San Juan Ridge.

December 2, 2020 at 3:11 PM Pick-up truck vs sedan on Hwy 49 in front of Bethel Church. Lanes are partially blocked, one-way traffic is being set up. Use an alternate route if possible.

December 2, 2020 at 2:10 PM Hwy 20 is fully open again near Pleasant Valley Road.

December 2, 2020 at 1:12 PM All lanes on Hwy 20 near Pleasant Valley Road will be cleared within the next 45 minutes, according to the CHP log.

December 2, 2020 at 11:07 AM Reported small roadside fire, on Loma Rica Road between Cross Star Trail and Marysville Road. Engines in route.

December 2, 2020 at 10:26 AM Per CHP: The eastbound and westbound traffic lanes on HWY 20 just west of Pleasant Valley Road are blocked due to a traffic collision. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. There’s no estimated time of opening.

December 2, 2020 at 8:55 AM Clear skies, dry weather – no change in sight. Mild daytime temperatures will continue across the region today.

December 2, 2020 at 7:44 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 1, 2020 at 8:20 PM Per Placer County Sheriff: TRAFFIC COLLISION at Dry Creek Road & Highway 49 in North Auburn. Traffic impacted. Please avoid the area. @CHPAuburn on scene.

December 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM The latest update on Nevada County COVID-19 cases: 67 new cases reported and one additional fatality. 381 active cases for a total of 1,414 cases and now 10 fatalities.

December 1, 2020 at 11:51 AM Per CAL FIRE NEU: The Colfax residential structure fire is contained. CAL FIRE, Placer County Fire Department firefighters responded to the report of a residential structure fire on Highway 174 near the city of Colfax. No injuries reported. Cause under investigation.

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December 1, 2020 at 11:48 AM Accident on Dog Bar Road near Wolf Creek Road, motorcycle down. Emergency services arriving on scene.

December 1, 2020 at 10:49 AM Firefighters are still at scene of the structure fire on Hwy 174 just outside of Colfax. Traffic control is in place on Hwy 174.

December 1, 2020 at 9:47 AM Crew briefing at Mt. Howell ahead of the vegetation management project continuing.

December 1, 2020 at 8:23 AM No fire in the Loma Rica and Banner areas, just oversized burn piles (with clearance confirmed by firefighters.)

December 1, 2020 at 7:17 AM Persistent dry weather with patchy morning frost. Unseasonably mild days will persist through the week as highs will be around 5-10 degrees above average.

December 1, 2020 at 12:27 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada and Sierra counties. Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning. It is illegal to burn painted or treated wood, plywood, plastic or anything other than natural vegetation from the property where you are burning. It is also illegal to burn piles comprised mainly of leaves or pine needles. For maximum smoke dispersion, please burn between 9 AM and 3 PM. Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire department is ALWAYS required in Truckee.

December 1, 2020 at 12:23 AM Last month’s log can be found here.