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Our most sincere thanks go out to all of the first responders and volunteers aiding in the Mosquito Fire. We’re in this together, Placer County!

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Everything you need to know about the Mosquito Fire

An extraordinary effort is underway to contain the growing Mosquito Fire near Foresthill, now at more than 8,200 acres with 0% containment. Structures have been destroyed and damaged within the fire perimeter, and CAL FIRE damage inspectors are now starting to assess that damage. We’re deeply grateful for the heroic efforts of our first responders to help keep our communities safe.

  • For the latest fire, evacuation and shelter information, stay tuned to our Ready Placer dashboard. 
  • A town hall for affected residents will happen tonight at 7 p.m. in Auburn. Details
  • We’ve proclaimed a local emergency to help secure all available state and federal resources to support the response and our residents. Learn more
  • Scenes from the emergency response have been heartbreaking but inspiring. Take an up-close look at the fight. Watch video 
  • Keep an eye on the fire from home using the Alert Tahoe wildfire camera network. See webcams

Heat safety

This record-setting heat wave isn’t over yet

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Extreme heat remains in our forecast through Friday night. Energy conservation is requested between 3-10 p.m. Placer County libraries in Auburn, Colfax and Rocklin will have extended hours if you need a place to keep cool. Learn more

Air quality

Joint air quality advisory through tomorrow

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A joint air quality advisory has been issued through Friday, Sept. 9, to notify the public of the potential for poor air quality conditions from smoke from the Mosquito Fire in both Placer and El Dorado counties. Learn more

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This week in Placer County history

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On Sept. 5, 1961, four former Sierra College students embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. David Holsclaw, Don Springer, Dale Claussen and John Knox flew to Luxembourg,  where they purchased bicycles to explore Europe on two wheels. The plan shifted to hitchhiking across Europe and Asia for three of the boys after they reached Copenhagen, Denmark. Claussen continued his biking journey through Europe with an Australian, Peter Bryant. 

Holsclaw and Springer contracted malaria in Pakistan where they were hospitalized and later flew home in December. In February of 1962, Claussen returned to Auburn but Knox, who became mesmerized by the incredibly interesting Istanbul, Turkey, remained. He taught English there for nine months before continuing his own adventure. According to Knox: “I hitched back through Greece, Yugoslavia and Italy and took a boat to North Africa. Hitched across Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Algeria was in an interesting state at the time as their war of independence had just ended. Then up through Spain and France to England where I lived for several months. I sailed from England to Canada and finally took a Greyhound [bus] home.”

It was a life-altering adventure. John Knox met his future wife at a youth hostel in Greece and made lifelong friends in England. The journey shaped his later education. He majored in anthropology, returned to Turkey to do research on rural to urban migration and used his education and experience to teach social studies for 31 years before retiring from Weimar Hills Junior High School. Since 2008, he has been a volunteer at the Archives and Research Center for Placer County Museums

Photo: John Knox at the Bernhard Museum for the 2014 Heritage Trail

Fun things to do this week

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Don’t miss the fun coming this next week in...

Roseville: Food Truck Mania, 31st Annual Polish Festival, Old Town Auburn Co-Op, Rocklin: Patriot Day

Auburn: Auburn Cruise Night, Music Around Town

...and many Placer County Library and Placer County Museum events.

Visit our regional partners to discover more of the fun happening right here in Placer County!

Placer County Visitors' Bureau
North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
The Arts Council of Placer County
Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Wine Trail

Find current state COVID-19 guidance, along with local data and resources, here.


Upcoming public meetings and events

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North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting, Sept. 8, 6 p.m. Information
Mosquito Fire town hall, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. Information
Board of Supervisors meeting, Sept. 13, 9 a.m. Information
CANCELED - Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
Sheridan wildfire town hall meeting, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. Information
Newcastle/Ophir Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Information

To learn about other Placer County committees and commissions and current opportunities to serve your community click here.

List of active projects throughout Placer County

Projects are listed alphabetically and by Board of Supervisors districts. A hard copy of the list is available at the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, 3091 County Center Drive in Auburn. 

Active Projects

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