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North Complex

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

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Mt Hough Ranger District
Phone: 530-283-0555

Feather River Ranger District
Phone: 530-534-6500

Sheep Fire 8-22-2020 PM UPDATE

North Complex Wildfire
News – 8/23/2020

Sheep Fire – Evening Update

Acres:  15,776

Resources:  15 dozers, 47 engines, 5 hand crews, 2 helicopters, and 10 water tenders.  Additional resources are on order, availability remains scarce.

Current Situation: Unified Command was established this morning between the California Incident Management Team 1 and CalFire. Overall, the fire did not grow much as crews worked throughout the day constructing dozer line while contending with spot fires on the east and west flanks of the head of the fire near Susanville. On the east flank, crews worked to construct line around Hulsman Ranch, Wingfield Road, and Hidden Hills. On the west flank, they worked in the areas of Williams Creek and Willard Creek. Smoke inhibited the use of aircraft again today. Dry fuels, low humidities, and steep terrain continue to hamper firefighting efforts, as is the lack of available resources due to other fires throughout the state. Tonight, crews will continue to strengthen existing fire line while providing structure protection.

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/

Mandatory Evacuation Orders

  • Residences in the Susan Hills area from Gold Run Road to Bauer Rd and including Bauer Rd.

  • Both sides of Gold Run Road from Richmond Road west to the end of Gold Run including Gunderson Road and Hidden Hills Drive.

  • Amesbury Drive beginning at Gold Run Road and encompassing all roads south including Jura Road, Juro Road, Hill Creek Road and Morningstar Road. 

  • Residents along the south side of Richmond Road from Circle Drive to Deforest Drive and Wingfield Road from Richmond Road to Mountain Meadow Ranch but not including Mountain Meadow Ranch and all roads accessed by Wingfield Road to that point.

  • Old Archery Road, Old Scotts Logging Road, Childrens Road, and Oak Mountain Drive.

  • The south side of Richmond Road from Gold Run Road to Wingfield Road.  This includes Circle Drive, Fairway Drive, Eagle Drive, Circle Court, OaksMountain Drive and the West Side of Wingfield Road, Haven Lane and Four Oaks Drive.

Residents needing assistance evacuating are asked to call the dispatch center at (530) 257-6121. If you need shelter, go to the Lassen Community College Dormitories. Large animals can be housed at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Go to the Fair office on Russell Drive first before 5pm. After 5 pm, call the Emergency Shelter Line at (530) 250-9088.

Road Closures: The Richmond Road closure from Gold Run Road to just east of Gem Drive. Forest Service road 29N03 near Roxie Peconom is closed at Hwy 36. Biz Johnson Trail remains closed through October 31.

COVID-19: California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 has implemented precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the fire camp and the surrounding communities. These measures include daily temperature screenings, mandatory use of face coverings, social distancing, implementing more virtual work, and smaller fire camps. Community and firefighter safety are a top priority of both Team 1 and the National Forests.

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