UPDATE —10 a.m., Wednesday, July 29: The Plumas National Forest announced that the Adams Fire remains at 918 acres and 50 percent contained. Firefighters were on scene overnight to patrol near structures and ensure the fire stayed within containment lines. The fire was not active last night. Today’s priorities for firefighters (engines, crews, and helicopters) are to hold all containment lines, mop up and extinguish any hotspots near containment lines, and to increase containment line depth. The weather is predicted to be hot and dry again today and firefighters are prepared
The Adams Fire started the evening of July 26, on the ridge above Constantia Road and Red Rock Road, west of US-395, near Doyle. There are currently no road closures. US-395 and Constantia Road are open to two-way traffic with no controls. Please drive slowly and be extra cautious of emergency personnel working in the area.
July 28: The Plumas National Forest is reporting that firefighters made great progress on the Adams Fire overnight. The fire is being estimated at 700 acres and is 10 percent contained; more accurate mapping will be completed today. The small spot that crossed over to the east side of Highway 395 yesterday afternoon was quickly contained to a few acres, burning mostly roadside grass and brush along the highway. All fire lines are holding.
UPDATE 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 28: The Plumas National Forest reports firefighters made great progress on
the Adams Fire overnight. The fire is being estimated at 700 acres and is 10 percent contained; more accurate mapping will be completed today.
The Adams Fire broke out the evening of Sunday, July 26, following lightning in the area. Thunderstorms are not predicted over the area today.
The small spot that crossed over to the east side of Highway 395 yesterday afternoon was quickly contained to a few acres, burning mostly roadside grass and brush along the highway. All fire lines are holding.
There are over 400 firefighters working on the fire. Crews are focusing on strengthening fire lines and taking care of hotspots so residents are able to safely return to their homes as soon as possible. About 10 a.m. an Evacuation Order remains in effect for south Constantia Road in Doyle and Constantia Road was downgraded to a warning.
Lassen County’s Public Health Department issued an air quality alert at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 28 for the Milford, Standish, Herlong and Doyle areas because smoke levels were unhealthy for sensitive groups — the elderly, young children pregnant women, those with lung or heart disease and anyone with sensitivities to air pollution.
A 9 a.m. Monday, July 27 mandatory evacuation order was issued for residents living along South Constantia Road in Doyle, according to a statement from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office due to the Adams Fire.
“People need to leave the evacuation area,” the LCSO wrote. “Please be courteous to your neighbors and use caution due to first responders in the area. Evacuees needing shelter should call the Lassen County Emergency Shelter at 250-9088. People with special needs who will need help evacuating should call 257-6121 and let us know what assistance you will need.
“Deputies are going door to door in the area to notify residents.”
According to plumasnews, the 250-acre lightening-caused Adams Fire is burning in grass and brush visible from Highway 295. More thunderstorms, lightning, high winds and possibly hail and heavy rain are expected this afternoon. A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 9 p.m. this evening.
At 11 a.m. this morning, fire officials reported fire activity had calmed, and Highway 395 was reopened to traffic, but Constantia Road remains closed.
By noon, air and ground crews reported some success battling the blaze, By 1 p.m. the fire’s growth had slowed to about 500 acres, and firefighters worked to secure fire lines in preparation for the possible weather this afternoon.
A few minutes later, the presence of a private drone forced the grounding of all rotary winged aircraft, but the drone was gone in an hour or so. The LCSO is working to discover the drone’s responsible party.
“Remember: If you fly, we can’t,” Plumasnews reported.
About 2:20 p.m., lightning was being reported south of the fire.