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Bear Fire

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

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North Complex Fire Information
Phone: 530-316-4487
Hours: Daily 9:00am - 9:00pm

Bear Fire AM UPDATE 8-29-20

Bear Fire Wildfire
News – 8/29/2020

Acres: 27,962 combined (Claremont 21,244; Bear 6,583) Contained: Claremont 59%; Bear 0%

Resources: 15 dozers, 82 engines, 11 hand crews, 7 helicopters, 11 water tenders, 10 other heavy equipment and 685 total personnel. These resources are shared with the North Complex.

This will be the final individual morning update for the Bear and Claremont fires. Future updates will be contained in the North Complex releases.

Community boards: Fire staff are posting information daily throughout the community. Find out where:

Current Situation on the Bear: The Bear Fire showed significant activity yesterday afternoon and late into the evening as winds and conditions aligned to help it spread east across Deadman Spring Trail and west along the Middle Fork of the Feather River toward Hartman Bar Trail. Firefighters still are working on indirect line northwest of the fire to protect the Haskins Valley and Buck Lake areas while looking for opportunities to build line directly against the fire’s edge. Residents on the north and western sides of the Bear Fire are likely to see increased traffic as more resources are being prioritized to that area.

Current Situation on the Claremont: The south and southeast edges of the Claremont Fire remained active yesterday and continue to be the top priority on the fire today. Along the Highway 70 corridor, firefighters are implementing strategic firing operations where safe to do so to bring the fire down to the road and build a secure perimeter to protect the communities of Greenhorn, Sloat and other values to the east.

Closures/Evacuation: Plumas County – The following areas were removed from advisory status Friday:

· East Quincy, south of Lee Road from Radio Hill Road east. (To include East Quincy, south of Highway 70 between Millcreek (to include Mill Creek Road and Forest View Drive) extending east to Quincy LaPorte Road.

· Chandler Road (east end), from Highway 70 east to Carol Lane East.

Modified: Evacuation advisory for Quincy LaPorte Road from Quincy LaPorte Road & Highway 70 to Massack has been modified to an advisory for Highway 70 at Chandler Road, east to the west side of the Massack Rest Area. All other evacuations and closures remain the same and can be found at

Lassen County – The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings: Baxter Creek Road. Wingfield Road at Baxter Creek Road to where the pavement begins at Peter Lassen’s Grave (open to residents only as there is still heavy fire equipment movement). All other evacuations and closures remain the same.

For immediate text notifications about emergency alerts, residents can sign up for the Plumas and Lassen County’s CodeRed Emergency Alert System from their respective websites: Plumas—; Lassen —

The Pacific Crest Trail from Onion Valley to Bucks Summit remains closed as does Thompson Creek Road (Forest Road 24N26) and Red Bridge Campground. For further information on closures go to: Visit CalTrans at or call 1-800-427-7623 for the latest maps and information of road closures in your area.

Weather: Winds will return to a south and southwesterly flow today as humidities will hit the 14-20% range. Winds will be 5-10 mph most of the day but gusts to 20 mph are possible. The hot, dry conditions will contribute to continued active fire behavior.

Air Quality: Variable winds, becoming southwest to west in the afternoon will push smoke east. Smoke that settled over the area last night is forecast to dissipate this afternoon but might this evening. Impacts are again seen closest to the fire. Quincy and Portola will see the highest smoke concentrations. Smoke in Susanville will depend on fire activity.

COVID-19: California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 has implemented precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both fire camp and the surrounding communities.