US Forest Service - Plumas National Forest (CA)

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US Forests in California:

Angeles Inyo Lassen Modoc Sequoia Six Rivers
Cleveland Klamath Los Padres Plumas Shasta-Trinity Stanislaus
Eldorado Lake Tahoe BMU Mendocino San Bernardino Sierra Tahoe

Plumas National Forest (PNF - Forest #11) "Plumas" KMD 7-8-0

The Plumas National Forest occupies 1,146,000 acres of scenic mountain lands in the northern Sierra Nevada. Management of the Plumas National Forest has been the responsibility of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, since the Forest was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. Situated in the Sierra Nevada, just south of the Cascade Range, the Plumas is versatile in its land features, uncrowded, and enhanced by a pleasant climate. Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted year round to its many streams and lakes, beautiful deep canyons, rich mountain valleys, meadows, and lofty peaks. Beginning in the foothill country near Lake Oroville, the Plumas extends through heavily timbered slopes and into the rugged high country near U.S. Highway 395. State Highway 70 between Oroville and U.S. Highway 395 provide year round access, and State Highway 89 provides convenient connections through Tahoe.

The forest includes 127,000 acres of the old growth forest. This consists primarily of Coast Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii), Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), White fir (Abies concolor), Red Fir (Abies magnifica) and Jeffrey pine (Pinus jeffreyi).

The Plumas National Forest is divided into the Beckworth (District 1), Mt. Hough ("Huff") (District 2) and Feather River (District 3) Ranger Districts with the Forest Supervisor's Office in Quincy.

R5 Plumas NF Mini Map 2016.PNG


The Forest has a Forest Net, an Admin Net, and a Service Net. It is possible to use a direct (simplex) channel on the Service Net, but not on the other two repeater networks. The Plumas used to link their repeaters with microwave and perhaps it is still in place, however,contacting the Ranger District offices and the dispatcher was possible on the simplex channel of each net. The user selected the simplex net and the tone for the repeater site they were in range of allowing direct communications with all the offices and the Emergency Communications Center. The radios could also switch to the repeater channel and use the same tone to key up the repeater. Direct or simplex calling of the dispatcher and ranger stations is no longer available.


The unit identifiers for non-fire personnel on the Plumas use the function name, district number, position number system. Employees assigned to the Forest Supervisor's Office use the number "6" after the function name. The Plumas National Forest Emergency Communications Center provides service to the Plumas NF only. It is only one of two such federal centers in California that do not provide service to other federal agencies or co-located with a Cal Fire ECC. The other dispatch center similar is the Stanislaus National Forest Dispatch Center. The identifier used by the center is "Plumas."

Channel Plan

Plumas National Forest Channel Lineup
Channel Tone(s) Rx Tx Alpha Tag Description
1 1-14 170.5500 169.9000 PNF1 FrstRep Plumas NF Forest Net Repeater
2 1-14 171.4250 163.1625 PNF2 AdmRpt Plumas NF Admin Net Repeater
3 1-14 171.5000 164.8250 PNF3 Serv Rpt Plumas NF Service Net Repeater
4 164.1250 164.1250 PNF4 Serv Dir Plumas NF Service Net Direct
5 168.2000 168.2000 PNF5 NIFC T2 NIFC Tac 2
6 167.5000 167.5000 PNF6 A/G14 CA2 P National Air-Ground 14 CA2 Zone Primary
7 168.0500 168.0500 PNF7 NIFC T1 NIFC Tac 1
8 168.6000 168.6000 PNF8 NIFC T2 NIFC Tac 3
9 168.6625 168.6625 PNF9 R5 Proj Region 5 Project


Plumas NF Repeaters
Tone Location CTCSS Tone
1 Black Mtn. 110.9
2 Sage Mtn. 123.0
3 Thompson Peak 131.8
4 Mills Peak 136.5
5 Kettle Rock 146.2
6 Mt. Hough 156.7
7 Dixie Mtn. 167.9
8 Claremont 103.5
9 Bloomer 100.0
10 Big Bar 107.2
11 Sunset 114.8
12 Pike Country 127.3
13 Lexington 141.3
14 Red Hill 151.4

Information about the tones transmitted on the output frequency is unavailable and current information is needed

Related Links

  • National Incident Radio Support Cache - These frequencies are used for large incidents, usually when a Type I or Type II Incident Management Team is assigned. This cache is used for fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, visits of high ranking officials, such the U.S. President and the presidents of other countries, large law enforcement incidents, special events and other incidents where the federal government is utilizing the Incident Command System.

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US Forests in California:

Angeles Inyo Lassen Modoc Sequoia Six Rivers
Cleveland Klamath Los Padres Plumas Shasta-Trinity Stanislaus
Eldorado Lake Tahoe BMU Mendocino San Bernardino Sierra Tahoe