Editor’s note: Now that the Claremont-Bear-North Complex Fire has grown and spread into new areas and jurisdictions, Plumas News will devote its time and resources to the fire areas that directly impact Plumas County. We will include links to more information for the portion of the fire that is now referred to as the North Complex Fire West Zone. There are several news outlets and entities reporting the details of the west zone so there is no shortage of coverage. Today, Victoria Metcalf, the assistant editor for Feather Publishing’s currently shuttered newspapers, will be going out on the fire to bring us back information from the ground firefight.
The entire North Complex is 244,203 acres and 23 percent contained. The west zone is at 67,000 acres and 5 percent contained. The number of personnel assigned to the fire has doubled to 3,108.
Crews will go direct on the fire where possible, but also have a plan that could entail as many as seven to 10 days of under burning to tie the north zone of the fire into Highway 70 and other roadways to provide containment.
For a more in-depth description on tactical operations of the North Complex Fire, please watch the latest operational video updates at: www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas
The Claremont and Bear Fires began Aug. 17 and it appeared that the Forest Service’s strategy to manage the fires was going to be a success, but then the north east winds came in Sept. 8 and blew up the fire (specifically the portion that had been the Bear). It’s estimated that 20,000 individuals are under some type of evacuation order.
For full evacuation lists go to:
- Butte County Sheriff’s Office: https://www.facebook.com/bcsonews
- Plumas County Sheriff’s Office: https://www.facebook.com/plumascountysheriff
- Yuba County Sheriff’s Office: https://www.facebook.com/yubacountysheriff
Plumas County residents who have shelter needs due to an evacuation are asked to contact Plumas County Social Services at 530-283-6350. Due to the small amount of individuals who have expressed a need for shelter, the county will be handling those requests as they come in for now, but will continually reassess.
Attached is the latest evacuation information from the Plumas County Sheriff. The Highway 70 corridor is an advisory only at this time.
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. But as of 2 p.m. Aug. 5, all evacuation advisories have been lifted. 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. An advisory remains in effect for portions of Bucks Lake and structure protection remains in the area.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.