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Reader Input: Big fires harbor big mysteries
Thursday Jun 25 2015
I am glad to see that Cal Fire has stopped issuing burn permits. Too bad they didn’t have the foresight not to issue one to themselves before their controlled burn got out-of ...
Another View: ‘Action this Day’ on defensible space
Tuesday May 05 2015
In the tiny, underground War Cabinet offices, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as Nazi bombers firebombed the City of London above, dictated memos to his ministers, generals and a ...
Fire Safe Council efforts kindle State of Community recognition
Wednesday Apr 22 2015
When Fran Kehoe steps up May 1 to accept the County Award at the Auburn State of the Community event, she’ll be doing so with a fire victim’s perspective. But, even mo ...
Reader Input: 49 Fire stories saved on video
Tuesday Aug 26 2014
We live in the North Park community of North Auburn which suffered over a 50 percent loss of homes during the 49 Fire on Aug. 30, 2009. Although our own home was spared, we, like ...
UPDATED: Placer deputy arrested in underage-sex case
Sunday Jul 13 2014
Once lauded as a hero, a Placer County deputy is facing criminal charges alleging sex with a 17-year-old girl. Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Skogen was arrested ...
Another View: Fire council aims to keep residents, property safe
Wednesday May 07 2014
As the rain dissipates and spring becomes summer, all of us think and worry about the fire danger to our neighborhoods. Remember how last year’s Rim Fire charred over 250,0 ...
Reader Input: May the 49 Fire never repeat
Tuesday Aug 27 2013
Most of you probably forgot the Auburn 49 (Fire) devastation or wish to forget the incident. It will be four years ago this Friday, Aug 30 (“Wildfire burns structures, closes ...
Questions still burning two years after 49 Fire
Monday Aug 29 2011
Aug. 30, 2009. It’s a date indelibly etched in the psyches and the lives of hundreds of North Auburn residents who fled the flames and lived to tell their own stories about the ...
Grand jury report defends Cal Fire’s 49 Fire actions
Monday Aug 22 2011
With the second anniversary of the 49 Fire approaching, Cal Fire’s response to the disastrous North Auburn blaze is being defended by the Placer County grand jury. The Aug. 30, ...
49 Fire arson investigators aren’t giving up in suspect search
Friday Mar 11 2011
Larry Dykes has moved on. A 49 Fire victim, he’s owner of one of the 64 North Auburn homes destroyed in the catastrophic arson blaze on Aug. 30, 2009, that Cal Fire investigator ...
Media Life: Auburn 49 Fire hero wins big on TV’s “Wipeout”
Thursday Sep 30 2010
Corey Kilroy’s heroism during the 49 Fire has turned into a springboard for some nationwide TV fame and a win on the wacky, obstacle course show “Wipeout.” A 30-year-old Plac ...
A year after 49 Fire, nightmare lingers in North Auburn burn area
Friday Aug 27 2010
In the dream, 49 Fire victim William McReynolds comes back to his charred North Auburn neighborhood again and stands alone to face homes that have been reduced to ashes. McReynold ...
Portrait of an arsonist: 49 Fire probes continue a year after Auburn's worst blaze
Friday Aug 27 2010
Picture a reality show that follows an arsonist around like the one authorities believe set the 49 Fire. Most likely you’ll be watching a loner who hasn’t done well in school, ...
Fire chiefs like Placer County weed-cleanup concept, want more details
Tuesday Jul 13 2010
Rural Placer County fire chiefs are giving qualified support to expansion of a hazardous vegetation abatement program to western slope communities. Chief Tony Corado of the South ...
Placer County clout could soon ease 49 Fire-area neighbors’ tall grass fears
Friday Jul 02 2010
Supervisor Jim Holmes says he’s hearing it from people in and around the 49 Fire site in North Auburn about the tall grass that’s growing back on many lots. And in an effort t ...
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