Critical fire weather produced extreme fire behavior on the Chips Fire’s north and northeast flanks, and posed a challenging day for firefighters. The fire made a major run out of Mosquito Creek towards Butt Valley Reservoir and spotted across the Feather River onto Red Hill.
The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office issued mandatory evacuations for the communities of Rush Creek and Seneca. Additional evacuations may be necessary depending on fire activity.
PG&E transmission lines where shut down to allow for the use of heavy air tankers.Power outages impacted the surrounding communities in Lake Almanor region including portions of Quincy, Chester and Susanville.
The Reading Fire is now approximately 9,063 acres and 5% contained.
Late yesterday, a spot fire got established at the base of West Prospect Peak. Due to very dry fuel conditions, firefighters have contended with the fire spotting across the lines.
The Lassen National Forest and Lassen Volcanic National Park are working together and providing a coordinated response to the fire. Smoke impacts will continue for the foreseeable future.