Heavy smoke lay over the fire and surrounding landscape today as a result of burning within the interior of the North Complex combined with a prominent southwest breeze. The smoke is not indicative of any significant change in the fire’s footprint. While challenging for human health, the smoke moderated fire behavior in all zones today.
North Zone: Crews continue to create a buffer to slow fire progression and protect the Bucks Lake, Haskins, and Highlands areas. The fire remains 5 miles from the Meadow Valley and Tollgate areas. Fire line in the northeast part of the fire is holding well.
South Zone: There was active fire behavior close to the west shoreline of Little Grass Valley Reservoir. Crews are successfully keeping fire distant from structures. The community of La Porte is being protected by fire line and hose lays.Approximately 500 firefighters will be moving to a second fire camp in Brownsville in order to work in the south zone more efficiently.West Zone: This area is being managed by CAL FIRE/Butte County: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/18/north-complex-fire/#incident-overview. A detailed evening video operations update for the North and South Zones can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas/videos/2661686720711892.
A virtual joint press conference will be broadcast Saturday, September 12 at 6 P.M. on Facebook:
Evacuations and Road Closures
Mandatory evacuation orders and evacuation advisories are in place for Butte, Plumas, and Yuba Counties. Check the appropriate county’s Facebook page for their latest information.
Weather and Air Quality
Typical southwest breezes around 10 mph with gusts to 15 mph will prevail through Saturday.
Smoke outlook: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/EasternSierra or https://www.airnow.gov/
Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has closed all eighteen National Forests in California, including the Plumas National Forest.https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801413.pdf
Meetings are being broadcast daily through Zoom:
Cooperators Meeting daily at 10 A.M.: https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1602646317
Planning Meeting daily at 7 P.M.: https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1600484186