Incident Start Date: 8/17/2020 Size: 314,949 acres Containment: 79%
Engines: 110 Handcrews: 51 Dozers: 38 Helicopters: 13 Water Tenders: 65 Total Personnel: 1,982
Fatalities: 15 Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 2,471
North & South Zone:
The fire continues to burn actively within the Highway 70 corridor near Grizzly Dome Tunnel, but has not spotted across the highway, nor made any significant runs as of 7:00 p.m. tonight. Helicopters effectively engaged the fire after this morning’s heavy smoke lifted. Resources are focused on keeping the fire from crossing Highway 70.
There were no containment issues along the remainder of the fireline, with good progress continuing to be made in the Bucks Lake and Highlands areas.
Crews will continue to work overnight along Highway 70 to monitor for spot fires and preparing structure protection for buildings and critical infrastructure. With active fire on the steep slopes above, firefighters are reporting rock and tree rollout making its way onto the road.
Weather conditions continue to be hot and very dry. Winds are expected to be the typical pattern of downslope/down valley at night, shifting to upslope/upvalley during the heat of the day.
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. 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.