AUGUST 27, 2020 8 pm
North Complex Evening Update
North Complex Resources: 39 dozers, 171 engines, 21 hand crews, 15 helicopters, 34 water tenders, 10 other heavy equipment
Community boards: Fire staff are posting information daily throughout the community. Find out where: https://arcg.is/18vnSe.
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.
Today, crews continued to strengthen and mop up existing firelines on the Sheep Fire. Though there were some isolated thunderstorms, fire activity was mild as compared to previous days.
Diligent work by firefighters produced greater containment on the Claremont Fire 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. 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. Crews also are working to build indirect line to the west.
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.
Closures/Evacuations: This morning, the Mandatory Evacuation Orders for Dirt Wingfield Road to Baxter Creek Road but not including Baxter Creek Road, and Elysian Valley Road, Indians Road, and all connecting roads were downgraded to an Evacuation Warning. 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.
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.
An evacuation center remains in place for Susanville at the Lassen Community College Dormitories. Large animals can be housed at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. For immediate text notifications about emergency alerts, residents can sign up for the Plumas and Lassen County’s CodeRed Emergency Alert System from their respective websites: Plumas—https://www.plumascounty.us/; Lassen —http://www.lassencounty.org/dept/sheriffs-office/sheriffs-office
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/