Hand crews continued direct line construction from the Cinder Peak area towards Prospect Peak. Crews continue to patrol from Hat Lake north towards Fantastic Lava Beds. Firefighters held, patrolled and mopped up from Hat Lake to the Fantastic Lava Beds following MIST tactics on all divisions inside the park. Crews began repairing the Pacific Crest Trail and other areas impacted by fire suppression. Snag removal continued today on the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway.
The Reading Fire is 51% contained. When referring to a fire, the difference between a fire being contained or controlled can be unclear. When a fire is contained a fuel break had been completed around the fire manually by hand line, and/or mechanically by dozer line. These breaks may also include the use of natural barriers such as rocky outcroppings. When a fire has been controlled, the fireline is secure enough so that flare-ups within the fire perimeter will not break through the line. Therefore, just because a line is contained does not mean that the fire is controlled.
Plumas National Forest firefighters responded to a new fire several miles west of Bucks Lake on Saturday afternoon. The fire was in steep terrain and reported to have a "moderate rate of spread". Radio traffic indicated there was some difficulty in getting the air support needed to suppress the fire. No information on the fire is available yet this morning.
Cal Fire responded to a fast moving wildfire, the Ponderosa Fire, two miles east of the community of Manton in Tehema County. The fire exhibited extreme fire behavior with crowning and long-range spotting. Numerous structures, natural gas lines and power lines are threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect. Four structures have been destroyed.