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BLFD helps

Tonight our hero Jake talks about water deployed in the pinstock area
Well when called upon BLFD supplied one of our portable pumps to help facilitate this process
Its a small but significant effort from our department in support of a much bigger effort.

Thanks for continuing to let us be a part of this emergency event. BLFD responds daily in support of the biggest goal “To put this fire out”
We love Bucks Lake and work hard to support all our firefighters in the field

Thanks to our community for your help in our goal to restore life to normal at Bucks Lake.


Dozers at the ready at Bucks Lake Fire Station

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Temporary access to your cabin


Protecting the radio repeater from fire


25 September, 2020 12:04


23 September, 2020 18:51

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Our new truck at the end of Mile High Road. Easier to turn around than the old truck


18 September, 2020 12:08

These pictures are from the area of 4 trees warming hut on the east end along the road.  There is fire on the back road as close as Frenchman Hill, both sides of the road.

Frenchman hill is the steep hill just west of the Grubb’s Cow Camp.

Additionally there is fire in the area of Grizzly Lake which is east of the Cow Camp on the southern side, or between the sub division and the Cow Camp. It is not in the sub division.  Fire is all along Red mountain above the Cow Camp and is being monitored by crews and helicopters.

No structures have been lost and the high danger areas have hoses pre-set around the houses so the fire engines can move in and hook up if the need arises.  Highlands has a strike team of (5) engines and water tenders as well “pumpkins” or portable water tanks. Additional engines are  in the area patrolling if any spot fires were to erupt. No fires are in the immediate area of the Highlands. 13:13 pm 9/17/20


North Complex News Release: September 16, 2020

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Begin forwarded message:

From: 2020 CAPNF North Complex Information <2020.northcomplex.info@firenet.gov>
Date: September 16, 2020 at 5:46:01 PM PDT
Subject: North Complex News Release: September 16, 2020



2020 CAPNF North Complex Information has shared a OneDrive for Business file with you. To view it, click the link below.
dc-pdf_20.png Plumas NF Kurth Release Final_2.pdf

North Complex News Release: September 16, 2020

On September 8th, 2020 one of the North Complex fires, the Claremont-Bear made a historic run after a spot fire jumped the Middle Fork of the Feather River from an uncontained fire edge. The fire ran from Cleghorn Bar to Lake Oroville as winds, terrain and dry fuels came into perfect alignment. The spot fire traveled more than 30 miles in 16 hours and spotted across Lake Oroville.

The spot fire was reported immediately and broadcast as an update at the beginning of the 1000 hrs Cooperator Meeting being live streamed. Thirty minutes later the spot fire was reported to be 1,000 acres.

Immediate notifications were made by Liaison Officers to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, Butte County Sheriff’s Office and Yuba County Sheriff’s Office. At 1108 hrs, evacuation of Lumpkin Ridge was recommended to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

Air Attack reported the spot fire with an estimated size of 5,000 acres and a running crown fire at 1130 hrs. Additional calls were immediately placed to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office with an updated recommendation to evacuate everything 5 miles west of the Butte-Plumas County line. Yuba County Sheriff’s office was called at the same time with a recommendation to evacuate everyone inside a 4-mile radius around Strawberry Valley.

Special thanks are extended to Butte County Sheriff Honea. Prior to entering unified command, and at the request of my team’s Liaison Officer, he sent one of his detectives to embed directly with the team’s Operations Section Chief to plan, coordinate and inform the immediate emergency notification, and evacuation of an estimated 23,000 people. This close coordination and direct communication pipeline enabled immediate notification of the fire movement and additional spot fires to jurisdictional and cooperating officers as they performed the evacuation.

The spot fire moved 20 miles beyond all fire prediction models identified. New spot fires in advance of the primary progression were reported up to 4 miles ahead of the fire front. Large clusters of spot fires were joining so rapidly that huge areas were igniting at once creating a very dangerous fire environment.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office and all who helped execute their jurisdictional evacuation responsibility are to be commended for their effort to evacuate all affected communities and citizens.

-Jay Kurth, Incident Commander

California Interagency Incident Management Team 4

NORTH COMPLEX
Email: 2020.NorthComplex.Info@firenet.gov
Phone: (530) 316-4487
Facebook: www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6997/

Sept8th_OPS_PIO_09162020_compressed.pdf


North Complex Fire Morning Update September 12, 2020

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From: 2020 CAPNF North Complex Information <2020.northcomplex.info@firenet.gov>
Date: September 12, 2020 at 7:40:35 AM PDT
Subject: North Complex Fire Morning Update September 12, 2020



Incident Start Date: 8/17/2020Size: 252,313 acresContainment: 21%Fatalities: 9

Resources Assigned: Engines: 234 Handcrews: 78Dozers: 80Helicopters: 31 Water Tenders: 104

Total Personnel: 3,282

Current Situation

North Zone: Firefighters continued to make good progress on securing containment lines and there was no significant fire growth. Firing operations will be focused around the Lookout Rock and Ontop Mine areas. Structure protection groups continue to work in communities surrounding the fire’s perimeter.

South Zone: The most activity was located on the western side of Little Grass Valley, where firefighters continue to scout for opportunities to establish direct and indirect line construction.

West Zone: This area is being managed by CAL FIRE/Butte County: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/18/north-complex-fire/#incident-overview.

Both a detailed morning video operations update for the North and South Zones, and a live virtual joint press conference tonight at 6 p.m. can be viewed on Plumas National Forest’s Facebook page.

Evacuations and Road Closures

Mandatory evacuation orders and evacuation advisories are in place for Butte, Plumas, and Yuba Counties. Check the appropriate county’s Facebook page for their latest information.

Weather and Air Quality

Southwest winds will increase from yesterday with afternoon gusts of up to 18 mph. Significant smoke will remain in the region and will reduce visibility and keep temperatures below normal.

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

Forest Closures

Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has closed all eighteen National Forests in California, including the Plumas National Forest.https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801413.pdf

Meetings are being broadcast daily through Zoom:

California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 is implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both the fire area and surrounding communities

NORTH COMPLEX
Email: 2020.NorthComplex.Info@firenet.gov
Phone: (530) 316-4487
Facebook: www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6997/

North Complex Fire AM Update 9-12_2020 FINAL.pdf

2020-09-11-EasternSierra-Outlook.20200911144009.pdf

North Complex West Zone 9-12_am.pdf

9.12.2020_PIO_8x11.pdf


North Complex Fire Evening Update for September 10, 2020

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From: 2020 CAPNF North Complex Information <2020.northcomplex.info@firenet.gov>
Date: September 10, 2020 at 7:33:26 PM PDT
Subject: North Complex Fire Evening Update for September 10, 2020



North Complex Fire Evening Update for September 10, 2020

Incident Start Date: 8/17/2020 Size: 244,203 acres Containment: 23% Resources Assigned:
Engines:
254 Handcrews: 73 Dozers: 76 Helicopters: 18 Water Tenders: 98 Total Personnel: 3,108

Current Situation

North Zone: From Lee Summit to Claremont Peak, the fire remains in the current footprint. Crews are engaged with tactical firing operations near Lookout Rock and reinforcing structure protection in the Bucks Lake, Haskins, and Highlands areas. Crews are prepping existing roads and building dozer lines to tie in with old fire scars and contingency lines from the Camp Fire. This will eventually tie in with Highway 70 north of Elephant Butte.

South Zone: Tonight, crews will continue to construct line along the Pacific Crest Trail and prep a series of existing roads south of Little Grass Reservoir to tie into La Porte Road. Structures within the Little Grass Valley Reservoir area are not currently impacted or threatened by fire but are being prepped with structure protection and hose lays as a contingency.

West Zone: This area is being managed by CAL FIRE/Butte County: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/18/north-complex-fire/#incident-overview. Butte County Sheriff reported 7 additional civilian fatalities for a total of ten.

Evacuations and Road Closures

Mandatory evacuation orders and evacuation advisories are in place for Butte, Plumas, and Yuba Counties. Check the appropriate county’s Facebook page for their latest information.

Weather and Air Quality

Winds have shifted and are now coming from the west. Smoke is currently in the Hazardous category in Quincy and Chester and will continue through the night. Smoke outlook: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/EasternSierra .

Forest Closures

Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has closed all eighteen National Forests in California, including the Plumas National Forest.https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801413.pdf

Meetings are being broadcast daily through Zoom:

California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 is implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both the fire area and surrounding communities

NORTH COMPLEX
Email: 2020.NorthComplex.Info@firenet.gov
Phone: (530) 316-4487
Facebook: www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6997/

North Complex Fire PM Update 9-10_2020 FINAL.pdf


Bucks Lake Mandatory Evac

Mandatory Fire Evacuations
Bucks Lake Area From Bucks Lake Rd Highway 1 6 2 at the Plumas Butte County Line east to Bucks Lake Road at Big Creek Road This includes all of Bucks Lake area including Bucklin Road from Mill Creek Campground south to Bucks Lake Road and all residents recreational facilities campgrounds in the Bucks Lake area  The Highlands are included in the Mandatory Evacuation Order from the Sheriff.


North Complex Fire Evening Update for September 8, 2020

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From: 2020 CAPNF North Complex Information <2020.northcomplex.info@firenet.gov>
Date: September 8, 2020 at 10:33:46 PM PDT
Subject: North Complex Fire Evening Update for September 8, 2020



North Complex Fire Evening Update for September 8, 2020

Incident Start Date: 8/17/2020Size:58,404 acresContainment:37%Resources Assigned:
Engines:
109 Handcrews:26Dozers:24Helicopters:8 Water Tenders: 40 Total Personnel:1,411

Current Situation

Today was a critical fire day with extreme fire behavior. The fire jumped the Middle Fork of the Feather River around 10 a.m. A dry cold front passing over the fire with very high winds and low humidities rapidly drove the high-intensity crown fire to the southwest. Firefighters are focusing efforts on structure protection within the evacuated communities and holding current anchor points tonight.

The eastern half of the North Complex Fire experienced active burning within the interior today, but containment lines held.

A Virtual Community Meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday September 9 at 5 p.m. The meeting can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas.

Evacuations and Road Closures

Mandatory evacuation orders of 20,000 residents were issued by Plumas, Butte, and Yuba county sheriffs’ offices. Evacuation shelters have been established. Check the appropriate county’s Facebook Page for their latest information.

Temporary evacuation staging areas have been established at:

  • Dobbins Alcouffee Center, located at 9185 Marysville Rd, Oregon House, CA
  • Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds at 442 Franklin Ave, Yuba City, CA

Evacuation advisories remain in effect for the Bucks Lake area and Quincy LaPorte Road from Highway 70 south to Thompson Creek.

Weather and Air Quality

A Red Flag Warning is in effect through Wednesday at 5 p.m. Critical Fire Weather conditions are occurring due to gusty winds and low humidity. Winds of 10-15 mph with gusts to 35 mph are forecasted over the fire area tonight. For specific smoke impacts to your area, visit www.airnow.gov.

Forest Closures

A USFS order prohibits the use of any ignition (campfires, gas stoves, etc.) and the closure of all developed campgrounds and day-use sites on National Forests in California. No overnight camping of any kind, including dispersed camping, is allowed on the Plumas National Forest except within the wilderness area and alongside the Pacific Crest Trail. An earlier order remains in effect closing all trails, roads, and campgrounds around the North Complex Fire.

Plumas NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices.

Lassen NF: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lassen/alerts-notices

Meetings are being broadcast daily through Zoom:

Sheep Fire

The Sheep Fire is 29,570 acres with 95% containment. For future updates on the Sheep Fire, go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7067/.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 is implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both the fire area and surrounding communities

NORTH COMPLEX
Email: 2020.NorthComplex.Info@firenet.gov
Phone: (530) 316-4487
Facebook: www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6997/

North Complex Fire PM Update 9-8_2020 FINAL.pdf


8 September, 2020 07:19

Forest Closures
A new closure order went into effect at 5 pm today prohibiting the use of any ignition (campfires, gas stoves, etc.) and the closure of all developed campgrounds and day-use sites on National Forests in California. An earlier order remains in effect closing all trails, roads, and campgrounds around the North Complex Fire.
Plumas NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices. Lassen NF: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lassen/alerts-notices

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Mobile cell tower

ATT arrived with a mobile cell tower and set up near the Haskins bridge The incident communications have really improved

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FIRE UPDATE FROM NORTH MANAGEMENT TEAM AND BLFD CHIEF

Bucks Lake Residents and Visitors,

As we approach Labor Day weekend, I know that we are ready to celebrate our contributions to the American work force, while spending time with our family and friends. Recent wildfires in our area have now been with us for over two weeks, and we are all ready to get this event behind us. Firefighters have done an outstanding job with the limited resources they’ve had to date. I appreciate your support of their efforts, but also understand your concerns with how long it is taking to get containment on the Bear Fire.

I can assure you that the North Complex Incident Management Team is working day and night to suppress all fires of the North Complex including Bear, Claremont, and Sheep Fires. Resources – both fire crews and equipment – have been limited due to the numbers of fires occurring in the state and across the West. Over the past week though, resources have built up, and you have likely seen them prepping defenses for structures in our community. Both the Sheep and Claremont Fires are making significant gains in containment, and because of that, a large amount of resources have made their way to our area over the past several days. So, you have likely seen the extra engines, fire fighters, and aerial equipment defending our community and finding opportunity to attack the Bear where possible. This is a positive sign of potential gains in the days ahead.

Other than the limited resources, a major difference between the Bear Fire from the others, is that the fire’s perimeter is almost entirely in rugged terrain. Because of this landscape, along with the limited resources to date, firefighters have focused on ensuring the protection of our community and residential structures by building defensive indirect line. These will act as a solid line of defense should the Bear Fire spread out of the rugged hills and draws. As those lines are fortified, crews are looking for opportunities to get closer so they can attack the fire head on. Yesterday was a good example of that as we saw helicopters drop 15,000 gallons of retardant as the fire pushed toward Hose Mine in the Willow Creek drainage to prevent further spread. Containment cannot be claimed though without line directly against the edge of the fire. We are seeing today that crews have made containment progress at 10%. They have a ways to go, but progress is being seen.

The number one priority for any wildfire fight is the safety of the public and firefighters as well as protection of the communities. Please help me support the North Complex Incident Management Team by showing appreciation for the hard work they do to protect our community and continue to have patience as this battle with the fire progresses.

Your Chief,

Jeff Iversen, Bucks Lake Fire Chief


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Morning briefing for fire personnel at command post


Picking up retardant

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Welcome LA City Fire to Bucks Lake

Thanks for your help protecting our little slice of Heaven

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Help has arrived and more on the way

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