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Wednesday Afternoon Update: Beckwourth Complex Fires – 91,200 Acres and 26% Contained

Monday, July 12th, 2021

Overnight mapping of the Beckwourth Complex, current as of 2:00a.m. Tuesday. Click on the map for a larger version.

This post will no longer be updated. Newer information about the Beckwourth Complex can be found by clicking here and following the link to our newer fire update.

Updated 9:15p.m.

The Mandatory Evacuation Order has been expanded to include Doyle Proper on the west side of US 395 from Laura Drive to County Road A26.

The Mandatory Evacuation Order remains in place for the dirt portion of Doyle Grade where the pavement ends approximately 3.4 miles south of US 395. There will be a road block at that point and a heavy law enforcement presence will remain in the area.

ROAD CLOSURE: US 395 IS CLOSED FROM LAURA DRIVE TO COUNTY ROAD A26. EVACUEES CAN ACCESS US 395 TO EVACUATE EITHER NORTH OR SOUTH.


Updated 6:39p.m.  A new Mandatory Evacuation Order has been issued for Doyle on Old Hwy 395 from Laura Drive west on Old Hwy 395 to Cowboy Joe Road and everything in between.

The Mandatory Evacuation Order remains in place for the dirt portion of Doyle Grade where the pavement ends approximately 3.4 miles south of US 395. There will be a road block at that point and a heavy law enforcement presence will remain in the area.

Evacuation Warnings remain in effect for the following areas:

• Doyle east and west of US 395 including the town of Herlong south to the Lassen/Sierra County line.

• West of US 395 from the north end of Constantia Rd. south to the Lassen/Sierra County line and from the intersection of A26 north to Milford Grade.

Safety Message: People need to leave immediately. Drive with your headlights on and yield to emergency personnel. If you need assistance evacuating, call the non-emergency dispatch center at (530)257-6121. For shelter information, call the emergency shelter line at (530)588-8627.


Wednesday, 12:06p.m. From the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office EVACUATION ORDER REDUCED TO WARNING FOR SOME AREAS

“We are asking the citizens of Milford, Doyle, and Herlong to remain vigilant and watch for changing fire conditions. Spot fires along the ridgeline coupled with high winds can cause fire activity to escalate quickly, especially in those areas. It is imperative that you remain alert and ready to evacuate if that occurs.”

“The Mandatory Evacuation Order remains in place for the dirt portion of Doyle Grade where the pavement ends approximately 3.4 miles south of US 395. There will be a road block at that point and a heavy law enforcement presence will remain in the area.

“Evacuation Orders have been reduced to an Evacuation Warning for Doyle Proper west of US 395 from the intersection of County Road A26 and US 395 south to Constantia Rd. but not including the dirt portion of Doyle Grade.”

Evacuation Warnings remain in effect for the following areas:

• Doyle east of US 395 including Doyle Loop and all roads connecting to Doyle Loop and Hackstaff Road to Laver Crossing is now under evacuation warning including the town of Herlong south to the Lassen/Sierra County line.

• West of US 395 from the north end of Constantia Rd. south to the Lassen/Sierra County line and from the intersection of A26 north to Milford Grade is now under Evacuation Warning.

The Lassen County Planning Department is now able to provide property owners with information regarding property loss. You can access information by calling (530)251-8269. Thank you for your patience while assessment crews complete their work.

Be aware that changing conditions in fire activity may cause this area to escalate to an Evacuation Order at any time. Be aware that traffic interruptions may exist due to emergency personnel working in the area. Drive with your lights on and yield to emergency personnel. See the attached information on precautions you should take when returning home after wildfire.


Updated 10:24a.m. Morning Update from Incident Command

Fire crews continue fighting the Sugar Fire both on land and by air. Fire crews were particularly active in the Doyle Grade Road and Frenchman Boulevard area at the northern flank of the fire. Dozers and hand crews are working to construct contingency line at Meadowview Loop, ahead of the flame front to halt the fire’s progression into this area.

There is still a lot of fire activity near Ramelli Creek. Due to steep terrain, crews were unable to conduct direct fire suppression and control operations. Fixed wing and helicopter air operations are using a combination of water and fire retardant in these areas.

Crews are constructing control line in the Sugarloaf area. Spot fires were located between the dozer line at Diamond Face and Dixie Lookout. Crews were able to contain them quickly.

In the southern fire area, a combination of handline and dozer has been constructed from the Maddelena area to the Scott Road, through Constantia, to the community of Doyle. The area is being patrolled in 24-hour shifts and crews are conducting mop-up operations to search for and eliminate any residual heat. Containment line has been constructed to the Doyle Grade Road.


Updated 9:12a.m. From the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office:

There has been no change in the status of evacuation orders or warnings overnight. We are asking the citizens of Milford, Doyle, and Herlong to remain vigilant and watch for changing fire conditions. Spot fires along the ridgeline coupled with high winds can cause fire activity to escalate quickly, especially in those areas. It is imperative that you remain alert and ready to evacuate if that occurs. We appreciate your patience and will continue to notify you as changes occur.

A Mandatory Evacuation Order is still in effect for:

Doyle Proper west of US 395 from the intersection of County Road A26 and US 395 south to Constantia Rd. but not including Constantia Rd. is still under mandatory evacuation order.

Evacuation Warnings remain in effect for the following areas:

Doyle east of US 395 including Doyle Loop and all roads connecting to Doyle Loop and Hackstaff Road to Laver Crossing is now under evacuation warning including the town of Herlong south to the Lassen/Sierra County line.

West of US 395 from the north end of Constantia Rd. south to the Lassen/Sierra County line and from the intersection of A26 north to Milford Grade is now under Evacuation Warning.


Updated Tuesday, July 13th, 6:44a.m. – According to overnight mapping the fire has grown to 91,200 acres and is 26% contained.


Updated 12:15p.m. – EVACUATION ORDERS REDUCED FOR SOME AREAS

Be aware that changing conditions in fire activity may cause this area to escalate to an Evacuation Order at any time. Be aware that traffic interruptions may exist due to emergency personnel working in the area. Drive with your lights on and yield to emergency personnel. See the attached information on precautions you should take when returning home after wildfire.

The following areas have been reduced from Evacuation Order to Evacuation Warning status and residents are able to return to their homes effective at noon today:

Doyle east of US 395 including Doyle Loop and all roads connecting to Doyle Loop and Hackstaff Road to Laver Crossing is now under evacuation warning including the town of Herlong south to the Lassen/Sierra County line.

West of US 395 from the north end of Constantia Rd. south to the Lassen/Sierra County line and from the intersection of A26 north to Milford Grade is now under Evacuation Warning.

A Mandatory Evacuation Order is still in effect for:

Doyle Proper west of US 395 from the intersection of County Road A26 and US 395 south to Constantia Rd. but not including Constantia Rd. is still under mandatory evacuation order.


Monday, July 12th, 6:50a.m. – Update from Incident Command on the Beckwourth Complex.

There are a total of 2,326 personnel working on the 86,076 acre fire, which is being called 20% contained by fire officials.

In the last 24 hours firefighters on the ground have experienced extreme fire conditions with spotting, uphill runs and wind driven runs.

According to the Doyle Fire Protection District approximately 20 homes have been lost in the fire.

Evacuation Information from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office

The Mandatory Evacuation Order for Milford from Milford Grade to A25 on the west side of US 395 has been reduced to a warning. Be aware that changing conditions in fire activity may cause this area to escalate to an Evacuation Order at any time.

The following areas remain under Mandatory Evacuation Order:

  • Everything west of US 395 from the intersection of County Road A25 and US 395 south to the Lassen/Sierra County Line and the town of Doyle east of US 395 including Doyle Loop and all roads connecting to Doyle Loop and Hackstaff Road to Laver Crossing

Evacuation Warnings are in effect for residents east and west of US 395 from Milford Grade to County Road A26 Herlong Access Road, including the town of Herlong south to the Sierra/Lassen County line.

SAFETY MESSAGE: Be aware that changing conditions in fire activity may cause this area to escalate to an Evacuation Order at any time. Be aware that traffic interruptions may exist due to emergency personnel working in the area. Drive with your lights on and yield to emergency personnel.

The Lassen County Planning Department is now able to provide property owners with information regarding property loss. You can access information by calling (530)251-8269. Thank you for your patience while assessment crews completed their work.

US Highway 395 is currently open. However, all roads accessing the mandatory evacuated areas remain closed.

From the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office: “Please do not attempt to access the affected areas. They are under 24-hour patrol and will remain so until evacuation orders have been lifted. If you have chosen to shelter in place, you are restricted to your residence only. Once you leave your property, you will not be allowed back in until evacuation orders have been lifted. It is imperative that emergency vehicles maintain unimpeded access to the evacuated areas to remove hazards such as downed power lines. While we sympathize with people who want to check on their property, animals, and neighbors, your presence will slow the process of getting people back into their homes. Thank you for your cooperation.”

Map link to affected areas: Click here and answer “skip” to the prompts. Red areas are under order, yellow areas are under warning.


Shelter Information for Evacuees

Due to the ongoing mandatory evacuation orders for the Beckwourth Complex fire, a shelter is now open at Jensen Hall at the Lassen County Fairgrounds in Susanville. Those affected by the fire can also call the Emergency Shelter line at (530) 250-9004.

It is asked for anyone going to the shelter to bring their medication and medical equipment (walkers, breathing machines, etc.), clothing for multiple days, and important papers such as insurance cards. In addition, the shelter is not providing medical care. Any caretakers must accompany you for the duration of your stay.

Please keep in mind weapons, drugs, alcohol and personal bedding are not permitted at the shelter.

Animals

Animals needing shelter can be housed at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Liability, feed, security, and care of animals housed at the Fairgrounds are the sole responsibility of the animal’s owner. A check-in form will be available at the barns, please provide to the Fair Office during normal business hours.

Please use the Paul Bunyan entrance to the Fairgrounds for sheltering animals in the barns. If you have any questions about animal sheltering, please contact Fair Manager, Kaitlyn Downing at (530) 588-8627.

This is continuing coverage of a breaking news story. This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

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