The Sugar Fire escaped containment lines yesterday, prompting another temporary closure of Highway 395, but crews battled the blaze using air and ground suppression tactics. As of Friday morning, the Beckwourth Complex remains at 68 percent containment and has burned a collective 105,161 acres.
Fire crews were able to contain an area of the Sugar fire within the Beckwourth Complex, which escaped containment lines adjacent to Highway 395, west of Doyle, yesterday. The fire encroached on the highway; however, firefighters were able to use air and ground suppression to engage the fire and prevent it from spreading.
The highway was closed temporarily but is now reopened.
Crews utilized pre-constructed dozer lines, as well as engines to prevent the fire from threatening the highway, Herlong Junction and surrounding communities. Firefighters then continued constructing dozer lines through Doyle Grade and Meadow View Road, along with defensive burning operations near Spade Way, as weather conditions permitted.
Today, fire crews are building contingency lines, to act as secondary defenses, near Ross Canyon from Dixie Valley Road to Ferris Flat Road. This area will only be utilized if the fire cannot be held by containment lines closer the fire’s present perimeter.
Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for communities near areas where the fire is more active. Residents are urged to visit the Lassen County and Plumas County Sheriff Department’s Facebook or web pages for more information.
In the southern area of the fire, containment lines from Maddalena, east to the Scott Road, north to Constantia and the community of Doyle are still holding. The fire has had little-to-no additional progression and crews will continue patrols around these locations.
California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (CIIMT4) will reach the end of their 14-day operational assignment tomorrow. A transfer of command to California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (CIIMT 5) led by Incident Commander Rick Young will occur at 6 a.m. Sunday, July 18. CIIMT 5 will be working closely with their counterparts on CIIMT 4 prior to the transfer of command.
Evacuations: Please check your local county’s web and 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 Community College Gymnasium: 478-200 Hwy 138 in Susanville. 530-250-9004
· Proctor R. Hug High School: 2880 Sutro St, Reno, NV 89512
· Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center: 1350 N Wells Ave, Reno, NV.
Road Closures: There is a Plumas National Forest closure order in effect surrounding the fire’s perimeter, which includes several roads. Highway 395 is open. Please monitor Caltrans’s District 2 website or Twitter feed for updated highway closure information.
Forest Closure: A Plumas National Forest Closure Order remains in place. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7601/ for additional information.
Air Quality: For further information on smoke conditions and air quality, visit Smoke Forecast Outlooks (wildlandfiresmoke.net)
A Community Meeting will be held on the Plumas National Forest’s Facebook Page at 7 p.m.