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Official Final 2018 Statewide General Election Results
November 28, 2018
Trees & Traditions Returns Saturday, December 1
November 26, 2018

Kicking Off The Holiday Season With Jazz And Hors d'oeurves

It is one of the longest running Christmas events in the region (after a pair of parades in Marysville and Olivehurst): the annual gala known as Trees and Traditions returns this Saturday, December 1, to kick off the yuletide season.

The event is hosted by--and benefits--the Community Memorial Museum, the regional museum operated by the County of Sutter at 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City. The event, in its 39th year, begins at 5 p.m.

Returning to Trees and Traditions this year is song stylist Jonathan Karrant, whose latest jazz album hit #2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts, and #4 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Karrant's style and voice will definitely have people Feeling Good.

Tickets, which are $50, include champagne and hors d'oeuvres, and are available in person at the museum or over the phone at 530-822-7141.

The Community Memorial Museum was founded in 1975, and it is the largest museum of regional history in Sutter and Yuba counties. Proceeds from Trees and Traditions support the function of the museum, including upgrades that are planned in the coming months.

On December 9, the museum hosts the annual, free Children's Holiday Program, featuring storytelling, cooks, hot cocoa, crafts, beginning at 1 p.m. At 3 p.m., there will be a showing of the movie, The Polar Express.

Air Quality Health Advisory for Monday November 19 and Tuesday November 20
November 19, 2018

The Public Health Departments of Yuba and Sutter County and the Feather River Air Quality Management District are extending the joint air quality health advisory to notify the public of continued unhealthy air quality conditions caused from wildfire smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County.

The Air Quality Index levels for Monday November 19 and Tuesday November 20 are forecasted to be Unhealthy for Yuba and Sutter counties. Light and variable winds will reduce dispersion and allow smoke to linger. Overnight temperatures will limit mixing and trap the smoke near the ground. On Wednesday as the cold front approaches the southeasterly winds should push the smoke from the Camp Fire out of our area, but will also transport smoke from the southern Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley into our region. Therefore the forecast for Wednesday is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. By Thursday the storm should clear most of the smoke with strong southerly winds. Even with this storm system, as long as the Camp Fire is generating smoke the Yuba Sutter area may experience periods of smoke impacts, though not as prolonged and extreme as the past 10 days.

Current PM 2.5 air quality
Air Quality Index Key
Daily Average PM 2.5 at Yuba city

Smoke density can vary widely from one local area to another and also with time of day. “Air quality conditions depend on a number of factors, which include proximity to the fire, wind speed and direction, and whether inversions are present,” warns Christopher D. Brown, Air Pollution Control officer.

You can check current conditions online at www.airnow.gov or www.sparetheair.com. Residents can also sign up for air quality forecasts and alerts at www.fraqmd.org. Residents who see or smell smoke should consider these precautionary measures:

  • Remain indoors and keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.
  • Use the recycle or recirculate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car.
  • Avoid the use of non-HEPA paper face mask filters which are not capable of filtering extra fine particles. Do not rely on HEPA face mask filters to do unnecessary outdoor activities.
  • Keep airways moist by drinking lots of water. Breathing through a warm, wet washcloth can also help relieve dryness, but does not filter out the hazardous smoke particles.
  • Avoid the fire areas.
  • Avoid burning wood in woodstoves and fireplaces, and avoid other activities that cause particulates to become airborne such as vacuuming or dusting.

Wildfire smoke may contain particulate matter, ozone, carbon monoxide, and toxic air contaminants. While all persons may experience varying degrees of symptoms, more sensitive individuals, such as the young, aged and those with respiratory conditions are at greatest risk of experiencing more aggravated symptoms. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to, coughing, watery and itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing. Persons experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should seek professional medical advice and treatment.

The District has partnered with the California Air Resources Board to install low-cost particulate matter sensors in several Yuba and Sutter County locations such as Sutter, Yuba City, Robbins, Wheatland, and Oregon House. These sensors are not as accurate as the permanent or temporary monitoring stations; however the data is available online in real time and can show trends such as whether an area is likely to experience increasing or decreasing smoke levels. The maps can be accessed at: https://www.purpleair.com/.

County officials will continue to monitor air quality in Sutter and Yuba County and provide updates on this advisory as needed. For current information, or to sign up for air quality alerts and forecasts, go to the Feather River Air Quality Management District website http://www.fraqmd.org/ or check the Sutter County and Sutter County Public Health Facebook pages or Yuba County website.

Health and Human Services Staff Packing 9,500 Individual N95 Respirators For Free
November 16, 2018
Sutter County Health and Human staff Friday morning began packaging a new shipment of 9,500 N95 respirators. Individual N95 respirators are provided in quart plastic bags so they can be stored when not in use, along with instructions on how to form them to your face. The respirators are available to Sutter County residents for free on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sutter County Public Health Department, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City (behind the Sutter County courthouse). The Health Department also plans to distribute respirators as necessary on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Counties Declare State of Emergency Over Yuba-Sutter Air Quality
November 15, 2018

Joint Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Yuba County call Russ Brown, Public Information Officer at 530-632-5434

Sutter County call Chuck Smith, Public Information Officer at 530-844-0453

Counties close buildings, send all but essential workers home;

effort to assist Butte County continues

With the worst air quality, anywhere in the state except ground zero of the Camp Fire in Butte County, Sutter County and Yuba County today declared a state of emergency, closed most county offices and sent most employees home due to unhealthy air inside county buildings.

Most offices in both counties will be closed on Friday, as well. Employees were told to be prepared to return to work on Monday.

Shortly before noon today, the Air Quality Index exceeded 400 on a measurement scale from 0 to 500. Readings above 300 are considered hazardous, with the entire population more likely to be affected by the toxic air particles from the Camp Fire.

Other than Paradise, which had an Air Quality Index of 500 this morning, the Yuba-Sutter area had the highest reading of any region of the state.

The declaration of a state of emergency could help local agencies recover some costs and access state resources to deal with the air quality issue.

The evacuation shelter at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds will remain staffed with Health and Human Services workers from both counties. Law enforcement, emergency management, and other essential personnel will remain at work. Several employees are on mutual aid duty in Butte County, assisting with the fire disaster.

Health officials and the Feather River Air Quality Management District have issued an Air Quality Advisory. Air quality conditions depend on a number of factors, which include proximity to the fire, wind speed and direction, and whether inversions are present. Inversions trap air pollution close to the ground.

Here is a link to information about the Air Quality Index: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=aqibasics.aqi#haz

Holiday Closure
November 15, 2018
On Thursday and Friday, November 22nd and 23rd, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Health Advisory Issued due to Butte County Camp Fire Wildfire Smoke
November 14, 2018

Sutter County Health Department provides N95 respirators to Fire Departments for distribution.
All Sutter County Schools closed tomorrow, Friday, and will re-open after Thanksgiving.
List of locations to pick up free N95 respirators.

Sutter County Public Health is issuing a health advisory notice for all Sutter and Yuba County residents and schools due to the continued smoke and poor air quality from the Butte County Camp Fire. At the same time, the Sutter County Public Health Department and Yuba County Health Department are making N95 respirator masks available to those who cannot find them at commercial outlets. A complete list of known locations for distribution is below.

Sutter County Health Officer, Dr. Michael Kinnison, is recommending all outdoor gatherings and sporting events in and around Sutter County be cancelled until further notice. Sutter County Office of Education announced today all schools in Sutter County will be closed Thursday and Friday. Yuba City Unified School District schools will re-open after Thanksgiving.

The Sutter County Health Officer warned that smoke generated by the Camp Fire can pose significant risks to health.

While all persons may experience varying degrees of symptoms, more sensitive individuals, such as the young, aged and those with respiratory conditions are at greatest risk of experiencing more aggravated symptoms. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to, coughing, watery and itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing. Persons experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should seek professional medical advice and treatment.

Any Sutter County residents may obtain a N95 respirator mask by going to the Sutter County Public Health Department at 1445 Veteran’s Memorial Circle, Yuba City. Hours of operation are 8:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

The Sutter County Public Health Department provided N95 respirator masks to fire departments within Sutter County to distribute. Here is a list of fire department locations where masks are available:

  • Sutter Fire Station, 2340 California Street, Sutter.
  • Live Oak Fire Station, 2745 Fir Street, Live Oak.
  • Oswald-Tudor Fire Department, 1280 Barry Road, Yuba City.
  • Yuba City Fire Administration Building, 824 Clark Avenue, Yuba City
  • Yuba City Fire Station No.1, 824 Clark Avenue
  • Yuba City Fire Station No.2, 1641 Gray Avenue
  • Yuba City Fire Station No.3, 795 Lincoln Road
  • Yuba City Fire Station No.4, 150 Ohleyer Road
  • Yuba City Fire Station No.7, 2855 Butte House Road

Any Yuba County resident may obtain a N95 respirator mask by going to the Yuba County Health and Human Services Department at 5730 Packard Avenue, suite 100, Marysville. Hours of operation are 8:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Learn how to protect your lungs from wildfire smoke

County officials will continue to monitor air quality in Sutter County and provide updates on this advisory as needed. For current information about Air Quality and Wildfire Smoke:

Air Quality Health Advisory
November 14, 2018

The Public Health Departments of Yuba and Sutter County and the Feather River Air Quality Management District are issuing a joint air quality health advisory to notify the public of potentially unhealthy air quality conditions caused from wildfire smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County.

The current Air Quality Index levels are in the Unhealthy to Very Unhealthy range for most of Yuba and Sutter counties. The forecast calls for smoke to continue to impact the area through at least Thursday. Light and variable winds will reduce dispersion and the fire will generate increasing particle concentrations from smoke until the containment percentage grows.

Smoke density can vary widely from one local area to another and also with time of day. “Air quality conditions depend on a number of factors, which include proximity to the fire, wind speed and direction, and whether inversions are present,” warns Christopher D. Brown, Air Pollution Control officer.

Air Quality Index for Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Air Quality Index - Particulate Matter
Air Quality Index Daily Average for Yuba City

You can check current conditions online at www.airnow.gov or www.sparetheair.com. Residents can also sign up for air quality forecasts and alerts at www.fraqmd.org. Residents who see or smell smoke should consider these precautionary measures:

  • Healthy people should delay strenuous exercise, particularly when they can smell smoke.
  • Children and elderly people should consider avoiding outdoor activities, particularly prolonged outdoor exertion. Parents of children involved in youth sports programs should consider whether their children be allowed to participate when smoke is in the air.
  • People with health-related illnesses, particularly respiratory problems, should remain indoors.
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible. Use the recycle or recirculate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car.
  • Avoid the use of non-HEPA paper face mask filters which are not capable of filtering extra fine particles. Do not rely on HEPA face mask filters to do unnecessary outdoor activities.
  • Keep airways moist by drinking lots of water. Breathing through a warm, wet washcloth can also help relieve dryness, but does not filter out the hazardous smoke particles.
  • Avoid the fire areas.

Wildfire smoke may contain particulate matter, ozone, carbon monoxide, and toxic air contaminants. While all persons may experience varying degrees of symptoms, more sensitive individuals, such as the young, aged and those with respiratory conditions are at greatest risk of experiencing more aggravated symptoms. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to, coughing, watery and itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing. Persons experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should seek professional medical advice and treatment.

The District has partnered with the California Air Resources Board to install low-cost particulate matter sensors in several Yuba and Sutter County locations such as Sutter, Yuba City, Robbins, Wheatland, and Oregon House. These sensors are not as accurate as the permanent or temporary monitoring stations; however the data is available online in real time and can show trends such as whether an area is likely to experience increasing or decreasing smoke levels. The maps can be accessed at: https://www.purpleair.com/.

County officials will continue to monitor air quality in Sutter and Yuba County and provide updates on this advisory as needed. For current information, or to sign up for air quality alerts and forecasts, go to the Feather River Air Quality Management District website http://www.fraqmd.org/ or check the Sutter County and Sutter County Public Health Facebook pages or Yuba County website.

Butte Evacuees Sheltered Here; Air Quality is Hazardous; Free Online Health Service
November 10, 2018

Health and Human Services staff from Yuba and Sutter counties continue to staff a shelter at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds around the clock, housing some of the evacuees from the historic, traffic ‘Camp Fire’ in Butte County.

Meanwhile, Pubic Health officials and the Feather River Air Quality Management District are cautioning people in this region to limit outdoor activity due to poor air quality caused by smoke from the fire in Butte County.

On Friday evening, emergency officials announced 6,453 homes and 260 businesses have been destroyed in the most damaging wildfire in state history. Nine people were confirmed dead and some three dozen are reported missing.

The Town of Paradise was hit the hardest.

Sutter County and Yuba County emergency officials have been assisting as needed. Fire and law enforcement personnel and equipment from both counties responded mutual aid.

Channel 12 is running information about missing persons at this loction online:
https://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/List-of-those-missing-from-Camp-Fire-Evacuations-500124772.html

Here’s a link to the Red Cross Safe and Well website where people can register they are safe and others can find you:
https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/

For official fire information, visit the California Department of Forestry major incident page:
http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents

Here's a fee service for those impacted by the wildfires. If you are impacted by California's wildfires, Anthem Blue Cross has partnered with LiveHealth Online to help you see a doctor 24/7 for non-emergency conditions through live video from a smartphone, tablet or computer at no cost through November 18, 2018. Doctors can send prescriptions directly to your pharmacy if needed. You do not need to be an Anthem Blue Cross member to use this service.

Sign up at livehealthonline.com or download the free LiveHealth Online mobile app and select Help for Wildfires Medical to see a doctor.

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Unofficial Statewide General Election Results
November 06, 2018

The current unofficial count for the Election Results will be posted and updated periodically after the Polls close at 8:00 p.m. on November 6, 2018. There are about 3,000 unprocessed ballots.

Holiday Closure
November 05, 2018
On Monday, November 12th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.