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This #PlacerLife photo of the Duncan Peak lookout in the Tahoe National Forest was taken by @lazyfoxphotography on Instagram

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Fire retardant dropped over Mosquito fire


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$5 million granted to Placer Resource Conservation District for reforestation in response to Mosquito Fire damage

The Placer Resource Conservation District has been granted $5 million in funding to aid in reforestation efforts following the damage caused by the Mosquito Fire. The grant, awarded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, will help plant an anticipated 206,990 trees. Learn more


Emergency preparedness

Placer County certified as a StormReady community

Storm ready community

Placer County was certified this week as a StormReady community by the National Weather Service. The certification helps the county earn credits to lower flood insurance premiums for our residents. Learn more


Local students learn about public service at Youth in Government Day

Youth in government

Students from Lincoln and Twelve Bridges high schools were provided an inside-look at various Placer County departments this week, offering a glimpse of the day-to-day operations of public service jobs and potential internships. Watch video


River safety warning from Placer’s first responders

Dangerous river conditions

With area rivers running faster and colder than usual due to epic snowmelt - and filled with debris from the Mosquito Fire - they’re especially dangerous right now. This year is different, warn Placer’s first responders. Watch video


Big Day of Giving on May 4 is your chance to make a difference

Big day of Giving. May 4th

The Big Day of Giving on May 4 is your chance to contribute to all the local causes you care about in one convenient place. There are hundreds of nonprofits doing great work in Placer County that would love your support. Learn more




This week in Placer County history

auburn-library_crop.jpgOn April 27, 1916, Auburn’s Carnegie Library closed to all children under the age of 16 for one month so that all the books could be fumigated. This was done by the trustees of the library to help prevent the spread of scarlet fever.

In the late 19th century into the early 20th century, it was feared that common items passed from one person to another, such as a library book, could harbor disease. Though germ theory was widely accepted by medical professionals, the specific mechanisms for infection were not well understood. Before improved medicines, treatments and vaccines, children were on the front line of battles against viruses and bacteria. In 1880, for every 1,000 children born, 347 did not survive to their fifth birthday. By 1920, 185 children per 1,000 born did not make it to age 5. Today, that number has dropped to seven.

But in 1916, most of the Western world was in the midst of what some historians refer to as “The Great Book Scare” and libraries all over Europe and the United States were taking steps to reduce potential outbreaks of diseases such as tuberculosis, smallpox and scarlet fever.  Fumigation, the technique deployed by the Auburn Library, was the most common practice, but some libraries resorted to incinerating books. The Great Book Scare waned as the 20th century progressed, but as late as the 1940s, some medical professionals still debated whether books could transmit harmful diseases.


Hidden Falls Regional Park. Parking reservations required weekends and peak-use days

Fun things to do this week

Man jumping between rocks with Donner Lake in the background

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

Roseville: 442nd Regimental Combat Team Memorial dedication ceremony
Lincoln: Voice of Lincoln Poetry Contest
Auburn: Broom Battle: Invasive Removal Day!, The Canyons Endurance Race
Meadow Vista: May Faire Spring Festival

...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 Tahoe Community Alliance
Tahoe City Downtown 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

People seated at a town hall meeting in a log-paneled community meeting hall

Foresthill Forum, May 1, 7 p.m. Information
Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 4, 6 p.m. Information
Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 4, 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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