“The Almanor Branch of the American Red Cross is officially on two-hour standby to open a shelter in the Chester Memorial Hall,” lead volunteer Linda White said at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 17.
The emergency trailer containing water, cots, bedding and comfort kits for 100 people has already been moved to the facility, which is located on the corner of Stone and Gay streets, one block off Main Street in Old Town Chester.
Favorable weather conditions enabled firefighters to make good progress today, increasing containment lines from 20% to 34%. In mid-afternoon, the smoke cleared enough, and three Type 1 helicopters dropped water to support crews on the ground, particularly in the Caribou Road area.
In the Clear Creek drainage near Butt Lake Reservoir dam, crews and dozers have started building a new containment line on the east flank of the fire. The goal is to keep the fire away from Seneca, Canyondam, and the Big Meadows subdivision.
The containment line from Yellow Creek Campground to the west shore of Butt Lake Reservoir is complete.
Firefighters conducted direct attack on a 15 acre spot fire in the Red Hill area on the southeast perimeter of the fire.
On the west perimeter, crews continue to build containment lines along the fires edge, working to the south.