Oct. 20 North Complex Fire: Suppression repair and wind preparation

Today fire crews will continue to focus on suppression repair and remain vigilant to interior hot spots, especially as winds are forecast to increase from now through Friday.

Yesterday fire crews made good progress toward suppression repair. Crews have finished suppression repair on the western areas (along the Oro Quincy highway) of the work zone and the focus is shifting to other areas.

Dozers are being used to recontour firelines, hand crews are pulling brush back over exposed soils, and chippers are mulching cut vegetation into chips that are spread over disturbed soils to minimize erosion. Incident leadership is hopeful that much of this work will can be completed so that care of the fire area can be returned to the Plumas National Forest.

In addition to the Fire Weather Watch issued on Sunday, a Red Flag Warning has now been issued for the area effective last night at 11 p.m. extending through tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. Winds are expected north to east at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Stronger winds are possible Wednesday night through Friday afternoon, with north to east winds 15 to 25 mph gusting to 40 mph. Locally stronger gusts are possible over ridges and through favored gaps and canyons during the night and morning hours. Humidity is expected between 12 to 20 percent with warm weather.

The fire remains at 318,930 acres and is 95 percent contained.

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 A planning meeting will be held tomorrow at 5 p.m. and can be viewed by going to Zoom (https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1602646317).

The North Complex Fire (originally the Claremont and Bear fires) broke out Aug. 17 due to lighting strikes.

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