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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 Evening Update 8-19-2020

Loyalton Fire Wildfire
News – 8/19/2020

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

Predicted high winds caused fire activity to pick up after noon today. Containment lines were tested by the wind, and crews worked through the afternoon to ensure that minimal fire spread occurred outside of constructed lines. Containment held well on the top of the fire, with very little heat observed. The most active area of the fire was between Burma Summit and Balls Canyon Ranch, where some small spots occurred. However, the wind was mostly at firefighter’s backs, and they were able to pick those spots up promptly.

Firefighters also worked to construct indirect fireline (line away from the fire’s active edge) and contingency lines should they be unable to stop the fire progression directly along its existing perimeter. This proposed contingency line is north of Babbit Peak. 

Smoke: Multiple new fires (mostly from last week’s lightning) are causing a drastic decrease in air quality throughout the state. Another inversion is expected to set up overnight, and visibility may be impaired due to smoky conditions. or at

Weather: A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through the evening for high temperatures and strong, gusty winds. The Red Flag Warning is in effect through the evening of August 20, 2020.

A downloadable version of this update and maps are available at


·       All evacuations for Vinton and Chilcoot have been lifted.

·       All evacuations in Lassen County have been lifted.

·       All evacuations for the areas of Cold Springs and Bordertown have been lifted.

·       Evacuation Advisories have been lifted for the City of Loyalton and homes on the south side of Highway 49 west of Loyalton to Lombardi Point, and in the area of Hwy 49 and 70 south to Loyalton, and to the east side of Hwy 49

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

·       An Evacuation Advisory remains in effect for Sierra Brooks.

Road Closures

·       Hwy 49 is currently open.

·       Hwy 395 is currently open.

·       Hwy 70 is currently open.

Forest Closures

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

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