Chips Fire, photo courtesy Mike Hoover
Chips Fire map, Aug. 13, 2012
PLUMAS COUNTY, CA - Authorities were urging more residents to be ready to evacuate in the Chips Fire burning in Plumas National Forest for nearly two weeks.
The Plumas County Sheriff's Office says those along the Highway 89 corridor from Canyon Dam north to Lake Almanor West should be ready to leave quickly with necessary papers, photos, medications, pets, keepsakes and other necessary items.
Mandatory evacuation orders remained in effect for Caribou Road from Highway 70 to Butt Lake Dam; Rush Creek Road and Seneca Road; and the Butt Lake, Ohio Valley, Humbug/Humboldt and Yellow Creek areas.
The following roads were closed: Caribou Road to Butt Lake Dam from Highway 70; Rush Creek Road from Highway 70; Seneca Road from Highway 89; Butt Lake Dam Road, Ohio Valley Road, Butt Lake Road Humbug/Humboldt Road and all secondary roads west of Highway 89 Canyon Dam and Humbug/Humboldt Road to Highway 89.
The fire threatens 600 residences, four commercial and 36 outbuildings, say federal fire officials.
The fire started two miles northwest of Beldon on July 29. It has spread over 35,000 acres.
The cause remains under investigation.