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The North Complex grows to 1,800 acres; now called the Sheep Fire

Update 7 p.m., Aug. 18: The North Complex is now estimated at 1,800 acres, up from the 300 acres reported earlier. The fire activity increased with the afternoon winds and the three larger fires (Sheep, Fleming, and Willard) have all merged into one fire and is now being referred to as the Sheep Fire. The Sheep Fire has crested the Diamond Mountain ridge and can be seen burning above the Susanville.

The CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit  is assisting with the fire on the Susanville side of the hill. Lassen County Sheriff’s Office issued an updated Evacuation Warning and Road Closure at 5:30pm for residents along Gold Run Road west of Amesbury Drive. Gold Run Road will be closed to non-residents beyond Amesbury Drive.
*Residents with special needs who require assistance evacuating or who need to evacuate large animals are asked to consider evacuating now. For Emergency Shelter information, call (530)251-9088. Deputies will be going door to door to make notification. Please use caution when leaving the area. Please be aware that conditions can change rapidly and the Evacuation Warning can be upgraded to an Evacuation Order at anytime. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Original Story: In addition to the Claremont Fire, the North Complex is currently burning on the Plumas National Forest. It includes seven fires and is being managed as one incident.

Four of the smaller fires in the complex (6 acres or less) have been contained: the Kessler, Neer, Evans and Meyers. The three largest fires in the complex — the Sheep, Fleming, and Willard — burned actively last night in the area near Fleming Sheep Camp, southwest of Red Rock Lookout. These three fires are estimated to be at a combined acreage of 300 acres with 0% containment.

Today, firefighters will continue working to gain access to these fires as they are burning in rugged, inaccessible terrain. Better mapping will also be completed today. The smoke column will look much like it did yesterday and will be very visible from north, particularly from the Susanville and Westwood areas. The fires remain south of the Diamond Mountain ridge and are spreading to the east. Grazing permittees with grazing permits in the area have been notified. Numerous resources are working on the fires and more have been ordered.

Road Closures: County Road 213 is closed at the intersection of the 28N03 Road and north to the Plumas National Forest boundary where it turns into County Road 204. The 28N03 Road (the alternate route to Antelope Lake) remains open.

An Inciweb page has been set up for the North Complex: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6997/

The complex is burning southwest of the Red Rock Lookout and south of the Diamond Mountain ridge.

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