Photo courtesy of Leanna LaPlante

Evacuations underway near Oakland Camp

9:40 p.m.: Resources are pouring back into Plumas County to fight the Toll and Squirrel fires that broke out this afternoon near Oakland Camp near Quincy. Flames are visible from both fires throughout American Valley tonight. The Forest Service is reporting that smoke jumpers are working on the Squirrel, which is now estimated to be 100 acres. The Toll Fire is expected make short runs up the ridge tonight. Structure engines are in place to protect the homes of evacuees. The Forest Service advises residents to expect road closures tomorrow for firefighter and community protection.

Earlier this evening about 2 dozen teachers from Westwood, as well as staff from Oakland Camp, walked about two miles to evacuate the site and were then transported by bus to the fairgrounds, where an evacuation center has been established.

7 p.m.: Oakland Camp has been evacuated; power has been turned off to the area; and the sheriff is advising motorists to avoid Quincy Junction, Chandler and Oakland camp roads. The Forest Service is reporting that there are just two fires — the Toll and the Squirrel. It had reported a third fire earlier, which it called the Chapman, but that was determined to be a spot fire from the original fire and air resources knocked it down. Staff Writer Victoria Metcalf was on scene. Attached is one of her photos.

Firefighters on the scene of the Toll Fire. Photo by Victoria Metcalf

6 p.m.: The first  fire that broke out has been dubbed the Toll Fire; the second fire to the northwest is called the Squirrel Fire. PG&E is cutting electricity to the area; the railroad has stopped operating in the area. It’s been reported that some evacuees are being walked out of the fire zone on the railroad tracks, with Plumas Unified school buses waiting to drive them to the evacuation center.

5:40 p.m.: Sheriff Greg Hagwood announced that an evacuation center is being set up at the Fairgrounds. Evacuations are underway for Oakland Camp Road and possible for Old Keddie Highway.

5:30 p.m. According to the Forest Service the Toll Fire, near Oakland Camp, is about 25-30 acres, and headed to the ridgetops. Smoke and flames are visible from Quincy, and smoke is visible from Indian Valley. Additional air tankers have been ordered. A second fire, of about 10 acres, has been reported to the northwest. A Feather Publishing reporter is on scene and we will publish more information as it becomes available.

4:50 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20:  According to the Forest Service, evacuations have begun on Oakland Camp Road. Plumas National Forest firefighters are responding to a several acre fire (Toll Fire) in the vicinity of Spanish Creek trailhead in T25N, R11E, Sec 31 near Oakland Camp. Multiple engines, helicopter and an air tanker are heading to the fire.

25 thoughts on “Evacuations underway near Oakland Camp

  • August 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm
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    Come on rain…..stay safe everyone and hope it’s out fast!

  • August 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm
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    This one doesnt look like its going out soon

  • August 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm
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    Any news on how these started?

    • August 20, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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      I’d love to know as well… Several fires sounds like potential arson again to me. Just sickening.

      • August 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm
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        Lots of lightning stricks here earlier in Cromberg and the storm was heading that way. We had 3″ of rain in :25 min. I have never been in a thunderstorm where the two clouds met over our house. Loudest thunder I’ve ever heard.

        • August 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm
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          Thanks, it would be a relief to know if it was just lightning.

        • August 20, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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          I was watching the lighting strikes using a app on my IPad. Looked to me there were not any strikes west of a line from Sloat to Greenhorn. No lightning in the American Valley. I agree, think our firebug is back at it.

          Tess

  • August 20, 2017 at 6:10 pm
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    What about Chandler road?

    • August 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm
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      I just spoke to Sheriff Greg Hagwood and he said that the fire is burning up hill and away from Chandler Road. The possibility remains for evacuations for Old Keddie Highway.

  • August 20, 2017 at 6:16 pm
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    Ask Mark, he knows everything

    • August 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm
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      LOL!!

  • August 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm
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    LOL!!

    • August 20, 2017 at 7:26 pm
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      You got it Mary! Thanks!!!

      • August 20, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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        🙂 🙂

  • August 20, 2017 at 7:18 pm
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    Thank you Debra and valiant FRB staff for the up to date news! You are the closest thing to radio and information we have in this county. Those of us who have computers or smart phones should remember to keep those that don’t have electronic access informed. – MH

  • August 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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    Thank you Feather Publishing for keeping those of us who can’t stand Facebook up to date.

    Mike

  • August 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm
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    Is there any new updates. My mother-in-love lives at Old Round House Road and we don’t know what’s going on……please someone with any news??

  • August 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm
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    Thank you all for keeping us posted! I hope everyone is safe.

  • August 21, 2017 at 5:28 am
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    So…USFS says Jeffrey Cameron Schmid of Quincy was arrested last night for arson. Looks like he may be the one who started all the recent fires. Wonder what his reasoning was? Cant imagine why anyone would do this.

  • August 21, 2017 at 7:29 am
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    We are praying for all of you and for the fire fighters who have been so courageous and brave may the Lord continue to strengthen them and protect them as they protect our loved ones and everyone else. I plead the precious Blood of Jesus over them and their families as a shield in the name of Jesus and Lord I thank you for the Angels that encampment around them building a hedge of protection over and around every home and family on the path of this fire. I thank You Lord for the good reports and for hearing our prayers in Jesus Mighty name we pray. Amen

  • August 21, 2017 at 7:31 am
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    Thank you for keeping us posted.

  • August 21, 2017 at 7:55 am
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    My covenant is praying for all of you and for the fire fighters who have been so courageous and brave may Satan continue to strengthen them and protect them as they protect our loved ones and everyone else. I plead the precious Blood of Lucifer over them and their families as a shield in the name of Satan and Lucifer I thank you for the Helldogs that encampment around them building a hedge of protection over and around every home and family on the path of this fire. I thank You Satan for the good reports and for hearing our prayers in Lucifer’s Mighty name we pray. Amen

    • August 21, 2017 at 8:13 am
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      HOUSTON…WE HAVE A PROBLEM! HOLY MOLY WHAT A TWISTED SISTER! LMAO…I WOULD SAY GO TO HELL BUT THAT PROB ISNT NECESSARY IN YOUR CASE.

  • August 21, 2017 at 8:22 am
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    haha religion is funny,

  • August 21, 2017 at 10:46 pm
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    My son is on a Type 3 BLM engine from Nevada on the @SquirrelFire. Your updates are very much appreciated.

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