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State, local officials focus on rail risks

State and local officials gathered Monday afternoon in Auburn to discuss the potential dangers posed by oil-by-rail transport through Placer County. Representatives from the Calif ...

Officials voice concern at pending loss of grant-funded firefighters

Monday’s house fire in Auburn has raised concerns about the recent denial of the city’s federal SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant funding ...

Auburn, Placer on track for increased crude-oil rail shipments

Local and state leaders are raising concerns about a San Francisco Bay Area refinery’s plan to move as many as 100 train cars of flammable crude oil daily through Northern Ca ...

Placer County to do fire safety inspections for Newcastle

NEWCASTLE - Fire prevention inspections in Newcastle are now the responsibility of Placer County. The Newcastle Fire Protection District’s board of trustees entered a memora ...

Newcastle fire ordinance forbids excessive overgrowth

  With summer dry spells around the corner, a new ordinance will require Newcastle property owners to keep their lawns and fields in check. The Newcastle Fire Protection Dis ...

$300 fix may reopen fire station

NEWCASTLE – After sleeping in a camper trailer for more than a year, firefighters of the Newcastle Fire Protection District may be able to move back into the fire station tod ...

Storm door open wide for Placer County, Auburn area

AUBURN CA - Placer County and the Auburn area were pounded with wind and rain Wednesday. And the National Weather Service is warning that the area will continue to be battered by ...

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 ...

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 ...