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North Complex

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Mt Hough Ranger District
Phone: 530-283-0555

Feather River Ranger District
Phone: 530-534-6500

Highlighted Activity

10/29/2020 North Complex Fire Update for October 29, 2020
 Incident Start Date: 8/17/2020  Size: 318,935 acres  Containment: 96%  Total Personnel: 326            Engines: 11  Handcrews: 3  Dozers: 9  Helicopters: 2  Water Tenders: 19  ..
News - 10/29/2020
Progression Map for the North Complex Fire.  Early days are in blue at NE corner of fire area; yellow shows the single day run.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Work on suppression repair continues on the 318,935 acre North Complex Fire.  There were 372.1 miles of dozer line built in the process of containing this fire; 48% has been repaired.  Out of the 52.8 miles of handline put in for this fire, 64% has now been repaired.  There were 147 miles of road damage incurred in this fire and half of that has now been repaired.  Management of the incident is transitioning today from the Type 2 team to a local Type 3 team; fire camp will remain at the Incident Command Post and the Type 3 team will finish the work.  A Burned Area Emergency Response team has been working on a plan to minimize future damage that may occur as winter – and future precipitation – arrives.  For now, weather conditions will continue on a warming and drying trend, with Sunday expected to be the warmest day.

We thank everyone in the local communities and beyond for their past and continued support of the firefighters working on this incident.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 17th, 2020 approx. 09:00 AM
LocationSouth of Quincy CA, west of La Porte, north of Challenge, east of North Fork Feather River
Incident CommanderChris Fogle, Incident Commander Type 2, CIIMT11
Incident DescriptionComplex
Coordinates40.091 latitude, -120.931 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel326
Size318,935 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained96%
Estimated Containment DateMonday November 30th, 2020 approx. 09:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Brush (2 feet)

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Narrative: Fire continues mainly as ground fire. The fire could become more active through fine fuels and in interior islands and move in timber litter (red and white fir stands) and brush with litter fuels. The fire has burned into several past fire footprints. To the North (1999 Lookout), South (1999 Pidgeon), East (2008 Cold) and to the West (2008 Scotch, 2008 BTU Complex and 2018 Camp). Unburned islands and pockets of incomplete burn could contribute to fire activity within the current footprint.

Significant Events

Continued dry conditions have resulted in a slight increase in fire behavior within the fire perimeter, with one area of slop over at the north end of the fire. Potential remains for transition from ground fire to surface fire due to needle cast and continued low relative humidity.


Planned Actions

Complex suppression repair is planned and ongoing for all branches. Continue to patrol firelines and mop-up heat when located.

Projected Incident Activity

Continued suppression repair.


Breakdown of acreage:

North Zone/South Zone - 234,340 acres

West Zone - 84,595 acres

Total - 318,935 acres

West Zone: 98%

North Zone: 96% (Being the larger portion of the fire the weighted overall containment of the incident)

Breakdown of Responders with injuries/illness:

North Zone/South Zone -

Previous Report Total: 13

Number this Reporting Period: 0

Total number to date: 13

West Zone -

Previous Report Total: 2

Number this Reporting Period: 0

Total number to date: 2

Breakdown of costs to date:

North Zone /South Zone - $103,982,743

West Zone - $73,741,345

Total - $177,724,088

Breakdown of personnel on the incident:

North Zone /South Zone - 326

West Zone - 147

Total - 473

Area Closures:

The Feather River Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest along with the North Complex Fire area and the roads and trails within it are under a closure order.

Additional Information:

The 5 acre slop-over in the Letterbox creek area of the fire is fully contained and the perimeter has been moped up. There is dozer line around the slop and engines and crews will continue to patrol and mop-up additional areas as needed.

A Type 3 organization (ICT3 Torres) is transitioning with CIIMT11 (ICT2 Fogle) on October 29 and will take command of the North Complex at 1700hrs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

An upper level ridge of high pressure is located over the eastern Pacific Ocean at this time. This ridge will build slowly across the state through Saturday before settling over the Great Basin by early next week. As such, warm and dry conditions will continue well into next week .A weak upper low will move into Southern California early next week with a weak cold front moving into northern California around mid-week. No precipitation is expected from these systems but a few degrees of cooling is likely.