Reading Fire 8/13/2012 update

Feather Publishing
8:00 a.m. update
Reading Fire grows to 20,642 acres

The Reading Fire has grown to 20,642 acres and is only 10 percent contained.

Burning operationswere successful last night. 1.8 miles of fire line from West Prospect Peak to Red Rock and 3.2 miles uphill to Rail Canyon were burnt out. An additional 1.4 miles were prepared from the 20 road to the 12 road around Badger Mountain.

Firing operations will continue along the indirect fire containment lines when and where burning conditions permit. These burning operations may be conducted either day or night as conditions allow, and will result in smoke appearing some distance from the wildfire edge. The firing operations will take place over a several day period in order to moderate fire effects.

The head of the fire will continue to spread northwest over both West Prospect and Prospect Peak and north over Badger Mountain down the Hat Creek drainage. The western flank of the fire will continue burning around the western and slope of Raker Peak. The eastern flank will continue burning upslope to the east towards Fairfield Peak and Fantastic Lava Beds. The western flanks and heel should hold within existing containment lines.

Planned actions for today are to continue preparation for firing operations on the northern part of the fire, continue to patrol and mop up on the southern part, and continue preparation for potential structure protection.

There are now 1,218 personnel working on the Reading Fire.

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