The North Complex Fire increased approximately 100 acres overnight, with a combined acreage of 36,624 at 42% containment. The two fires that are actively burning are the Claremont Fire (24,330 acres, 49% containment) and the Bear Fire (12,154 acres, 29% containment).
California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 assumed command of the North Complex on Thursday.
Last night the fire held well within containment lines and firefighters made good progress gaining approximately one-half mile of firing operations to bring the Claremont Fire’s west edge toward the Bear Fire’s eastern edge. This area is where most of the active fire activity is and remains the priority for placing resources. Personnel patrolled containment line throughout the fire’s perimeter overnight, and continued to gain more depth in mopping up.
Today a smoke inversion is expected which will decrease smoke column activity, however it may lift in the afternoon which might increase fire behavior. With clear skies, aircraft will continue to support ground crews.
To continue strategic firing operations in inaccessible terrain, drones might be used to carry out tactical ignitions when conditions permit.
For a more in-depth description on tactical operations of the North Complex Fire, please watch our latest operational video updates at: www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas
Resources: 1,733 total personnel
28 dozers, 112 engines, 17 hand crews, 9 helicopters, 24 water tenders, 21 other heavy equipment.
Southwest winds will increase today, becoming gusty this afternoon and evening. The air also will become drier with humidities at 11-21% and gusty winds slightly increasing speed up to 22 miles per hour.
Generally smoky throughout the day, dense at times, but otherwise sunny. A general up-river, up-drainage airflow may push smoke to the north and east. For specific smoke impacts to your area, visit www.airnow.gov
An evacuation Advisory is still in place in Plumas County from Quincy La Porte Road between Thompson Creek and Red Bridge; Greenhorn; Spring Garden; and Highway 70 from Massack Rest Area to Spring Garden. For an interactive map, visit: plumascounty.us/2721/North-Complex-Fire-Information
Forest Closures: Plumas NF: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumasp/alerts-notices Lassen NF: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lassen/alerts-notices
Emergency Alerts: Plumas: www.plumascounty.us/ Lassen: www.lassencounty.org/dept/sheriffs-office/sheriffs-office Road Closures: CalTrans quickmap.dot.ca.gov or 1-800-427-7623 Community boards: find out where daily updated fire informational boards are by visiting https://arcg.is/18vnSe
California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 is implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both the fire area and surrounding communities.