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The frontline battle in Forbestown

The frontline battle on the Bear Fire continues today in areas north of Forbestown and Clipper Mills as Cal Fire works to access steep and rocky terrain.

Posted: Sep 18, 2020 6:31 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2020 10:49 AM

FORBESTOWN, Calif. - The frontline battle on the Bear Fire continues today in areas north of Forbestown and Clipper Mills as Cal Fire works to access steep and rocky terrain.

Cal Fire has a lot of the Bear Fire contained when it comes to fire lines around Lake Oroville and farther north up Hwy 70 in Butte county.

However, there are also still spots burning strongly just north of Forbestown and Clipper Mills.

Other areas outside of Butte county still burning are near Palmetto, Bucks Lake and areas just north of Little Grass Valley Reservoir.

With improved air quality, many might feel less threatened by the fire, but Cal Fire urges all of these communities to remain on alert since it is burning in terrain that is difficult to access.

"These hillsides are incredibly, incredibly steep and they're rocky. So there are spot fires on the hillsides that it is next to impossible to get somebody to and its just one of the challenges that we are trying to face. Is getting crews up there to be able to get boots on the ground, get tools on the ground, get dirt cut in around these spot fires when they are so innaccessible," said Rick Carhart, Butte County Cal Fire Public Information Officer.

The good news is the skies are clear unlike a few days ago. This means planes can drop retardant and helicopters can drop water then refill in the Forbestown Reservoir for another run.

The bad news is the clear, sunny skies could lead to higher temperatures and drier air, which could contribute to more fire growth.

Winds are still pretty strong today. They will be calming down over the next few days which should help for further contanment of the Bear Fire. 

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Tuesday was another sunny and unseasonably warm to hot day for much of northern California. It was much like Monday, except the wind was stronger, and the wind will be much stronger through much of the next week.
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