Chips Fire 9/4/2012 update

Feather Publishing

Firefighters continue to mop-up along the eastern edge of the fire to extinguish any remaining pockets of heat within 300 feet of the line. Unburned vegetation within the fire perimeter continues to burn and has become active under the warm and dry weather pattern. Firefighters continue to work on an active fire area southwest of Seneca. However, the community itself has been secured and residents have returned.

Suppression repair continues, primarily on the northwest, west, and southwest edge of the fireline. Crews are focusing on repairing roads and culverts, rehabilitating bulldozer lines, and installing water bars to mitigate erosion within the fire area.

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Chips Fire 8/25/2012 update

Feather Publishing
9:00 p.m. update
The Chips Fire is now 64,212 acres and 55% contained.
Crews prepared contingency lines for a burnout operation on the eastern flank of the fire from Muggins Creek to Caribou today. If conditions remain favorable and burning is completed, this will create a low intensity burn along contingency lines from the Rattlesnake Peak area to Caribou. Burnout operations continue to be supported by retardant drops on the outside of containment lines.

Fires ignited last night continued to back into the active fire area on the interior of the burn today. Protection around structures in the community of Seneca remains a high priority as crews applied structure fire protection gel to homes and outbuildings, and placed sprinklers on historical buildings to preserve their integrity.

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Chips Fire 8/24/2012 update

Feather Publishing
8:00 p.m. update
Wind still a challenge for firefighters

Fire Status: In preparation for a wind event that will hit the fire area on Sunday and Monday, firefighters will execute a burnout operation on the eastern flank of the fire. This will enlarge the active fire area from the north fork of the Feather River area around Seneca to Caribou.

With winds predicted to gust up to 30 miles per hour Sunday, firefighters will light the unburned section in night operations on Friday and Saturday when the winds are favorable and temperatures moderate. Introducing fire into this area will create a low intensity burn in an area that has been difficult for firefighters to contain. Crews will light off of containment lines and allow the fire to creep back into the active fire area, removing critical fuels that could create a high intensity burn. Firefighters will secure and patrol containment lines along the eastern flank and continue mopping up control lines around the fire area.

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Chips Fire 8/23/2012 update

Feather Publishing
8:00p.m. update

Numerous air resources were utilized on the fire today including a DC-10 and five Type 1 helicopters dropping approximately 25,830 gallons of retardant on the eastern flank of the fire. These operations helped firefighters prepare for a burnout that will be executed tonight if favorable weather conditions hold. The burnout will secure and strengthen the eastern flank of the fire line around Rattlesnake Peak to the bottom of the North Fork of the Feather River near Seneca.

Helicopter drops will continue into the evening as firefighters prepare for the firing operation. Crews will continue to mop-up fire lines along Highway 89. Patrol units will also stay in the communities of Prattville, Big Meadows and Canyon Dam areas searching for any additional spot fires.

Firefighters continue to work in a contained slop-over in the Rocky Point area. Power was returned to the PG&E line that services homes along the southwestern shore of Lake Almanor this morning after falling operations around the line were completed.

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Reading Fire now 100% contained

Feather Publishing

This will be the last fire update from California Interagency Incident Management Team 3.

Crews will continueto take a series of post-fire actions to repair damages and minimize environmental impacts resulting from fire suppression activities, and continue to patrol the firelines and mop up any remaining hot spots. There are 3 phases of rehabilitation; fire suppression repair, BAER (Burn Area Emergency Response) and long term recovery.

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