Aug. 29: UPDATE: Claremont: Firefighters gaining ground on spot fires
UPDATE: 9:10 p.m.: The Claremont fire showed considerable activity and growth this afternoon. Of highest concern were a handful of spot fires from the Claremont Fire east of Highway 70 between Greenhorn Ranch Road and Harrison Road. Crews were working on the spots into the evening hours were confident about achieving attainment. Structure protection resources are stationed throughout Greenhorn, Sloat and adjacent communities. In addition to the spots across the highway, firefighters were contending with several spots on the southeast edge of the Claremont – in the Spring Garden area –but were making good progress and had lines in place.
A dry cold front is forecast to move in Sunday. The front will bring north winds and lower humidity. This combination will encourage fire activity, but also push much of the growth to the south and west.
Plumas News will be talking with a Forest Service meteorologist Sunday morning and hopefully will be able to share some news about what to expect with air quality in the coming days.
UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.: Firefighters on the #ClaremontFire are responding to a spot fire east of Highway 70. The fire is estimated to be 3 to 4 acres and located between Greenhorn Ranch Road and Harrison Road. There are significant structure protection resources in place in that area and multiple crews are responding.
Highway 70 has been closed from Squirrel Creek Road to Lee Summit due to increased fire activity.
UPDATE: 11:50 p.m.: The following is a message from the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office with the latest evacuation notices at the bottom of this document:
For La Porte Road residents: For Thompson Creek and Red Bridge there is still a safety issue in regard to falling timber and rocks due to the fire. Crews will continue to work in the area and secure those issues. We hope to be able to provide positive news for you within the next few days or so.
For Greenhorn and Spring Garden residents we would like to be able to lift road closures and evacuations; however, we have to wait to receive a safe recommendation from the fire operations division. Due to the active fire near Greenhorn/Spring Garden and the limited evacuation routes and potential to see spot fires across Hwy 70 near Lee Summit, we have to leave the order in place. When we get new information we will provide it.
We know this is a stressful time and have resources available should they be needed.
If you need shelter or have questions/needs about shelter options, you can contact Plumas County Social Services at 530-283-6350.
Original Story: The Claremont Fire is now 59 percent contained and 21,244 acres.
The north north side of the fire is holding well and crews continue to focus on the Highway 70 corridor (east and southeast). Yesterday crews used backfiring to help keep the fire within the desired perimeter. The fire spewed more smoke into the air, impacting not only Quincy residents but the Graeagle/Portola areas as well.
There was progression on the west side of the fire and crews are working on dozer line to prevent the spread of the fire to the northwest.
A spot fire that that came off the south side of the fire was contained at 10 acres.
Fire personnel are being shifted to the Bear Fire as crews gain more containment on the Claremont Fire.
Yesterday, as a result of progress on the Claremont, the Sheriff issued some changes to his advisories. Areas that have been removed from evacuation advisory notices include East Quincy and Chandler Road. (See notice below for details.)
The most activity continues to be along the Highway 70 corridor. Spring Garden and Greenhorn remain under mandatory evacuation with advisories in place for Sloat and Cromberg. (The full list of evacuations and advisories is listed below.)
To date no homes have been lost to the fire, although one outbuilding burned on La Porte Road. Most of the road’s residents were allowed to return to their homes yesterday, but the road is closed to non residents due to the threat of damaged trees falling on the roadway.
Highway 70 remains open, but residents are advised to drive with caution through the area and be mindful of their speed. It is recommended the roadway be used for essential travel only.
The Claremont Fire broke out Aug. 17 as the result of a lightning strike. It has threatened the communities of East Quincy, La Porte Road, the Highway 70 corridor, Spring Garden, Greenhorn, Cromberg and Sloat. It is part of the North Complex of fires burning on the Plumas National Forest.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.