Tahoe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
13120 Loma Rica Grass Valley California 95945
Nevada City, CA 95959
UPDATE as of 6:30 p.m., August 20, 2020
Current Situation: As of 6:30 p.m., no additional structures have been damaged or destroyed by the fire.
Firefighters continued to work today to strengthen completed line around the fire. The northern edge is mopped up to 100 feet or more in most places, but the southern edge still needs work to be considered contained. Crews will continue that work tonight.
While the perimeter of the fire is lined, residents and motorists can expect to see occasional flareups as unburned islands of vegetation continue to ignite and burn.
Smoke: Expect air quality conditions to be overall unhealthy with periods of very unhealthy for tomorrow. Unfortunately, weather conditions are expected persist through Saturday so this forecast area will continue to see smoke impacts from other regional fires. Find a downloadable version of the daily air quality forecast at https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/CentralSierra
Weather: A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 9 p.m. tonight. Winds were lighter today, but relative humidity dropped quickly as the sun came up: dropping from 75% in the morning to 7% by 2 p.m. , indicating very dry conditions.
A downloadable version of this update and maps are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6975.
All evacuations are now lifted with the exception of Long Valley Road and Balls Canyon Road.
There are currently no road closures associated with the Loyalton Fire.
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 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6975/53327/