Couldn’t help but notice an increase in the CHP presence in East Quincy and the Massack Rest area this morning, so Plumas News called Lt. Erik Egide, of the Quincy CHP office, to inquire.
“We just want to be in a real state of readiness as the fire creeps closer to the populated areas, ” Egide said.
The Fly Fire poses the most immediate threat to Quincy, but as of this morning, July 24, the fire is not moving toward Quincy thankfully. However, the CHP is in close contact with fire officials, and know that the situation could dramatically change. Case in point, just 48 hours ago, there wasn’t a Fly Fire.
Officers from throughout the North State have joined the local force to provide roadblock and evacuation assistance. Egide said that they will be in Plumas County to assist for as long as they are needed.
“We need a total state of readiness,” he reiterated.
Plumas County Sheriff Todd Johns echoed Egide’s explanation. “It’s all precautionary,” he said. “We have a lot of law enforcement resources in the county right now.”
Egide and Johns, as well as their staffs, have been working fire since June 30 with the outbreak of the Dotta Fire, which became part of the Beckwourth Complex, along with the Sugar Fire. Their resources have been stretched thin, literally covering fire from one end of the county to the other. Both have called on mutual aid from throughout the state for assistance.
UPDATED: After this was originally posted, the Quincy office of the CHP shared the following message on its Facebook page: