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Wildfire

Chips Fire explodes to 27,000 acres; 7% contained

Feather Publishing
8/10/2012
10:00 p.m. update

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.

Read more: Chips Fire explodes to 27,000 acres; 7% contained

 

Reading Fire grows to over 9,000 acres

Feather Publishig
8/10/2012
11:00 a.m. update

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.

Read more: Reading Fire grows to over 9,000 acres

 

Chips Fire 8/9/2012 update

Feather Publishing
8/9/2012
8:00 p.m. update

Crews kept the fire within containment lines despite challenging weather conditions including hot temperatures, gusty winds, and low humidity. Most of the smoke produced today was generated by active fire spread in the Soda Creek drainage which cast a spot fire into Grizzly Meadows. Burning operations conducted by crews yesterday afternoon helped keep the fire at bay.

Crews began mop up along the northern flank. The fire backed down slopes to Highway 70 along its southeastern flank. Downslope movement was also observed near Mosquito Creek on the eastern flank. Aircraft supported crews with water drops to cool areas of intense heat that could have generated additional spot fires in that drainage area. With the exception of upper Soda Creek fire activity was minimal along the western flank.

Crews also continued to construct and plan for additional contingency lines as an added measure of protection for nearby communities and valued places far ahead of the fire area should the fire overcome primary containment lines.

Read more: Chips Fire 8/9/2012 update

  

Reading Fire 8/9/20112 Update

Feather Publishing
8/9/2012
Lassen Park Highway closed due to 3,700 acre wildfire.

A Community Meeting will be held tonight at the Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department on Highway 89 at 7:00 pm to discuss the current fire situation.

On July 23, thunderstorms produced numerous lightning strikes within Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Read more: Reading Fire 8/9/20112 Update

 

Forest Service responds to Board of Supervisors questions about Chips Fire

Dan McDonald
Crabtree
Deputy Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree updates the Plumas County Supervisors on Forest Service efforts to battle the Chips Fire.    Photo by Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
8/8/2012

“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.

Read more: Forest Service responds to Board of Supervisors questions about Chips Fire

  

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