Higher wind speeds associated with the dry cold front switched to the east/northeast last night and increased fire rates, flame lengths, and spotting distances. There was a small slopover on the northwest flank of the fire which night crews successfully suppressed with hoses.
Crews will continue to work to hold lines and mop up today while remaining extra vigilant for potential very active fire behavior. Helicopters will be utilized for water drops as winds allow. Firefighter and public safety will remain the priority.
Weather and Air Quality
A Red Flag Warning for gusty northeast winds up to 45 mph and low relative humidity continues into Wednesday morning. Localized stronger winds can be expected in the Middle Fork Feather River drainage and other similarly aligned canyons. For specific smoke impacts to your area, visit www.airnow.gov. Evacuations and Road Closures
Evacuation advisories remain in effect for the Bucks Lake area and Quincy LaPorte Road from Highway 70 south to Thompson Creek. See the Plumas County website for an interactive map: plumascounty.us/2721/North-Complex-Fire-Information. Quincy LaPorte Road is open to residents only. The unpaved portion of Peppard Flat Road is closed.
A new closure order went into effect at 5 pm yesterday prohibiting the use of any ignition (campfires, gas stoves, etc.) and the closure of all developed campgrounds and day-use sites on National Forests in California. An earlier order remains in effect closing all trails, roads, and campgrounds around the North Complex Fire. Plumas NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices. Lassen NF: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lassen/alerts-notices
Meetings are being broadcasted daily through Zoom: · Cooperators Meeting (Tuesday, September 8 at 10 a.m.): https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1602646317 · Planning Meeting (Daily at 7 p.m.): https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1600484186
California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 is implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both the fire area and surrounding communities