A view of the smoke from the fire in the Philbrook area as seen from Lake Almanor Sunday evening. Photo by Greg Stelzner

Sky Fire near Philbrook Lake prompts evacuation warning

The fire that broke out yesterday, June  27, near Philbrook Lake on the Lassen National Forest is now being called the Sky Fire. As of last night it was reported to be 75 to 100 acres and prompted the Butte County Sheriff to issue an evacuation warning for those in the Philbrook and Snag Lake areas. It’s burning in the Almanor Ranger District of Lassen National Forest in Butte County.

The Plumas National Forest is assisting the National Forest as well as Cal Fire in battling the blaze.

The initial attack earlier today included one Air Attack, two air tankers, one helicopter, six engines, and one crew. The number of crews has increased throughout the day. As of now there’s an abundance of resources on this fire, including air tankers, helicopters, bull dozers, fire engines, hand crews, and water tenders. Extremely rough terrain and extreme weather conditions are hindering containment status. 

The map below depicts the Sky Fire location.