Incident Start Date: 8/17/2020 Size: 308,995 acres Containment: 76%
Engines: 144 Handcrews: 55 Dozers: 38 Helicopters: 19 Water Tenders: 72 Total Personnel: 2,622
Fatalities: 15 Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 2,471
North & South Zone:
Crews continue to monitor fire lines throughout the north and south zones working to mop up hot spots and contain several small spot fires. Of highest concern is a large section of uncontained line within the Highway 70 corridor. Started as a spot fire late on Sunday afternoon and fueled by strong winds, the fire had become well established initially in French Hotel Creek, and now in Grizzly Creek, where it has grown to within several hundred yards of Highway 70 near Grizzly Dome Tunnel. This area will be today’s highest priority for firefighting resources.
Firefighters will be aided today by calmer winds that have died down overnight and are expected to be 10-15 mph in the typical pattern of downslope/down valley at night, shifting to upslope/upvalley during the heat of the day. These conditions will allow for greater use of helicopters and other aircraft to fight the fire.
Reduction of total containment from 78% to 76% is a result of the growing uncontained fireline in the Highway 70 corridor and not from losing any previously declared containment line elsewhere.
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
Butte and Plumas county sheriff’s offices have evacuation orders and warnings issued for areas northwest of the fire along the Highway 70 corridor. Yuba County lifted all evacuation orders and warnings yesterday morning. Please check your respective county’s sheriff websites and Facebook pages for the latest updates. 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
Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team Back is implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both the fire area and surrounding communities.