Chips Fire Update August 18, 2012 8:00 Pm
Incident: Chips Wildfire
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 dozer and 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.
Public Safety: Motorists are encouraged to use caution on roads within the vicinity of the fire, particularly on Highway 70 and Highway 89 due to increased fire traffic. Travelers should check highway conditions regularly at 800-427-ROAD or http://www.dot.ca.gov/.
Smoke may 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.
Ready, Set, Go website provides tips to prepare for wildfire and what to do in the event of an evacuation. Advance preparations on your part will enable firefighters and Sheriff's Deputies to assure your safety and enable them to conduct a safe and efficient evacuation. Visit Ready, Set, Go program and website at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3052/15480/.
Evacuations: For Plumas County evacuation information go to this link : http://www.countyofplumas.com/CivicAlerts.aspx AID=529