UPDATE: As of 5:30 p.m. last evening, heavy precipitation was falling on the fire and it is now 100 percent contained.
UPDATE: The Forest Service reported that as of this afternoon, the Gulch Fire is receiving moderate, steady precipitation, is pegged at about 150 acres and is about 50 percent contained. A small 5-acre spot was quickly extinguished north of Hwy 70 earlier, the remainder of the fire remains south of Hwy 70.
Original story: There are two fires burning in eastern Plumas and eastern Lassen County currently. Both are wind-driven (the wind is howling) and moving extremely quickly in the dry grass and brush.
The Gulch Fire is near the small community of Chilcoot and is visible from Highway 70. The second fire is near Doyle and visible from Highway 395. Please pay close attention to emergency responders in the area. Expect highway closures in both areas.
The Plumas County Sheriff has issued an advisory evacuation order for Chilcoot and a mandatory order for Vinton. At this time, the Gulch Fire is currently being held south of Hwy 70 at roughly 20 acres. Please follow the Lassen County Sheriff and BLM for information about the Doyle Fire.