North Complex Evening Update
AUGUST 31, 2020 8 pm
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. Firefighters were able to attack the southwest edge of the Bear Fire today and take advantage of clear air brought on by northerly winds. Helicopters dropped 15,000 gallons of retardant as the fire pushed toward Hose Mine in the Willow Creek drainage. The wind shift and clear air allowed the fire to breath but growth was minimal at less than 200 acres and containment is reported at 10%.
Fire activity throughout the rest of the Bear perimeter was moderate but interior pockets of fuel continued to burn. Personnel are scouting for areas were crews can take direct action along the fire’s edge, but, given the terrain and resources available, indirect line remains the focus. Structure protection resources are in place throughout the Bucks Lake and Haskins Valley neighborhoods. On the Claremont Fire, crews held the fire in its footprint across all sides and worked to mop up several spot fires from Sunday. Those spots – some near Estray Creek on the east side of Highway 70, some west toward the Harrison Flat, Bray Creek and Red Bridge areas – have all been contained, lined and mopped up. Firefighters will patrol the Claremont tonight and mop up any hot spots that pose a threat to the line.
Weather: North winds pushed smoke out of the fire area for several hours resulting in a moderate increase in fire behavior. Tonight, winds will turn northeast at 5-10 mph on the Claremont Fire and 5-15 mph on the Bear Fire.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for east winds and reduced humidity as well as continued warmer temperatures.
Air Quality: Northerly winds brought clear air for a portion of the day today but communities downwind of the fire did not see much relief. Tomorrow’s east wind will bring poorer air quality for communities to the west. The greatest impacts again are seen closest to the fire, with Quincy and Portola seeing the highest smoke concentrations.
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: 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 Evacuation Orders in Lassen County related to the Sheep fire have been lifted.
The dirt portion of Gold Run Road remains closed and the dirt portion of Wingfield Road is open to residents only
Lassen National Forest: Forest Service Road 29N03, Roxie Peconom and Goumaz campgrounds are closed. For further information on closures, including Forest Closures in relation to the Sheep Fire, 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
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.