North & South Zone:
Strong northeast winds persisted over the fire area last night and continued throughout today, with afternoon gusts of 30-40 mph. This resulted in increased fire activity across the fire area, causing spot fires outside of containment lines. In anticipation of the weather event, firefighters have been strategically positioned to monitor and engage increased fire behavior or any new spot fires.
As of late this afternoon there is a spot fire in French Hotel Creek, approximately two miles south of Grizzly Forebay, that is well established and actively burning. Resources including dozers, engines and handcrews will look at utilizing existing dozer lines from previous fires and building new fire lines in an effort to contain this spot fire. Other crews will focus on containing any other spot fires throughout tonight’s shift as winds are expected to be sustained at 15-25 mph with gusts of 40+ mph.
The fire area is currently under a Red Flag Warning until 9 p.m. Monday, which is issued for critical fire weather including dry and windy conditions. Additionally, there is a Wind Advisory until 2 p.m. Monday calling for wind gusts up to 45 mph.
The public is being asked to respect the closures and stay out of the area for public and for firefighter safety. Firefighters are still finding members of the public inside the fire closure area.
For more information there is a daily recorded operational briefing video that will be posted to the Plumas National Forest Facebook Page at 9 a.m.
West Zone: See CAL FIRE Team 4 updates at: www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/18/north-complex-fire/
Evacuations and Road Closures
Orders and Advisories are still in place for communities in Butte, Plumas, and Yuba Counties. Please check your respective county’s websites and Facebook pages for the latest updates on evacuations and road closures. You can also sign up with your county for reverse 911 notifications by registering with the CODE RED system.
Smoke outlook: fires.airfire.org/outlooks/EasternSierra or www.airnow.gov/
Plumas National Forest closures: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices