Voluntary evacuations in Feather River Canyon

The Murphy’s Fire is being fought from the air due to the rugged, steep terrain in the Feather River Canyon just beyond the old Maple Leaf. Engines from the USFS including Plumas National Forest, CalFire and the Bureau of Land Management were staged along Highway 70. Photo by Victoria Metcalf

7:45 p.m.: The CHP reports that Highway 70 is closed between the Greenville Wye and Jarbo Gap due to the fire. According to the Forest Service, the fire is holding at 100 acres with air tankers and four helicopters working the fire.

1:50 p.m.: Code red notices have been sent to those in the voluntary evacuation areas and the Quincy Veterans Hall at 274 Lawrence St. has been opened for evacuees.

12:50 p.m.: Sheriff Greg Hagwood announced that voluntary evacuations are in effect for Belden, Belden Town, Maggie’s Maple Leaf area and Little Haven.

11:20 a.m. update: The Forest Service is reporting that the Murphy Fire is between 80 and 100 acres, but that it is expected to grow because of the terrain where it is located. No structures are threatened at this time. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Belden north to Highway 36 near Chester. Highway 70 remains open with one-way controlled traffic to allow for the safety of firefighting crews and equipment in the area. The fire is being attacked from the ground and the air. Forest Service is alerting residents that there will be more smoke visible later today as the inversion layer lifts.


The Forest Service is reporting that a fire, estimated to be at about 100 acres as of this morning, is burning in the Feather River Canyon. Highway 70 is under one-way traffic control between Belden and the Rock Creek Dam. Travelers along Highway 70 will be able to see the fire.

It is being called the Murphy’s fire, named for Murphy’s Creek (between Chambers and Rock Creeks) north/northwest of Highway 70 in the Canyon. It is burning in steep, rocky, poison oak covered territory. It is not, however, burning near houses or campgrounds.

The Forest Service, CalFire, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and CHP  are on scene with additional resources expected.


19 thoughts on “Voluntary evacuations in Feather River Canyon

  • Hope the Fire services will sort this out. Thanks to all the emergency services, fire, police, ambulance, medics and everyone else for the dedicated work they/you all do in keeping us safe. Prayers to you all.

  • Really hope they get this one under control for my personnel reasons. Also because of the environment. Fires suck.

  • Personnel reasons? You have employees in the area? (wish people would learn to spell)

    • If the point gets across, forgive autocorrect when it populates a mis-spelling. It isnt always human error.

    • Grammar not see

  • There is a festival scheduled at Belden this weekend. Hopefully the fire will be contained by that time. Best wishes to all fighting the fire, be safe out there!!

    • Isn’t there always a festival going on in Belden?

      • If only 6 out of the 52 weekends a year is considered “always,” then yes, there’s always a festival going on in Belden.

  • Frederick the spelling Nazi is in the house. Given the subject matter of the article, Geezus dude chill out, there is more to concerned about than misspelling.

  • Keeping an eye on things here in Australia. Also thinking about my firefighter brothers & sisters out there. So glad that some of my colleagues from here in Victoria, Australia are over their helping my Cal Fire mates. Stay safe everyone.

    • We appreciate it! Thank you and god bless!

    • We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Their hard and difficult work is greatly appreciated. Praying for their safety and a speedy return home to all their loved ones.

    • Thank you so much for their help! It means a lot to our exausted firefighters ❤

  • Dang, you mean the hipsters won’t be allowed to be all hippy this weekend? On the brighter side, imagine all the gas for commuting and all the drugs that they will save…

    • Wow@ Many people have a lot invested in the event this weekend. Surely you don’t wish them all ill will

  • Peeps…stay focused on the Fire. There are many affected by this fire, locals, fire fighters, etc. Hope all are safe and fire is contained soon. It’s only 5 miles from me and my neighbors. I have friends in all the evacuation places as well.

  • Hi…what is the code red thing? Is that a website where u go to, to put yr phone number on? To be notified in case of evacuation? Im wary of putting my phone number online. God, bless and help all firefighters!!

  • No updates since 745pm last night? Any new updates?

    Cal Fire list this website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
    For fire info since its not a Cal Fire but being handled by Dept. of Forestry, but i don’t see the fire on there either. Does this mean its out or contained?

  • God Bless all personell fighting the fire!

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