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Please join us in sending all of our thanks to the brave first responders for their heroism, grit and determination in their battle against the Mosquito Fire.  

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Mosquito Fire grows to largest wildfire burning in the state

Update as of Thursday Sept.15, 2022: The Mosquito Fire has burned 67,669 acres and is 20% contained. The wildfire, which broke out on Sept. 7, now threatens 9,236 structures. A total of 70 structures have been destroyed with another 10 damaged and 11,277 people remain evacuated. The Mosquito Fire is burning in both Placer and El Dorado counties. Read the latest incident update

  • The Placer County Board of Supervisors ratified the county’s local emergency proclamation, continuing to press for all available support. Here’s how it helps
  • Thank you to our first responders for saving Foresthill on Tuesday when a spot fire made a significant run at the community. See our heroes in action
  • More than 400 evacuated pets and livestock were transferred from the Nevada County Fairgrounds to the Gold Country Fairgrounds this week to bring evacuated animals closer to their owners. Take a look at transition day
  • There are more than 3,600 firefighters battling the Mosquito Fire, which is now the largest fire burning in California. The Incident Command Basecamp has been set up @theGrounds in Roseville. Here’s what the basecamp looks like from the sky
  • Placer County Economic Development is collecting business information for those affected by the Mosquito Fire. Our office will be sharing information and resources via email as they become available. Please complete our online form to be added to our contact list, here
  • Visit our ReadyPlacer Dashboard for up-to-date information about the firefight, sheltering  assistance and recovery information.

Donation drive

Donate to the Mosquito Fire Relief Fund

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The Placer Community Foundation has appreciated the community’s donations to the Mosquito Fire Relief Fund. Demand for supports is high, and direct financial assistance is being provided by community partners. Make a donation

Broadband service

Placer bringing improved broadband service to Penryn


Residences and businesses in Penryn can look forward to increased broadband service. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday awarded Astound Broadband a $1.1 million Last Mile Broadband Grant to expand high-speed internet service to our rural communities. Learn more

Health and wellness

Recovery Happens in Placer County

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Join us this Saturday for “Recovery Happens”at Recreation Park in Auburn. This annual family-friendly event celebrates substance use and mental health recovery, highlighting the success of community members. Learn more

Health advisory

Smokey skies prompt officials to extend air quality advisory


Placer County Health and Human Services and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District have extended a joint air quality advisory through at least Friday, Sept. 16, given poor air quality due to smoke from the Mosquito Fire. Learn more

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This week in Placer County history


The September 15, 1949 Auburn Journal reported that the “Pioneer Kitchen” display set up by a committee of the Placer County Historical Society at the California State Fair was being dismantled and reassembled in the Placer County Museum in the Auburn fairgrounds to be displayed during the Twentieth District Agricultural Fair, which opened Sept. 16. 

The display was two-fold in that it contrasted an 1849 kitchen with a “modern” 1949 kitchen. It’s unclear if the “modern” kitchen was installed alongside the 1849 kitchen in the museum as it was at the State Fair.

This display was one of the many ways the area celebrated the centennial of the Gold Rush and was the second of three centennials celebrated in the state. The first was in 1948, which celebrated the centennial of the gold discovery and the third was in 1950, which celebrated the centennial of California statehood. To learn more about our Gold Rush history, please visit our Gold Rush Museum.

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Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville: 3rd Saturday Art Walk, Summer Concerts on the Square: Thunder Rolls (Garth Brooks Tribute)

Rocklin: Movies in the Park, 29th Annual Hot Chili & Cool Cars, Park Pulse in Rocklin

Lincoln: Movies Under the Stars, Harvest Market Fall Bazaar

Auburn: Oktoberfest Co-Op, Music Around Town, Ain’t Necessarily Dead Music Fest, Auburn Symphony Presents: Symphony & Art in the Park

Colfax: Colfax Railroad Days

...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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Newcastle/Ophir Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Information
CANCELED – Rural Lincoln Municipal Advisory Council, Sept. 19 Information
Wildfire town hall meeting, Newcastle, Sept. 19, 6 p.m. Information
CANCELED – West Placer Municipal Advisory Council, Sept. 21 Information
Planning Commission meeting, Sept. 22, 10 a.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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