Stump Fire now at 500 acres; 20 percent contained

3:30 p.m., Aug. 3: The Stump Fire is now at 500 acres and 20 percent contained. According to the Lassen National Forest, there are 300 personnel working to gain containment. The fire has stayed within the mapped area with no spot fire crossing Highway 36. The public is asked to beware when traveling through the area and not stop to take photos.

10:45 a.m., Aug. 3: The Stump Fire is now at 300 acres and 15 percent contained.

Firefighters are battling the Stump Fire near Childs Meadow on the Almanor Ranger District in the Lassen National Forest. That is near the junction of Highways 36 and 172.

The fire broke out at about 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. It is burning in heavy timber in rugged terrain with no structures threatened at this time.

As of this morning, Aug. 2, it was reported to be at 200 acres. More resources are arriving as they are released from other fires.

The public is asked to avoid the area.

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