Plumas National Forest has released updated information about the complex of fires burning in the Indian Valley area, after Sunday’s severe thunderstorms stitched a line of wildfires along Keddie Ridge.
According to the Forest Service lightning has sparked 15-25 small fires in the central and eastern portions of the Plumas National Forest.
Several small fires around Lake Davis have lines around them in addition to several in the Calpine/McNair Meadows area.
The majority of the fires are in the Keddie Ridge/North Arm areas of Indian Valley near Taylorsville. Most of the fires are reasonably small.
Several, including the Johnson (approximately 10 acres) and Mt. Hough (approximately 130 acres) fires, on the north slope of Mt. Hough are very conspicuous, especially at night.
The Plumas County Sheriff issued voluntary evacuation notices to people living on Arlington Road between and including the Arlington Trailer Park and Johnson Ranch. Voluntary evacuation notices were also issued for people living on a short segment of North Valley Road near Diamond Mountain Road due to the 1/2 Mountain Fire. That fire has a line around it and is 80% contained.
The fires are very apparent within Indian Valley. Smoke is visible to other nearby communities in Plumas and Lassen counties this morning. In addition to local resources, numerous strike teams of engines and handcrews have been ordered in addition to air resources. There was little to no moisture from the thunderstorms in the area of the fires although moisture was received in other areas within Indian Valley. Fire size varies from single tree to about 130 acres for the Hough fire.
The area is being monitored from the air to assist firefighters on the ground; it is likely more fires will be reported during the morning.
Resources, including smokejumpers, continue to arrive and are being assigned where the needs are the greatest.
Multiple air tanker drops were made before dark.
According to Forest Service spokesperson Lee Anne Schramel firefighters are still in initial attack mode and are devoting all of their resources to putting folks on the ground. An incident command post is being established in Taylorsville.
This summary will be updated later in the morning as conditions warrant.
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