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Loyalton Fire

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

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Loyalton Fire Morning Update 8-18-2020

Loyalton Fire Wildfire
News – 8/18/2020

 Current Situation: As of 6:30 a.m., no additional structures have been damaged or destroyed by the fire.

A strong thunder cell at around 7:30 p.m. last night caused an increase in fire behavior, with most of the spread to the south and west. The fire activity did decrease after about midnight as the cell passed, and some of the fire did receive rain. Crews detected several lightning strikes within the fire area, including one close to the Bordertown off-ramp from Highway 395, which was successfully extinguished.

Crews focused last night on community protection east of Loyalton, and in keeping the fire northeast of Sierra Brooks. Their goal today will be to continue tying indirect dozer line to the road system north and east of Babbitt Peak. Much of the fire line there has been constructed, and firefighters will continue that work today. The northern and eastern sides of the fire continued to hold well.

Due to an abundance of lightning, California is currently in Planning Level 5 (Potential for emerging significant wildland fires is high and expected to remain high in multiple geographic areas) and both Federal and State resources are in high demand. Firefighters have mobilized from across the country to assist.

Weather: Temperatures today are expected to be similar to yesterday, with light winds and some precipitation (including possible thunderstorms) predicted before sunset.  

A downloadable version of this update and maps are available at


·       Mandatory evacuation order for Sierra Brooks

·       Mandatory Evacuation Orders remain in effect for Balls Canyon Road, Long Valley Road, and Copperfield.

·       Evacuation Advisory for the City of Loyalton and homes on the south side of Highway 49 west of Loyalton to Lombardi Point 

·       Evacuation advisories remain in effect for the areas of Cold Springs and Bordertown.

·       Evacuation adviroies remain in effect for the areas of Chilcoot and Vinton.

·       Evacuation advisories remain in effect for the area of Hwy 49 and 70 south to Loyalton, and to the east side of Hwy 49.

·       All Evacuation in Lassen County have been lifted. Residents are allowed to return to their homes.

Road Closures:

·       Hwy 49 is closed at Railroad Avenue in Loyalton

·       Hwy 395 is currently open.

·       Hwy 70 is currently open and under and advisory evacuation

Forest Closures

A Forest Closure for the Dog Valley area was issued on the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest due to the fire’s southern spread. Find the closure order at

Closures: Highway 70 is open, but under advisory as fire activity could warrant another closure. Hwy 395 is reopened. Be advised to consider alternative travel routes. Please drive slowly with headlights on and yield to emergency personnel.

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