A public meeting was held at the Old Station Volunteer Fire Department yesterday evening (Tuesday August 14th). Nearly 100 members of the local community were in attendance and received current information regarding the Reading Fire in Lassen National Forest. The Incident Commander of the California Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Jeanne Pincha-Tulley and Kit Mullen of the U.S. Forest Service were available to answer questions following the meeting. Other agencies in attendance were the American Red Cross, the Shasta County Sheriff's Department, the National Park Service, Cal Fire, and additional members of the California Team 3.
Plumas County Public Health Officer Dr. Val Armisen advises residents with sensitive health conditions to stay alert to changing smoke levels caused by the Chips Fire and be prepared to act accordingly.
Smoky conditions can be hazardous for certain high-risk groups such as young children, the elderly, individuals with heart conditions or chronic lung disease such as asthma and bronchitis, and individuals with other respiratory ailments. Residents in these high-risk groups who are in areas of heavy smoke should be prepared to stay indoors and limit their activity.