AUGUST 26, 2020 8 pmClaremont and Bear – Evening Update
Acres: 25,324 combined (Claremont 20,423; Bear 4,901) Contained: Claremont 7%; Bear 0%
Resources: 11 dozers, 74 engines, 7 handcrews, 7 helicopters, 9 water tenders, and 551 total personnel. These resources are shared with the North Complex.
Current Situation on the Claremont: Residents in the La Porte Road area were allowed to return to their homes as the evacuation order for that section reduced from mandatory to an advisory as crews continued to gain ground in terms of building containment line. Highway 70 is open to traffic in both directions with law enforcement escort. Fire activity increased during the afternoon hours with the primary growth in the southwest corner of the fire south of Highway 70 and west of Spring Garden. Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop up and reinforce firelines where applicable overnight.
Current Situation on the Bear: Crews continued to build a defensive line along Slate Creek Spur on the north side of the fire in an effort to catch any threat of it moving north toward Quincy as well as build indirect line on the west side of the fire. The fire remains active and is backing through significant fuels in an area that has little to no fire history. The fire currently is north of the Middle Fork of the Feather River 1 mile northwest of Butte Bar Campground and 1.5 miles southeast of Lookout Rock.
Evacuations: Evacuation Advisory Alerts remain in effect for the communities of Cromberg and Sloat. Residents there should make preparations to evacuate. The mandatory evacuation order was MODIFIED to ADVISORY STATUS Tuesday for East Quincy, south of Highway 70 between Mill Creek (to include Mill Creek Road and Forest View Drive) extending east to Quincy La Porte Road. All other evacuation orders and advisories remain in effect.
Plumas County launched a Claremont Fire Evacuation Information website as an online resource to view the fire map, current evacuation zones, sign up for Code Red, follow links to USFS fire incidents pages, and find the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. http://mgo.ms/s/yokm6
The evacuation shelter in Quincy has been closed.
Road Closure: Highway 70 is currently open in both directions with a police escort from Quincy La Porte Road to Spring Garden. Quincy La Porte Road from Highway 70 to Red Bridge and Peppard Flat Road (dirt portion) remain closed. 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/. 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.
Weather: Overnight, winds will be generally west-southwest at 5-10mph in the lower elevations and southwest at 5-10 gusting to 15 on the upper slopes. Hotter, drier weather is forecast to start Thursday and continuing through the weekend with temperatures increasing by roughly 10 degrees throughout the area. Southeast air flow Friday will bring a slight chance of slow-moving thunderstorms. Otherwise, hot and dry will be the theme this weekend into early next week.
Air Quality: Quincy and Susanville continue to be impacted by Unhealthy to Hazardous levels of smoke. Southwest winds should keep smoke moving to the northeast of the fires. For more information on air quality and to see monitors near you, visit Airnow or the California Smoke Blog. For more information on what you can do to protect yourself and loved ones, visit the EPA's site on fires and your health. Your local health department is also a good source of information.
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.