Plumas wildfires burn 1,300 acres, close trail

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

Two wildfires burning in the Plumas National Forest have together consumed more than 1,300 acres in steep rugged country in Plumas County.

The 1,000-acre Peak fire started Saturday near Squaw Peak seven miles northeast of Lake Davis.

The blaze, which is 30 percent contained, forced the closure of a U.S. Forest Service tent and trailer campground, said Michele Jimenez-Holtz, a Plumas forest spokeswoman.

Its cause is under investigation, with full containment expected Friday.

In the Feather River Canyon 30 miles west of Quincy, the Chips fire grew to more than 300 acres and caused forest officials to close the Pacific Crest Trail between Belden and state Highway 36.

It is burning between Chips and Indian creeks north of state Highway 70, said Lee Anne Schramel Taylor, public affairs officer for the Plumas forest.

The Chips fire, which was human-caused, started Sunday afternoon. Hand and helicopter crews have worked to contain it.

Four residences at Maggies Maple Leaf Resort are threatened, Taylor said. She estimated that the Chips fire would be contained by next Tuesday.

Winds were more calm Monday than predicted, but the next 24 hours will "tell the tale" of when crews can fully contain the fires, Taylor said.

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