A wildfire closed the East side of the Forest Hill Bridge again with a wild fire that reported to have started about 6 PM Friday. Jeff Loveless, a battalion chief with CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire Department, said the blaze had initial momentum, but crews from several agencies used dozers and formed a wet line to stop the spread. He said a little more than 3 acres were scorched as of about 7 p.m. He said Friday’s fire missed a burn scar from last year’s Bridge Fire. Loveless said the point of origin was on the north fork canyon side. The cause of the fire is under investigation. In addition to CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire, other agencies teaming up on the blaze were Auburn City Fire, State Parks, Placer Hills Fire, CHP, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Forest Service. A high-air attack CAL FIRE plane managed all aircraft in the area.
A handful of Roseville residents pleaded with the Roseville City Council to not provide The Gathering Inn a letter of support for expansion program funding during last Wednesday’s Roseville City Council meeting.
The Gathering Inn is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and accommodations for those experiencing homelessness in Placer County.
Gathering Inn Interim Care Programs director Ron Arneson, Chief Executive Officer Keith Diederich and Chief Operating Officer Rolande Tellier asked Wednesday for a letter of support to submit with The Gathering Inn’s application to the United States Department of Social Services.
The Gathering Inn wants to open a housing and medical respite site at 300 Elefa St. in Roseville, which is approximately 800 feet from Woodbridge Elementary School.
The Gathering Inn has a 100-bed emergency site in Auburn, as well as a six- and five-bed interim care program where those experiencing homelessness can stay after being discharged from the hospital.
Since 2009, Sutter and Kaiser in Placer County have partnered with The Gathering Inn to create the interim care program, which provides continued medical aid for homeless individuals who cannot afford to stay in a hospital or who lack health insurance.
The Gathering Inn is applying to the U.S. Department of Social Services to expand the program’s medical respite and recuperative program. By expanding this program, The Gathering Inn could help provide temporary care for those experiencing homelessness and poverty in Placer County, according to Tellier.
The Gathering Inn receives 300 referrals annually from Sutter and Kaiser hospitals in Placer County, Tellier said, but due to The Gathering Inn’s limited space, 200 referrals are denied. The referrals are typically for homeless individuals coping with fragile medical conditions, such as heart failure.
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