Here is your Tuesday morning report on conditions from the Rush Fire burning north of Wendel.
According to the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team working the Rush fire, firefighters held the Rush fire within its perimeter again on Monday.
Some islands of unburned trees flamed up in the northeast of the fire, but these were in the interior of the fire and firefighters.
The northeastern part of the Rush fire is in Nevada, about 25 miles northeast and east of Ravendale, Calif., near SOB, Garden, and Burnt lakes, the Buffalo Hills, Antelope Basin, and Cottonwood Creek.
Today brings a red-flag warning because of strong, gusty winds and low humidity. The warning will be in effect from 2 p.m. on Tuesday until 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Winds are predicted to gust 35 to 40 miles per hour by Tuesday evening. Winds will continue blowing into the night especially on ridge tops. Humidity will remain low.
On Tuesday, firefighters will continue mopping up. Meantime, crews repairing fire-suppression damage have been working their way around the fire. These crews have now reached the northern flank of the fire and will continue working east along this flank, and hope to finish their work on Wednesday.
Fire officials have begun scaling back the number of firefighters and equipment at the Rush fire. They expect to accelerate “demobilizing” these resources in the coming days.
Area and Road Closures in Effect: Public lands bounded by Highway 395 on the west, the Sand Pass Road and Nevada 447 on the east, the Wendel Road on the south, and Juniper Ridge Road to Buckhorn Road on the north are closed. The Buckhorn Road is closed from Nevada Highway 447 to the Marr Road in Calif. The Buffalo Meadows Road in Washoe Co., Nev., is also closed. The Ramhorn Springs and Dodge Reservoir campgrounds remain closed.
A note for our readers who are LMUD customers – Due to the unstable nature of PG&E’s Caribou transmission line LMUD will be operating off of Honey Lake Power for the duration of the Plumas County Chips Fire. LMUD is asking that all customers conserve energy by unplugging or turning off all non-essential household equipment and appliances.
Rush Fire, Lassen County