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Feds come to rescue of Ophir firehouse in the nick of time

FEMA has come to the rescue of Placer County Fire’s Ophir station on Wise Road. Placer Fire Chief Brad Harris said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a $1. ...

Ophir fire station to call it quits Jan. 1

AUBURN CA - FEMA could come to Placer County Fire’s rescue in an attempt to keep the Ophir station on Wise Road open. Placer County Fire is seeking a $1.2 million grant from a Fe ...

Skyrocketing Christian Valley insurance bills blamed on rating mistake

AUBURN CA - If you live in the Christian Valley area and your homeowners insurance bill has just taken a sudden leap, you may want to get in touch with Placer County Fire officials ...

Suspect arrested on charge of starting Robbers Fire

UPDATE: 7:10 P.M. JULY 20 - A Sacramento man was arrested Friday on suspicion of starting the Robbers Fire with what is being described as a pyrotechnic device. Bryon Mason, 28, wa ...

North Auburn, Ophir to vote June 5 on fire tax increase

AUBURN CA - Voters in Placer County’s North Auburn-Ophir fire protection coverage area will decide June 5 on whether they want to raise an additional $570,000 a year through high ...

New fire tax question could land on North Auburn voters’ ballots

AUBURN CA - Placer County is moving forward with a possible June 5 vote in North Auburn and Ophir on raising $570,000 annually through higher taxes to maintain current fire protect ...

Placer panel to hear appeals on hazardous vegetation cleanup orders

Owners of brush-choked properties will be able to argue their case to keep their land wild before a new hazardous vegetation management panel set up by Placer County. The panels w ...

Foothills rain projections fail to dampen fall fire threat yet

Rain is back in the National Weather Service foothills forecast for the first time since late June. But fire officials say that while it’s a good sign, it’s still too early to ...

Questions still burning two years after 49 Fire

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

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, ...