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North Complex

Unit Information

Plumas National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
159 Lawrence Street
Quincy, CA 95971

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Incident Contacts

Mt Hough Ranger District
Phone: 530-283-0555

Feather River Ranger District
Phone: 530-534-6500

North Complex Fire Update for October 29, 2020

North Complex Wildfire
News – 10/29/2020

Incident Start Date: 8/17/2020  Size: 318,935 acres  Containment: 96%  Total Personnel: 326           

Engines: 11  Handcrews: Dozers: Helicopters: 2  Water Tenders: 19 

Fatalities: 15  Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 2455

QUINCY, Calif. — Work on suppression repair continues on the 318,935 acre North Complex Fire.  There were 372.1 miles of dozer line built in the process of containing this fire; 48% has been repaired.  Out of the 52.8 miles of handline put in for this fire, 64% has now been repaired.  There were 147 miles of road damage incurred in this fire and half of that has now been repaired.  Management of the incident is transitioning today from the Type 2 team to a local Type 3 team; fire camp will remain at the Incident Command Post and the Type 3 team will finish the work.  A Burned Area Emergency Response team has been working on a plan to minimize future damage that may occur as winter – and future precipitation – arrives.  For now, weather conditions will continue on a warming and drying trend, with Sunday expected to be the warmest day.

CIIMT11 is transitioning today to a local Type 3 team. Updates are planned weekly or more often if needed. Please note that the fire information phone number has shifted to the Mt. Hough and Feather River Ranger District offices.

We thank everyone in the local communities and beyond for their past and continued support of the firefighters working on this incident.

The Plumas National Forest has a necessary closure in place for the fire area; for details, please check Only part of the Plumas National Forest is closed due fire-related safety risks. Most of the Forest is open for recreation. In the affected areas, Forest Service roads and campgrounds are closed. Falling trees, smoldering stump holes and moving heavy equipment are some of the public safety hazards on closed public lands. Longer term hazards includelandslides and flash flooding caused by erosion or suppression activities not yet repaired in the closure area can lead to serious injury or death without warning.Law enforcement is patrolling the area. Please use caution as fire personnel continue working in the area. Drive carefully and watch for fire equipment. Watch your speed and also be aware of the logging trucks around La Porte Road. Thank you.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 11 is implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both the fire area and surrounding communities.