UPDATE: Aug. 21: Claremont Fire at 6,392 acres
UPDATE 9 p.m.: The Claremont Fire is at 6,392 acres and 0 percent contained. During an evening briefing tonight, incident command said that a lack of resources remains an issue, but more engines, dozers, and air resources have been ordered and are expected to arrive and will be assigned to the fire. Fixed wing aircraft are available, with fire stationed in Quincy, but the heavy smoke limits their ability to fly. While the morning inversion kept the fire calm in the early hours of the day, southwesterly winds drove the fire to the northeast and it crossed La Porte Road where it is almost parallel to Spring Garden. The fire remained more than a mile from Highway 70, so advisory evacuation orders, rather than mandatory, remain in effect to Greenhorn and Spring Garden. East Quincy south of Main Street and east of Mill Creek remains under mandatory evacuation. The fire made a push toward East Quincy as well. Firefighters are hopeful that a dozer line that stretches from East Quincy to La Porte Road will hold. Structure protection will be in place for both La Porte Road and East Quincy and firefighters expect an active night.
UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: The evacuations for Greenhorn and Spring Garden have been downgraded to advisory; they are no longer mandatory per the Plumas County Sheriff and the Office of Emergency Services.
Update 3:34 p.m.: The Claremont Fire has crossed La Porte Road and is moving toward Highway 70 in a northeasterly direction. Fire behavior is extremely active and air resources are currently inbound to assist.
The Highway 70 corridor from La Porte and Chandler roads to Greenhorn Ranch and Spring Garden are being evacuated.
Update 10:50 a.m.: The Claremont Fire is 5,678 ares and 0 percent contained. This morning’s update from the Forest Service Incident Command indicates that today’s objectives are centered around steering the fire away from town and the Highway 70 corridor, and pushing it back. The incident command team is working to secure additional resources from other contained fires in the region, including hand crews, dozers and engines.
Last evening the fast growing Claremont Fire prompted evacuations in East Quincy, but it’s reported that significant progress in the firefighting effort occurred last night with dozer lines placed around East Quincy neighborhoods which are stationed and staffed, and 30 engines fighting blazes. No structures have been affected.
All evacuation orders remain in effect at this time.
The fire had grown to 3,101 acres by last night. As of 8 p.m. last night it was reported to be 4 miles from Quincy, though residents could see flames coming over the mountains.
The fire spread east yesterday and crossed La Porte Road where it affected about 20 homes. Crews attempted to suppress spot fires and protected residences and other structures throughout the day and night. Last night the Forest Service reported that structure protection was in place in East Quincy where 30 engines and other equipment were battling blazes.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered for all of La Porte Road, and for all residents in the east Quincy area south of Highway 70 east of Mill Creek (to include Mill Creek Road and Forest View) extending east to Quincy La Porte Road. Law enforcement conducted door-to-door evacuations. An evacuation center is set up at Quincy High School with Red Cross support.
Additionally advisory evacuations are in place from Cemetery Hill east to Lee Summit, including all of Greenhorn Ranch and Spring Garden. Chandler Road from the east end to Hillside Drive is also on an advisory notice.
The Claremont Fire, burning in the Middle Fork of the Feather River south of Quincy, was originally reported at 4 p.m. Aug. 17, the result of a lightning strike.
Public information for the Claremont-Bear-North Complex fires is 530-316-4489.