Beckwourth Complex Fire Update, Monday, July 12

The United States Department of Agriculture issued the following statement on the Beckwourth Complex Fire the morning of Monday, July l2.


62 crews, 179 engines, 44 helicopters, 37 dozers, 16 water tenders, 2 masticators.


Current situation

Firefighters were successful in gaining 23 percent containment along the south side of the fire, where crews will continue with mop up today.

On the west side of the fire, firefighters are making great progress on constructing direct hand line and completing hose lays. Dozers continue constructing direct line south will eventually tie in with the crews below.

The north side of the fire continues to be the most active area. Despite active spotting with one that reached 25 acres, firefighters were able to contain them. In the Doyle Grade area, the fire remained in its current footprint and did not progress.                   Resources continue to construct and secure line near structures.

On the east side of the fire along Highway 395, there is still potential for spot fires. Drivers should use caution in the area and be prepared for possible highway closures.

Working northeast of Scott Road, crews are using the concrete rail bed as a control line, and are making good progress securing the edge. Crews are now in patrol and mop up about midway up Scott Road.

A heat signature was detected on the Dotta fire last night, so a crew is being inserted to work on it today.

Extreme fire behavior is expected again today with dry, unstable winds, gusting up to 30 miles per hour out of the southwest. Relative humidity will be down to 7-14 percent, with poor to moderate overnight recoveries keeping fuels receptive for burning at night.

A damage assessment team has arrived to validate and assess reports of structures damaged or destroyed.



Mandatory and voluntary evacuations remain in place, with some areas in Lassen County increasing. 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:

  • Lassen County:
  • Plumas County:
  • Washoe County:


Evacuation centers

  • Lassen County Fairgrounds: 195 Russel Ave. Susanville.
  • Proctor R. Hug High School: 2880 Sutro St, Reno, Nevada.
  • Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center: 1350 N Wells Ave, Reno, Nevada.


Road closures

There is a 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         


Air quality

Overall, the area will be smoky and lingering in some areas under the inversion layer. If a pyrocumulous cloud develops, downdrafts from the collapsing of it will produce potential significant smoke in the most active areas of the fire. Visit for the most current smoke conditions in your area.