Terrain Satellite
North Complex
FIRE
304,492
acres
69.2 mi
N of Sacramento, CA
78%
contained
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
17 mins, 14 secs ago
Incident #:
2020-CACDF-48d8822a-b37b-4902-ad3d-9d988e54f643
Fire Start:
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:21 PM PDT
Fire Unit:
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Resources:
26 Helicopters, 231 Engines, 77 Dozers, 82 Water Tenders
Dispatch Notes:
This fire is approximately 78% contained.

CURRENT SITUATION:

South Zone: Crews today continued to patrol and mop up around Quartz Hill and Onion Valley after last night’s successful firing operations. A helicopter with heat detecting sensors surveyed the area to aid crews in finding any hidden hot spots. Night crews will continue mop up efforts throughout this same area. All other containment lines remain secured.

North Zone: Firing operations took place south of Grizzly Forebay and will continue into tonight’s night shift, should conditions allow. Crews were able to catch all slop overs and hot spots and will continue to patrol containment lines throughout the night.

Members of the Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black will take over command of the fire tomorrow at 6 a.m. as California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 has reached the maximum 21-day limit.

Evacuations and Road Closures

Orders and Advisories are still in place for communities in Butte, Plumas, and Yuba Counties. Please check your respective county’s websites and Facebook pages for the latest updates on evacuations and road closures. You can also sign up with your county for reverse 911 notifications by registering with the CODE RED system.

Weather and Air Quality

Overnight temperatures in the valleys will range from 36 to 42 degrees, with temperatures on the slopes and ridges ranging from 48 to 54 degrees. Southwest winds around 10 mph.

Smoke outlook: fires.airfire.org/outlooks/EasternSierra or www.airnow.gov/

Forest Closures

Plumas National Forest, forest-wide closure: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices

WEST ZONE - *83,605 acres- 66% contained

The North Complex Fire entered Butte County on September 8, 2020. The

North Complex Fire is broken into three zones; North, South, and West. The

North and South Zone are managed by the United States Forest Service.

The West Zone is managed by CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4.

Weather conditions are beginning to slowly change ahead of a front expected to reach the fire area tomorrow night. General winds are expected to be southwesterly around 10-15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph, mainly above 6,000 feet. Local winds have dominated the night weather. After the front passes, conditions will get hotter and drier with strengthening winds. A fire weather watch is in effect from Saturday through Monday. The winds are causing erratic fire behavior in the area of the South Fork of the Feather River drainage where most of the fire activity is taking place in the West Zone. The critically dry fuel moistures make the vegetation extremely receptive to fire. Click here to learn more about Fire Weather Watches and Red Flag Warnings.

Today the fire continued to push to the west along the South Fork of the Feather River and burned to the Ponderosa Reservoir. A successful firing operation on the north and south side of Ponderosa Reservoir took place today. The burning operation was successful in removing fuel from in front of the fire front and mitigated any further spread. Firefighters will continue to reinforce the primary, alternate and contingency fire lines throughout the night. Firefighters will also be aggressively mopping up those hotspots within the fire perimeter to prevent any chance of any spots promoting across the fire line. Click here to see the dozer work being done off of Forbestown Rd.

Total acreage of the North Complex is 304,492 acres @ 78% contained.

*84,500 acres included in the 304,492 acres total.

California historically experiences some of the most devastating wildfires in the months of September and October. Do Not Let Your Guard Down! To learn how to prevent sparking a wildfire visit https://www.readyforwildfire.org/.

Evacuation Orders:

Per the Butte County Sheriff's Office

For Evacuation Orders, Warnings and Road Closures go to:

Butte County Sheriff Website: http://www.buttecounty.net/sheriffcoroner

Butte County Sheriff Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcsonews

Butte County Website: http://www.buttecounty.net/

Butte County Sheriff’s Call Center: (530) 552-3010

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential


Fire Weather Forecast


Incident Overview Updated: 31 mins, 56 secs ago

Incident Photo for the North Complex Fire

September 24, 2020:     PM Update  |  Map  |   Operational Update Video |  Smoke Outlook |  Facebook  

ALL OPERATIONAL VIDEOS on Plumas National Forest Facebook page

Current Approximate Acreage: 304,492
Approximate Containment: 78% 

Current Situation

South Zone:

Crews today continued to mop up containment line around Quartz Hill and Onion Valley with the help of a helicopter using heat detecting sensors to find hot spots. Resources tonight will concentrate in this same area to guard against any spot fires. The fire remained in its current footprint throughout the rest of the zone.

North Zone:

Resources completed firing operations in the vicinity south of Grizzly Forebay. While there is now containment line surrounding the North Zone of the fire, unburned islands of timber continue to catch fire and create spot fires. Night crews will continue patrolling and mop up operations.

Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black took command of the fire at 6 a.m. this morning. Incident Commander Troy Hagan would like to thank California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 for the great work that has been done during their 21-day assignment.

For more information there is a daily recorded operational briefing video that will be posted to the Plumas National Forest Facebook Page at 9 a.m.

West Zone: See CAL FIRE Team 4 updates at: www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/18/north-complex-fire/

Evacuations and Road Closures

Orders and Advisories are still in place for communities in Butte, Plumas, and Yuba Counties. Please check your respective county’s websites and Facebook pages for the latest updates on evacuations and road closures. You can also sign up with your county for reverse 911 notifications by registering with the CODE RED system.

Weather and Air Quality

Tonight’s temperatures in the valleys will be 36-42 degrees, with temperatures in the higher elevations ranging from 48-54 degrees. Southwest winds around 10 mph.

Smoke outlook: fires.airfire.org/outlooks/EasternSierra or www.airnow.gov/

Plumas National Forest closures:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices

If you haven't already, we'd encourage you to sign up for the Code Red Emergency Alert System which will keep you updated in the event of an evacuation in your area. 

Plumas County: 
click here
Butte County: click here
Yuba County: click here
Lassen County: click here.


Evacuation Centers

Plumas County

  • Contact Plumas County Social Services 530-283-6350

Butte County

  • Butte County TEP, Butte County Gridley Fairgrounds- 199 E Hazel Street, Gridley, CA 95948

Yuba County

  • Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds. Entrance across from 275 Second Street, Yuba City, Ca.

Animal Shelters

Butte Coutny
Small Animal Shelter: 521 Cal Oak Rd, Oroville
Large Animal Shelter: camelot Equestrian Center, 1985 Clarke Rd. Butte Valley
Animal Evacuation Team Request: NVADG Hotline - 530-895-0000 

Plumas County
Contact Plumas County Animal Services

Yuba County 
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds Hosting Large and Small Animals- Goats, Chickens, Alpacas, and Dogs
Sutter County Sheriff Posse Arena- 44 Second Street Yuba City, CA- Livestock and Horses 

 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning
Date of Origin:
Monday August 17th, 2020 approx. 09:00 AM
Location:
Flemmings Sheep Camp
Incident Commander:
Troy Hagan - Rocky Mountain IMT Black
Incident Description:
Complex
Coordinates:
40.091, -120.931

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
3,115
Size (Acres):
304,492
Containment:
78%
Estimated Containment Date:
Thursday November 12th, 2020 approx. 09:00 AM
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter

Fuel model description: Mixed conifer - timber understory and timber litter. The fire has burned into several burn scars including the 1999 Lookout fire, the 1999 Pidgeon fire, the 2008 Cold fire, the 2008 Scotch fire, and the 2018 Camp fire.
Significant Events:
Active
Running
Isolated Torching
Spotting

Active - interior running, isolated torching, spotting in DIVs QQ, TT and BB

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
South Zone Operations:

Division BB: Operations will focus on securing and holding the previously burned dozer line paralleling the La Porte Road, moving north to the Middle Fork of the Feather River.

Division DD: Mop up and hold recently fired areas of the Pacific Crest Trail east to the 22N27 and the La Porte Road systems.

Divisions GG and JJ: Continue to hold and mop up to mitigate any threats to current containment lines.

North Zone Operations:

Divisions Z: Continue to hold and mop up to mitigate any threats to current containment lines.

Division AA: Continue to hold and mop up. A structure protection plan is in place for Buck's Lake, Haskins, Highlands, Meadow Valley and Tollgate.

Division MM: Improvement of direct line with dozers anchoring on the Oro - Quincy Road working west to the Camp Fire burn scar.

Division QQ: Mop up and secure the Red Mountain Road. Continue to fire the Grizzly Big Creek Road, keeping the fire south of the Grizzly Forebay, tying into the 23N33Y Road.

West Zone

Fire lines are expected to hold in Branch XXIII and Branch XXV on the western and southwestern perimeter of the fire. Crews will continue to reinforce direct firelines, mop up, and conduct tactical patrols around structures. Crews will continue to work in fire impacted areas and are engaged in making areas safe for repopulation, and notifying agencies where infrastructure hazards exist.

In Branch XX on the southern perimeter of the fire, crews completed the firing operation in Division F from the Division D/F break, northwest along Old Forbestown Road to Squaw Flat Road down to the Ponderosa Reservoir. Crews will begin improving primary control lines and mopping up.

In Branch XX on the southeastern perimeter of the fire in Division C and Division D fire lines are expected to hold. Crews will continue to improve primary control lines and mop up.

Contingency lines in the North Branch and Cherokee Contingency Branch have been completed. Crews will continue to build fire lines in the South Branch Contingency areas.

DINS teams will continue their efforts to gather official information on the impact to structures in the burn area.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 Hours:

North Zone/South Zone –

Moderate fire activity - creeping, isolated torching and spotting with arrival of weak cold front and wind direction change from SW to NE.

West Zone -

Fire lines are holding in Branch XXIII and Branch XXV on the western and southwestern perimeter of the fire. Crews continue to mop up and conduct tactical patrols around structures and no fire progression is expected in this area.

In Branch XX on the southern perimeter of the fire, crews completed the firing operation in Division F from the Division D/F break, northwest along Old Forbestown Road to Squaw Flat Road down to the Ponderosa Reservoir.

In Branch XX on the southeastern perimeter of the fire in Division C and Division D fire lines are holding. Crews are improving lines and mopping up in this area.

24 hours:

North Zone/South Zone –

Potential for spotting in DIVs QQ and TT due to variable winds. Alignment of wind, fuel and topography will contribute to active fire behavior. Division BB will experience active interior fire behavior with potential for spotting near the line from the completed firing operation.

West Zone -

Fire lines are expected to hold in Branch XXIII and Branch XXV on the western and southwestern perimeter of the fire. Crews will continue to mop up and conduct tactical patrols around structures and no fire progression is expected in this area.

In Branch XX on the southern perimeter of the fire, crews will continue to hold the fireline adjacent to the firing operation that was completed in Division F from the Division D/F break, northwest along Old Forbestown Road to Squaw Flat Road down to the Ponderosa Reservoir.

In Branch XX on the southeastern perimeter of the fire in Division C and Division D fire lines are expected to hold.

Crews are improving lines and mopping up in this area.

48 hours:

North Zone/South Zone –

Fire weather watch for forecasted NE winds will test containment lines in the fire area. Expect active fire behavior as NE wind event impacts the fire area. DIVs QQ and BB have areas of recent firing operations that have available fuel to the SW with potential for parallel runs to the current fire footprint.

West Zone -

Same as 24 hour.

72 hours:

North Zone/South Zone -
Fire weather watch for forecasted NE winds increasing from Saturday. Expect active fire behavior as NE wind
event impacts the fire area along with warmer and drier conditions

West Zone -

Same as 24 hour.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Fire weather watch for forecasted NE winds ending in the morning. Returning to warm, dry and sunny conditions.
Remarks:
The North Complex North and South Zone is being managed by the Rocky Mountain Team Black as of 0600 this morning.

The West Zone is managed by CAL FIRE IMT 4 and Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Personnel on the incident:

NZ/SZ:1,217
WZ: 1,898
Total:3,115

Costs:
NZ/SZ - $60,900,000
WZ - $50,935,429
Total - $111,835,429

Overhead resources including DIVS and TFLD are needed to manage firefighting crews and equipment, and to establish effective span of control.

The incident is being supported by the MQ9 to capture supplemental infrared imagery.
At the request of OES, RM IMT Team Black, and CAL FIRE IMT 4 are supporting, under the direction of the Butte County Sheriff, the implementation of Urban Search and Rescue operations on the North Complex.

A hand crew from Quebec, Canada is assigned to the North and South Zones of the North Complex.

Breakdown of Responders with Injuries/Illness:

NORTH ZONE/SOUTH ZONE

Previous Report Total: 1
# this Reporting Period: 0
Total # to date: 8

WEST ZONE

Previous Report Total: 2
# this Reporting Period: 0
Total # to date: 2

Area Closures:

The Feather River Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest along with the Claremont-Bear Fire area and the roads and trails within it are under a closure order. More information on Order No. 05-11-03-20-18 can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd807568.pdf.

North/South Zones: 219,852 acres

West Zone: 84,500 acres

Perimeter acreage is based on initial NIROPS intelligence and is viewed as draft until verified by line personnel.

West Zone 69% Contained

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
A weak front is approaching the area, and we are gradually beginning to see the changes today. The front itself should arrive late tonight through early Friday morning with little impact. After the front passes, conditions will get hotter and drier with strengthening winds. A fire weather watch is in effect from Saturday through Monday.

12h (Overnight): Look for the front to arrive at the northwest edge of the fire a little before midnight tonight, and take much of the night to cross the area. As it does so, this weakening front will also be losing definition. Because of this, we may see modestly cooler air slip in for a few hours before dawn, but this frontal passage will be largely imperceptible.

24h (Friday): The front - or what's left of it - should cross the last part of the fire area around or shortly before dawn on Friday. Solar heating will quickly wipe out any cooling that managed to happen, as we began a transition into a hotter, drier, windy weekend. This first step should feature modest warming and muddled winds.

48h (Saturday): Developing high pressure east of the Sierras, and low pressure in the Sacramento Valley will fuel stronger northeast winds in addition to higher temperatures. The highest gusts will be in northeast-southwest oriented narrow valleys and drainages, where winds will be funneled and constricted by the terrain.

72h (Sunday): The fire weather watch extends through Sunday, as Saturday night into Sunday morning looks to have the strongest winds in the fire area for the weekend. In addition to the winds, heat continues to climb.

After 72h: The weekend's fire weather concerns continue into Monday, though the fire weather watch ends Monday morning as winds relax some. Heat and low humidity however, are expected to persist through Monday and into the midweek.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
North Complex Fire Information
Email: 2020.NorthComplex.info@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-316-4487
Hours: Daily 9:00am - 9:00pm
Fire Unit Information
Plumas National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
159 Lawrence Street
Quincy, CA 95971

Dispatch Contact

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection | Sacramento, CA
Website: http://calfire.ca.gov/