Cal Fire

49 Fire investigation remains ‘hot’

Cal Fire Unit Chief Brad Harris answered questions about the 49 Fire and subsequent response during an interview with the Auburn Journal Wednesday. No one has been arrested for the ...

49 Fire: Where was Auburn Fire?

A dispatch error that resulted in a failure to call the Auburn Fire Department to the scene of last year’s 49 Fire was remedied upon its discovery. According to Ian Gow, chief ...

Crews battle 8-acre blaze

Crews remained overnight at the site of a vegetation fire that charred an estimated 8 acres and damaged one building Saturday. The fire was reported at about 5:10 p.m. in the a ...

Our View: One year later and fire questions still burning

It’s been a year since the 49 Fire, and what has changed? The answer: Everything and nothing. Certainly the lives of those who lost their homes, businesses, possessions and mo ...

49 Fire: Where are we one year later?

This time last year, Auburn residents were gearing up for the Black & White Ball. They were enjoying the final days of summer and preparing for the coming fall months. On Aug. ...

Fire burns two acres in North Auburn

A wildfire burned two acres Sunday afternoon near the site of last August’s 49 Fire in North Auburn that destroyed 63 homes. The fire broke out on Blue Grass Drive near Dry Cree ...

Grass fire contained

A one-acre grass fire at the intersection of Pear Drive and Kemper Road that started early Tuesday afternoon has been contained. According to Capt. Mike Rufenacht at the Cal Fire ...

Lake of the Pines area fire contained

A fire that started early Friday afternoon near Lake of the Pines was contained after 2:30 p.m. The 12-acre fire was located on Retherford and Magnolia roads near Higgins. The int ...

Neighbors fighting fire risk

Another group of residents is taking pride in keeping itself safe from fire. Fifteen residents of the Monteceilo neighborhood at Riverview Drive and Maidu Drive along the American ...

Firefighters raising funds for kids

Firefighters will be out to Fill the Boot this weekend. Cal Fire firefighters plan to be on the street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Auburn, Grass Valley and Truckee ...

Fire burns 8 acres in Newcastle

A grass fire scorched approximately 8 acres in the area of Newcastle and Indian Hill roads in Newcastle Sunday. Cal Fire received the call at about 2:10 p.m. and crews were in the ...

Our View: We can’t wait for fire protection

It’s been a year since the 49 Fire and residents and victims of the devastating blaze are seeing dry fields with new, fearful eyes. One of the fields borders the Northpark Plac ...

Residents raise funds for fire safety

Local residents who lost their homes in the 49 Fire are working to keep their properties safe this summer. Fran Kehoe lives in the North Park subdivision in Auburn. The neighborho ...

Illegal fireworks raise fire risk

There are lots of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. In Auburn, Loomis and throughout unincorporated Placer County, shooting off fireworks isn’t one of them. “All fireworks ...

Controlled burn shocks residents

A controlled-burn training exercise for Cal Fire and the Auburn City Fire Department baffled some Auburn residents Friday. The burn involved setting a house on Pear Drive on fire a ...