North Complex Resources: 30 dozers, 114 engines, 12 hand crews, 10 helicopters, 16 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.
All three large fires in the North Complex – Sheep, Claremont, and Bear Fires – experienced pyrocumulus development today leading to vertical smoke columns and significant fire advancement as a result of Red Flag conditions. The Sheep made a strong push to the east towards Hwy 395 in the Wingfield Road area. The Claremont Fire crossed the Middle Fork of the Feather River and aggressively moved eastward. The Bear Fire grew to 1,661 acres. More details of these fires are covered in separate updates.
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. Crews continue to mop up and reinforce the containment lines on those fires. 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.
Weather: There remains a RED FLAG WARNING FOR DRY THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. Lightning from dry thunderstorms will have the potential to start new fires.
Air Quality: For a fire and smoke map, go to https://fire.airnow.gov/
Closures/Evacuations: Highway 70 remains CLOSED between Spring Garden and Quincy La Porte Road. Highway 395 is closed at the intersection of Hwy 36 by Susanville Ford.
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.
Visit CalTrans at quickmap.dot.ca.gov for the latest maps with road closures in your area.
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/7067/
Forest Closures: https://fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices