Fire crews continue making progress to contain the Sugar Fire within the Beckwourth Complex. As of the Wednesday morning, July 14 update, the complex has burned 95,358 acres and is 71 percent contained.
Containment operations are the most challenging between Diamond Face and Dixie Lookout, where fire activity and steep terrain make it difficult for crews to engage the fire directly. Fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters are being used to help control the fire until firefighters can safely enter the area. As a precaution, fire crews are working to locate alternative areas to build containment lines in the Spade Road and Ramelli Creek area, where two spot fires were located.
In the Doyle Grade area, firefighters were able to add hose lines to strengthen the combination of handlines, dozer lines and railroad lines which are containing the fire.
From Scott Road, heading northeast to Doyle, as well as from Dixie Look out, south to Maddalena, the fire has had no additional growth. Crews are conducting patrols to continue to search for and eliminate any residual patches of heat along the containment lines.
Tuesday was the last day of the excessive heat warning, but temperatures will remain several degrees above what is normally expected at this time of year. Southwest winds will be a steady 5-10 miles-per-hour, increasing to 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 28 mph in the afternoon.
Evacuations: Mandatory and voluntary evacuations remain in place. Some areas of Lassen County and Plumas 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.
Road Closures: 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/
Air Quality: For further information on smoke conditions and air quality, visit www.airnow.gov