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Mosquito Fire response shifts to helping residents recover

Helped by the rain, substantial progress was made this week fighting the Mosquito Fire, allowing all still-evacuated Placer County residents to return home by Wednesday. Now the focus shifts to helping all of our affected residents recover and rebuild. Here’s a rundown of recent developments:

  • Placer County building and environmental health experts have evaluated properties within the burn area to determine which ones were safe to enter. Watch video
  • As they returned to their homes, evacuated residents reunited with pets left in the care of Placer County Animal Services. See the reunions 
  • A one-stop shop for recovery resources called a local assistance center is underway in Foresthill through Friday. See how it helps
  • With the fire now burning entirely in U.S. Forest Service lands, federal land managers and firefighters continue working to protect the Placer County Big Trees Grove - the northernmost stand of giant sequoia trees in the world. Watch video
  • If you’ve been affected by the Mosquito Fire, we’d encourage you to sign up for email updates and bookmark our Mosquito Fire Recovery website, where we’ll share new information and resources to help you in the recovery process as they become available. Sign up for email updates

Flood insurance

Update your flood insurance policy for the rainy season

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This week's storms are a reminder that the rainy season is approaching. Did you know that homeowners’ policies do not cover damage from flooding? Protect your property and financially prepare for storms with flood insurance. Learn more

Protecting Lake Tahoe

Help keep Lake Tahoe clean and beautiful this Saturday

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North Lake Tahoe’s 27th Annual Clean Up Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, rain or shine, in Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay and Crystal Bay. Over 100 volunteers will take to the streets to pick up trash. Sign up

Public health

Appointments now available for updated COVID-19 boosters

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Updated COVID-19 booster doses are now available for eligible people ages 12 and older. As Placer County Public Health adds clinics for COVID-19 boosters, MPX vaccines and more, find info and appointments here.


Become a poll worker and serve our democracy this fall

Poll workers needed for midterm elections

Volunteer for the Nov. 8 midterm election! Join the 1,500 poll workers serving at the county’s polling places on election day. Being a poll worker is a great way to learn about the election process and serve your community. Sign up

This week in Placer County history

1917 black powder factory

Late in the morning on Sept. 18, 1917, an explosion ripped through the Clipper Gap Powder Works, killing one man, Joe Cihowski, instantly. Two other men, Frank Pasinetti and Domingo Larrarte, succumbed to their wounds soon after.

Work in a black powder factory was dangerous and there were several fatal accidents at the Clipper Gap Powder Works since it opened in 1889. Walter H. Gaffett was the superintendent of the Clipper Gap Powder Works since the beginning and was well known as an expert in the field, but he retired just months before this event.

After 1914, with war looming, there were rumors that the Clipper Gap Powder Works was concentrating on ordinance production and that the explosive accidents in 1915, 1916 and 1917 were sabotage. But, in the end, they were just rumors. Each of the accidents was just an example of the perils of working with black powder.

Although the Clipper Gap Powder Works was rebuilt after each fatal, explosive accident, the one incident that occurred on Sept. 18, 1917, proved to be the last. The remaining structures were dismantled the following October and black powder was never again manufactured at the site.

Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville: RIFTS IN TIME: Interactive Adventure Theater

Rocklin: Park Pulse in Rocklin

Lincoln: Fall Festival

Auburn: Music Around Town, Fall Festival by Green Acres Nursery & Supply

North Lake Tahoe: Tahoe City Oktoberfest

...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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Board of Supervisors meeting, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. Information
CANCELED – Horseshoe Bar/Penryn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Sept. 27  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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