Resources: 15 dozers, 36 engines, 2 hand crews, 2 helicopters, and 12 water tenders. Additional resources are on order, availability remains scarce.
Current Situation on the Claremont: Despite firefighters’ efforts to keep the fire from crossing the Highway 70 corridor today, winds and spotting resulted in a breach this afternoon with a 5-acre spot fire near the Massack Rest Area. This necessitated Highway 70 to be CLOSED between Spring Garden and La Porte Road. There was no estimated time of reopening at the time of this release. No structure have been reported lost. The Claremont Fire, now at 11,310 acres, is located south of Quincy, CA and north of the Middle Fork of the Feather River.
Current Situation on the Bear:
The Bear Fire increased in fire activity this afternoon, but a size update is not available at this time. It was last reported at 575 acres. The Bear is located on the Pacific Crest Trail, 1-mile northwest of Butte Bar Campground and 1.5 southeast of Lookout Rock. It is in very steep and inaccessible terrain.
Weather: A new thunderstorm system is expected to bring dry lightning and gusty winds starting Sunday morning. The storm is expected to last several days, elevating fire danger, and has prompted a FIRE WEATHER WATCH for the fire area.
Air Quality: Smoke, including thicker particulate matter from active fires across northeast California, will continue to affect the area through Sunday morning. Expect visibility below 3 miles with unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups and those spending a prolonged period of time outdoors. For a fire and smoke map, go to https://fire.airnow.gov/
Closures/Evacuations: Highway 70 is CLOSED between Spring Garden and Quincy La Porte Road.
There is an ADVISORY Evacuation Order for East Quincy (south of Lee Road from Radio Hill Road East), Candler Road (from HWY 70 east entrance to Hillside Drive), Greenhorn Ranch, and Spring Garden.
Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for East Quincy, south of Highway 70 between Millcreek east to Quincy La Porte Road, as well as Quincy La Porte Road from Highway 70 south to Red Bridge (Middle Fork of the Feather River)
An evacuation center for all residents (East Quincy, Greenhorn, Massack and Spring Garden) has been set up at Quincy High School. No small animals are able to be accommodated at the High School. The Red Cross is currently working to assist us in establishing a secondary evacuation center.
Road Closure: La Porte Road and Thompson Creek Road remain closed. The Pacific Crest Trail from Onion Valley to Bucks Summit remains closed. For further information on closures go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
For immediate text notifications sign up for the Plumas County’s CodeRed Emergency Alert System on their website at https://www.plumascounty.us/2163/. Evacuation questions should be directed to your County Sheriff's office non-emergency number. Plumas County Sheriff’s Office: (530) 283-6375.
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.