AUGUST 30, 2020 8 pm
North Complex Information: (530) 316-4487; 9 am-9 pm
North Complex Evening Update
Note: We are providing two updates, one for the North Complex – Claremont and Bear fires – and one for the Sheep Fire.
Resources: 31 dozers, 160 engines, 24 hand crews, 15 helicopters, 53 water tenders, 19 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.
Smoke held tight over both the Bear and Claremont fires today and impacted visibility. The low-to-no line of sight prevented aircraft from getting much reconnaissance work in to support firefighters on the ground. While the lingering smoke impeded air operations and blanketed much of Quincy and the surrounding area, it also helped to prevent significant fire growth.
The Bear Fire did grow to the west and crossed Willow Creek, but activity was minimal compared to Saturday. The fire also grew to the east, in the area of Deadman Spring.
With structure protection resources in place in Bucks Lake, Haskin Valley and surrounding areas, the priority of the day was to build indirect line to the north and northwest of the fire in case the fire ran toward those communities.
Firefighters on the Claremont Fire worked to complete strategic firing operations in the southeast corner of the fire. Crews are working to bring fire to Highway 70, the Middle Fork of the Feather River and a dozer line in Spring Garden to secure that edge of the fire. Once done with ignitions, crews worked to mop up the fire’s edge and make sure it’s contained for the night.
Firefighters continued to hold the fire in place and mop up any lingering heat throughout the remainder of the perimeter.
Weather: A dry cold front will move through this evening and will bring north and northwesterly winds to the area as well as extremely low humidity. This combination could lead to increased fire behavior and smoke production. Conditions will remain dry and smoky with little drought relief in sight as increased temperatures are forecast for the coming week.
Air Quality: Smoke briefly dissipated this afternoon and will return this evening. Impacts are again seen closest to the fire, with Quincy and Portola seeing the highest smoke concentrations. Visit www.airnow.gov for more information.
Closures/Evacuation changes: Plumas County – All evacuations and closures remain the same and can be found at https://plumascounty.us/2721/North-Complex-Fire-Information Plumas National Forest: 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, including Forest Closures in relation to the Bear, Sheep and Claremont fires, go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.
Lassen County – All Mandatory Evacuation Orders related to the Sheep fire have been downgraded or lifted.
Evacuation Warnings are in effect for the following areas: The south side of Richmond Road (golf course side) from Bauer Road and including Bauer Road to Highway 395 at the Susanville Ford Intersection and all driveways and roads accessed by the south side of Richmond Road; the Diane Drive subdivision; Wingfield Road and all roads accessed by Wingfield Road from Richmond Road to Bass Hill Road (the dirt portion); Elysian Valley Road and all connecting roads west of Wingfield Road east including Indians Road, Walking Stick Way and Elysian Valley Way. Lassen National Forest: Forest Service Road 29N03 by Roxie Peconom Campground is closed. For further information on closures, including Forest Closures in relation to the Sheep Fires, go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lassen/alerts-notices
For 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
The evacuation center at Lassen Community College is closed. 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.
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.