If you thought you saw some smoke in the air yesterday, you weren’t seeing things. There were some flareups at various points within the perimeter of the North Complex Fire. With a Red Flag Warning going into effect, more flareups are expected.
Aside from monitoring flareups, firefighters are working to complete suppression repair in the Penstocks area of the Feather River Canyon so that PGE can begin repairing electrical infrastructure. Work also continues near Bucks Lake.
Patrolling, monitoring and mop up continues south of Little Grass Valley.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday due to strong winds and low humidity, with more than 1,900 Plumas County customers expecting to be part of a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff.
The fire remains at 318,930 acres and is 95 percent contained.
Only a portion of the Plumas National Forest is closed with two-thirds open for recreation. In the areas of Forest closures, Forest Service roads and campgrounds are closed. Burned trees, smoldering stump holes, heavy equipment being moved around the fire area are some of the immediate public safety issues in the closed burn area. Longer term hazards include landslides and flash flooding caused by erosion or suppression activities not yet repaired in the closure area can lead to serious injury or death without warning. Law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please use caution as fire personnel continue working in the area. Drive carefully and watch for fire equipment. Watch your speed and also be aware of logging trucks around La Porte Road. For a list of closures go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
The North Complex Fire (originally the Claremont and Bear fires) broke out Aug. 17 due to lighting strikes.