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Placer County Independent Fire Districts Struggle Financially

Placer County Independent Fire Districts Struggle Financially

A decades-old system and falling property tax revenues have all contributed to the fiscal struggles of Placer County’s independent fire protection districts, including the Ophir, and most recently, the Foresthill Fire Protection Districts.  These and other factors, according to the county’s Program Manager for Emergency Services, John McEldowney, are prompting…

Foresthill Fire Protection District Fights for Funds

Foresthill Fire Protection District Fights for Funds

Placer County and the Foresthill Fire Protection District are negotiating funding options to keep the fire station running as usual, in a contentious funding debate. The four-person FFPD responds to about 1,000 emergency calls per year, but doesn’t get paid for about 30 of those calls that typically fall on…

Jerusalem Fire Explodes in Size as Rocky Fire Containment Climbs

Jerusalem Fire Explodes in Size as Rocky Fire Containment Climbs

This morning, the Jerusalem Fire doubled in size, from 6,000 acres yesterday, to over 12,000 as of this morning.  Cal Fire says it’s at zero percent containment, as many people were evacuated for the second time in two weeks. The fire began on Sunday afternoon near Lower Lake, prompting mandatory…

Sierra Fire Kills Rookie Firefighter

Sierra Fire Kills Rookie Firefighter

A U.S. Forest Service firefighter was killed while fighting a fire near Lake Tahoe.  According to the late firefighter’s father, it was his very first. Michael Hallenbeck, a 21-year-old rookie member of Organized Crew 36 on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, was struck by a tree at around 5:30 p.m.…

Burglars Vandalize Magnolia School

Burglars Vandalize Magnolia School

Sometime overnight last Thursday into Friday morning,  Magnolia Intermediate School was heavily vandalized and burglarized.    Many windows were broken as suspects made their way into the school.  Once inside, the suspect(s) stole approximately 30 Apple IPads and at least two Apple IMac computers. Additionally, fire extinguishers were discharged throughout the interior…

Girl Falls Ill with Plague Visiting Yosemite

Girl Falls Ill with Plague Visiting Yosemite

California officials say a child camping in Yosemite National Park fell ill with plague and was sent to a hospital. The state’s Department of Public Health said Thursday that the family from Los Angeles County camped at Yosemite’s Crane Flat Campground in mid-July and visited other places in the Stanislaus…

Loomis Shooter Sought

Loomis Shooter Sought

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding those responsible for firing a dozen rounds at a Loomis home last Thursday. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest or arrests. The shooting occurred in the 3500-block of…

Auburn Camping Ordinance Goes Into Effect Today

Auburn Camping Ordinance Goes Into Effect Today

The ordinance prohibiting camping on government property goes into effect today.  Aimed at the many homeless campsites at the Placer County Government Center, or the DeWitt Center, county authorities will begin enforcement with warnings today, and citations and more tomorrow, according to DeDe Cordell with Placer County. Cordell says a…

Containment Climbs for Burnett & Lowell Fires

Containment Climbs for Burnett & Lowell Fires

Firefighters made good progress yesterday on the Burnett Fire , south of Blue Canyon, east of Forebay in the Tahoe National Forest. The Burnett Fire is now 25% contained, as of this morning, having burned 5 acres, as listed on Yubanet.com. According to Cal Fire, the extremely steep terrain causes…

Delays Forecast for Hwy 193 Between Lincoln and Newcastle

Delays Forecast for Hwy 193 Between Lincoln and Newcastle

CalTrans is alerting motorists that utility work for the upcoming State Highway 193 realignment project will result in occasional traffic delays on Highway 193 between Newcastle and Lincoln. PG&E, AT&T and Wave Broadband will be relocating their utilities beginning Wednesday, August 5, clearing the pathway for new PG&E poles. Road Safety Inc.…