Hough Complex morning update 8-20-13

Feather Publishing

The Plumas National Forest has released the following update on the Hough Complex.  We have requested clarification on two items that may be in error.  The cause is listed as "Under Investigation" which suggests they believe one or more of the fires are human caused and being investigated.  The other item we have asked for clarification on is the acreage.  It is listed as 181 acres but may be much larger.



Hough Complex Update


Plumas National Forest


Fire Information: For further fire information, call 530-283-7850. Information is also available online at

Date:   August 20, 2013


Status:                                                                     Resources:

Acres Burned: 181                                                             Crews: 7

Cause: Under Investigation                                                   Engines: 37

Date Started: August 18, 2013                                              Helicopters: 1

Containment: 40%                                                               Air Tankers: 0          

Expected Containment: Aug. 24, 2013                                Total Resources Assigned: 305


Current Fire Situation: The Ridge and the Heights Fires were the most active last night. While good work was done, there is no current reported containment. The Johnson, at 140 acres, the Keddie, at 18 acres and the Hunt, at 11 acres are all being reported at 50% containment. The Mountain and the 32 Fires are at 100% containment.


Fuel Type: Shrub, oak and timber

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations are in effect for areas south of Arlington Road, between Nelson St and Johnson Ranch Road.

Road/Area Closures:

Weather Conditions:

Temp: 85-90 deg         Winds: 1-4 mph           Direction: SW             Relative Humidity: 20 to 25

Threats: 100 Residential structures and 125 outbuildings are threatened near the town of Taylorsville.

Structures Destroyed: 0

Injuries: 0

Agency Jurisdiction: US Forest Service

Cooperating Agencies: Cal Fire, Plumas County Sheriff Department


As of 6:00 am, Central Coast Interagency Incident Team 7 has taken command of the complex. Good progress was made last night on the various fires. The relative humidity was at 90%, allowing for good and effective firefighting efforts. Today, fire activity is expected to become more dynamic as more thunderstorms are forecasted to move into the area.

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