The Reading Fire is 27,887 acres and is now 79% contained.
Yesterday, the fire held within all lines on the fire. Firefighters continue to hold, patrol and mop up. Firelines were completed on the eastern part of the fire. With strong southwest winds, the eastern perimeter may be exposed to winds that may challenge these firelines. Fire fighters on these lines will be keeping a watchful eye on the line and outside the fireline so they can quickly respond to flare up or hotspots. Along the southern and eastern flanks helicopters were used to extinguish hot spots and support crews.
Crews will continue repairing the Pacific Crest Trail and other areas impacted by fire suppression. Minimum Impact Suppression Techniques are being utilized within the park. Crews are prepared for initial attack in Lassen Volcanic National Park and are available for structure protection. Snag removal will continue on the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway.
A meeting to discuss the Chips Fire was held 12:30 p.m., Aug. 20, 2012 at Hamilton Branch Fire District.
The fire has been upgraded to a type 1 fire and is now being managed by California Intradistrict Management Team 4.
“We are very fortunate to have an incredible amount of resources from California. Due to the complexity of the fire, we are able to bring in additional resources as needed,” said Team 4 Incident Manager Rocky Oplinger.