Placer County Local News: Public Safety


All Local Public Safety News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

Image caption: Many of Robert Kerbeck’s neighbors in Malibu Park lost their homes in the 2018 Woolsey Fire, which left behind lots where only chimneys still stood.
Give Your Home a Fighting Chance in a Wildfire

California wildfires are becoming larger, more frequent and more ferocious. ‘Malibu Burning’ author Robert Kerbeck shares simple steps you can take to protect your home.

Image caption: Placer Couty recently grappled with the Mosquito Fire, California’s largest wildfire in 2022.
Disaster Prep: Alerts, Maps and Apps

When disaster strikes, you’ll need to have these information resources available on your smartphone.

Image caption: With CERT training, volunteers can learn firefighting skills.
Emergency Teamwork

Fires, floods, earthquakes—California’s got it all. And CERT volunteers are ready to step in.

Image caption: Thousands of homeowners have been kicked off their fire insurance policies.
California Fire Insurance Crisis: How the State Helps Homeowners

As California insurance companies have revoked the fire policies of thousands of homeowners, the state has taken steps to get them covered again.

Image caption: Though it’s the most famous, the San Andreas Fault is just one of more than 500 active faults in California.
Battening Down for the Big One

Making it through the earthquake is the easy part. The hard part is surviving in the chaos that follows.

Image caption: Supercell storms are just one of many weather phenomena in the era of climate change.
The New Vocabulary of the Climate Change Era

The climate change era has created a whole new set of terms for a wide variety of storms and other weather phenomena. Here are some of the most important.

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How Not to Feel the Burn

California residents can turn to these public and private entities to help prepare for wildfires and protect their property.

Image caption: There are more than 300 community service districts in California.
Community Services Districts, Explained

Community service districts can do most anything a city government can do. Here’s how they work and how to start one.

Image caption: Mosquitos kill about 725,000 people every year, worldwide.
Taking a Bite Out of the Mosquito Population

The pesky mosquito can be deadly as well as annoying. Here’s how local governments in California have been waging war on mosquitoes for more than a century.

Image caption: California will soon be getting a new hotline number as an alternative to 911 for mental health crises.
988, the New Mental Health Emergency Number, Explained

California will soon add a new emergency hotline service with the number 988. Here’s the story behind that new service, and the original 911 number.

Image caption: States have expansive powers to protect the health of the general public.
The State’s Broad Power to Protect Public Health, Explained

Since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, states have possessed broad authority to protect public health, even to suspend laws and commandeer private property. Here’s why, and how it works.

Image caption: A Pyrocumulus cloud generated by the Dixie Fire in July, 2021.
What is Fire 'Containment?' That and Other Terms, Explained

What does it mean when firefighters call a fire "contained?" Here's a brief guide to commonly used fire prevention terminology.

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07/12/2024
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In their July 9 meeting, the Placer County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation by CalFire/Placer County Fire Chief Brian Estes about preparations for wildfire season.

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07/12/2024
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The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved its annual contract with CalFire for fire protection services.

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07/11/2024
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The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District is urging residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites with EPA-registered repellent after confirming the first mosquito sample to test positive for West Nile virus in the county for 2024.

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07/09/2024
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Two mine workers were critically injured in a mine explosion in the Tahoe National Forest along Mosquito Ridge Road on July 5.

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07/05/2024
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Firefighters extinguished a vegetation fire in the afternoon of July 2 on Sisson Lane, off Lone Star Road and Highway 49, in North Auburn.

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07/03/2024
Assemblymember James Gallagher speaks during the floor session at the state Capitol in Sacramento on June 13, 2024. Photo by Cristian Gonzalez for CalMatters

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07/02/2024
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The council consists of eight community members and covers the area from Bowman to Penryn and including Auburn, Newcastle and Penryn. Our mission is to advocate for our community and provide resources for residents.

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06/28/2024
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The Foresthill Bridge will soon undergo ultrasonic testing of 282 weld points as part of a national effort to provide preventive maintenance and quality assurance to bridges built with a similar type of steel.

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06/26/2024
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Due to the increasing risk of wildfires, Sierra Pacific Industries will close its California forestlands to public access beginning Fri., June 28. SPI has forestlands in the Coldstream Creek and Martis Peak areas, along with the Jackson Meadows area.

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06/25/2024
Almost 400 suppliers, two-thirds in communities of color, don’t meet safety and reliability standards. Fixing them would cost billions.

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06/21/2024
Before the first official day of summer, almost 90,000 acres have been burned in California wildfires.

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06/18/2024
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CalFire has suspended all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra counties and bans all residential outdoor
burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.

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06/17/2024
With multiple fires already burning in the state, forecasters predict the coming fire season will be "very active."

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06/16/2024
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Bears are hungry and scavenging for food anywhere they can find it, which includes trash cans, grills, garages, vehicles and homes. There are easy steps to keep bears wild and from you destroying your home and cars.

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06/14/2024
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In their June 11 meeting, the Placer County Board of Supervisors received an update on efforts to address broadband needs in the county.

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06/07/2024
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Last week, the CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer (NEU) unit hosted their annual all hands meeting in Nevada County. The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) received the Partnership Award from NEU leadership.

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06/03/2024
Image for display with article titled Tim’s Tips: Safely Using Tahoe’s Paved Trails

The Lake Tahoe region is blessed with an extensive and elaborate system of multiuse trails providing access to great views of the lake, the Truckee River and the peaks of the Sierra. But those trails are narrow and, during the busy summer, can be packed with every form of trail user imaginable.

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06/03/2024
Placer County is using 2,000 goats to reduce fire risk at Dry Creek Community Park.

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05/20/2024
Image for display with article titled 4th Annual Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide Released

Tahoe Guide released the 4th annual Tahoe Wildfire Preparedness Guide in mid-May as a standalone publication for the first time. This guide provides resources for residents, vacation homeowners and visitors to be prepared in case of a wildfire.

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05/17/2024
Image for display with article titled Wildfire Preparedness Workshop Seeks to Build Community

The Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team is hosting a Community Wildfire Preparedness Workshop on June 1. The event runs from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.

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