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North Complex

Unit Information

Plumas National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
159 Lawrence Street
Quincy, CA 95971

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Incident Contacts

Mt Hough Ranger District
Phone: 530-283-0555

Feather River Ranger District
Phone: 530-534-6500

North Complex Fire Evening Update September 5, 2020

North Complex Wildfire
News – 9/5/2020

Sheep Fire

The Sheep Fire is no longer a part of the North Complex, however firefighters are continuing to identify and extinguish hot spots and mop up. Currently, it is at 29,570 acres and 86% containment.

Current Situation

The North Complex Fire grew by approximately 900 acres Saturday, due to an inversion that lifted this afternoon increasing fire behavior. Smoke from interior pockets of the fire increased as the fire made an eastern run from Grizzly Creek in between the Bear and Claremont Fires toward the Claremont Fire. Some long-range spotting occurred, and crews are monitoring and patrolling.

Firefighters made good progress holding the fire within containment lines from the Middle Fork of the Feather River to the eastern flank of the fire. On the south side, containment line is holding well as crews continue mopping up. An infrared flight today revealed little heat along the southwestern edge of the fire.

On the northwestern side around Lookout Rock, fire behavior was calm enough for firefighters to directly engage with the flames. The fire is also holding well along Willow Creek as the fire moves toward constructed bulldozer lines.

Adverse winds prevented firefighters from conducting strategic firing operations between the edges of the Bear and Claremont fires, but are hopeful to continue tonight when the more favorable down canyon winds arrive.

Weather and Air Quality

Smoke from both the North Complex Fire and another wildfire west of Fresno drifted into the Quincy area, however air quality was a slight improvement from yesterday. Tonight, humidity recovery will be 20-75% depending on elevation, and temperatures will range from 49 to 75 degrees. Winds will shift from up slope and up drainage to down slope and down drainage at about 5 mph. The air quality generally will be smoky. For specific smoke impacts to your area, visit

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Evacuation Advisories were lifted by the Plumas County Sheriff at 2 p.m. for the communities of Greenhorn, Sloat and Cromberg. Advisories are still in place for Bucks Lake area, and Quincy LaPorte Road from Highway 70 south to Red Bridge. Please visit the Plumas County’s website for an interactive map:

Road Closures

Quincy LaPorte Road from Highway 70 south to Red Bridge is open to essential traffic only. The dirt portion of Peppard Flat Road is closed.

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