AUGUST 27, 2020 8 pm
Claremont and Bear – Evening Update
Acres: 26,013 combined (Claremont 20,697; Bear 5,176) Contained: Claremont 47%; Bear 0%
Resources: 15 dozers, 80 engines, 11 hand crews, 7 helicopters, 10 water tenders, 6 other heavy equipment and 642 total personnel. These resources are shared with the North Complex.
Community boards: Fire staff are posting information daily throughout the community. Find out where: https://arcg.is/18vnSe.
Current Situation on the Claremont: Diligent work by firefighters produced greater containment on the Claremont Fire today and it sits at 47% and 20,697 acres. Crews faced a wind shift from previous days and the westerly flow posed containment issues on the far southeast corner of the fire where personnel picked up several spot fires in the area of Harrison Flat. Other sections of the fire, including north of Highway 70, remained in place and were in good condition as crews monitored, mopped up lingering heat sources and patrolled for any hot spots to protect the communities of Spring Garden and Greenhorn.
Current Situation on the Bear: Good progress was made across the northern section of the Bear Fire where crews neared completion on a dozer line running east to west utilizing forest roads to prevent the fire from progressing toward Quincy. Crews also are working to build indirect line to the west. The fire is actively burning in an area with little to no fire history – north of the Middle Fork of the Feather River, a mile northwest of Butte Bar Campground and 1.5 miles southeast of Lookout Rock.
Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations are in place for the following locations according to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office: Quincy Laporte Road from Thompson Creek south to Red Bridge (Middle fork of the Feather River.); Highway 70: From Massack to Spring Garden; Spring Garden Community; Greenhorn Ranch Community.
Evacuation Advisories are in effect for the following: Bucks Lake Big Creek Road from the Mount Ararat Road to Bucklin Road (to include Countryman Drive and Grizzly Loop) and Bucks Lake Road south of the Old Transfer Station Rd (Timberline Lodge) extending to the area of the On Top Mine to include the Bucks Highlands area; Quincy Laporte Road from Highway 70 south to Thompson Creek; Quincy Laporte Road from Highway to Massack; East Quincy, south of Lee Road from Radio Hill Road east. (to include East Quincy, south of Highway 70 between Mill Creek (to include mill Creek Road and Forest View Drive) extending east to Quincy Laporte Road; Chandler Road (east end) from Highway 70 east to Carol Lane East; Sloat Community; Cromberg Community.
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 currently is open in both directions with a police escort from Quincy La Porte Road to Spring Garden.Quincy La Porte Road from Highway 70 to Thompson Creek Road is open to residents only. 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 as does Thompson Creek Road (Forest Road 24N26) and Red Bridge Campground. 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: Hotter and drier conditions and a wind shift brought increased fire activity over much of the fire area. Tomorrow, there is a chance for scattered thunderstorms, increased winds, and erratic fire behavior.
Air Quality: Quincy and Susanville can expect continued higher levels of smoke while other areas near the North Complex should see moderate and “unhealthy for sensitive groups” levels of smoke. Widespread haze continues to linger but improved mixing heights should help dissipate some of the smoke.
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.