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First responders practice dangerous water rescues

Wind whipped up whitecaps on the already turbulent American River as a Sheriff’s helicopter moved in to position to save a man swept downstream. The name of the game: swift w ...

Agencies practice water rescues

Placer County Sheriff’s deputies and Cal Fire rescue crews worked together to remove a colleague during a swift water rescue training at the confluence of the American River ...

Logging part of rehabilitation in wake of wildfires

Many years ago forests were regulated and kept in check by fire. A fire sparked by lightning would clear dead under brush and give larger, healthier trees room to grow. Today, fir ...

Fire officials confident on Applegate containment

Firefighters are near full containment on the Applegate Fire despite gusty weekend weather throughout the region. The fire started around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at multiple points along ...

Applegate Fire holds at canyon

Potential storm systems and terrain are on the minds of fire officials and their crews as they work toward containment of the Applegate Fire. The fire started Wednesday afternoon ...

Applegate Fire holds at canyon

Potential storm systems and terrain are on the minds of fire officials and their crews as they work toward containment of the Applegate Fire. The fire started Wednesday afternoon ...

Was it arson? Cal Fire looks for Applegate Fire answers

Forced to flee the fire, Bob Kennedy of Applegate’s Hidden Meadows Court found temporary shelter Thursday in a friend’s motor home in North Auburn and a place to park h ...

Applegate Fire spurs evacuations

Multiple fires burning along Interstate 80 threatened homes and businesses Wednesday afternoon in the Applegate area. The fires reportedly started around 1:30 p.m. along the freew ...

Stop light repairs rupture North Auburn gas line

A Placer County work crew ruptured a natural gas line in North Auburn Tuesday morning prompting a school closure and emergency response. The break occurred at the corner of Bell R ...

King Fire slows; crews downsize

After more than two weeks of intense firefighting, crews are nearing an end to the massive King Fire. The blaze started  Sept. 13 as a suspected act of arson. Since then the ...