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Claremont Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

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

Claremont Fire AM UPDATE 8-28-20

Claremont Fire Wildfire
News – 8/28/2020

Acres: 27,962 combined (Claremont 22,244; Bear 6,578) Contained: Claremont 46%; 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 Bear: As other fires in the North Complex increase in containment, focus on the Bear Fire will ramp up and additional resources are being assigned to that fire. Priority has shifted to completing firelines to keep the fire out of the Willow Creek drainage and protect the Haskins Valley and Bucks Lake areas. Dozer lines have been completed across the north of the fire to prevent any push toward Meadow Valley, Quincy and Tollgate.

Current Situation on the Claremont: Crews are nearing completion on dozer line along the western edge of the Claremont Fire and have hose lays in place near Claremont Trail, but the priority sections remain to the east. Crews implemented strategic firing operations above Estray Creek to help close the gap between the fire and Highway 70. Yesterday’s wind shift tested lines near Nelson Lookout and 23N10 roads and caused spot fires that firefighters were able to pick up and get lines around. Securing these areas today remains a top priority.

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: Generally east winds move in to the area today and will provide relief from the smoke for portions of the communities effected by the North Complex. There is a possibility of thunderstorms throughout the fire areas but the chance is minimal. As the temperature increases and humidity decreases throughout the day, fire behavior and smoke production will increase into the afternoon.

Air Quality: East winds are expected through the afternoon continuing to move smoke to the west and south. Smoke from the North Complex that settled over the area last night is forecast to dissipate this afternoon but might return to the region again this evening. Impacts are again seen closet to the fire. Quincy and Susanville continue to be hardest hit. The Reno/Tahoe area can continue to expect decreased levels of air quality as smoke lingers in the 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.