North Complex Resources: 5 Type 1 crews, 3 Type 2IA crews, 2 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 53 engines, 5 bulldozers, 2 water tenders.
Current Situation on the North Complex: The North Complex consists of multiple lightning caused fires (August 17, 2020) on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests.
Of the original 21 fires in the complex, 16 are now 100% contained. The Willard and Fleming burned together with the Sheep. The Iron Fire south of Taylorsville (50 acres) and the Copper Fire (65 acres) north of Greenville are now 100% contained. The Neer, Kessler, Anna, Monitor, Monitor 2, Monitor 3, Paxton, Branch, Little, Loop B, Davis, Davis 2, Evans, and Meyers Fires are all 100% contained and in patrol status. Those fires ranged in size from .1 acres to 8 acres.
Of the larger fires the Sheep Fire did not grow much allowing crews to build more dozer line, the Claremont broke over Highway 70 at Massack Rest Area, and the Bear Fire was active but there was no size update available These fires are covered in separate updates.
Weather: A new thunderstorm system is expected to bring dry lightning and gusty winds starting Sunday morning. The storm is expected to last several days, elevating fire danger, and has prompted a FIRE WEATHER WATCH for the fire area.
Air Quality: Smoke, including thicker particulate matter from active fires across northeast California, will continue to affect the area through Sunday morning. Expect visibility below 3 miles with unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups and those spending a prolonged period of time outdoors. For a fire and smoke map, go to https://fire.airnow.gov/
Closures/Evacuations: Due to 100 percent containment on the Iron and Copper Fires, evacuation orders and advisories have been lifted for the Greenville and Taylorsville areas.
For immediate text notifications about emergency alerts, residents can sign up for the Plumas County’s CodeRed Emergency Alert System on https://www.plumascounty.us/2163/CodeRed-Emergency-Alert-System. Evacuation questions should be directed to Plumas County Sheriff’s Office: (530) 283-6375. Evacuation shelter for the Claremont fire is at the Quincy High School. No small animals are able to be accommodated at the High School. Evacuation shelter for the Sheep Fire is located at the Lassen Community college dormitories. Large animals can be housed at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.
COVID-19: California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 has implemented precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both fire the surrounding communities.
North Complex Fires:
Claremont Fire – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6996/
Bear Fire – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7025/
Sheep Fire – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6997/
Forest Closures: https://fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices