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Loyalton Fire

Unit Information

Tahoe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
13120 Loma Rica Grass Valley California 95945
Nevada City, CA 95959

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The Loyalton Fire originated east of the town of Loyalton and southwest of Mount Ina Coolbrith and burned north and east adjacent to the areas of Beckwourth Pass and Hallelujah Junction, and south towards Babbitt Peak. The fire is now estimated at 47,029 acres and 90% contained. 

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 14th, 2020 approx. 04:30 PM
LocationNortheast of Loyalton, CA
Incident CommanderDaren Dalrymple
Coordinates39.681 latitude, -120.171 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel213
Size47,029 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained93%
Fuels Involved

Timber, sage, tall grass

Significant Events

Fire behavior moderated today as mop-up has been effective in reducing the heat near the line and unburned interior green islands have been lined. The fire has been wind-tested for three days of W-SW winds up to 30 mph gusts at ridgetops. Some single tree torching on the interior where heavier fuels have built up.


Planned Actions

No night shift tonight. Plans for Day shift on 8/23 includes fire suppression repair in all divisions. Mop-up on southern portion of the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

Westerly winds at 15 mph and ridgetop gusts to 25 mph. This the third day of strong gusty winds. Very dry air mass will hamper relative humidity recovery tonight which will extend the burning period into the night. Interior burning of small pockets of vegetation could produce some isolated torching. No night shift tonight.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Strong gusty winds, 10-15 with gusts 20-25 mph and low relative humidity are expected to continue into Saturday evening. Later Saturday evening winds will slow but relative humidity recovery will only 35-45%. Smoke from the numerous large fires in California has been impacting the visibility for our incident as well as the surrounding communities in California and Nevada.