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Bear Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

North Complex Fire Information
Phone: 530-316-4487
Hours: Daily 9:00am - 9:00pm

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 This page will not longer be updated as the Bear Fire is part of the North Complex. Information for this fire can be found
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This page will not longer be updated as the Bear Fire is part of the North Complex. Information for this fire can be found at

The North Complex is located on the Mt. Hough Ranger District on the Plumas National Forest and consists of numerous lightning fires being managed as one incident. The fires were ignited during a lightning storm that moved over the Plumas National Forest on the morning of August 17, 2020. Most of the smaller fires (20 acres or less) have been contained. As of August 20, 2020 at 0600 hours, California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 has assumed command of the North Complex.

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Links to other fires in the North Complex:
North Complex -
Claremont Fire -
Sheep Fire -

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 17th, 2020 approx. 09:00 AM
Incident CommanderJerry McGowan (CIIMT 1)
Coordinates39.811 latitude, -121.086 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel551
Size8,302 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Short Grass (1 foot)

Brush (2 feet)


Projected Incident Activity

Firefighters will hold and reinforce fireline on the Claremont Fire. Work continues on the Bear Fire to protect nearby communities. As containment is strengthened on the Claremont, resources will be relocated to assist on the Bear Fire.


Part of the North Complex -

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A dry cold front is expected for the Bear and Claremont Fire areas this evening. The front will likely bring northwest and northeast winds, possibly sweeping area smoke southward. Smoke will remain dense for most of Saturday, with hot and dry conditions persisting.

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