Multiple lightning caused fires in the Indian Valley area

Feather Publishing
Updated 8/19/2013 10:00 a.m.

A load of smoke jumpers has been deployed on Keddie Ridge.  There are 3 or 4 fires on the Ridge, the largest being the Keddie Fire which is approximately 10 acres.  Three more loads of smokejumpers have been ordered. 
Two C-130 MAFFS are enroute and due over the fires at 10:20.  MAFFS, which stands for Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems, are operated by the Air National Guard.  For more information about the MAFFS airtankers, see
Updated 8/19/2013 9:45 a.m.
The Air Attack Supervisor is currently over Keddie Ridge coordinating with the smoke jumper aircraft on the best location to deploy the smokejumpers.
Updated 8/19/2013 8:27 a.m.

The air attack coordinator over what is now being called the Mt Hough Complex has requested four air tankers and a lead plane to assist suppression efforts. 


Two of the larger fires have nearly burned together.  Air attack suggests allowing them to burn together and utilizing an indirect attack.  That would entail burning out from the road system and constructing fire lines along the ridge tops to contain the fire.  He estimates the potential final size to be 2,000 acres but also added that it could take out the entire north slope of Mt Hough".... if we don't get on it". 


There is already group tree torching which indicates atmospheric instability this early in the morning.  Atmospheric instability can lead to extreme fire behavior.


Smoke jumpers and additional helicopters have also been ordered.



Updated 8/19/2013 7 a.m.



Dry lightning left us with a little over 20 fires on the Plumas National Forest.


Most of those fires are in the Indian Valley, North Arm, Mt. Hough area totaling approximately 100 acres. 


The largest of those at 22-30 acres is the Mt. Hough fire, with the Hunt fire at eight acres, and the Johnson fire is 15-20 acres. 


Lake Davis area has four very small lightning fires with lines around them.


More lightning is expected today with increasing moisture as the week goes on.


The Plumas County Sheriff has issued precautionary evacuations for those living near the Hough fire in Indian Valley including Johnson Ranch and portions of Arlington Road.




Photo by Dave Zappa shows Arlington Heights on the right with the town of Taylorsville on the left side of the photo


Feather Publishing 



Following a large thunder and lightning storm that moved through Plumas County Sunday afternoon, fires from mulitple lightning strikes were reported in the Indian Valley area. Not much precipitation was reported in the area.


Joining the many Indian Valley fire departments in fighting the lightning strike fires are the USFS, Hamilton Branch Fire, Chester Fire and Peninsula Fire.

The Plumas County Sheriff's Department informs the public if shelter is needed, those displaced may go to the Community Center next to the Fire Dept. in Greenville.




This photo of the Indian Valley fires taken by Elaine of ETaddei Photography shows the fire above Arlington Road with Arlington Trailer Park lights on the right.  Elaine observed three fires on different mountains surrounding the valley, with a smaller one on the top of Keddie Ridge and another above Neers. This photo was taken about 10 p.m. Sunday evening from Stampfli Lane in the middle of Indian Valley. As of 11:40 p.m. the manager of Arlington Trailer Park said they have not been ordered to evacuate, the winds are calm, and the fire is laying down and not moving toward the park.


Here is the official report from the USFS: Lightning has sparked over a dozen small fires primarily in the Keddie Ridge/North Arm areas of Indian Valley near Taylorsville CA. Most of the fires are reasonably small. Several, on the north slope of Mt. Hough have grown and are very conspicuous, especially at night. The fires are very apparent within Indian Valley. Smoke will be visable to other nearby communities in Plumas and Lassen counties on Monday morning. In addition to local resources, numerous strike teams of engines and handcrews have been ordered in addition to air resources. There was little to no moisure from the thunderstorms in the area of the fires although moisure was received in other areas within Indian Valley. Fire size is difficult to assess this early in the process; acreage will be added in the morning.


Please send any Indian Valley fire information or photos to



More details will be reported as we receive them. 


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