The North Complex Fire: A little rain — but did it help?

Plumas County received some spotty rain today, but what does that mean for the North Complex Fire?

As of today, it’s still considered 96 percent contained and suppression repair efforts continue to be the focus.

Lee Anne Schramel, public information officer for the Plumas National Forest, said that “there is still a lot of heat in the fire’s interior” and that has to be remedied before this fire can be considered fully contained. There’s the potential for interior hot spots to ignite in a wind event. There’s more precipitation in this weekend’s forecast, but there’s an even greater potential toward the end of next week.

In the meantime, Schramel said that the Forest is reducing its closure area and a new map will be released soon.

The North Complex Fire has been burning on the Plumas National Forest since Aug. 17 — ignited by lightning strikes. According to Cal Fire, the North Complex ranks as the sixth largest wildfire in the state, and ranks fifth for both most destructive and deadliest. While Plumas County residents were spared the brunt of the devastation, Butte County suffered 16 fatalities and 2,455 structures damaged or destroyed.