Plumas County Search and Rescue and the Sheriff's Office at Gold Lake Highway where motorists were trying to make their way through the closed roadway. Photo courtesy of Plumas County Search and Rescue

Plumas agencies rescue stuck motorists

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, Plumas County Search and Rescue and the California Highway Patrol responded to stuck vehicles on closed highways as well as misadventures on the open roadways yesterday, Dec. 26.
SAR  reported rescuing nearly a dozen vehicles from Gold Lake Highway (which links Highway 49 at Bassett’s to Graeagle and is closed for the winter) and turned away dozens more that were being routed that way by Google Maps and Apple Maps. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office reported alerting those entities to the closures yesterday morning, but changes weren’t made. The scenario also played out on LaPorte Road and the Quincy/Oro Highway.
All state highways through the northern Sierra are currently closed due to winter storm conditions. Many county roads are also closed, but these closures are often not reported in navigation apps. Check local road info before driving, and never drive past “Road Closed” signs.

Go to for the latest road conditions or call 1-800-427-7623.

The Quincy area office of the CHP maintained its sense of humor and posted this to Facebook last night:

“Today, We polled 100 drivers who we found on their roof or stuck in the snow bank and the top 3 answers when asked “where were you headed”were:
1) Target/Costco
2) movies in Reno
3) we just wanted to see all the snow
please stay home. It’s a mess out here!