The fire was most active today on Red Mountain where winds cast spot fires approximately one half-mile ahead of the slopover that formed overnight. Firefighters focused their efforts to contain them here and in Willow Creek area where additional spotting occurred, and plan to continue picking them up throughout the night. Crews also constructed bulldozer line on both the east and west sides of this slopover to box it in at Oro-Quincy Road.
Moving west, firefighters were successful in containing other previous small spot fires and slopovers, while holding the fire along constructed bulldozer lines.
To the northeast side of the fire, containment lines are holding well. Firefighters plan to continue patrolling, while also backhauling equipment and initiating road repairs.
Crews were able to progress with a small amount of firing along the Pacific Crest Trail to Chimney Rock. Just north of Onion Valley winds continue to slowly push the fire northeast into the steep terrain where crews focused on constructing indirect lines to eventually catch it.Along Mooreville Ridge, crews continued to successfully mop up and improve containment lines from Little Grass Valley Reservoir area south to Sly Creek Reservoir, while also constructing and reinforcing bulldozer lines along LaPorte Road.West Zone:
Please see CAL FIRE Team 4 updates at: www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/18/north-complex-fire/Structure protection groups are in place surrounding the fire’s perimeter to protect nearby communities in both the North and South Zones.Firing operations in either zone will be dependent on weather conditions tonight.Video operational updates and live broadcasts can be viewed on Plumas National Forest’s Facebook page.
Evacuations and Road Closures
Mandatory evacuation orders and advisories are in place for Butte, Plumas, and Yuba Counties. Please check your respective county’s websites and Facebook pages for the latest on evacuations and road closures.
Weather and Air Quality
An approaching low pressure system will bring southwest winds with gusts up to 18-25 mph through tomorrow. There will be little temperature or humidity change. Smoke outlook: fires.airfire.org/outlooks/EasternSierra or www.airnow.gov/
Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has extended the closure of eighteen National Forests in California, including the Plumas National Forest.https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd804760.pdf
Meetings are being broadcast daily through Zoom: Cooperators Meeting daily at 0 a.m. https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1602646
Planning Meeting daily at 7 p.m. https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1600484186