Keeping an eye on the North Complex Fire as it burns in the Feather River Canyon. Photo courtesy of the US Forest Service

Oct. 10 North Complex Fire: Progress continues

Just one week shy of the two-month onset of the North Complex Fire on Aug. 17, major progress is reported. Tonight will be the last shift for night crews as firefighters focus on fire suppression during the day.

Minimal fire activity is reported with green islands of vegetation burning within the interior. Crews will continue with mop up and back haul of hose lays. But firefighters must use extra caution today as the cold front passing through will bring scattered showers and winds gusting up to 30 mph, creating hazards as snags and tree branches may fall.  

Yesterday, the Plumas County Sheriff ‘s Office lifted all mandatory and advisory orders that were in place.  Residents may return home, however they are reminded that fire personnel are still working in the area. They are asked to drive carefully and watch for fire equipment.  

Forest closures remain in effect and hazardous conditions still exist. The public is asked to stay out of forest closure areasas interference with fire suppression could delay firefighting efforts.  Law enforcement will be patrolling the area.  

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There will be one operational briefing video posted daily to the Plumas National Forest Facebook Page. Team Planning meetings (daily at 7 p.m.) and Cooperator Meetings (Mon-Wed-Fri at 10 a.m.) will be available to watch via Zoom (https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1602646317).

The North Complex Fire is now 318,930 acres and 91 percent contained, the fourth consecutive day that it has notched up 1 percent.

In the west zone, please see CAL FIRE Team 4 updates for more up to date information at: www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/18/north-complex-fire/

Video operational updates and live broadcasts for all portions of the fire can be viewed on Plumas National Forest’s Facebook page. 

The North Complex began with the Claremont, Bear and Sheep fires. The latter broke out on the Plumas National Forest, but quickly pushed into Lassen County forcing evacuations around Susanville and destroying several homes. (It was broken off from the North Complex and handled separately).

The Claremont Fire broke out Aug. 17 as the result of a lightning strike. It forced evacuations and threatened the communities of East Quincy, La Porte Road, the Highway 70 corridor, Spring Garden, Greenhorn, Cromberg and Sloat during the past weeks. Only one outbuilding has been lost during the fire.

The Bear Fire also broke out Aug. 17 following a lightning strike. Initially it was left to burn because it wasn’t immediately a threat to people or property; it was in steep, rugged terrain; and resources were scarce due to the fires burning across the state. So though it held at 50 acres for a while, it grew to over 12,000 acres and threatened the communities of Bucks Lake, Haskins Valley, Tollgate and Meadow Valley. For full evacuation lists go to:

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.