Fire crews make progress

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - Front Page - By Lynzie Lowe llowe@ap­pealdemo­crat.com

Fire crews made progress Tues­day night and into Wed­nes­day morn­ing with pre­emp­tive back burn­ing to hold the por­tion of the North Com­plex Fire that has been burn­ing just north of the Yuba County line.

The area, rec­og­nized as the West Zone, had been held to the north of Forbestown on Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter push­ing to­wards the Pon­derosa Reser­voir, ac­cord­ing to the

Yuba County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment.

“The fire lines up the hill from Forbestown and Chal­lenge, to­ward Clip­per Mills and Straw­berry Val­ley re­main sta­ble but (are) not fully con­tained,” said Yuba County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment per­son­nel in a state­ment Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Cal­fire, check lines and tac­ti­cal fir­ing are tak­ing place to slow the spread of the fire as fire­fight­ers ag­gres­sively con­struct more di­rect and in­di­rect con­trol lines to keep the fire from mov­ing into the com­mu­ni­ties of Forbestown, Woodleaf, Clip­per Mills and Straw­berry Val­ley.

As of Wed­nes­day, the West Zone of the com­plex had burned 82,500 acres and was 63 per­cent con­tained.

The en­tire North Com­plex Fire has burned 301,404 acres of Butte and Plumas coun­ties and was 75 per­cent con­tained on Wed­nes­day.

Evac­u­a­tions north and east of where New York House Road meets La Porte Road re­main in place, ac­cord­ing to Yuba County of­fi­cials.

As of Wed­nes­day morn­ing, com­mu­ni­ties that re­main un­der evac­u­a­tion or­ders in­clude Chal­lenge, Woodleaf, Clip­per Mills, Straw­berry Val­ley and Forbestown.

La Porte Road to the west of New York House Road has re­opened but New York Flat Road and Chal­lenge Cut­off Road re­main closed.

“The Brownsvill­e area re­mains un­der an ad­vi­sory evac­u­a­tion, so please con­tinue to be vig­i­lant in mon­i­tor­ing fire ac­tiv­ity nearby, and con­tinue to be pre­pared to evac­u­ate again if nec­es­sary,” it was stated on the Yuba County web­site.

– Ac­cord­ing to

Yuba County of­fi­cials, house­holds in the com­mu­ni­ties of Dob­bins, Straw­berry Val­ley, Chal­lenge, Camp­tonville, Brownsvill­e and Ore­gon House af­fected by the evac­u­a­tions are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive an au­to­matic re­place­ment of Cal­fresh ben­e­fits to re­store food loss as a re­sult of wild­fire and power out­ages.

Re­place­ment ben­e­fits, which will to­tal 50 per­cent of the to­tal monthly al­lot­ment a house­hold typ­i­cally re­ceives, will au­to­mat­i­cally be loaded di­rectly onto an ex­ist­ing re­cip­i­ent’s Elec­tronic Ben­e­fits Trans­fer (EBT) card on Sun­day.

– Evac­uees with ques­tions re­gard­ing hous­ing, food or other emer­gency ser­vices can call the Yuba County Of­fice of Emer­gency Ser­vices Call Cen­ter at 749-7700.

Cal­fire of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day that smoke con­tin­ues to be a con­cern for weather and air op­er­a­tions in ad­di­tion to up­s­lope and up­val­ley winds.

“The winds are caus­ing er­ratic fire be­hav­ior in the area of the South

Fork of the Feather River drainage where most of the fire ac­tiv­ity is tak­ing place in the West Zone,” it was stated in an in­ci­dent re­port re­leased by Cal­fire Wed­nes­day morn­ing. “The crit­i­cally dry fuel mois­tures make the veg­e­ta­tion ex­tremely re­cep­tive to fire.”

Yuba County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment per­son­nel said the wind was blow­ing in a fa­vor­able di­rec­tion Wed­nes­day, push­ing the fire back on it­self, and more southerly winds are an­tic­i­pated Thurs­day.

Han­nah Chan­dlerCoo­ley, me­te­o­rol­o­gist for the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice Sacramento of­fice, said a weather sys­tem fore­cast to move into Yuba County this week­end has the po­ten­tial to bring gusty winds to the area where the fire is burn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Chan­dlerCoo­ley, the strong­est gusts will be Satur­day night and into Sun­day morn­ing, with gusts ex­pected to reach up to 30 miles per hour.

A fire weather watch will go into ef­fect in the north­east por­tion of

Yuba County on Satur­day due to the in­crease in winds paired with an­tic­i­pated low hu­mid­ity lev­els. That will be in ef­fect un­til Mon­day.

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