A public meeting was held at the Old Station Volunteer Fire Department yesterday evening (Tuesday August 14th). Nearly 100 members of the local community were in attendance and received current information regarding the Reading Fire in Lassen National Forest. The Incident Commander of the California Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Jeanne Pincha-Tulley and Kit Mullen of the U.S. Forest Service were available to answer questions following the meeting. Other agencies in attendance were the American Red Cross, the Shasta County Sheriff's Department, the National Park Service, Cal Fire, and additional members of the California Team 3.
All burning operations have been successful to date. These operations provide a larger margin of safety to the local communities. The contingency lines are completed. Firing operations will continue to be conducted when and where burning conditions favor successful outcomes. 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. Firing operations will take place over a several day period in order to moderate fire effects. All preparation work for structure protection has been completed and structure protection is in place. Engines are assigned today to structure protection and perimeter protection in order to respond quickly to any threat. The weather is predicted to bring thunder storms to the area which could cause erratic and shifting winds if cumulus clouds form over the fire.
The head of the fire should continue to spread northwest over both West Prospect and Prospect Peak and north over Badger Mountain down Hat Creek drainage. The western flank of the fire will continue burning northwest down Lost Creek drainage. The eastern flank will continue spreading east towards Snag and Fantastic Lava Beds. The southeastern flanks and heel should continue burning south of Grassy Swale.
The Reading Fire was started by lightening on July 23 and is located in the general area south of West Prospect Peak and North of Summit Lake west of the Cinder Cone and east of Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway.The fire is burning on National Park and Forest Service Lands. Firefighters, equipment and numerous agencies from all over the nation are actively engaged in full suppression.
The Lassen National Forest and Lassen Volcanic National Park are working together and providing a coordinated response to the fire. Smoke will continue to pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/. Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at http://airnow.gov/index.cfm action=airnow.main.
Closures - Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway: The road through the Park is closed just past Manzanita Lake to Summit Lake. There are additional road, facility, trails including the PCT from Corral Meadows to the north boundry, and campgrounds closures which can be found on the Lassen Volcanic National Park official closure notice.
http://www.nps.gov/lavo/parkmgmt/upload/Reading-Trail-Closure-Handout-8-11-12-UPDATE.pdf Park visitors can still access the park at the north entrance to Manzanita Lake and the Loomis Museum and the south entrance in Mineral. Visitors have access to the Park Highway up as far as Summit Lake. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for current information.
Closures - Lassen National Forest: Please visit the Lassen National Forest web-site at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lassen/alerts-notices.Additional Information: Please contact the Reading Fire Information phone line at 877-384-7026 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., or the Lassen Volcanic National Park website at www.nps.gov/lavo, on Twitter@LassenNPS, and on Facebook.