Claremont and Bear – Evening Update
Resources: 14 dozers, 68 engines, 8 hand crews, 7 helicopters, 6 water tenders, and 517 total personnel. These resources are shared with the North Complex.
Current Situation on the Claremont: Tempered weather today allowed crews to go on the offensive and attack the fire and build line in place of constant structure protection as in previous days. The fire does remain active near Hwy 70 as well as south of the Feather River. The spots that crossed over Hwy 70 had a hand crew working to build line. Crews will continue to defend lines near structures overnight to further stabilize the area. Union Pacific (UP) moved a Fire Train into the area to assist with fire suppression along the railroad tracks adjacent to Hwy 70. The UP locomotive has a water tank car attached with a pump on top that supplies hoses, nozzles, and deck guns to help extinguish fires and hot spots on or along the railroad tracks.
The California Highway Patrol escorted groups of cars today on SR-70 through the burned over area. The area is still considered a closed zone and should be avoided if possible. The highway can close again at anytime in the event the area is not safe to travel.
The Claremont Fire, now at 17,906 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 remains active in all directions. Additional crews were added to support containment.The Bear Fire, now at 2,778 acres is located on the Pacific Crest Trail, 1-mile northwest of Butte Bar Campground and 1.5 southeast of Lookout Rock.
Weather: RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE FOOTHILLS AND MOUNTAINS THROUGH THIS EVENING. A threat of isolated dry thunderstorms remains possible in the foothills and mountains through this evening. Lightning from dry thunderstorms will have the potential to start new fires. Dry thunderstorms may also produce gusty wind.
Air Quality: Hazy smoke continued today and was most dense in the valleys. Light winds pushed smoke to the north/northeast and areas nearest the fires saw the greatest impacts, namely Susanville and Quincy. Those areas can expect to see unhealthy/very unhealthy conditions overall. Locations near Reno should have seen some relief today as scattered showers continued to pass through. Smoke was expected to thin/mix out around noon into the early evening. For a fire and smoke map, go to https://fire.airnow.gov/
Evacuations: Evacuation Advisory Alert is in effect for the communities of Cromberg and Sloat. Residents there should make preparations to evacuate. Due to the continued weather threat into tonight, evacuation orders in East Quincy remain. 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 remained CLOSED between Spring Garden and La Porte Road, but escorted groups were allowed through by the California Highway Patrol as conditions allowed. 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.