Residents near the Diamond Mountain Golf Club watch as the Sheep Fire burns over the top of Diamond Mountain.

Supervisors request more Sheep Fire information from Plumas National Forest

Some Lassen County Supervisors want more detailed information about the timeline of resources on the Sheep Fire, they made clear during the Tuesday, Oct. 13 board meeting.

Plumas National Forest Supervisor Chris Carlton attended the meeting, saying he wants to increase levels of communication with the county officials and he shared a preliminary version of Sheep Fire report during public comment Tuesday, noting data gathering for the Sheep Fire was almost complete but the narrative would take several months.

The Sheep Fire, which started Aug. 17, grew to 29,570 acres and burned 26 structures until it was fully contained. It was started as part of a “lightning siege” that sparked 615 lightning fires across the state, 31 starting in Plumas County. The Sheep Fire initially started as three different blazes on the Plumas National Forest — the Willard, Sheep and Flemings — but they merged into one.

During the public comment discussion, though, some supervisors and officials wanted more detailed information and requested the topic be agendized and discussed further at a future meeting.

During the discussion, Aaron Albaugh questioned what the response times were like, asking if some fires were left unattended.

“We had resources on all of those fires as soon as we could,” answered Carlton, explaining the PNF resources were stretched thin due to the sheer number of lightning-caused blazes.

County Administrative Officer Richard Egan also spoke, saying the board wanted clarification on initial response times for the Sheep Fire.

Egan said he wished the data on the early days of the fire were available so the board could learn exactly what happened when — the preliminary data did not include personnel or resource assignments for the first few days of the fire, as it was still a part of the still-ongoing North Complex Fire at that time.

However, the data did note the Sheep Fire cost at least $12 million as of Sept. 3, and it detailed personnel and resources assigned to the blaze starting Aug. 22.

The supervisors requested the item be included on a future agenda for further discussion when the data — including information about response, personnel, and resources — is available.

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