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.
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.