A public meeting was held this evening at the Old Station volunteer fire department hall.
The Reading Fire is now at 51% containment. 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.
Tonight crews will hold, patrol and mop up from Hat Lake to the Fantastic Lava Beds following MIST tactics on all divisions in the park. On the eastern perimeter crews will complete direct line and prepare for firing operations. Crews are positioned for initial attack response in the Lassen National Volcanic Park.
“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.