Chips fire burning across Eagle Peak Credit: Rich Szlauko
PLUMAS COUNTY, CA - Drivers were warned there may be road restrictions on Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon area Saturday as the 13-day-old Chips Fire continues to burn in Plumas National Forest.
The fire has scorched 30,000 acres and has reached 8 percent containment since the fire has spread, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Crews are working hard to control active flames on the northeast side; the blaze is burning in very steep and rugged terrain.
Federal fire officials said 965 firefighters have been assigned to the fire.
Fifty-five homes remain threatened as Rush Creek and Seneca have been evacuated.
Plumas County Assistant Sheriff Gerry Hendrick said the following evacuations have been put into place:
- Hwy 70 at Caribou Road to the Butt Lake Dam
- Rush Creek Road and Seneca Road
- Butt Lake Area, Ohio Valley, Humbug and Humbolt Area, and Yellow Creek Area
- Hwy 70 from Tobin to Twain.
Road closures have been issued as well in the following areas:
Highway 70 at Caribou Road - Hwy 70 to Butt Lake Dam
Highway 70 at Rush Creek
Highway 70 on all additional secondary roads North of Highway 70 between Rock Creek Dam and Twain.
Highway 89 at Seneca Road
Highway 89 Butt Lake Dam, Ohio Valley Road, Butt Lake Road, Humbug/Humbolt Road and all additional secondary roads South of Highway 89 between Canyon Dam and the Humbug/Humbolt Road
The service said there may be more evacuations as the fire spreads. Travelers should check Highway 70 conditions regularly (800-427-ROAD or www.dot.ca.gov and expect delays.