Beckwourth Complex burns 100K acres; 33 houses destroyed as containment decreases

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11:20 p.m.

The Beckwourth Complex fires have burned 100,531 acres and are 68% contained. according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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PLUMAS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL/AP) — The Beckwourth Complex fires are 68% contained, with 99,937 acres burned, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Around 2,500 firefighters have been fighting the Beckwourth Complex fires, comprised of the Dotta and Sugar fires. Both were sparked by lightning and are in the eastern edge of the million-acre Plumas National Forest in the northern Sierra Nevada near the Nevada state line.

The fire grew nearly 2,115 acres Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service said.

Doyle Fire Protection District Chief Kathy Catron confirmed to FOX40 that 33 homes have been destroyed in Doyle, as it burned into two areas on the edge of the 600-person town.

Meanwhile, firefighters are focusing on increased flames in the northern area of the Sugar Fire. In the southern area, containment lines from Maddalena to Constantia and Doyle are holding, according to the Forest Service.

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Doyle on Old Highway 395 from Laura Drive west on Old Hwy 395 to Cowboy Joe Road.

A mandatory evacuation order remains for the dirt portion of Doyle Grade where the pavement ends, approximately 3.4 miles south of Route 395. There will be a roadblock and a heavy law enforcement presence will remain in the area, according to the Forest Service.

The Forest Service warned that people “need to leave immediately.”

Authorities added evacuation warnings are still in effect for these areas:

  • Doyle east and west of Route 395, including the town of Herlong south to the Lassen/Sierra County line.
  • West of Route 395 from the north end of Constantia Road south to the Lassen/Sierra County line and from the intersection of A26 north to Milford Grade.

Meanwhile, the Forest Service advised those living in Milford, Doyle and Herlong to “remain vigilant.”

Plumas National Forest is still closed, including several roads. Highway 395 is open.

The following locations have been listed as evacuation centers:

  • Lassen County Fairgrounds: 195 Russel Ave. Susanville, Calif.
  • Proctor R. Hug High School: 2880 Sutro St, Reno, Nev. 89512
  • Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center: 1350 N Wells Ave, Reno, Nev.

The U.S. Forest Service is directing residents to their local law enforcements’ social media accounts, and to register for their county’s CodeRed emergency alert system for evacuation information:

The U.S. Forest Service estimates the Beckwourth Complex fires will reach full containment on July 30.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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