Claremont and Bear – Morning Update
Acres: 21,324 combined (Claremont 17,906; Bear 3,418)
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: As the Claremont Fire moved east last night, it spread towards Hwy 70, which triggered a new Evacuation Advisory for the communities of Cromberg and Sloat (about 150 structures threatened). The south side of the fire moving along the Feather River is in very challenging terrain, and is now within ½ mile southwest of Hwy 70. The breakover at Massack Rest Area and Hwy 70 now has good dozer line around the slope. Today, crews will work to reinforce that dozer line as well as a large stretch of completed dozer line on the west side of the fire from Quincy down to Claremont in an effort to keep it from moving north. Expect additional Hwy 70 closures and Union Pacific rail closures today. The Claremont Fire is located south of Quincy, CA and north of the Middle Fork of the Feather River.
Current Situation on the Bear: The Bear Fire continues to move aggressively to the north and west up Bear Creek and along Forest Road 23N19 as it moves around constructed dozer line. There was a spot fire across Little Bear Creek where crews were trying to keep it from moving to the north. The Bear Fire is located on the Pacific Crest Trail, 1-mile northwest of Butte Bar Campground and 1.5 southeast of Lookout Rock.
Weather: Lingering moisture and instability will lead to a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon into early this evening. The greatest threat for showers and thunderstorms over the North Complex will be in the afternoon hours. It is most likely, however, that showers and thunderstorms will remain north and east of the area similar to Monday. It's still possible that winds could affect the area in the afternoon and building smoke columns are likely to lead to some erratic and gusty winds in the heat of the afternoon and evening.
Air Quality: Heaviest impacts will again be in areas closest to the fires. Lingering smoke may be dense at times in the valleys but thinning is expected, especially south of fires. As fires become more active later in the day, areas will see heavier impacts in the evening into overnight as smoke settles into valleys and local drainages. 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. Evacuation orders in East Quincy remain in effect. 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 allow. 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 or call 1-800-427-7623 for the latest maps and information of 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.