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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 ...

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 ...

Fire chiefs like Placer County weed-cleanup concept, want more details

Rural Placer County fire chiefs are giving qualified support to expansion of a hazardous vegetation abatement program to western slope communities. Chief Tony Corado of the South ...

Placer County clout could soon ease 49 Fire-area neighbors’ tall grass fears

Supervisor Jim Holmes says he’s hearing it from people in and around the 49 Fire site in North Auburn about the tall grass that’s growing back on many lots. And in an effort t ...

Non-resident accident fee when Placer Fire rolls wins supes support

Placer County Fire will start billing insurers by July for auto-crash call-outs caused by out-of-area drivers. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 in support of a plan that is expe ...