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Monday, August 20, 2012

CA-PNF- Chips Fire. 47,040 acres. 32%. (Fire Map)

  Plumas NF. IMT 1 (Opliger). The fire behavior moderated throughout the evening.
New Evacuations and road closures in effect.  

  • Mandatory Evacuation of Prattville is now in effect. 
  • Mandatory Evacuation still in effect for Canyon Dam and Big Meadows area. 
  • Voluntary Evacuation is in place for Almanor. 
  •  An Advisory is in effect to all West Almanor and East Shore residents (Hwy. 147) advising of the potential threat of the fire to the areas. 
Evacuation Center is located at the Chester Memorial Hall on Gay Street. Stay tuned to media advisements and monitor the Plumas County website for updated information.
 For Evacuation Center information call (530) 283-3593.
Chips Fire Location, Perimeter & Hot Spot Map
Chips Fire Location, Perimeter & Hot Spot Map
 Evacuations: Due to current weather conditions and fire behavior the following Road Closures, Evacuation Orders and Sheriff's Advisement are in effect.

 Mandatory Evacuation of the communities of Canyon Dam and Big Meadows. Additionally, the Plumas County Sheriff's Office will escalate to a Voluntary Evacuation for the communities of Almanor and Pratville.
 West Almanor remains under Advisement. Highway 89 will be closed with a hard closure from Butt Lake Road to the Hwy 89/ Old haun Road intersection north of Greenville.
Highway 147 from Canyon Da to County Road A13 will be closed to all traffic.
 Rush Creek Road from HWY 70 is open to residents only. The Chester Memorial Hall will open as an evacuation center.

 Evacuation Orders

  • Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuation - Caribou Road from Hwy 70 to the Butt Lake Dam
  • Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuation - Butt Lake Area, Ohio Valley, Humbug and Humboldt Area, and Yellow Creek Area.
  • Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuations - Seneca.
  • Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuation - Canyon Dam and Big Meadows.
  • Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuation - Prattville.
Sheriff's Voluntary Evacuation
  • Almanor
  • Rush Creek Road evacuation has been lifted to Voluntary status.
Sheriff's Advisement
  • Hwy 70 from Tobin to Twain.
  • Almanor West
Highway Closures: 
  • Caribou Road to Butt Lake Dam from Highway 70- "Hard Closure"
  • Rush Creek Road from Highway 70 - Open to residents only.
  • All additional secondary roads North of Highway 70 between Rock Creek Dam and Twain from Highway 70- "Soft Closures"
  • Seneca Road from Highway 89 - "Hard Closure"
  • Butt Lake Dam, Ohio Valley Road, Butt Lake Road, Humbug/Humboldt Road and all additional secondary roads West of Highway 89 between Canyon Dam and the Humbug/Humboldt Road from Highway 89- "Hard Closure".
  • Hwy 89 between Butt Lake Road and Hwy 147- "Hard Closure"
  • Lake Almanor Drive West between Butt Lake/Prattville Road and Hwy. 89- "Hard Closure"

Quick Look: Chips Fire 
County: Plumas County
Location: 2 miles northwest of Belden, Twenty miles northwest of Quincy, CA.
Administrative Unit: Plumas National Forest
Date Started: July 29, 2012 1:57 am
Fuels: Timber and brush.
Fire Behavior: Moderate fire activity with spotting.
Concerns: Communities and power lines threatened.
 Fire Status: Last night, crews completed several successful burnout operations. As the fire made a push to the north and north-east in the Clear Creek drainage, fire managers were able to complete firing operations from approximately 4 miles south of Canyon Dam, northwest to Butt Lake Road along the contingency line, when timing was crucial. Firing was also completed in Yellow Creek west of Soda Ravine towards Cottonwood Meadow. Fire Managers conduct firing operations at night to take advantage of the moderated fire behavior and lower relative humidities which increase the ability to control fire put on the ground. The north and south perimeters of the fire are looking good, with the southwest side continuing to creep.
 Today's Actions: Today, crews will continue to patrol, mop-up and construct direct line where necessary near the north fork of the Feather River, and from the south end of the fire near Rogers Flat, northwest towards Morris Lake. On the southeast end of the fire, crews will prepare control lines for yesterday evening's firing operations and mop-up as necessary. Weather is expected to be similar to yesterday, but slightly warmer. Increased fire behavior is expected late in the afternoon to early in the evening. Heavier smoke will be present today with smoke lifting from the canyons and drainages slightly later in the day. Fire managers are prepared for a fire weather watch that has been issued for Tuesday.
 Smoke may continue to pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information at Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at action=airnow.main.
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday July 29th, 2012 approx. 01:57 AM
Location 2 miles NW of Belden, CA
Incident Commander Rocky W. Opliger
Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,022
Size 47,040 acres
Percent Contained 32%
Estimated Containment Date Friday August 31st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - 10 Timber (litter and understory) low brush with numerous dead and down large, 1000 hour logs and standing snags.
Fire Behavior  - The fire behavior moderated throughout the evening
Significant Events: The firing operation overnight was successful. the firing is complete from the V/W break NNW to Butt Lake Road along the contingency line.
Outlook / Planned Actions: Patrol, mop-up and improve control lines. In Branch II and III mop-up after the burning operations overnight.
Growth Potential - Extreme
Terrain Difficulty - Extreme
Remarks: Type 1 helicopters are essential to minimize fire spread and support ground troops in direct line construction. PG&E crews continue to restore damaged power poles feeding the REd Hill communication site.
Total burned acres: 47,040. 
Plumas NF burned acres 26,965
Lassen NF 15,761
SRA burned acres 4314.
Evacuation Note: Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuation - The Sheriff CANNOT FORCE YOU TO LEAVE but due to fire behavior and/or proximity to the wild land fire, residents are in imminent danger or the potential for imminent danger exists.
 Residents are encouraged to leave the area and road closures will be in effect for all roads around the evacuated area. These closures are "hard closures" residents and the general public will not be allowed back and/or escorted into the area until the evacuation is lifted "Hard Closures" to the local highways could also be established for the safety of fire personnel in the area.
 If "hard closures" are established it is a "Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuation", due to the fact that the general public will not be allowed free access and therefore can not adequately maintain food, supplies, medicine, etc.

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