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Claremont Fire

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

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North Complex Fire Information
Email: 2020.NorthComplex.info@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-316-4487
Hours: Daily 9:00am - 9:00pm

Claremont Fire AM UPDATE 8-24-2020

Claremont Fire Wildfire
News – 8/24/2020

Claremont and Bear – Morning Update

Acres: 19,035  

Resources:  14 dozers, 70 engines, 10 hand crews, 6 helicopters, 7 water tenders, and 568 total personnel. These resources are shared with the North Complex.

Current Situation on the Claremont: The Claremont Fire made sweeping movement yesterday and crossed the Middle Fork of the Feather River moving eastward towards Spring Garden. Crews worked overnight protecting structures and pushing the fire back as allowed by conditions.There were no reported structure losses from yesterday. Some progress was made on the heel of the fire north and west of Crescent Hill near Claremont. There was light rain last night, but no lightning. Crews will work today to tie into old dozer line from the Minerva Fire. Structure protection will continue to be top priority in the La Porte area and along with the Hwy 70 corridor. Crews are also in place and prepping the communities of Greenhorn and Chandler road area. The Claremont Fire, now at 17,101 acres, is located south of Quincy, CA and north of the Middle Fork of the Feather River.

Current Situation on the Bear: The Bear Fire made a large advancement on the north side of the fire yesterday to the northwest along both sides of Bear Creek. It is holding on the northeast side at the top of the flats. The south side of the fire advanced towards Middle Fork at Carpenter Bar but stayed east of Carpenter Creek. The Bear Fire, now at 1,934 acres is located on the Pacific Crest Trail, 1-mile northwest of Butte Bar Campground and 1.5 southeast of Lookout Rock.

Weather: There is a Red Flag Warning for Gusty Outflow Winds & Dry Lightning In Effect Until Tuesday Morning. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected this morning. In addition to concern for new fire starts, gusty winds and brief light to moderate rainfall will be possible. There's likely to be a break in the weather late morning into the early afternoon before more showers and thunderstorms develop along and near the Sierra Crest. Afternoon to evening thunderstorms east of the North Complex, could cause winds to push into the area.

Air Quality: Smoke impacts to communities are expected to improve somewhat today due to the incoming thunderstorms. However, an increase in fire activity later this afternoon may increase smoke coming into the area. Areas of better air quality are expected above the foothill communities.For a fire and smoke map, go to https://fire.airnow.gov/

Evacuations: Several MANDATORY Evacuation orders and ADVISORIES were issued last night. Emergency responders made door to door notifications where evacuations were taking place. Some the notices were downgraded in level. For the latest evacuation information, visit the Plumas County Sheriff’s Facebook page - facebook.com/plumascountysheriff.

Quincy High School remains an Evacuation Center for local residences. No small animals are able to be accommodated at the high school. Portola Station Baptist Church (171 S Guiling St.) is serving as an evacuation center for residents of Greenhorn and Spring Garden.

Road Closure: Highway 70 remains CLOSED between Spring Garden and Quincy La Porte Road. La Porte Road and Thompson Creek Road remain closed. Union Pacific Railroad also has a closure affected by the fire. The Pacific Crest Trail from Onion Valley to Bucks Summit remains closed. For further information on closures go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices

For immediate text notifications sign up for the Plumas County’s CodeRed Emergency Alert System on their website at https://www.plumascounty.us/2163/. Evacuation questions should be directed to your County Sheriff's office non-emergency number. Plumas County Sheriff’s Office: (530) 283-6375.

Visit CalTrans at quickmap.dot.ca.gov for the latest maps with road closures in your area.

COVID-19: California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 has implemented precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both fire camp and the surrounding communities.

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