On July 23, thunderstorms produced numerous lightning strikes within Lassen Volcanic National Park. One of the strikes ignited a fire approximately one mile northeast of Paradise Meadow between the Terrace Lake and Paradise Meadows Trails. This fire, named the Reading Fire, is a naturally ignited wildfire that was being managed for ecosystem health, habitat improvement and wildlife enrichment. The fire crept and smoldered with intermittent areas of open flame and occasional individual and group tree torching until yesterday afternoon when winds picked up and shifted creating several hot spots across the park road.
|Deputy Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree updates the Plumas County Supervisors on Forest Service efforts to battle the Chips Fire. Photo by Dan McDonald|
“We are committed to stopping this fire. Every day we plan to turn the corner on this.”
That was Deputy Plumas National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree’s message to the county’s Board of Supervisors.
Crabtree, along with Forest Supervisor Earl Ford and Public Affairs Officer Lee Anne Schramel, briefed the supervisors during the board’s Tuesday, Aug. 7, meeting.
After Crabtree brought the supervisors up to date on the Chips Fire, some of the board members asked Crabtree how long it took the Forest Service to respond to the fire after it was spotted about 2 a.m. July 29.
Crews were successful today in controlling spot fires on the north flank of the fire in the area of Cottonwood Meadow. Firefighters also were able to contain multiple spot fires west of the Caribou Junction on Highway 70. A contingency line has been initiated from the Yellow Creek area to Butt Lake should the fire escape primary containment lines on the fire’s northeast flank. A north flank contingency line along Humbug Road is also under construction.
Containment objectives for the Chips Fire are to keep the fire south of Humbug Summit Road, north of Highway 70 and Tobin, west of the Butt Lake transmission lines, and East of Philbrook Reservoir. Crews are stationed in communities along the Feather River Canyon to provide structure protection.
Acreage remains the same because mapping flights were unable to safely fly over the fire area due to heavy smoke. Tonight’s winds are forecasted to shift from the southwest to down-canyon winds after 11:00 PM. Smoke is likely to settle into the canyon.
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