Firefighters made good progress holding the fire within containment lines and firing operations Friday night, accomplishing their goal of bringing the Claremont Fire’s western edge to the Bear Fire’s eastern edge. The North Complex Fire is now one contiguous fire.
On the northern flank of the fire, firefighters’ plan today is to continue firing downslope heading south to eventually meet with the Middle Fork of the Feather River when conditions are favorable. On the northwestern edge around Lookout Rock and far below Ontop Mine, some small spotting did occur, however firefighters kept them under control. The plan to box off the fire along 23N19 and constructed bulldozer line is going according to plan.
On the southern flank of the fire, activity remained relatively calm. Most activity was in the Red Bridge area where additional smoke plumes may continue to be seen today. To the southwest, two additional miles of contingency line was also constructed along Forest Road 22N94 in case any other future spot fires take hold.
Weather and Air Quality
Afternoon humidity will be 10-15% and temperatures are expected to increase a few degrees to a high of 99. Winds this afternoon could reach gusts of 22 mph along ridgelines. The air quality generally will be smoky, dense at times, especially toward the Middle Fork drainage along the southern flank of the fire. For specific smoke impacts to your area, visit www.airnow.gov
Evacuations and Road Closures
Areas within the communities of Greenhorn, Sloat and Cromberg are still under Evacuation Advisories. Please visit the Plumas County’s interactive map for exact locations: plumascounty.us/2721/North-Complex-Fire-Information. For road closures, check the CalTrans quickmap.dot.ca.gov or 1-800-427-7623