Reading Fire 8/17/2012 update

Feather Publishing
7:00 a.m. update
Reading Fire now 25,242 acres and 28% contained.

Today crews on the southern, western and northern perimeters will hold, patrol and mop up line following MIST tactics. On the Eastern perimeter crews will complete indirect line and prepare for firing operations. A warm and dry air mass will continue over the fire today. Temperatures will be about 2 degrees warmer than yesterday.

Firefighting efforts continue to be focused on protecting structures and controlling the growth of the fire. Favorable weather conditions and management tactics utilizing current resources, have allowed crews to make increased progress on this fire and keep the perimeter as small as possible.

Minimal fire spread over the northwest portion of the fire may occur from short range spotting over the next few days.

What you can do to help in the firefighting effortsisprepare your home, stay aware of the situation, and help your friends and neighbors where you can.

The Lassen National Forest and Lassen Volcanic National Park are working together and providing a coordinated response to the fire.

Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) is a fire fighting philosophy of "do least damage." If a fire crew was fighting a fire in your back yard, you would want them to use MIST tactics. First, they would only suppress the fire in ways that would provide for your family's safety and their own. Then they would cut down only necessary trees, use water rather than chemicals when possible, communicate clearly with each other so they did not waste time or resources, use tools that were the right size rather than too big or too small, spend only the money they needed to spend, and restore the site as much as possible. Suppression of the Reading Fire is being done using MIST tactics.

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/.

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