Resources: 28 dozers, 112 engines, 17 hand crews, 9 helicopters, 24 water tenders, 21 other heavy equipment – North Complex Only
Community boards: Fire staff are posting information daily throughout the communities impacted by the North Complex fires. Find out where by visiting https://arcg.is/18vnSe
Sheep Fire: The Sheep Fire remains at 29,750 acres and 71% contained. The fire stayed inside established containment lines today. Crews focused on working around remaining interior hot spots, which continue to ignite and burn, and to strengthen established lines ahead of the weekend's predicted warmer temperatures and higher winds. This will be the final evening update for the Sheep Fire.
North Complex: The North Complex consists of multiple lightning-caused fires (August 17, 2020) on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests.
California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 assumed command of the North Complex at 6 p.m.
On the Claremont Fire, crews focused on building fireline around the pair of slopovers west of Claremont Trail. Firefighters got lines and hose lays around the northernmost of the two slops while making good progress on the south slop. Personnel will remain engaged overnight and work to continue today’s progress.
Part of the plan for containment is connecting the Claremont and Bear fires via Forest road systems and dozer lines and crews were able to start tactical firing operations heading west from the Claremont along Forest Road 23N70Y as part of the plan. Firing operations only take place when personnel, terrain and weather align and is used to solidify existing containment lines.
The rest of the fire remained quiet as crews worked to mop up any lingering hot spots and gain depth in containment lines.
The Bear Fire continued its push north into the Fourth Creek drainage and east toward Pigeon Roost Creek with prevailing westerly winds. The fire remains checked up in Willow Creek to the west and the Middle Fork of the Feather River to the south. Firefighters worked to scout areas to build direct line where terrain and fire behavior allow.
Weather: Increasing southwest winds are forecasted for the coming days along with higher temperatures and lower humidity. A general up-river, up-drain flow will push smoke to the north and east.
Air Quality: Smoke will settle into valleys at night and dissipate Friday morning. The continued southwest flow could bring additional smoke from other fires west of the Central Valley. More information at www.airnow.gov
Closures/Evacuation: Plumas County – Quincy La Porte Road between Thompson Creek and Red Bridge; Greenhorn; Spring Garden; and Highway 70 from Massack Rest Area to Spring Garden are in advisory status and residents have been allowed to return to their homes.
More information can be found at https://plumascounty.us/2721/North-Complex-Fire-Information
Plumas National Forest: For information on campground closures and Forest Closures in relation to the Bear, Sheep and Claremont fires, go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumasp/alerts-notices.
Lassen County – The dirt portion of Gold Run Road remains closed and the dirt portion of Wingfield Road is open to residents only. The Bureau of Land Management’s Eagle Lake Field Office has reopened the Dodge Reservoir Campground and the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail in Lassen County.
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, 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 4 has implemented precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both the fire area and surrounding communities.