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October 31, 2023 at 9:57 PM Halloween 2023. Scenes from the Rood Center, the Library and Nevada City.

October 31, 2023 at 11:33 AM From reader Amy: There are one-way lane controls in place with flaggers on Brunswick near Idaho Maryland by the commercial construction site, expect delays.

October 31, 2023 at 9:09 AM Reader report of a very large piece of cardboard being blown about on eastbound Hwy 49 near the Gold Flat exit. It's large enough to cover windshields, definitely a hazard. Recycle your cardboard, don't dump it!

October 31, 2023 at 8:44 AM This pup was wandering around near the intersection of North Ponderosa and Pierite Road off Rough and Ready Hwy. Check if your pup is safe and has a collar with tags.

North Ponderosa pup

October 31, 2023 at 8:00 AM Weather forecast for today: Dry and sunny with a 100% chance of ghosts and ghoulies.

Happy Halloween

October 31, 2023 at 1:24 AM Power has been restored to the remaining 3,449 customers.

October 31, 2023 at 12:03 AM Power outage has been reduced to 3,449 customers in Nevada County.

October 30, 2023 at 9:36 PM Power outage affecting 3,992 customers in Rough and Ready, Lake Wildwood and Smartsville. Estimated restoration time is 5:15 am.

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October 30, 2023 at 9:17 PM Reader-reported power outage in Lake Wildwood.

October 30, 2023 at 7:00 PM Another escaped burn pile on Pleasant Valley Road near Mooney Flat Road in the Penn Valley area. Units are at scene.

October 30, 2023 at 6:42 PM Apologies for the late posting, there is no connectivity on Rattlesnake Road. Abandoned burn pile on Rattlesnake Road near Tranquil Lane. The pile was unattended and got into a log deck. Firefighters contained it to 1/8th of an acre.

Heavy mop-up is required and all resources will spend another couple of hours at scene.

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October 30, 2023 at 3:27 PM Report of the traffic lights on Hwy 20 at Penn Valley stuck on red. Caltrans to verify and fix.

October 30, 2023 at 11:31 AM Placer County public health officials confirmed the first West Nile virus death this season, a Lincoln man over age 65. This is the first West Nile virus-related death in the county since 2018. There have been 286 confirmed human cases and 10 West Nile virus-related deaths reported in California this year. There are 6 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in Placer County this season and record numbers of West Nile virus positive mosquitoes and dead bird samples.

October 30, 2023 at 9:46 AM Power outage along Lime Kiln Road. 649 customers without power, estimated time of restoration is 5:45 pm.

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October 30, 2023 at 6:58 AM Vehicle rollover on Pleasant Valley Road, units are at scene. One patient still needs extrication.

October 30, 2023 at 6:49 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 29, 2023 at 4:15 PM Forward progress of the vegetation portion has been stopped, heavy mop-up required. The two structures are destroyed. All ground resources will remain at scene for approximately 4-5 hours.

October 29, 2023 at 4:12 PM Tanker 88 is returning to the Laporte incident and will remain in orbit for now. Ground crews are working on knockdown of the structures and line construction around the vegetation portion of the fire.

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October 29, 2023 at 4:07 PM Tankers 88 and 89 have returned to Grass Valley Air Attack Base from the Laporte incident. Helicopters 514 and 6WL are overhead with Air Attack 17. Power lines are down at the incident.

October 29, 2023 at 3:56 PM Air Attack 17 is now Laporte Air Attack, reporting approximately 2.5 acres and the two fully involved structures. Crews are making good progress.

October 29, 2023 at 3:48 PM LaPorte IC reports two fully involved structures and power lines potentially compromised. Fire is burning uphill at a moderate rate of spread. Approximately 2 acres of vegetation involved, all units to continue in. TNF Helicopter 514 and Air Attack 17 have lifted off Grass Valley to the incident.

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October 29, 2023 at 3:45 PM LaPorte IC reports approximately 4-5 acres of vegetation involved, all resources to continue in. The structure fire is on the 7700 block of LaPorte Road.

October 29, 2023 at 3:43 PM Air tankers are over the Laporte incident.

October 29, 2023 at 3:27 PM Reported structure fire on La Porte Road in the Rackerby area, now into the vegetation. Units dispatched.

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October 29, 2023 at 12:11 PM The power outage along McCourtney has been reduced to 323 homes, trouble crew and helicopter trying to locate the problem.

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October 29, 2023 at 9:03 AM Power outage affecting 519 homes in the McCourtney Road area, estimated restoration time is unknown at this time.

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October 28, 2023 at 6:38 PM Burn piles on North Bloomfield have been extinguished.

October 28, 2023 at 6:14 PM Units are at scene on North Bloomfield. Homeowner has three burnpile s going in their front yard.

October 28, 2023 at 6:03 PM Burn pile on a non-burn day on North Bloomfield Road near Bush Road, units dispatched.

October 28, 2023 at 2:31 PM Passing the baton after running down and up the Yuba Canyon at Purdon, in full wildland gear!

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This all-day event started at Smartsville at 8:30 am, ran through the San Juan Ridge, over Purdon Crossing, through Nevada City and Grass Valley, and will end at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital at around 4:30 pm. Teams from throughout Nevada, Yuba, and Placer Counties participate to help raise money for the Barbara Schmidt Millar Fund that provides Breast Cancer Screenings to those in need within our community.

October 28, 2023 at 11:17 AM Burn pile on a non-burn day on Cement Hill Road in Nevada City. Units dispatched.

October 28, 2023 at 9:11 AM Power has been restored on High Street.

October 28, 2023 at 8:59 AM Reader Rick reports a power outage on High Street in Grass Valley, 120 customers affected by a faulty transformer on Alta Street.

October 28, 2023 at 8:27 AM Today is a No Burn Day in western Nevada County and all of Sierra County.

October 27, 2023 at 6:51 PM Two-car accident on Ridge Road near Rough and Ready Hwy. Everyone is out of the vehicles, Ridge Road is partially blocked.

October 27, 2023 at 4:54 PM Units at scene on Rough and Ready Hwy report a 20 by 20 ft spot. They're taking action now, one engine to continue in, all others can cancel.

October 27, 2023 at 4:50 PM Small roadside fire, approx. 3ft by 3ft on Rough and Ready Hwy near Rough and Ready Road. Units dispatched.

October 27, 2023 at 3:58 PM Gusty north to east winds pick up throughout the day on Saturday and persist into Sunday alongside a drying trend. This will result in critical fire weather conditions. Prepare for the possibility of power outages, be aware of potential hazards like weakened trees and have your Go bag ready. Fire season is not over yet.

October 27, 2023 at 1:25 PM A young, grayish pitbull has been spotted running in the woods near You Bet and Fawn Hill last night. The pup has a collar and a leash trailing behind. If you are missing your pup, please try and find him or her before the leash gets caught on a snag.

October 27, 2023 at 1:13 PM Units at scene on Backbone report the car is on the side of the road, not on a cliff. Unoccupied vehicle, they'll be investigating.

October 27, 2023 at 12:52 PM Car off the roadway on Backbone Road near Derbec on the San Juan Rudge. Driver is out of the vehicle that is reportedly hanging over a cliff. Units dispatched.

October 27, 2023 at 10:14 AM The Fire Weather Watch has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning from 5 am Saturday to 5 pm on Sunday. The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low humidity, which is in effect from 5 AM Saturday to 5 PM PDT Sunday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

Fire Weather Watch vs Red Flag Warning

October 27, 2023 at 9:06 AM Gusty north to east winds with critical fire weather conditions this weekend. 15-80% probability of wind gusts 45 mph or stronger, strongest along the western half of the Sacramento Valley. Fire Weather Watch from late tonight through Sunday afternoon. Wind Advisory from 8 AM Saturday to 2 PM Sunday.

October 27, 2023 at 6:33 AM Today is a No Burn Day in western Nevada County and all of Sierra County.

October 26, 2023 at 8:03 PM Possible accident in the vicinity of Pekolee Drive in Alta Sierra, car has bottomed out. Units dispatched.

October 26, 2023 at 7:38 PM Lanes blocked by a stalled vehicle on East Empire Street at Hwy 174.

October 26, 2023 at 2:09 PM Gusty north to east winds this weekend with elevated fire weather concerns. Gusty winds and low humidity may lead to easier fire starts, Saturday into Sunday, strongest Saturday night.

October 26, 2023 at 11:29 AM Oversized burn pile on Red Dog Road, units are at scene.

October 26, 2023 at 10:22 AM Fire Weather Watch in effect from early Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon for gusty winds and low humidity.

Fire Weather Watch for Sat and Sunday

October 26, 2023 at 8:56 AM A large box of foam and other debris littering the roadway on westbound Hwy 20 at Rough and Ready Hwy.

October 26, 2023 at 8:15 AM A stalled motorhome has a long line of cars behind it on northbound Hwy 49 at the Hwy 174 off ramp. Maybe take the next exit?

October 26, 2023 at 7:38 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 25, 2023 at 7:30 PM Another accident on Rough and Ready Hwy, units at scene report minor injuries only.

October 25, 2023 at 6:22 PM A pox on the box in the roadway on Hwy 174 at You Bet Road. Use caution in the area.

October 25, 2023 at 6:11 PM Rough and Ready Highway is clear again.

October 25, 2023 at 5:44 PM Rough and Ready Hwy is blocked due to the accident.

October 25, 2023 at 5:27 PM Overturned car on Rough and Ready Hwy at Valley Drive. Driver is out of the vehicle.

October 25, 2023 at 4:40 PM All lanes are open again on Hwy 49 at Gautier.

October 25, 2023 at 4:30 PM AT this time, both southbound lanes of Hwy 49 at Gautier Drive are blocked. Southbound traffic is going in the center divide, with traffic control by CHP in place.

October 25, 2023 at 4:04 PM Now reported as a two-car collision, sedan (now on fire) vs delivery truck. The driver of the sedan is out of the vehicle. The southbound lane on Hwy 49 is blocked.

October 25, 2023 at 3:59 PM Solo vehicle accident on Hwy 49 at Gautier Drive, car is catching fire now. Units dispatched.

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October 25, 2023 at 3:03 PM Chain controls on I-80, and a few accidents with people driving too fast.

October 25, 2023 at 9:03 AM Accident on Hwy 49 near Combie, units dispatched.

October 25, 2023 at 8:31 AM Showers and mountain snow through tonight, breezy north to east winds this weekend. Early season rain may lead to slick roads. Snow levels 7000-8000 feet today, lowering to 5000-6500 feet tonight; probability of 1 inch accumulation at pass level is 20-25%.

October 25, 2023 at 7:18 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 24, 2023 at 8:00 PM The Grass Valley City Council just unanimously approved a resolution to put a proposed fire tax measure on the March ballot.

October 24, 2023 at 6:55 PM Two-car accident on southbound Hwy 49 near Bethel Church, units dispatched.

October 24, 2023 at 4:00 PM From Western Sierra Medical Center: Covid and Flu vaccines are recommended for anyone 6 months and older. They are available at the Western Sierra Medical Clinic 844 Old Tunnel Rd GV Sat Oct 28th 9am-2pm and every Wednesday and Friday from 1-4pm. Vaccines are available for all community members. For the Penn Valley, Auburn, Kings Beach and Downieville clinics please call to schedule. The Shingles and RSV vaccines are also available. Vaccination is an important tool in protecting your health.

October 24, 2023 at 10:47 AM Accident on Brunswick Road at Whispering Pines.

October 24, 2023 at 10:32 AM The outage in the Penn Valley to Newtown area has been reduced to 891 customers, mostly along Bitnet Springs.

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October 24, 2023 at 10:16 AM Power has been restored in the Lake Wildwood area.

October 24, 2023 at 10:01 AM A ladder fell off a vehicle and went to pieces on southbound Hwy 49 near Dorsey Drive, cars are driving over the remains now. Watch for flying steps.

October 24, 2023 at 9:46 AM Power outage is affecting 2,251 customers in the Penn Valley, Rough & Ready, and Newtown areas. Estimated time of restoration is 4:00 pm.

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October 24, 2023 at 9:37 AM Reader-reported power outage in Lake Wildwood.

October 24, 2023 at 9:19 AM Heads up, one line is closed on Hwy 49 at Linnet Lane for work on the bridge. Traffic control is in place.

October 24, 2023 at 9:02 AM Breezy northerly winds this morning, no fire weather concerns expected. Showers late today into Wednesday, as well as Friday into Saturday; best chances in the mountains. Snow levels dropping below passes.

October 24, 2023 at 1:03 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

Burn Permits are required now.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 23, 2023 at 7:50 PM Units at scene on Hwy 174 at Silver Way report no injuries.

October 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM Accident on westbound Hwy 174 at Silver Way, car vs speed limit sign. Units dispatched, car is now in the ditch.

October 23, 2023 at 6:07 PM Effective on Tuesday, October 24 at 8 a.m., CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Blankenheim is formally lifting the burn permit suspension in the Amador-El Dorado Unit (AEU) State Responsibility Areas of Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, and San Joaquin counties. CAL FIRE burn permits are required and are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

October 23, 2023 at 2:01 PM Accident on Brunswick Road near Greenhorn, units dispatched. One vehicle is off the roadway.

October 23, 2023 at 12:05 PM Reported accident on East Main Street in Grass Valley, units dispatched.

October 23, 2023 at 9:51 AM The traffic lights at the northbound off ramp on Hwy 49 at Sutton Way are out of service. Use extreme caution.

October 23, 2023 at 8:44 AM Grass Valley Fire is at scene on Bank Street, report nothing showing from the outside. They will investigate. [false alarm]

October 23, 2023 at 8:40 AM Commercial fire alarm on Bank Street in Grass Valley, GVFP responding.

October 23, 2023 at 8:39 AM Non-injury accident on southbound Hwy 49 just north of Cherry Creek Road, units dispatched.

October 23, 2023 at 7:24 AM Share Bitney Springs Road with all the wandering critters and use special caution near Newtown Road. Check if your pup is safe.

October 23, 2023 at 7:03 AM Tree in the southbound lane of Tyler Foote Road at Oak Tree Road in North San Juan.

October 23, 2023 at 6:54 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 22, 2023 at 11:19 AM From Peardale/Chicago Park Fire: Yesterday morning around 1:40 AM Peardale Chicago Park Fire responded to a residential structure fire inside the Shady Glen Mobile Home Park near Colfax. CAL FIRE Battalion unit arrived at scene and reported a fully involved mobile home. Brush-57 was the first fire apparatus at scene and quickly initiated fire attack. Crews from CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire Department and Placer Hills FPD were able to contain the fire without any further damage to nearby structures. We are grateful for the relationships we have with CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire Department that allow for quick attack on fires such as this by both agencies. Other agency's included Placer County Sheriff’s Office, and AMR Ambulance. Thank you CAL FIRE for the photo.

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October 22, 2023 at 9:39 AM Scattered showers and thunderstorms today, breezy northerly winds to follow. Isolated thunderstorms may produce dangerous lightning, gusty winds, rain, and small accumulating hail impacting outdoor activities and recreationists. The forecasted north winds do not raise fire concerns at this time.

October 22, 2023 at 9:02 AM The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission advises that the dedication ceremony for the Jones Hospital historical plaque will proceed this morning at 10am. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the porch of the hospital.

October 22, 2023 at 12:14 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 21, 2023 at 6:42 PM Smoke check for a burn pile near an unoccupied home on Oak Canyon Drive across of Live Oak Lane in Penn Valley. Units dispatched.

October 21, 2023 at 5:17 PM Units at scene in Penn Valley report these are two burn piles, legal size and attended. Canceling all incoming units.

October 21, 2023 at 5:12 PM Large burn pile on Hwy 20 and Melody Road, multiple reports by passersby. Unknown if anyone in attendance, units dispatched.

October 21, 2023 at 2:54 PM Two additional engines dispatched to the Marysville incident. The southbound lane of Marysville Road is closed to traffic between Loma Rica Road and Willow Glen Road.

October 21, 2023 at 2:42 PM Forward progress of the Marysville incident has been stopped, extensive mop-up operations required. First spot is .05 acre and the second fire is held by a dozer line, per Marysville IC.

Marysville incident

October 21, 2023 at 2:24 PM Firefighters on the Marysville incident have stopped forward progress on two of the three spots, one tanker drop has taken the heat out of the largest spot. Helicopters are arriving at scene now.

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October 21, 2023 at 2:18 PM Units at scene of the Marysville incident are making progress, air support is arriving overhead.

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October 21, 2023 at 2:14 PM Marysville IC reports three separate roadside spot fires

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October 21, 2023 at 2:10 PM Units at scene on Maryville Road near Leanne Lane report a 100 by 30-40 ft wide spot.

October 21, 2023 at 2:05 PM Full wildland dispatch for a reported vegetation fire, multiple roadside spots on Marysville Road near Loma Rica Road and near Collins Lake Road in Yuba County. This will be the Marysville incident.

October 21, 2023 at 11:20 AM Scooter IC is releasing the Washington Ridge crew, mop-up is in progress.

Scooter Bug incident

October 21, 2023 at 11:06 AM Firefighters are making good progress on the fire on Scooter Bug Lane, there are no evacuations and no road closures at this time. Forward progress has been stopped at 0.5 acres.

Scooter Bug incident

October 21, 2023 at 8:08 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

October 21, 2023 at 2:21 AM Report of a trailer on fire in the Shady Glen MHP in Colfax, units at scene.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 20, 2023 at 8:04 PM Units in the area on Hwy 49 and Combie are unable to locate any fire.

October 20, 2023 at 7:54 PM Possible burn pile, or a tree on fire off southbound Hwy 49 near Combie, units dispatched.

October 20, 2023 at 3:43 PM No wildfire in the Weimar area, the smoke is likely from the Mt. Howell prescribed burn.

October 20, 2023 at 2:05 PM Smoke check in the area of westbound I-80 near Weimar Cross Road, units dispatched.

October 20, 2023 at 10:12 AM It is a No Burn day today for residential burning. The lingering smoke is from several large prescribed burns. Here is a smoke forecast map.

October 20, 2023 at 8:50 AM Vehicle off the roadway on Hwy 49 near Mountain Air Mobile Home Park, units dispatched.

October 20, 2023 at 7:42 AM A donkey and a black Palomino are walking in the roadway on Wolf Road near Hwy 49. The equines are making frequent stops, watch for them and if you own horses, check if they're safe.

October 20, 2023 at 5:51 AM Today is a NO BURN day in Nevada and Sierra counties.

No burn piles today

October 19, 2023 at 6:32 PM A total of 519 homes are affected by the power outage in the Wolf Mountain area. Estimated restoration time is 11:30 pm, this estimate is an automatic guesstimate and has not been reviewed by a human being.

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October 19, 2023 at 6:30 PM Reader Curtis reports a power outage on Wolf Mountain.

October 19, 2023 at 5:35 PM It's official. WebhamRadio and Riparian Studios team up for Sierra Nevada news. You've seen Kit's beautiful videos before, like today's chat with Loot and Lore's Cyn Levesque, and we're planning on expanding video coverage in 2024 even more.

October 19, 2023 at 2:10 PM Firefighters have stopped the forward progress of the Penryn fire at under 3/4 acre. There is a wet line around the fire, mop up operations are starting now.

October 19, 2023 at 2:08 PM Penryn Air Attack is releasing all helicopters and one of the tankers, firefighters are making good progress. Structure threat has been mitigated.

October 19, 2023 at 1:57 PM Penryn IC reports about 1/4 acre, two separate roadside fires and a small spot. Firefighters should be able to pick this up fairly quickly.

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October 19, 2023 at 1:53 PM The reported fire will be the Penryn incident, approximately a 50 by 70 spot, possibly several roadside fires.

October 19, 2023 at 1:50 PM Grass fire on westbound I-80 at Penryn Road in Placer County. Full wildland dispatch on order.

October 19, 2023 at 10:34 AM Cool/Unsettled this Weekend with Breezy Winds into Next Week. Gusty winds, dry fuels, and low humidity may lead to easier fire starts on Monday and Tuesday. Varying range of forecast possibilities with dry/windy or showery/breezy; stay tuned for more details.

October 19, 2023 at 10:10 AM Firefighters in Penn Valley report the homeowner states this was a rekindle from a previous burn pile, it's being extinguished now.

October 19, 2023 at 10:07 AM Firefighters have located the burn pile, they're making access to the property now.

October 19, 2023 at 9:56 AM Burning on a non burn day in the vicinity of Oak Springs in Penn Valley, units dispatched.

October 19, 2023 at 9:14 AM Small electrical fire in the Lake Combie Mobile Home Park. A wall plug is glowing red, units arriving at scene.

October 19, 2023 at 8:02 AM A white metal chair in the roadway on Hwy 49 at Combie is not the place for a sit in.

October 19, 2023 at 7:52 AM USPS Hiring Fair today, from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at 48 offices, including at the Grass Valley Post Office. All the details here.

October 19, 2023 at 12:35 AM Today is a NO BURN day in Nevada and Sierra counties.

No burn piles today

October 19, 2023 at 12:28 AM Pike IC is canceling some of the incoming units, forward progress has been stopped.

October 18, 2023 at 11:55 PM Two Washington Ridge crews dispatched to the incident in Pike. About 1/4 to 1/2 acre of vegetation involved, firefighters are starting to put a line around the wildland extension.

October 18, 2023 at 11:47 PM Fully involved cabin, with extension to the vegetation in Pike at the end of Glory Hole Road, units are at scene.

October 18, 2023 at 3:39 PM The escaped burn pile fire on Lone Star is contained, final size is 0.73 acres.

October 18, 2023 at 3:29 PM Units are at scene of a 1/4 acre grass fire on Lone Star Road in North Auburn. Tankers and helicopter have been released.

Lone Star incident
Photo courtesy CAL FIRE

October 18, 2023 at 3:09 PM From Nevada County Public Works: Nevada County is conducting striping with traffic controls in the following areas:

  • Red Dog Road from Pasquale to Boulder Street
  • Boulder Street from Red Dog to Nevada City Limits
  • Gracie from Nevada City limits to Banner Lava Cap Rd

Construction will be ongoing today through the end of the week. Please expect up to 20-minute delays.

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October 18, 2023 at 2:22 PM Reader report of road work on Red Dog Road between Murchie Mine to Banner causing significant delays due to one-lane traffic. We'll post details as soon as they're available.

October 18, 2023 at 2:01 PM From reader Elizabeth: Some much appreciated road striping is taking place on Bennett Street in Grass Valley.

October 18, 2023 at 12:40 PM Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is transitioning to a new phone service and is experiencing some technical difficulties. The main hospital phone line is operational, but it is possible you will experience an issue getting through. Our teams are working quickly to resolve this issue. Thank you for your patience and understanding. To reach Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, please call (530)-274-6000. For an emergency, call 911.

October 18, 2023 at 12:05 PM Expect smoke and haze from prescribed burns to intensify through late afternoon and evening. This smoke forecast does not include residential burn piles that can emit a lot of smoke in their immediate vicinity if they are too big, contain too many leaves, or are lit too early. Particulate matter contained in woodsmoke sinks as temperatures go down, which is why the smell of smoke often intensifies overnight. Please be considerate of your neighbors when lighting burn piles - follow the rules and recommendations issued by your local air quality district.

This is an experimental smoke forecast model provided by NOAA. It is NOT an official air quality forecast. The official Air Quality forecast for California can be found here: AirNow (fire.airnow.gov)

October 18, 2023 at 9:49 AM Several large prescribed burns are continuing today and in the coming days:

40 acres above Blue Lake (and Lake Spaulding)
70 acres near Yuba Pass north of Hwy 49 in Sierra County
110 acres near Placer Big Trees
176 acres near La Porte
On both the Butterfly Valley and La Porte RX – Grass Flat projects, firefighters will be working on mop-up, holding and patrol.

The determination to pause ignitions for the Butterfly Valley Project was made this morning by fire leadership on the Mount Hough Ranger District following unexpected smoke impacts yesterday when predicted winds did not occur. There is still lingering smoke in Quincy, Meadow Valley, Greenhorn Ranch and other area communities this morning and concerns about the forecast, which resulted in the decision to not continue ignitions today.

October 18, 2023 at 9:41 AM Magnitude 4.1 earthquake in Isleton, CA.

Location with respect to nearby cities:
4.4 km (2.7 mi) SSW of Isleton, California
15.9 km (9.9 mi) NNE of Oakley, California
20.3 km (12.6 mi) NE of Antioch, California
22.3 km (13.8 mi) NNE of Brentwood, California
52.0 km (32.2 mi) SSW of Sacramento, California

Magnitude 4.1 near Isleton

October 18, 2023 at 9:30 AM Possible oversized burn pile on Indian Springs Road and Michelle Court, units dispatched.

Indian Springs burn pile

October 18, 2023 at 8:30 AM A trailer on northbound Hwy 49 at Oak Drive is carrying an uncovered load and cardboard and other debris is flying out and littering the road. Use caution and protect your windshield.

October 18, 2023 at 7:29 AM To start your morning, some great photos by reader Dave Hershberger. He says, “We don't often see bears during daylight hours. And when we do, the sightings are often too short to go get a real camera. But on October 7 everything came together. The bears were here for a good 10 minutes, out in the open. I was able to step out into the breezeway with a real camera and I was far enough away that I could have quickly escaped back into the house if mama decided to charge.” Thanks for sharing these Dave!

October 18, 2023 at 7:21 AM Power outage affecting 594 homes in the Placer Hills area. Trouble crew has been dispatched, estimated time of restoration is 5:15 pm.

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October 18, 2023 at 6:20 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 17, 2023 at 6:12 PM This is what the Biggie prescribed burn looks at North Chicken Hawk above Foresthill. Photo courtesy Gene Lorance. The plume in the background is a prescribed fire on the Eldorado National Forest near McConnel Place above US 50 before Ice House.

Biggie rx fire on the TNF

October 17, 2023 at 11:01 AM A reminder: Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic today starting at noon until 4:30 pm at Twin Cities Church Parking Lot, 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy. Please enter via the westbound entrance of parking lot only. Nevada County Public Health is offering free flu shots!

  • High-dose Senior (65+) Vaccines - New this year limited number of senior vaccines available
  • Flu shots available for adults and children 3 and older while supplies last
  • Wear clothing that allows easy access to your upper arms
  • Drive-thru event only - no walk-ups, please
  • Paperwork available in Spanish/Formas disponibles en español

October 17, 2023 at 9:40 AM Tahoe National Forest will begin a prescribed 544-acre underburn approximately 14 miles east of Foresthill, Calif. along Mosquito Ridge Road (Forest Service Rd. 96) in the area of the Placer Big Trees Grove. The Biggie Project area consists of 2,620 acres of prescribed fire treatment to promote forest resilience to wildfire, climate change and insect and disease outbreaks. Burn may begin as early as today, Oct. 17 and continue for approximately seven days.

October 17, 2023 at 8:24 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 16, 2023 at 9:21 PM The details on Grass Valley's special meeting are here.

October 16, 2023 at 6:57 PM The Grass Valley City Council unanimously adopted a declaration of fiscal emergency, paving the way for a March 5 ballot measure. Story coming shortly.

October 16, 2023 at 10:57 AM Non-injury accident on southbound Hwy 49 at Carriage Road, the roadway is clear.

October 16, 2023 at 10:34 AM The Greenhorn power outage has been resolved.

October 16, 2023 at 9:32 AM The power outage in the Greenhorn area is affecting 671 customers. The estimated restoration time is 7:15 pm, a trouble crew has been dispatched.

Greenhorn outage 101623

October 16, 2023 at 9:27 AM A mattress in the middle of southbound Hwy 49 at the Gold Flat off ramp - somebody really didn't want to get up today?

October 16, 2023 at 9:16 AM Power outage in the Greenhorn area, possible transformer explosion.

October 16, 2023 at 6:31 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 15, 2023 at 8:50 PM The power outage in the Penn Valley area has been reduced to 7 homes.

October 15, 2023 at 7:54 PM Large bonfire reported on Tyler Foote Road about 1/2 mile from Hwy 49. Units dispatched.

October 15, 2023 at 7:21 PM Power outage affecting 897 homes, according to PG&E. Trouble crew has been dispatched, estimated time of restoration is 1:15am.

PV outage 101523

October 15, 2023 at 7:01 PM Power outage in Rough and Ready/Penn Valley, possible blown transformer.

October 15, 2023 at 5:08 PM Report of a possible small brush fire on southbound Hwy 49 near Smith Road. Nothing visible on the cameras, units dispatched.

October 15, 2023 at 3:46 PM Power has been restored in the 174 corridor.

October 15, 2023 at 2:42 PM PG&E now reporting 2,117 homes affected. Estimated time of restoration is 8:30 pm.

Peardale CP outage 1001523

October 15, 2023 at 2:36 PM Reader reported power outage on Louis Rd off Greenhorn Access Road and North Meadow Drive off Hwy 174. No total customers affected yet.

October 15, 2023 at 9:57 AM As soon I stepped out of the house, the cub took off, which is the desired reaction. Keep Them Wild.

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October 15, 2023 at 8:38 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 14, 2023 at 8:44 PM Many thanks to Cal McKitrick for sharing his photo of today's annular eclipse.

Annular eclipse Oct. 14, 2023. Photo by Cal McKitrick
Annular eclipse Oct. 14, 2023. Photo by Cal McKitrick

October 14, 2023 at 1:49 PM Found near You Bet Rd and Old Emigrant Trail. Young tabby cat, rainbow collar with bell, no tags. Please call 707-592-1825 if you are the human servant of this feline.

You Bet kitty

October 14, 2023 at 1:28 PM We had a great time this morning during the Eclipse Watch Party, organized by Nevada County Library and WebhamRadio. Even the cloud cover couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of eclipse gazers big and small. Thanks for joining us!

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October 14, 2023 at 12:37 PM The reported fire is a control burn, one more engine to continue, all others can cancel. The pile is too large, and no special permit issued. Fine may ensue.

October 14, 2023 at 12:24 PM Reported vegetation fire on Spring Valley Road and Hwy 20 in the Loma Rica area in Yuba County. Units dispatched.

October 14, 2023 at 7:24 AM The traffic lights at Hwy 49 and La Barr Meadows Road are not working, not even blinking red, due to a power outage that started yesterday. Please use extreme caution! Estimated time of restoration is 12:30 pm.

October 14, 2023 at 6:55 AM The cloud over will be messing with the eclipse viewing, boo! We'll still be at the Rood Center starting at 8:30. Even with the cloud cover, do not directly look at the sun without eclipse glasses!

October 14, 2023 at 12:57 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 13, 2023 at 11:30 PM Willow IC reports the total fire size is 1/3 to 1/2 acre. Dozer, water tender and hand crews to continue in.

October 13, 2023 at 11:17 PM Willow IC is requesting a handcrew to respond, forward progress has been stopped.

October 13, 2023 at 11:12 PM Units at scene of the Willow incident report a 100 by 100 ft in the grass, burning at a slow rate of spread. All units to continue in.

October 13, 2023 at 11:03 PM First unit has arrived at the escaped burn pile, this will be the Willow incident.

Willow incident

October 13, 2023 at 10:56 PM Escaped burn pile on Willow Pines Court of Ballantree Lane, caller advises he's unable to put it out. Units dispatched.

October 13, 2023 at 7:00 PM Power outage affecting 402 customers along Allison Ranch Road. Estimated time of restoration is 10:30 pm.

Allison Ranch outage 101323

October 13, 2023 at 6:51 PM From a reader: There’s a cat stuck in a tree on Wet Hill Rd outside Nevada City. It’s been there all day and looks quite unhappy. Difficult spot to access but hopefully the owner can lure it down? Pic is from the morning, still there at 6pm. Text for exact location: 510 529 5889

Tree cat

October 13, 2023 at 1:13 PM I-80 eastbound at Newcastle Road in PLacer County is shutdown due to a grass fire, firefighters are at scene, including aircraft.

October 13, 2023 at 10:55 AM Today, at 4:00 pm, the Nevada City Parks Initiative Committee is meeting at City Hall to consider repurposing grant funding from the State's Prop. 64. Instead of converting a field at 7 Hills to artificial turf (the grant would not be enough to complete the project,) the committee is considering creating a skate park. The meeting is open to the public and public input is encouraged.

October 13, 2023 at 9:03 AM Two car accident on Hwy 20 at Scotts Flat Road, no injuries reported.

October 13, 2023 at 8:59 AM A 5-gallon bucket of paint has spilled in the northbound lane of Hwy 49 at Old Downieville Hwy. There goes the carefully crafted fall color palette.

October 13, 2023 at 8:56 AM A large no longer flying carpet, aka a rug, is creating a traffic hazard on northbound Hwy 49 at the Dorsey Drive on ramp. No genie in sight.

October 13, 2023 at 7:15 AM Smoke from various prescribed fires is lingering in the area, there is no active wildfire burning at this time. Also today, CAL FIRE has lifted the restrictions on residential burning. You need a burn permit and must check if it is a permissible burn day.

October 13, 2023 at 12:27 AM Today is a permissible burn day in Nevada County and Sierra County.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits are required now, visit their website for permit information.

For non-residential burning, an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required. Burn only natural vegetation that grew on the property where you are burning. Never burn garbage, construction debris, painted wood, wet piles, or piles composed primarily of leaves and pine needles. For best smoke dispersion, recommended burn hours are 9 A.M. to 3 .PM.

Burning is always prohibited inside the city limits of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

October 12, 2023 at 7:34 PM Rio, the Standard poodle, has been found. All is well.

October 12, 2023 at 7:30 PM Burn pile on Dog Bar Road, with the burn ban still in effect. Units dispatched.

October 12, 2023 at 6:55 PM Found dog near Laurie and Dog Bar. Hoping someone is looking for him. White/yellow med to large, maybe Shepherd mix with one brown eye and one blue. Friendly and sweet. Please call 530 906-5008 if he's your pup.

Found pup

October 12, 2023 at 6:50 PM Black and white standard poodle named Rio, missing as of 10/12, 1pm. He was last seen on Slate Creek Road down by Deer Creek. Please call 415 830 4085. He was wearing an orange collar but no tags.

Rio missing pup

October 12, 2023 at 6:21 PM An old male Great Pyrenees has been rescued running down McCourtney at Indian Springs turn. Call (530) 913-5290 if you are missing your pup. He was with another dog that took off, so please check if your pups are safe.

October 12, 2023 at 5:30 PM Reported accident, car vs bicyclist on La Barr Meadows Road, units dispatched.

October 12, 2023 at 4:16 PM Rescue underway for a rock climber stuck on a rockface off Donner Summit Trail between Flora Lake and Lake Angela.

October 12, 2023 at 3:53 PM Units at scene on Zion Street report nothing showing in the area, however the column of the TNF prescribed burn between White Cloud and Cascade Shores is visible in the distance.

October 12, 2023 at 3:49 PM Report of smoke coming up behind Nevada City SPD in the wooded area behind the store. Units dispatched.

October 12, 2023 at 3:48 PM Three goats on the right-hand side of southbound Hwy 49 at Carriage Road. The ungulates have not attempted to headbutt anyone, yet.

October 12, 2023 at 10:56 AM Firefighters have knockdown on the 5th wheel fire in Oregon House.

October 12, 2023 at 10:46 AM Yuba IC reports the vegetation portion of the fire in the Oregon House area is contained. Extension to the wildland was limited to trees immediately adjacent to the 5th wheel. Prevention and one engine to continue in, all others can cancel.

Yuba incident in Oregon House

October 12, 2023 at 10:38 AM First unit at scene reports fully involved structure with minimal extension to the wildland, all units to continue in.

Oregon House structure fire

October 12, 2023 at 10:36 AM Reported structure fire, fully involved structure, in the Oregon House area. Units dispatched.

October 12, 2023 at 7:57 AM A reminder for the Nevada City/Cascade Shores area: Tahoe National Forest has begun a prescribed 90-acre pileburn on Burlington Ridge, one mile south of White Cloud. The smoke in the area is from this prescribed burn.

October 11, 2023 at 3:13 PM Nightly Closures Scheduled on Westbound I-80 Near Colfax. Heads up. The nightly closures are scheduled from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19. Westbound I-80 is scheduled to fully reopen by 6 a.m. Friday, October 20. Expect more truck traffic on Hwy 20 from the junction with I-80 through Nevada City and Hwy 49 from Nevada City to Bell Road in Auburn.

October 11, 2023 at 12:59 PM CAL FIRE Burn Permit Suspension Lifts Oct. 13 for Nevada, Placer, Yuba and Sierra counties. CAL FIRE burn permits will be required. Residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning. For burn day information, contact your local Air Pollution Control District (APCD) or Air Quality Management District (AQMD).

October 11, 2023 at 7:59 AM A heads up from reader Debbie: A tree limb in the road right around a curve at Dog Bar and Magnolia. Use caution in the area.

October 11, 2023 at 6:22 AM Tahoe National Forest will begin a prescribed underburn near French Meadows Reservoir with ignitions starting as early as Oct. 11, 2023. Smoke will be visible from the French Meadows area and possibly North Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas. Smoke impacts will be carefully monitored, and efforts will be taken to reduce impacts to communities.

October 10, 2023 at 10:43 AM A reminder: Hwy 20 in Nevada County is open with One-Way Traffic Controls in Effect at White Cloud and Lowell Hill Segments. Motorists are reminded one-way traffic controls remain in effect at both the White Cloud and Lowell Hill segments. Work is scheduled to take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with occasional work on Sundays, through mid-November.

October 9, 2023 at 6:49 PM Bovine stroll alert on Mooney Flat Road between Marina Drive and Deer Creek Ranch Place. Several cows out in the roadway, up to you to use caution.

October 9, 2023 at 4:31 PM Big rig lost a tire and sparks ignited a small roadside fire on westbound I-80 near the Hirschdale off ramp. Fire has been extinguished.

October 9, 2023 at 4:08 PM The Mt. Howell prescribed burn has been completed and will be checked daily over the next few days.

October 9, 2023 at 9:55 AM The CAL FIRE Mt. Howell prescribed burn is underway. Smoke may be visible from Colfax and I-80. will remain at scene until all fire is extinguished and continue to check the burn for several days following the project’s completion.

mt howell underburn

October 9, 2023 at 7:06 AM Some interesting clouds this morning, but no real rain forecast for the area later today. Sorry.

Clouds over Round Mountain on Oct. 9, 2023
Clouds over Round Mountain on Oct. 9, 2023. Photo WebhamRadio

October 8, 2023 at 3:05 PM Major injury accident, bicyclist down, on Hwy 174 near East Empire Street. One-way traffic control in place.

October 8, 2023 at 2:34 PM A heads up for tomorrow: CAL FIRE NEU will be conducting a fuel reduction project using live fire operations on the Mt. Howell Fire Lookout property in Placer County near Colfax.

October 8, 2023 at 10:35 AM Drift smoke from ag burns in the valley and prescribed fires in the higher elevations is lingering in the area. There is no active wildfire burning in Nevada, Placer, Sierra or Yuba counties at this time. On the Sagehen Hills underburn, north of Truckee, 128 acres of understory burning were successfully completed yesterday. There will be no ignitions today or tomorrow, Oct. 9 due to forecasted winds. Fire staff will focus on securing completed units and prepping remaining units for ignitions later into the week.

Experimental Smoke Forecast - Regional

October 7, 2023 at 8:00 PM Preliminary results from the Heart of Gold race:

  1. Annie Rutledge
  2. Madeleine Gill
  3. Eve Nyrhinen
  1. Levi Leipheimer
  2. Lachlan Morton
  3. Harrison Biehl

October 7, 2023 at 12:20 PM Units on Iowa Hill Road have located the fire. Hill IC reports the fire is mostly out, one engine to continue in, all others can cancel.

October 7, 2023 at 11:50 AM Reported vegetation fire on Iowa Hill Road in the Colfax area, units dispatched.

October 7, 2023 at 10:49 AM The Heart of Gold Gravel race is underway. Over 200 riders are participating, mostly on the 70-mile, definitely gravel course. 100% of the proceeds will benefit four local organizations that support teen mental wellness in Nevada County. This afternoon, Saturday, Oct. 7, 12-4 p.m. at Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City, come join us for the Festival. Whether you are competing, supporting a rider or just enjoy a good time, the post-race festival will feature food, vendor booths and fun activities to help improve the lives of young people.

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October 6, 2023 at 7:02 PM From a caring reader: Got home from work and this very sweet kitty was by my deck! Very friendly and chatty, but not sure if it wandered from home or is a community cat. Currently is safely tucked away inside and has gotten a snack and some water. Phone number is 530-559-3187.

lower colfax kitty

October 6, 2023 at 6:21 PM North San Juan Fire dispatched for a debris check on Purdon Road at Blind Shady Road. Nothing visible from HQ.

October 6, 2023 at 3:57 PM Units at scene on Penn Valley Drive report no injuries, canceling incoming units.

October 6, 2023 at 3:52 PM Two-car accident, one vehicle overturned on Penn Valley Drive near the Taco Shell, units dispatched.

October 6, 2023 at 3:05 PM Hwy 20 is open again. Caltrans is alerting motorists that State Route 20 (SR-20) is now open 11 miles east of Nevada City in Nevada County after being closed for 12 days as part of the ongoing $54.6 million Omega Curves Safety Project.

October 6, 2023 at 11:29 AM Reader report: One of the traffic lights is out at Brunswick and East Main Street in Grass Valley. Use caution!

October 6, 2023 at 10:04 AM Hot this weekend, cooler and wetter early next week. Dry and warm conditions continue through the weekend, with minor risk for heat-related illnesses. Rain and cooler temperatures return early next week.

October 5, 2023 at 8:30 PM Firefighters located a small, smoldering fire and have extinguished it in Pioneer Park.

October 5, 2023 at 8:10 PM Report of a smell of smoke near the baseball field at Pioneer Park.

October 5, 2023 at 4:05 PM The smoke visible north of Truckee is not a wildfire, it is the previously announced prescribed fire on the Tahoe National Forest.

Rx burn on the Tahoe National Forest.

October 5, 2023 at 8:02 AM First unit has arrived at scene on Hwy 49, reports no fire or smoke. Canceling all incoming units.

October 5, 2023 at 7:56 AM Semi truck creating a traffic hazard, smoke seen, on Hwy 49 near Nishenam Gulch. Units in the area attempting to locate.

October 4, 2023 at 10:09 PM The power outages affecting 891 homes have been resolved.

October 4, 2023 at 7:23 PM An additional outage is affecting 275 customers with an estimated restoration time of 1:30 am, it is included on the map below.

October 4, 2023 at 7:20 PM The reported outage is affecting 616 customers with an estimated restoration time of 1:30 am.

Bitnet outage 100423

October 4, 2023 at 7:11 PM Reader report: Power is out on Starduster Dr. off Bitney Springs Rd.

October 4, 2023 at 6:16 PM Valley IC reports forward progress has been stopped. They are mopping up now. Commercial IC reports they have their 25 by 25 ft spot contained.

October 4, 2023 at 6:14 PM Units at scene on Valley Oak Court (Western Gateway area) report 1/4 acre, moderate rate of spread. All units to continue in.

October 4, 2023 at 6:12 PM Units at scene of the reported grass fire on Commercial Ave, report some smoke seen, another report now for a possible second smoke in the dog park area at Western Gateway park. Additional units being dispatched.

October 4, 2023 at 6:10 PM Units have arrived at scene on Whispering Pines Way off La Porte Road, reporting a burnpile.

October 4, 2023 at 6:06 PM Small fire on the frontage road on Commercial Avenue in Penn Valley, units dispatched.

October 4, 2023 at 5:56 PM Smoke check in the area of LaPorte Road and Whispering Pine Way, small white column seen by lookout. Units dispatched.

October 4, 2023 at 4:09 PM In the #CutenessOverload category: Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is celebrating the arrival of some ravioli-sized newborn Big Skates. Full story (and video) here.

Meet the new Big [Little] Skates at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Meet the new Big [Little] Skates at Birch Aquarium at Scripps | Photo: Jordann Tomasek

October 4, 2023 at 4:05 PM Canceling all responding units to the Nevada incident, false alarm.

October 4, 2023 at 4:02 PM Units in the area report it's possibly smoke coming from an eatery in the area.

October 4, 2023 at 4:00 PM Units in the area on Nevada City Highway report nothing showing so far.

October 4, 2023 at 3:57 PM Reported vegetation fire on Nevada City Highway near Ridge Road. Units dispatched. This will be the Nevada incident.

October 4, 2023 at 1:36 PM Just uploaded the WebhamRadio trailer to our YouTube channel. Go take a look at Riparian Studio's brilliant work, we are so happy to work with Kit Kohler. While you're there, subscribe to the YouTube channel to never miss another video, be it the latest community event or wildlife at HQ. Enjoy!

October 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM A reminder, starting at 11:20 am, the Nationwide Emergency Alert Test is starting.

National Emergency Test

October 4, 2023 at 10:56 AM They'll never remember where all those nuts are buried 😉

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October 4, 2023 at 10:06 AM Beale Air Force Base will be conducting a 40-acre burn today. Smoke will be visible in the area.

October 4, 2023 at 10:02 AM Car vs deer on southbound Hwy 49 near Brewer Road.

October 4, 2023 at 8:16 AM Morning visitor to HQ, a juvenile Cooper's Hawk (or sharp-shinned hawk?) surveying the landscape for a morning snack.

Sharp-shinned hawk

October 3, 2023 at 3:57 PM Caltrans is alerting motorists that State Route 20 (SR-20) is now closed 11 miles east of Nevada City in Nevada County as part of the ongoing $54.6 million Omega Curves Safety Project. Construction crews moved the closure this morning to the White Cloud segment, between the White Cloud U.S. Forest Service Campground and Washington Road, from the Lowell Hill segment (see map). SR-20 is scheduled to reopen with one-way traffic controls in place at both segments at noon on Friday, October 6.

October 3, 2023 at 2:55 PM Car vs tree on Hwy 174 near Empire Mine Cross Road, driver is out of the vehicle.

October 3, 2023 at 10:13 AM Some confusion on the Hwy 20 closure, which should have moved to the White Cloud segment. We're trying to get clarification from Caltrans.

October 3, 2023 at 9:17 AM Cuddlebutt (Ceebs), a short-haired black cat, escaped from her home on Miners Trail in Grass Valley last night (Oct 2). She is wearing a red collar with a bell and a tag. Unfortunately, her people are out of the country and can't accept calls at the number on the tag, so please call 530-559-7696 instead. This is a new neighborhood for her, so she is likely scared and hiding. If you have open garage doors or other open areas, please check for her!

Ceebs

October 2, 2023 at 7:14 PM The kitty wandering in Alta Sierra is back with his human servants. All is well.

October 2, 2023 at 3:36 PM PG&E contract helicopters are in western Nevada County for line inspections. These low-flying helicopters are checking power lines and vegetation in the easements.

October 2, 2023 at 2:25 PM Accident at the Fairgrounds near Gate 4, car into a ditch.

October 2, 2023 at 12:48 PM FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Oct. 4. The test will take place at at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023.

October 2, 2023 at 12:28 PM Yesterday's found pup on McCourtney Road has been reunited with his humans. All is well.

October 2, 2023 at 11:55 AM First human case of West Nile Virus in nevada County detected. West Nile Virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. The disease occurs in birds, both wild and domestic, as well as dogs and cats, but especially horses. West Nile Virus is most often spread to people during the summer and early fall when mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus are most active.

October 2, 2023 at 8:15 AM A horse and a donkey are grazing behind the Holiday Market on Combie, someone who called 911 to have them removed. Hoping it's not just a case of “get off my lawn.”

October 2, 2023 at 7:56 AM The roadway is partially blocked on the 13000 block of La Barr Meadows Road, use caution and do not drive in the ditch like the car that's causing the traffic hazard.

October 2, 2023 at 7:18 AM Power outage affecting 501 customers in the Smartsville area. Trouble crew assigned and estimated time of restoration is 1:15 pm.

Smartsville outage

October 2, 2023 at 7:09 AM Animal control has been notified of a large black cow out for a morning stroll on Dog Bar Road near Norvin Way. Reportedly not a lot of room for cars to pass, use caution and let the bovine roam.

October 2, 2023 at 1:29 AM First unit at scene on Huckleberry reports minor damage to car and tank. Propane company notified.

October 2, 2023 at 1:19 AM Car vs propane tank on Huckleberry Drive off Lake Wildwood Drive, units dispatched. Smell of propane reported in the area.

October 1, 2023 at 3:28 PM From a caring reader: This cat has been visiting us for the past 2 weeks, more and more frequently. We are in the southern part of Alta Sierra, off of Alexandra Way and George Way. He does not have a collar, seems to be male without any ear clipping. He is very sweet and seems like he is well socialized and potentially missing his family. We thought he might just be on a stroll about the neighborhood from his home, but we have seen him at very late hours in the night and on our cameras very early in the morning. We have given him love, water and a shelter spot, but would love to reunite him with you if he is your kitty, or at least have peace of mind he is just an outdoor neighborhood cat. If not, we can take him to Sammies to get checked for a microchip. Please call or text 916-220-5183 if he's yours.

October 1, 2023 at 1:10 PM This male pup was found on McCourtney and Thoroughbred Loop in Grass Valley. If he is your pup, please call 510-381-2000.

McCourtney pup

October 1, 2023 at 12:05 AM Despite the light rain, the burn ban remains in effect. Absolutely no burn piles! Same goes for campfire restrictions, no change! Spread the word.

October 1, 2023 at 12:04 AM You can find last month's log here.