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Placer residents: Invest in preparedness ahead of coming wildfire season

Communities are coming together throughout Placer County in May to reduce their wildfire risk during National Wildfire Awareness Month. Wildfire preparedness and community resiliency remain top priorities for Placer County, partner public agencies and our residents. Here are some programs, events and resources to help you reduce wildfire risk for your family and community.


Foresthill: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 4, Free Green Waste Day, May 18


Placer County Chipper Program: Low-cost residential chipper program serving Placer County residents within the Placer Resource Conservation District,; incentivizing fuels reduction, and promoting defensible space adherence and fire prevention activities. Learn more

Firewise USA ® Community Program: Join your neighbors or create your own neighborhood Firewise USA ® Community to reduce wildfire risks. Benefits include insurance discounts, access to funding assistance and more. Learn more

Wildfire Mitigram Online Survey: Help us identify and prioritize forest health treatments in Placer County by taking a short online survey. Your feedback will go a long way to help expedite forest treatments and wildfire mitigation. Take survey


Fire Safe Councils of Placer County Newsletter: Stay informed about wildfire preparedness tips, events and resources with the Fire Safe Councils of Placer County Newsletter. Read the latest newsletter and subscribe now

North Lake Tahoe

TahoeAlerts: Every emergency notification system in one spot

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In collaboration with surrounding cities and counties, we are pleased to announce the launch of the TahoeAlerts emergency notification campaign. TahoeAlerts simplifies emergency notification registration for residents and visitors. Sign up


Placer County receives $1.2 million grant for North Tahoe Trail

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The North Tahoe Shared-Use Trail received $1.2 million from the California Tahoe Conservancy Board for construction of Segment 1 of the trail, which will span 2.52 miles from North Tahoe Regional Park to Carnelian Bay. Read more


Placer’s 338 nonprofits could use your help this Big Day of Giving

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Today is Big Day of Giving - the day every year when we rally to support the nonprofits doing so much important work in our community. There are 338 nonprofits in Placer County participating this year that would love your support. Give today


Homeless point-in-time count results show slight downward trend

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The Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras has released results of the 2024 Point-in-Time count. They show a continued slight decline for Placer County, going from a homelessness rate of 17.3 to 17 per 10,000 in the last year. Read more

Know before you go - find tips online for attending Hidden Falls Regional Park

In other news

May 1 marks the start of grading and digging season in North Lake Tahoe

Waste Tire Amnesty event: Dispose of up to nine tires for free! 

Give feedback on mental health services as part of annual plan update

Get the latest traffic information for Caltrans and Southwest Gas road construction in North Lake Tahoe

Next Thursday, May 9, join Placer County Economic Development Director for a panelist discussion sharing big ideas to create a prosperous future

Placer Veterans Stand Down event to support local vets, families May 6-9

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This week in Placer County history

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On April 30, 1945, the U.S. Army submitted a press release to newspapers in areas where German prisoners of war, or POWs, were being held. An excerpt of the release in the May 3, 1945, Auburn Journal informed readers that:

“It has come to the attention of Army officials that many high school students have marked the prisoner of war identification upon their clothing as a prank. The large white “PW” printed upon a man’s clothing indicates he is a prisoner of war. It is an extremely dangerous practice for students to do this, for military personnel believing them to be escaped PWs may shoot, if they do not halt when ordered to do so!”

German POWs were being held at Camp Flint in Auburn during the latter half of World War II. The prisoners performed various duties at the U.S. Army’s DeWitt General Hospital. It is unclear if any local high school students participated in the ‘”PW” prank the U.S. Army was concerned about.

To learn more about this facet of our history, please visit the DeWitt History Museum, located at 2985 Richardson Drive in North Auburn and is open Wednesdays from 12 to 4 p.m.

Photo: German POW carrying hospital supplies at the Auburn Depot, c. 1945

Did You Know?

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Are you an entrepreneur who wants to apply for a business license in Placer County? Do you want to look up details about a property you own or want to buy? Or are you ready to pay your property taxes online?

Did you know you can do all of this in one place?

The Placer County’s Assessor, Auditor-Controller and Treasurer-Tax Collector offices have all of these areas covered (and more!) with a one-stop customer service website where all your questions can be answered about property tax bills, the appeals process, forms, business licenses, property databases and much more.

Check it out at http://www.placer.ca.gov/propertytaxportal

Fun things to do this week

The Big Trees grove in Placer.

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

Roseville: Be Well Roseville Presents: May the 4th Be With You, Food Truck Mania, Placer Veterans Stand Down

Rocklin: Rocklin Community Festival

Lincoln: Cinco de Mayo Festival 

Loomis: Spring Clean Up Day 2024

Auburn: Kidzapalooza, Bike Month Kickoff Party!
North Lake Tahoe: Project MANA Food Distribution Kings Beach

...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.

Advisory committees and commissions

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Whether it’s representing your community or sharing your expertise on topics like agriculture or parks, there are always opportunities for you to help advise county leaders on the issues that matter to you most. Recruitment is open now to fill seats on the following committees or commissions, among others. Learn more and apply

Current recruitments include:

Upcoming public meetings and events

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CANCELED - Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 2 Info
Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 2, 6 p.m. Info
Foresthill/Iowa Hill Fire Safe Council Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, May 4, 9 a.m. Info
Foresthill Forum, May 6, 7 p.m. Info
Board of Supervisors meeting, May 7, 9 a.m. Info
Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 8, 6 p.m. Info
CANCELED - Planning Commission, May 9 Info

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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