Reading Fire Update for August 20, 2012
Incident: Reading Wildfire
Reading Fire Information Update
Lassen Volcanic National Park and
Lassen National Forest
August 20, 2012 9:00 am
Current Situation: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Monday afternoon and evening due to high winds and low relative humidity.
Yesterday, the fire held within all lines on the fire. Firefighters continue to hold, patrol and mop up. Firelines were completed on the eastern part of the fire. Along the southern and eastern flanks helicopters were used to extinguish hot spots and support crews.
Crews will continue repairing the Pacific Crest Trail and other areas impacted by fire suppression. Minimum Impact Suppression Techniques are being performed within the park. Crews are prepared for initial attack in Lassen Volcanic National Park and are available for structure protection. Snag removal will continue on the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway.
The objectives of public and firefighter safety and keeping the fire within its current perimeter are priorities The addition of increased winds and lower relative humidity may impact fire behavior and crews will be responding to any spot fires.
Today, smoke and operations on nearby fires may present driving hazards. Drive slowly when visibility is low, and be cautious around emergency vehicles.
Many local, county, state and federal agencies are working together to provide 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
- Butte Lake
- Lost Creek
- Summit Lake North
- Summit Lake South
Visitors are encouraged to contact Lassen Volcanic National Park prior to visiting for current conditions. Visitors wanting to access Lassen National Volcanic Park from the north, can drive the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway from the north entrance to Manzanita Lake. Visitors may access the park from the south entrance. The road is open to Summit Lake. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for current information. Many of the park's most popular trails remain open.
For additional information, please visit:
- Lassen National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lassen/alerts-notices
- InciWeb: www.inciweb.org/incident/3112/
- Lassen Volcanic National Park: www.nps.gov/lavo/index.htm or on Twitter@LassenNPS
Location: Portions of the Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lassen National Forest.
Command: Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (Pincha-Tulley)
Start Date: July 23, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Acres: 27,887 NPS acres = 16,970 USFS acres = 10,838 Privately Owned Land 79
Percent Containment: 51%
Estimated Containment: August 21, 2012
Resources: Hand Crews: 13 Engines: 56 Helicopters: 4
Injuries: 1 Structures Damaged: 0 Estimated Cost-to-Date: $13,204,631 Total personnel assigned to the incident: 807