New evacuations ordered as Beckwourth Complex in Plumas County grows nearly 10K acres in one day

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The Latest – Friday, July 9:

6:23 p.m.

Mandatory Evacuation orders have been issued for residents on the north and south sides of Doyle Grade from the Lassen/Plumas County line to the intersection of U.S. 395, not including Laura Drive, and residents on the west side of U.S. 395 from Doyle Grade at U.S. 395 to Red Rock Road.

Evacuation warnings have been issued for residents east and west of U.S. 395 from County Road A26 south to Doyle Grade and from Red Rock Road south to the Sierra/Lassen County line.

12:40 p.m.

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for residences along Highway 70, between Beckwourth-Genesee Road to the Plumas-Lassen County Line.

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Original story below:

PLUMAS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL/AP) — The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office has issued several evacuation orders and warnings as the Beckwourth Complex fires experienced almost 10,000 acres of growth Thursday.

Hundreds of firefighters aided by aircraft were fighting the Beckwourth Complex, two blazes — the Dotta and Sugar fires — sparked by lightning that were carving their way through the eastern edge of the million-acre Plumas National Forest in the northern Sierra Nevada near the Nevada state line.

Dotta Fire670 Acres76% Contained
Sugar Fire23,855 Acres11% Contained

As of Friday, the fires burned 24,525 acres and were 11% contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported. 

Flames threatening campgrounds and cabins prompted evacuations and closed off a swath of Northern California forest as the state headed into another weekend of dry, scorching weather and the continuing threat of wildfires.

Campgrounds and homes around Frenchman Lake were under evacuation orders Friday and a nearly 200-square-mile (518-square-kilometer) area of the forest was closed because of the danger, fire information officer Pandora Valle said.

The flames were burning through pine, fir and chaparral turned bone-dry by low humidity and high temperatures, while ridgetop winds and afternoon gusts of up to 35 mph were “really pushing” the flames at times, Valle said.

On Friday, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for residents from the north end of Constantia Road where it intersects with Highway 395 South to Red Rock Road on the west side of Highway 395.

An evacuation warning is also still in place for residents west of Highway 395 from County Road A26 to Constantia Road, as well as from Red Rock Road South to the Sierra/Lassen County line, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

On Thursday, mandatory evacuation orders were issued for all residents of Dixie Valley, as well as for the Frenchman Lake area, which included campgrounds and residences.

Officials said the fire grew nearly 10,000 acres Thursday, with wind and receptive fuels being contributing factors. The estimated hotter and dryer weather might exacerbate the conditions.

There is currently a red flag warning in place for Northern California, along with an excessive heat warning for the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.

The U.S. Forest Service estimates the containment date will be July 30.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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