Beckwourth Complex Fire Grows to Largest in California

Fire crews continued to battle the Beckwourth Complex Fire in northern California as swirling winds and hot weather led to the blaze doubling in size on Saturday, July 10, to become the largest in the state.

Plumas National Forest’s latest update said the complex was at 61,252 acres and 9 percent containment by the evening of July 10.

The complex is made up of two lightning-caused fires, the Sugar and Dotta fires, burning near the Nevada state line.

Firefighters said the evacuation situation was “changing frequently”, and urged locals to check latest county information.

Video filmed by Craig Philpott shows the Sugar Fire burning on a ranch near Doyle, California, on July 10. Credit: Craig Philpott via Storyful