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Time to thank a firefighter

Firefighters are a humble bunch and never look for accolades or praise when they accomplish something marvelous. For them, it’s just routine — a part of the job. Well, battlin ...

Wildland fire burns 5 acres in Ophir area

A vegetation fire charred five acres in the Ophir area Saturday evening but did not threaten any structures. The blaze broke out at Taylor and Ridge roads at approximately 5:30 p ...

Auburn fire threat still high

Auburn residents should not consider themselves safe from fire this summer. Auburn Fire Chief Mark D’Ambrogi said although the recent Project Canyon Safe was a great community ev ...

Our View: New technology, public could help solve mysteries

Residents are rightfully concerned about five bodies that were found over the last 16 months in the Auburn stretch of Wise Canal. Common sense says this is strange, and deserves s ...

Lingering 49 Fire questions spark private investigation, possible lawsuit

Frustrated by what they consider an inconclusive probe, some victims of the 49 Fire are looking for answers outside the Cal Fire investigation. A group of them met Wednesday with a ...

Fire damages home in Ophir

A blaze that started in a fireplace damaged a second-floor bedroom and attic of a home off Wise Road in Ophir Friday afternoon. The two residents were home at the time, but were n ...

Auburn apartment fire hospitalizes two

A fire in an upper floor unit at an Auburn apartment complex Tuesday evening sent two people to the hospital. According to Darin Nelson, fire captain at the Cal Fire Grass Valley ...

Put clocks forward an hour Saturday night

Daylight saving time begins Sunday — clocks spring forward an hour at 2 a.m. At the Golden Swann Jewelry in Downtown Auburn, it means resetting the time on 10 clocks, co-owner ...

Feeling chipper service is back

Thank you, Cal Fire, for the return of the chipping program. Your fast, efficient work in reducing piles of tree trimmings to small bits of wood chips is much appreciated. You hel ...

Our View: 49 Fire: Questions smolders six months later

It’s been six months since the 49 Fire destroyed 63 homes and businesses. Thousands of residents have been affected by the arson-caused blaze. The fire did an estimated $40 mill ...

Why wasn’t 49 Fire put out at start?

I have questions regarding the way Cal Fire handled the 49 Fire. Since it began at the corner of Highway 49 and Rock Creek Road – not more than 6 to 10 feet off the road – why ...

Three arrested for Colfax arson fires

Cal Fire officials arrested three adults this week in connection with four arson fires started in Colfax over the summer. On Friday, Bill Mendonca, Cal Fire investigator, said of ...

Trailer fire sparks in Lincoln

A Wednesday afternoon fire engulfed a doublewide trailer in Lincoln. The fire started at about 1 p.m. and was reported on Thousand Oaks Drive. The trailer was in flames when Wh ...

Investigator: Nothing new in 49 Fire case

49 Fire investigators have put in more than 1,200 hours, but there are still no answers as to who or what sparked the devastating blaze. This week Cal Fire lead investigator Bill ...

Authorities retrieve body from base of Foresthill Bridge Monday

The body of an unidentified man was found at the base of the Foresthill Bridge Monday afternoon. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Brand said officials responded to a call of a person ...