Oct. 16 North Complex Fire update

There is not much new to report on the North Complex Fire today, except that it was tested by winds during the past two days and held within its containment lines.

Fire crews continue to find smoke and hotspots and extinguish them. Infrared imaging and crew patrols are indicating hotspots are located well within the burn area and have not been a threat throughout the wind event. Crews continue to focus on suppression repair building water bars, removing dozer line berms, and chipping brush piles. Crews are also reclaiming fire hose and other supplies so they can be rehabilitated, stored in caches and used on future incidents.

The North Complex Fire is just one day shy of its two-month anniversary. It broke out Aug. 17 as the Claremont and Bear fires (the result of lightning strikes), only to later merge and grow into the 318,930 acre fire that it is now. The acreage remain unchanged again today, as has the containment at 94 percent.

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

Residents in the La Porte and Bucks Lake areas are asked to use caution as fire personnel are still working in the area. Drive carefully and watch for fire equipment.

Operational briefings will be posted to the Plumas National Forest Facebook Page every other day at www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas Team Planning meetings (daily at 6 p.m.) and will be available to watch via Zoom (https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1602646317).

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