7:15 p.m.: The Forest Service is reporting this evening that the 58-acre Toll Fire is now 85 percent contained and the 300-acre Squirrel Fire is 75 percent contained. Crews made excellent progress today. The road closure point on Oakland Camp Road has been moved north to exclude the four residences immediately after the turn-off from Chandler Road; electricity has been turned back on to those residences. Oakland Camp is still under an evacuation order and the power remains off.
As for lightning caused fires, the small Happy Fire in Eastern Plumas and the Letterbox on the Feather River Ranger District were stopped at .1 acres each.
A reconnaissance plane is looking for new smokes.
5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22: As predicted, thunderstorms hit Plumas County this afternoon and the Forest Service is reporting five small fires on the eastern end of the county on the Beckwourth Ranger District. Air attack is responding. Thunderstorms are forecast for central Plumas from now through this evening.
8 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22: This is a critical day for firefighters as they tackle the Squirrel and Toll fires near Quincy. That was the word that came out of this morning’s 6 a.m. briefing. Crews continued to build line around the fires where access is possible. The Squirrel Fire in particular is in steep, rugged terrain. The Toll Fire stands at 70 acres and is 40 percent contained. The larger Squirrel Fire is at 300 acres and 5 percent contained. Thunderstorms and erratic winds are expected later today, which will further challenge the fire-fighting effort. A second firefighter was injured yesterday, when he received steam burns to his arm. He was treated and released. On Sunday, another firefighter suffered from heat-related conditions.