The Plumas County Sheriff issued a Voluntary Evacuation for Canyondam, Big Meadows, and Rocky Point Campground at 5 PM this evening. The Sheriff’s Advisement for the other communities along Highway 89 including Prattville, Almanor, and West Almanor remain in effect (see more details in Evacuation Section below).
Tonight crews will continue to work through the night to strengthen the containment line using both direct tactics near the edge of the fire, and indirect tactics in areas with steep terrain. North containment lines along the Humbug Road have held for more than 48 hours and will continue to be improved. No movement occurred along Highway 70 and the west flank.
New contingency lines along Highway 89 and north of Humbug Road are being improved with dozers and other heavy equipment. CalFire and Office of Emergency Services engines continue to arrive and will comprise a robust structural protection group for the communities threatened by the Chips Fire.
The Reading Fire has grown to 20,642 acres and is only 10 percent contained.
Burning operationswere successful last night. 1.8 miles of fire line from West Prospect Peak to Red Rock and 3.2 miles uphill to Rail Canyon were burnt out. An additional 1.4 miles were prepared from the 20 road to the 12 road around Badger Mountain.
Firing operations will continue along the indirect fire containment lines when and where burning conditions permit. These burning operations may be conducted either day or night as conditions allow, and will result in smoke appearing some distance from the wildfire edge. The firing operations will take place over a several day period in order to moderate fire effects.