PLUMAS COUNTY, CA - The Chips Fire that began July 29 continues to burn and is now up to 47,040 acres two miles NW of Belden, California. It is 32 percent contained.
Sunday night, crews completed several successful burnout operations. As the fire made a push to the north and north-east in the Clear Creek drainage, fire managers were able to complete firing operations from approximately 4 miles south of Canyon Dam, northwest to Butt Lake Road along the contingency line, when timing was crucial. Firing was also completed in Yellow Creek west of Soda Ravine towards Cottonwood Meadow.
Fire Managers conduct firing operations at night to take advantage of the moderated fire behavior and lower relative humidities which increase the ability to control fire put on the ground. The north and south perimeters of the fire are looking good, with the southwest side continuing to creep.
Today's Actions: Today, crews will continue to patrol, mop-up and construct direct line where necessary near the north fork of the Feather River, and from the south end of the fire near Rogers Flat, northwest towards Morris Lake. On the southeast end of the fire, crews will prepare control lines for yesterday evening's firing operations and mop-up as necessary. Weather is expected to be similar to yesterday, but slightly warmer. Increased fire behavior is expected late in the afternoon to early in the evening. Heavier smoke will be present today with smoke lifting from the canyons and drainages slightly later in the day. Fire managers are prepared for a fire weather watch that has been issued for Tuesday.
Smoke may continue to pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/. Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at http://airnow.gov/index.cfm action=airnow.main.
Ready, Set, Go website provides tips to prepare for wildfire and what to do in the event of an evacuation. Advance preparations on your part will enable firefighters and Sheriff's Deputies to assure your safety and enable them to conduct a safe and efficient evacuation. Visit Ready, Set, Go program and website at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3052/15480/.
Evacuations: For Plumas County evacuation information go to this link : http://www.countyofplumas.com/CivicAlerts.aspx AID=536