North Complex Resources: 5 Type 1 crews, 3 Type 2IA crews, 2 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 53 engines, 5 bulldozers, 2 water tenders, 719 total personnel.
Current Situation on the North Complex: The North Complex consists of multiple lightning caused fires (August 17, 2020) on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests.
The Sheep Fire moderated overnight allowing crews to establish new dozer line. The Claremont Fire broke over Highway 70 yesterday near the Massack Rest Area and remained active last night moving along the highway. The Bear Fire grew to 1,078 acres. More details of these fires are covered in separate updates.
Of the original 21 fires in the complex, 16 are now 100% contained. The Willard and Fleming burned together with the Sheep. The Iron Fire south of Taylorsville (40 acres) and the Copper Fire (65 acres) north of Greenville are now 100% contained. Crews continue to mop up and reinforce the containment lines on those fires. The Neer, Kessler, Anna, Monitor, Monitor 2, Monitor 3, Paxton, Branch, Little, Loop B, Davis, Davis 2, Evans, and Meyers Fires are all 100% contained and in patrol status. Those fires ranged in size from .1 acres to 8 acres.
Weather: RED FLAG WARNING FOR DRY THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. There is increasing potential for isolated to scattered dry thunderstorms over much of Northern California. Lightning from dry thunderstorms will have the potential to start new fires.
Air Quality: Numerous regional fires continue to contribute dense smoke conditions across the region. Smoke impacts to communities are expected to be greatest late in the afternoon towards the evening. For a fire and smoke map, go to https://fire.airnow.gov/
Closures/Evacuations: Highway 70 remains CLOSED between Spring Garden and Quincy La Porte Road. Due to 100 percent containment on the Iron and Copper Fires, evacuation orders and advisories have been lifted for the Greenville and Taylorsville areas.
For immediate text notifications about emergency alerts, residents can sign up for the Plumas County’s CodeRed Emergency Alert System on https://www.plumascounty.us/2163/CodeRed-Emergency-Alert-System. Evacuation questions should be directed to Plumas County Sheriff’s Office: (530) 283-6375. Evacuation shelter for the Claremont fire is at the Quincy High School. No small animals are able to be accommodated at the High School. Evacuation shelter for the Sheep Fire is located at the Lassen Community college dormitories. Large animals can be housed at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.
Visit CalTrans at quickmap.dot.ca.gov for the latest maps with road closures in your area.
COVID-19: California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 has implemented precautionary measures to prevent
the spread of COVID-19 in both fire the surrounding communities.
North Complex Fires:
Claremont Fire – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6996/
Bear Fire – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7025/
Sheep Fire – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6997/
Forest Closures: https://fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices