Fire crews continue fighting the Sugar Fire both on land and by air, as of the Tuesday morning update from the US Forest Service. The Beckwourth Complex is mapped at 92,988 acres and is 46 percent contained
The fire, which was started started by lightning, tore through the town of Doyle destroying several structures.
“So the lost home count is up to 33. This is a devastating blow to our community. But we will all pull together and get through it and help those who lost everything! #southcountystrong,” wrote the Doyle Fire Protection District.
According the to USFS, fire crews were particularly active in the Doyle Grade Road and Frenchman Boulevard area at the northern flank of the fire. Dozers and hand crews are working to construct contingency line at Meadowview Loop, ahead of the flame front to halt the fire’s progression into this area. There is still a lot of fire activity near Ramelli Creek. Due to steep terrain, crews were unable to conduct direct fire suppression and control operations. Fixed wing and helicopter air operations are using a combination of water and fire retardant in these areas. Crews are constructing control line in the Sugarloaf area. Spot fires were located between the dozer line at Diamond Face and Dixie Lookout. Crews were able to contain them quickly.
In the southern fire area, a combination of handline and dozer has been constructed from the Maddelena area to the Scott Road, through Constantia, to the community of Doyle. The area is being patrolled in 24-hour shifts and crews are conducting mop-up operations to search for and eliminate any residual heat. Containment line has been constructed to the Doyle Grade Road.
Extreme heat and dry conditions continue to cause potentially dangerous fire behavior. West/Southwest winds will continue to gust around 25 miles-per-hour and relative humidity will remain between 7 to 15 percent.
Mandatory and voluntary evacuations remain in place. Some areas of Lassen County have been downgraded. Please check your local county’s social media pages for the latest on evacuations in your area, and be sure to register for your county’s CodeRed emergency alert system:
• Plumas County: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/6EB9E0DB3133
• Lassen County: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/B69B31DD99B6?isMobile=false
• Washoe County: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/169EBBD0A3AE
• Lassen County Fairgrounds: 195 Russel Ave. Susanville, CA.
• Proctor R. Hug High School: 2880 Sutro St, Reno, NV 89512
• Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center: 1350 N Wells Ave, Reno, NV.
There is a Plumas National Forest closure order in effect surrounding the fire’s perimeter, which includes several roads. Highway 395 is now open. Please monitor Caltrans’s District 2 website or Twitter feed for updated highway closure information.
Forest Closure: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7601/