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Bear Fire: CAL FIRE is concerned about conditions near Forbestown and Clipper Mills

The Bear Fire is also known as the North Complex West Zone. It is being managed by CAL FIRE in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, who is managing the rest of the North Complex.

Posted: Sep 10, 2020 8:51 AM
Updated: Sep 19, 2020 7:23 PM

KHSL - Last Updated: 6:38 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 - As of Saturday afternoon the entire North Complex has grown to 289,981 acres and is 62% contained. The West Zone/Bear Fire has grown to 79,850 acres. It is now 50% contained. 10,000 structures are still considered threatened. 1,393 structures have been destroyed.

CAL FIRE said in a Saturday night briefing, that 909 homes have been destroyed and 40 have been damaged in the Bear Fire. 51 commercial buildings have been destroyed and five have been damaged. 433 outbuildings and or sheds have been destroyed and 40 have been damaged. The total of destroyed buildings is 1,393. The number of damaged buildings currently stands at 85.

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Courtesy: Chico Fire Department

Butte County Sheriff, Kory Honea, said Thursday evening that all of those who had been reported missing by family members or friends have now been located. No one remains missing, stressed the Sheriff. The number of people who lost their lives in the Bear Fire remains at 15.  Click here for a list of identified victims.

Utility companies have started working on the damaged infrastructure where it is safe to do so in the fire area. A map showing the destroyed and damaged homes is available, click here. Officials said damage inspections are still ongoing, so if your address does not appear in the map, it means that area is still being inspected.

Saturday Night Fire Activity Briefing

Below Forbestown Reservoir Road there is an area where the Bear Fire has grown approximately 150 acres. The CAL FIRE Deputy Operations Chief for Incident Management Team 4, Ron Bravo, said Saturday that the communities of Forbestown and Clipper Mills are still a concern.

Bravo said a down-canyon wind caused this to happen, bringing in the fire within the primary and secondary lines. Currently CAL FIRE is working to box in the fire in this area. CAL FIRE will be reassessing their tactics after dusk tonight, when the air tankers stop flying.

The meteorologist team at CAL FIRE said there are several days with similar weather conditions, and some fall wind conditions have now entered the picture. The concern for Forbestown and Clipper Mills may remain for a few days. Authorities would like those who have not yet evacuated in Forbestown and Clipper Mills to do so, while it can be done safely. Crews are working quickly but are adapting, and still need to establish two more miles of primary line in order to feel like they have a better handle on the fire in this area.

As for the west side of the fire, where it connects to the North Zone, conditions have improved. CAL FIRE's Operations Chief said. Lines are looking good, said Bravo, on the west perimeter, and south where there is direct line all the way to Forbestown Reservoir. Bravo said Saturday night that the primary line in that area is still holding.

Here are some more details on the North Zone of the North Complex, burning in Plumas County. With the clearer weather Saturday, aircraft were available to assist ground resources with the few spot fires around Red Mountain Road. The constructed line through Grizzly Big Creek to the south of Grizzly Forebay was tied into previous line from the Bucks Fire back into Oro Quincy Road and the plan is to have the night shift conduct ignitions along Grizzly Big Creek. This will secure the eastern portion which will reduce the threat to structures around Bucks Lake, Highlands, Haskins, Meadow Valley and Tollgate.

Evacuation warnings and orders are listed below.


EVACUATION ORDERS

BUTTE COUNTY:

  • UPDATED: Berry Creek above Simmons Road
  • Brush Creek
  • Feather Falls

PLUMAS COUNTY:

  • Click here for a list of evacuations in Plumas County.

YUBA COUNTY:

  • Click here for a list of evacuations in Yuba County.

EVACUATION WARNINGS

BUTTE COUNTY:

  • Highway 162 from Bidwell Bar Bridge to Simmons Rd. Simmons Rd to Big Ridge Rd., including all roads that connect with Simmons Rd., Big Ridge Rd. will remain closed. (This listed area will be open to residents only until Sept. 19 at 10 a.m.)
  • Highway 70 from the West Branch bridge north to Pulga Rd. All areas east to the north fork of the Feather River including the community of Yankee Hill and the Big Bend area.
  • LIFTED ON SATURDAY MORNING: Cherokee community including Cherokee Rd. and all connecting roads, from Thompson Flat Rd north to Highway 70
  • Area enclosed by Highway 162 from Miner’s Ranch Rd to Forbestown Rd to the Butte County line on the north. Swedes’ Flat Rd on the south. Miner’s Ranch Rd to Swedes’ Flat Rd on the west perimeter. County line on the east perimeter.
  • Highway 162 from Forbestown Rd, north to the Bidwell Bar bridge to include both sides
    of the roadway.
  • Areas north of Forbestown road to Lumpkin Rd including Lake Haven Way and Faye
    Mar Rd., all of Stringtown Rd and connecting roads.

PLUMAS COUNTY;

  • Click here for a list of evacuation warnings in Plumas County.

YUBA COUNTY:

  • Click here for a list of evacuation warnings in Yuba County.

For a list of evacuation points and animal shelters in Butte, Yuba, and Plumas counties, click here. For a list of road closures related to the North Complex, click here.


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Below is a map for the morning of Sept. 18 of the North Complex West Zone.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 779491

Reported Deaths: 14893
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2585166330
Riverside566811153
San Bernardino51750858
Orange516461123
San Diego44007757
Kern31148340
Fresno27487355
Sacramento21171375
Alameda20364370
Santa Clara20129295
San Joaquin19793414
Stanislaus16229329
Contra Costa15640198
Tulare15517256
Ventura12167142
Imperial11534312
San Francisco1064096
Monterey933765
San Mateo9332142
Santa Barbara8803109
Merced8719133
Kings715877
Sonoma6987114
Marin6522112
Solano608555
Madera429658
Placer340741
San Luis Obispo333227
Yolo273253
Butte272033
Santa Cruz21758
Sutter163110
Napa159213
San Benito127211
Yuba11127
El Dorado10584
Mendocino82218
Lassen7310
Shasta66814
Glenn5483
Nevada5035
Colusa5026
Tehama4874
Humboldt4826
Lake43310
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2204
Inyo18714
Mono1632
Siskiyou1600
Del Norte1351
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Overcast
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Feels Like: 75°
Oroville
Clear
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Paradise
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Hi: 81° Lo: 60°
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Chester
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Red Bluff
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Willows
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Most of the forecast will remain pleasant and seasonable with big changes possible by next weekend.
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