The Chips Fire made a run to the north today south of the Little Grizzly camping area and was held by crews at the Humbug Road containment line. Crews attempting to improve old containment line from Yellow Creek Camp to Butt Valley Reservoir were force to pull off the line due to increased fire activity late this afternoon. Contingency line north of Humbug road is being improved.
The fire spotted into Digger Creek near Caribou today and made a push north and up-slope away toward the western shore of Butt Lake. The fire has reached the western shore of Butt Lake. Crews working on Red Hill continue to make excellent progress on securing containment lines in this area. The fire remained quiet along Highway 70 where crews continue to patrol and mop-up hot spots.
New contingency lines are being established along Highway 89 and north of Humbug Road as further protection of communities in along the western shore of Lake Almanor. Office of Emergency Service’s engine strike teams are actively working in west Almanor communities to assist residents with making their homes defensible should spot fires occur in the lake shore area.
The Reading Fire has grown to 17,530 acres. It is 7% contained. The fire is not expected to be contained until August 21.
The fire is burning in mixed conifer and red fir overstory with pine mat manzanita and a variable understory fuel loading of dead and down materials.
Active fire behavior with short uphill crown fire, single and group tree torching with moderate rates of spread.