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Mosquito Fire Incident Update: 76,775 Acres, 85% Contained

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What’s happening now with the Mosquito Fire and recovery efforts

Containment of the Mosquito Fire continues to grow and recovery efforts are in full swing. Here’s what’s going on with the response this week.

  • The Placer County Board of Supervisors shares their thanks with everyone involved in the response and recovery. Watch video
  • Due to multiple ongoing hazardous operations, requiring the use of heavy equipment from several agencies, Mosquito Ridge Road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice. Learn more
  • Residents who’ve experienced any impacts related to the fire are encouraged to sign up for email updates and continue to monitor our Mosquito Fire Recovery website for more information and resources. Visit website 
  • Our community has shown tremendous generosity; for both the River Fire in 2021, and the Mosquito Fire. Placer Community Foundation now seeks to build funds in advance of these devastating fires so that, when another fire strikes, dollars can be distributed to victims quickly and thoughtfully. The Community Foundation has established the Fire Season Relief Fund. Please consider a donation to help our future neighbors in need. Our community is better when we work together. Donate if you can

Fire insurance

Many Placer communities now protected from insurance nonrenewal

Smoke column over foothills

By state law, there is a one-year moratorium on insurance companies canceling or non-renewing residential insurance policies in certain areas near the Mosquito Fire after the governor declared a state of emergency. See if you’re protected

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteers needed for Free Tax Prep program

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Looking to make a difference, learn new skills and give back to the community? Placer County’s Free Tax Prep program is currently seeking volunteers for the 2023 tax season. No experience required! Training is provided. Learn more

Community health

Share your thoughts on Placer’s health in new community survey

What health issues are important to you survey

People who live or spend time in Placer County are invited to participate in a survey around health and quality-of-life questions to help inform the future of Public Health programming in our county. Fill out the survey in English or 

Waste management

WPWMA’s virtual Odor Workshop returns Oct. 4

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Western Placer Waste Management Authority is hosting the annual Odor Workshop virtually on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. Residents can expect to discuss odor, learn about operations and review future waste management plans. Learn more

Midterm elections are November 8th. Register to vote and verify registration. Sign-up to work at a poll!

This week in Placer County history

Earl Kimball 1935 mugshot

On Sept. 24, 1935, the trial of Earl Kimball for the murder of James Kennett began. Kimball had earlier confessed to the murder of Kennett as well as to the murder of a young boy, later identified as Virgil Smith. His defense team entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. 

Kimball referred to himself as the “Werewolf of Fulda Flat” and was also interchangeably called the “Werewolf of the Sierras” and the “Laughing Loup-garou from the Valley of Missing Men” by various newspapers, including the Auburn Journal. Kimball was described as an impressive physical specimen at just over 6’3” and over 200 pounds. He confessed to murdering 27 men but retracted that before the trial began.

According to the May 28, 1936 Auburn Journal, Kimball was initially arrested on Au. 15, 1935 for having a concealed weapon. Sheriff Elmer Gum suspected the youth of cattle rustling from his shack in Fulda Flat. A search of his property revealed no evidence of rustling, but deputies found the body of a young boy in a nearby water-filled mineshaft. At first, Kimball denied knowledge of the boy’s murder, but later confessed to Earl Crabbe, who was acting as a representative of the Auburn Journal. He also confessed to murdering Kennett and told Crabbe where his body could be found. 

On Sept. 28, 1935, Kimball was found guilty of first-degree murder and was sentenced to death. While at Folsom Prison, Kimball told stories of drinking warm sheep’s blood and had an intense interest in news stories about himself. Kimball was hanged at Folsom Prison on May 22, 1936.

Fun things to do this week

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

Rocklin: Park Pulse in Rocklin

Loomis: Loomis Eggplant Festival

Auburn: Cemetery tour, 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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Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Oct. 5, 6 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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