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North Complex

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Plumas National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
159 Lawrence Street
Quincy, CA 95971

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North Complex Fire Information
Email: 2020.NorthComplex.info@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-316-4487
Hours: Daily 9:00am - 9:00pm

Highlighted Activity

10/01/2020 North Complex Fire AM Update 10-1-2020
Incident Start Date: 8/17/2020                      Size: 314,949 acres      Containment: 79%     Engines: 113  Handcrews: 45  Dozers: 37     Helicopters: 12 ...
News - 10/01/2020
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Current Situation 

 Morning Update | 
Morning Video Update | Smoke Outlook | Plumas National Forest Closures

Last Updated: October 1, 8:00 a.m.
Size:
314,949 acres Containment: 79% 

Current Situation

North & South Zone:

Resources overnight continued working the uncontained fireline within the Highway 70 corridor. The fire has not crossed the highway and did not experience any significant growth, despite occasional strong wind gusts through the canyon. In addition to monitoring for spot fires, crews reinforced dozer line and prepared structure protection.

The fire does remain well established in the vicinity of Grizzly Dome Tunnel and is bumped up to the highway along a half-mile section.

Other night shift resources patrolled the remainder of the fire’s containment lines, which continued to hold.

Firefighters will remain focused on the Highway 70 corridor working to keep the fire from crossing the highway, aided by helicopters as soon as flying conditions allow.

 Weather conditions continue to be hot and very dry. Winds are expected to be the typical pattern of downslope/down valley at night, shifting to upslope/upvalley during the heat of the day. There has also been significant gusts in both the overnight and later afternoon hours.

Evacuations and Road Closures

Butte and Plumas county sheriff’s offices have evacuation orders and warnings issued for areas northwest of the fire along the Highway 70 corridor. Please check your respective county’s sheriff websites and Facebook pages for the latest updates. You can also sign up with your county for reverse 911 notifications by registering with the CODE RED system.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday August 17th, 2020 approx. 09:00 AM
LocationFlemmings Sheep Camp
Incident CommanderTroy Hagan - Rocky Mountain IMT Black
Incident DescriptionComplex
Coordinates40.091 latitude, -120.931 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,982
Size314,949 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained79%
Estimated Containment DateThursday November 12th, 2020 approx. 09:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Brush (2 feet)

Narrative:

Fuel model description: Mixed conifer - timber understory, timber litter and brush. The fire has burned into

several burn scars including the 2018 Camp Fire and is approaching the 2008 BTU Lightning Complex.

Significant Events

Active

Creeping

Torching

Group Torching

Outlook

Planned Actions

North Zone -

Division Z: Continue to hold and mop up to mitigate any threats to current containment lines.

Divison AA: Continue to hold and mop up. A structure protection plan is in place for Bucks Lake, Haskins, Highlands, Meadow Valley, and Tollgate

Division MM: Continue to patrol and secure HWY 90 corridor.

Division QQ: Continue to secure the spot fires that were contained after the last two days and patrol all areas of the division for new spot fires. Patrol and mop-up existing control lines and seek opportunities to burn out interior unburned islands of fuel when weather conditions become more favorable in order to reduce future spotting potential when winds settle back to a south-southwest direction next week.

South Zone -

Division BB: Operations will focus on securing and holding the previously burned dozer line paralleling the La Porte Road, moving north to the middle fork of the Feather River.

Division DD: Mop up and hold recently fired areas of the Pacific Crest Trail east to the 22N27 and the La Porte Road systems.

Division GG: Continue to hold and mop up to mitigate any threats to current containment lines.

West Zone -

All fire lines are expected to hold. Crews will continue to reinforce direct firelines, mop up, and conduct tactical

patrols around structures. Crews will continue to work in fire impacted areas and are engaged in making areas safe for repopulation, and notifying agencies where infrastructure hazards exist. Crews will continue to implement the suppression repair plan.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Active fire behavior with isolated torching, group torching and spotting in Division MM and OO ask

smoke clears. Fire has potential for spotting over the North Fork of the Feather River.

24 hours:

Expect active fire behavior with torching, group torching, spotting, flanking and backing on Grizzly

Dome and along the North Fork of the Feather River in Divisions MM and OO. Fire has potential for

spotting over the North Fork of the Feather River

48 hours:

Expect active fire behavior with torching, group torching, spotting, flanking and backing along the

North Fork of the Feather River in Divisions MM and OO and into Bucks Creek in Division QQ. Fire has

potential for spotting over the North Fork of the Feather River.

72 hours: Expect continued active fire behavior due to very warm temperatures and dry air.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Sunny and dry through the weekend with a slight cool down. Fuels will continue to dry

out for the next wind event.

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Remarks

The North Complex North and South Zones are being managed by Rocky Mountain Team Black.

CAL FIRE IMT 4 will transition command of the West Zone to the CAL FIRE Butte Unit today at 0900 hours.

Breakdown of acreage:

The North Complex North and South Zones are being managed by Rocky Mountain Team Black.

CAL FIRE IMT 4 will transition command of the West Zone to the CAL FIRE Butte Unit today at 0900 hours.

Block 7: Breakdown of acreage:

North Zone /South Zone - 230,354 acres

West Zone - 84,595 acres

Total - 314,949 acres

Perimeter acreage is based on initial NIROPS intelligence and is viewed as draft until verified by line personnel.

Block 8a: West Zone is 95% Contained

Block 32. Breakdown of Responders with injuries/illness:

North Zone /South Zone -

Previous Report Total: 1

Number this Reporting Period: 0

Total number to date: 9

West Zone -

Previous Report Total: 2

Number this Reporting Period: 0

Total number to date: 2

Block 45: Breakdown of costs to date:

North Zone /South Zone - $69,300,000

West Zone - $68,397,813

Total - $137,697,813

The incident is being supported by the USDA Forest Service National Infrared Operations (NIROPS) to capture

infrared imagery. The incident is also supported by the Colorado Multi- Mission Aircraft (MMA), the California

Air National Guard MQ9, and Courtney Aviation, to provide tactical oversight and to capture supplemental

infrared imagery.

At the request of OES under the direction of the Butte County Sheriff, is supporting the implementation of Urban

Search and Rescue operations on the North Complex.

8 hand crews from Canada are assigned to the North and South Zones of the North Complex.

Area Closures:

The Feather River Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest along with the Claremont-Bear Fire area and the roads and trails within it are under a closure order. More information on Order No. 05-11-03-20-18 can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd807568.pdf.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Synopsis: We're approaching the peak of this summer-like stretch of weather, with the highest temperatures of the week expected Thursday.

Humidity will remain very low, with slightly improving overnight recovery this weekend expected. Terrain winds will continue to reign, with the strongest winds expected to be overnight in the Feather River Canyon.