Rising waters mean rising worries on Yuba River

As snow from a strong Sierra Nevada winter starts its annual rush down the Yuba River, concerns about downstream safety are rising with the water level.

After performing six swimmer rescues and responding to one fatality at the river last year, Nevada County Consolidated Fire Chief Tim Fike wishes potential spring swimmers would heed his advice about the Yuba.

“Admire it from a distance,” Fike said.

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