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Lowell Fire increased in size and containment

Updated 8:45 a.m. July 28, 2015  The Lowell Fire, burning near Gold Run and the area of Lowell Hill Road is has now consumed 2,233 acres and is 30 percent contained. ...

Big rig fire stalls westbound traffic on I-80

Updated: 3:10 p.m. July 27 Three lanes of westbound Interstate 80 are shut down near the Penryn exit due to a big rig on fire. Heavy smoke can be seen in the area and the Califor ...

Lowell Fire remains at 20 percent containment

Updated: 1:40 p.m. July 27:   The Lowell Fire, burning near Gold Run and the area of Lowell Hill Road remains at 1,700 acres and a containment level of 20 percent. Official ...

Emergency closure order for selected National Forest System lands, roads

Nevada City, Calif. – Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn signed an emergency closure order for selected National Forest System lands, roads and trails on the Tahoe National Forest r ...

Lowell Fire prompts evacuations

Updated: 9:00 a.m. July 27: The Lowell Fire, burning in steep terrain in the Steep Hollow drainage west of Alta is now at 1,700 acres and is 20 percent contained. Mandatory evacu ...

All-class reunion poised to celebrate Placer High

It’s a special event for a school and a community that remains in the hearts of many – wherever they may live. In the planning stage for two years, the Placer High Sch ...

Placer Sheriff: Suicidal woman fatally shot by deputy

A woman reported to be suicidal pulled out a handgun and was shot and killed at a Meadow Vista house by a deputy early Thursday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said. The ...

Auburn resident dies after being wedged between tree, truck

An Auburn resident is dead after apparently being wedged between a tree and an out-of-control pickup, the California Highway Patrol said. The death occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Fri ...

Auburn homeless shelter nears decision on future

Just short of two-thirds of the way into a 90 day trial period that started June 1, a new homeless shelter in North Auburn is seeing full houses every night. That means 47 homeles ...

Lowell Fire grows to 1,500 acres; mandatory evacuations in place

Update: 10 a.m. Sunday, July 27 -  A fire that broke out at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday north of Gold Run has grown to 1,500 acres, not 4,000 as originally determined. "WIt ...

Auburn dedication remembers Placer deputy’s 1978 slaying

An effort to ensure the memory of slain Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy James Machado will not be forgotten culminated Thursday in the dedication of an intersection in his nam ...

Local artist brings the force, storm troopers to Auburn

Lights, camera, Ordaz – If you’re having a conversation with artist Frank Ordaz, or the “Ordazzler” as his friends call him, it’s best not to be camer ...

Media Life: Saint Motel on NBC’s “Today” for “Paper Towns” soundtrack

Placer High grad Greg Erwin and his Saint Motel bandmates’ profile keeps on rising, most notably this week with an appearance this Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” ...

Deputy hopefuls run gamut of tests

Seconds count for the men and women vying for a handful of spots with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Long before they ever wear the office’s uniform, candidates ru ...

Wildfire prompts closures in both directions on Highway 50 near Pollock Pines

Highway 50 remains closed in both directions at Kyburz Drive near Pollock Pines in El Dorado County because of a wildfire on the north and south side of the highway. Crews are on ...