AUGUST 31, 2020 8 am
North Complex Information: (530) 316-4487; 9 am-9 pm
North Complex Morning Update
Sheep - 29,527 acres, 38% contained
Claremont - 22,780 acres, 59% contained
Bear - 9,570 acres, 0% contained
Iron - 50 acres, 100% contained
Miscellaneous Small Fires - 90 acres, 100% contained
North Complex Totals - 62,017 acres, 37% contained, 1,555 personnel
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
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.
Both the Claremont and Bear fires each grew roughly 500 acres Sunday as the forecasted dry cold front started to bring northerly winds but ultimately stalled well north of the fire area.
Overnight, firefighters on the Claremont Fire worked to contain and secure several small spot fires in the Squirrel Creek area near Greenhorn Ranch Road. Fire activity was relatively minimal elsewhere. Today, crews will continue to secure line throughout the perimeter with special focus on the Highway 70 corridor and Spring Garden to the east, the Harrison Flat, Estray Creek and Red Bridge areas along the southern edge and the west side of Sherwin Ravine to the west. Firefighters will continue to mop up areas of lingering heat and patrol for any hot spots that might remain.
On the Bear Fire, personnel are working on indirect dozer lines west and northwest of the fire to protect the areas near Haskins Valley and Bucks Lake. As new crews continue to come available and assigned to the fire, they will identify areas for more direct containment closer to the fire’s edge.
Firefighters on the Sheep Fire mopped up and contained a small number of spots fires from previous days on the northwest and southeast sides of the fire. All other sections of the fire were patrolled along the edge looking for any hot spots and mopping them up when located.
Weather: A dry cold front stalled north of the fire area but is expected to bring north and northwesterly winds to the area as well as extremely low humidity. This combination could lead to increased fire behavior to portions of the fires 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: Northeast winds this morning will become northwest this afternoon, and then become northeast again tonight. Smoke that settled last night between Greenville and Portola and Sierra Valley is forecast to dissipate this afternoon but might return again this evening. The greatest impacts again are seen closest to the fire, with Quincy and Portola seeing the highest smoke concentrations. Air quality from Susanville east to the CA/NV state line should continue to improve.
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: Evacuations and closures remain the same and can be found at https://plumascounty.us/2721/North-Complex-Fire-Information Plumas National Forest: Campgrounds closed include Rock Creek, Deanes Valley, Meadow Camp, Red Bridge, Brady’s Camp, Cleghorn Bar, Stag Point, Hartman Bar & Butte Bar. Trails include: Oddie Bar, No Ear Bar, McCarthy Bar, Hartman Bar, PCT from Onion Valley to Bucks Summit, Butte Bar - PCT Tie, Minerva Bar, Hottentot, Jackson Creek (Beckwourth RD), Lost Cabin Springs, and Bachs Creek. 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: south side of Richmond Road (golf course side) from Bauer Road, 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, Roxie Peconom and Goumaz campgrounds are. 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.