Reading Fire 8/21/2012 update

Feather Publishing
7:00 a.m. update

The Reading Fire is 27,887 acres and is now 79% contained.

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Yesterday, the fire held within all lines on the fire. Firefighters continue to hold, patrol and mop up. Firelines were completed on the eastern part of the fire. With strong southwest winds, the eastern perimeter may be exposed to winds that may challenge these firelines. Fire fighters on these lines will be keeping a watchful eye on the line and outside the fireline so they can quickly respond to flare up or hotspots. Along the southern and eastern flanks helicopters were used to extinguish hot spots and support crews.

Crews will continue repairing the Pacific Crest Trail and other areas impacted by fire suppression. Minimum Impact Suppression Techniques are being utilized within the park. Crews are prepared for initial attack in Lassen Volcanic National Park and are available for structure protection. Snag removal will continue on the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway.

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Team 4 takes over Chips Fire

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer

A meeting to discuss the Chips Fire was held 12:30 p.m., Aug. 20, 2012 at Hamilton Branch Fire District.

The fire has been upgraded to a type 1 fire and is now being managed by California Intradistrict Management Team 4.

“We are very fortunate to have an incredible amount of resources from California. Due to the complexity of the fire, we are able to bring in additional resources as needed,” said Team 4 Incident Manager Rocky Oplinger.

Read more: Team 4 takes over Chips Fire


Shelter ready at Chester Memorial Hall

M. Kate West
Staff Writer

The volunteer team from the American Red Cross of Northeast California, Almanor Basin Branch went into action Sunday, Aug. 19, in preparation for community members displaced due to fire evacuations in Canyon Dam.

“We began arriving at 5:50 p.m. and had shelter operations at the Chester Memorial Hall ready to go by 7 p.m.,” lead volunteer Linda White said Aug. 20.

Shortly after going operational, the volunteers were visited by Plumas County District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall and Plumas County Office of Emergency Services Director Jerry Sipe.

Read more: Shelter ready at Chester Memorial Hall


Chips Fire evacuations expanded to Prattville

Feather PublishingBreakingNews
5:00 p.m. update

The Plumas County Sheriff's Department has upgraded the evacuation notice for the Chips Fire.  Prattville is now under mandatory evacuation.  A Voluntary Evacuation is in place for Almanor. An Advisory is in effect to all West Almanor and East Shore residents (Hwy. 147) advising of the potential threat of the fire to the areas.

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Chips Fire 8/20/2012 update

Feather Publishing
8:45 p.m. update

This Modis Satellite photo from the Aqua Satellite on 8/19/2012 highlights the smoke from the many fires in the area.

Fire Status: Good progress was made on the fire today. Lines along the southeast from Belden up to Caribou are holding with the exception of a small section near the Red Hill area where crews had some difficulty today. Work will continue in this area into tonight and tomorrow. Burnout operations completed last night to the northeast of the fire progressed to one quarter mile from the head of the main fire, meeting the objectives of the operation by reducing the unburned fuels between the head of the fire and neighboring communities.

Crews continued mop up near the burnout operation in Yellow Creek. Very little aircraft was used due poor visibility from increased smoke in the area. Much of the smoke was from neighboring fires, particularly the Pass Fire in Mendocino County. Decreased fire behavior was experienced due to the smoke which prevented the fire from heating up during the afternoon when fire is usually most active.

Tonight's Actions: Crews this evening will complete burnout operations and secure, strengthen, and mop-up control lines in the area southwest of Canyon Dam. Engines will patrol the communities of Prattville, Canyon Dam and Big Meadows to watch for fallout from burning material.

Evacuations and Closures: Highways 89 and 147 have been reopened to all traffic. The mandatory evacuation order issued by the Plumas County Sheriff's office is still in place for Canyon Dam and Big Meadows. For more information, please see: http://www.countyofplumas.com/DocumentCenter/View/8785

Smoke: Smoke will continue to pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/. Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at http://airnow.gov.

Community Meetings: A community meeting will be held tomorrow in Clear Creek Community Park at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.

8 p.m. update

Highway 89 is now open to through traffic. All evacuations and other area closures remain in effect. Please continue to watch for updates and changes in road status as conditions are subject tochange depending on the fire situation. The Chips Fire has now burned over 50,860 acres. The good news is the containment has gone up to 37%, meaning the back burns conducted by the firefighters are working.

3:15 p.m. update

Additional resources will be arriving today. A Wildland Fire Use Module (a team of specialized fire personnel proficient in wildland fire use planning and operations) will be coming in today and will be working the southwest flank of the fire. Support efforts will continue on the west flank building and strengthening line from north to south.

Firing operations will not occur during the day. Crews will mop-up and improve lines from night-time firing operations, letting the fire back into the main fire to prepare for Tuesdays predicted increase in winds.

Stumps that remained under the Seneca Road when it was built were observed burning several nights ago. These stump holes collapsed the road, which was then closed. Plumas County road engineers will assess opportunities for repairs today.

Read more: Chips Fire 8/20/2012 update


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