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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

North Complex Wildfire
News – 11/10/2020

Incident Start Date: 8/17/2020   Size: 318,935 acres   Containment: 96%   Total Personnel: 129        

Engines:1   Hand crews: 2   Dozers:  2   Helicopters: 0   Water Tenders:

Fatalities: 16   Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 2,455

The incident command post (ICP) for North Complex (Claremont-Bear Fire) operations has shifted from Quincy to Oroville, CA, as higher elevation areas become less accessible for suppression repair and hazard tree removal.

The fire is expected to be 98% contained within a day or so with full containment a week or two off, weather & operations dependent; there is significant heat remaining in lower elevation areas not covered by snow.

Plumas National Forest officials have sharply reduced the closure area which now follows (generally) the actual fire perimeter and affects all national forest land, roads and trails with the fire closure area.  County roads and private land within the perimeter are not affected by the federal land closure. For more information about the closure, please check the forest website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices .

Within the closure area, Forest Service trails, roads, and campgrounds are closed. Falling trees (often falling without warning), smoldering stump holes, and moving heavy equipment are some of the public safety hazards that exist within the fire perimeter. Longer term hazards includelandslides and flash flooding caused by erosion or suppression activities not yet repaired. These hazards may lead to serious injury or death.Law enforcement is patrolling the area. Please use caution as fire personnel continue working in and around the fire area; watch for logging trucks around La Porte Road.

A new series of weather systems will impact the fire and surrounding areas beginning Friday, November 13 and into the following week bringing periods of rain and mountain snow.  Following this weather event, operations will continue to ramp down for the season due to road and area conditions.

Please note the fire information phone number has shifted to the Mt. Hough and Feather River Ranger District offices (see phone numbers listed above). The Plumas National Forest has been overseeing all operations since October 29th.

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

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