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13 firefighters, 1 civilian injured in Rices Fire in Nevada County

NEVADA CITY -- Improving weather helped firefighters stop the spread of a Sierra Nevada wildfire that forced evacuation of several hundred people from their homes and injured 13 firefighters and a civilian, authorities said Thursday.The Rices Fire remained at 904 acres while containment increased to 20%, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.Firefighters were aided by cooler weather and an increase in humidity, Cal Fire said.Injuries from the fire were heat-related problems, such as dehydration, fire officials said.RELATED ARTICLE: Rices Fire: evacuation warnings issued in Yuba CountyThe wildfire began with a building fire Tuesday in Nevada County near the Yuba River. It burned that structure and three nearby outbuildings, fire officials said.Some evacuation orders were lifted Thursday as firefighters made progress but Cal Fire said 250 homes and other structures in small nearby communities remained under threat.The fire burned down to the Yuba River but did not cross over into neighboring Yuba County.Full containment is expected by Sunday, officials said.
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State housing project in Placerville

Low-cost housing is coming to Placerville. By order of the governor, surplus lands in California can be developed into low-cost housing. In Placerville this is 3 acres that formerly housed the old military armory. Under this mandate, the California General Services Department has leased this parcel to Jamboree Housing. Under the Jamboree plan, in the works is a building that will have 83 housing units on the 3 acres. So what’s the problem?

Rices Fire Updates: Some Evacuation Orders Lifted As Crews Make Progress In Fire Fight

NEVADA COUNTY (CBS13) — The latest on the Rices Fire in Nevada County: July 1, 2022 – 7:40 a.m. Firefighters are optimistic that favorable weather will continue to help in their battle against the Rices Fire. Cal Fire reported Friday morning that the blaze has still been held at 904 acres, the same number it has been since Wednesday evening. Containment has also crept up to 22%. Some mandatory evacuation orders were lifted on Thursday. Wind gusts expected on Friday do remain a concern, however, firefighters say. Previous day’s (June 30) updates below: 9:07 p.m. The Rices Fire remains at 904 acres burned and 20% containment. Cal Fire said...
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Speedway brings racing and fireworks thrills

The annual Freedom Fireworks event on Independence Day is routinely one of the largest all season at Placerville Speedway and this coming Monday that tradition continues, with another championship point race converging at the quarter-mile. This year’s Fourth of July spectacular features three divisions in competition — winged 360 sprint...

Stolen Ram rams gate in Woodland, stopped in Old Town Auburn; 3 taken into custody

Three subjects in a stolen truck were taken into custody in Old Town Auburn early Friday morning shortly after exiting eastbound Interstate 80. The truck, a new Dodge Ram 2500 Hemi, sustained damage to its front after ramming a gate at the business from which it was stolen near Pioneer and E. Beamer St. in Woodland. The truck’s odometer read 146 miles when it was stopped by Placer County Sheriff’s and Auburn Area CHP officers.
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Part of Highway 50 closed due to vegetation fire near Kyburz

Highway 50 is now open to one-way traffic control, according to Caltrans. Caltrans District 3 stated in a Facebook release that fire crews continue to battle the fire and are working to towing out a big rig that crashed in the westbound lane on the 50 east of Kyburz. There...
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Stars at School: Jana Vermette

The Rescue Union School District recently hired Jana Vermette as principal of Lake Forest Elementary School. She is a longtime resident of El Dorado Hills with two children who attended Lake Forest. Jana has a wide range of professional experience in education, including classroom teaching, team leader, trainer of teachers, teacher mentor, vice principal and principal. She is a focused, driven and enthusiastic administrator with a master’s degree in applied school leadership. Jana is guided by the belief that every child can learn when provided an environment that is structured yet authentic, optimally challenging and nurturing.
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Wild & Scenic Film Festival seeks artists

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, in collaboration with the Nevada County Arts Council, is once again inviting local and regional artists to submit their environmental artwork for possible inclusion at the 21st annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Feb. 16-20, 2023. Wild & Scenic uses environmental and adventure films...
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Ken Humphreys’ soapstone sculptures for sale

To honor the memory of local sculptor Ken Humphreys, who recently passed away in Rescue, collector Sarah Pender is selling some of her collection of Humphreys’ soapstone sculptures. Proceeds will benefit the El Dorado Community Foundation. Humphreys was a college math professor, co-creator of the Rescue Fire Department and...

Placer County Museums is the subject at next Gold Country Rotary meeting

Brianna Ryan, supervising curator of Placer County Museums, will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of Auburn Gold Country Rotary on Thursday, July 7, at Awful Annie’s located at 13460 Lincoln Way. Auburn Gold Country Rotary meets every Thursday at noon. Ryan will discuss Placer County Museums.