Fire Status: Wind increased fire activity, causing multiple spot fires in the Clear Creek drainage to the east of and parallel to Butt Valley Reservoir this afternoon. The fire made a run to the east, burning 450 acres. Firefighters continued to build fireline along the east flank of the fire with air support from one air tanker and four helicopters. On the west perimeter, crews picked up three spot fires, while lines were reinforced and mop-up continued in other sectors of the fire.
PG&E representatives continue to work closely with the fire management team, and are prepared to de-energize transmission lines as needed for firefighting efforts.
Tonight's Actions: Fire activity moderated early this evening. This will enable firefighters to continue to construct line on the east side of the fire to keep it from moving northeast. Patrol will continue along completed firelines for spot fires.
A public meeting was held this evening at the Old Station volunteer fire department hall.
The Reading Fire is now at 51% containment. When referring to a fire, the difference between a fire being contained or controlled can be unclear. When a fire is contained a fuel break had been completed around the fire manually by hand line, and/or mechanically by dozer line. These breaks may also include the use of natural barriers such as rocky outcroppings. When a fire has been controlled, the fireline is secure enough so that flare-ups within the fire perimeter will not break through the line. Therefore, just because a line is contained does not mean that the fire is controlled.
Tonight crews will hold, patrol and mop up from Hat Lake to the Fantastic Lava Beds following MIST tactics on all divisions in the park. On the eastern perimeter crews will complete direct line and prepare for firing operations. Crews are positioned for initial attack response in the Lassen National Volcanic Park.