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Mandatory Evacuations Put In Place for Spalding Tract at Campgrounds at Eagle Lake

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Lassen County’s Health and Social Services Department opened a shelter for evacuees of the Whaleback Fire at Assembly of God Church, 473-465 Richmond Road, Susanville, California 96130. Those affected by the fire can reach the shelter at (530) 310-2783.

It is asked for anyone going to the shelter to bring their medication and medical equipment (walkers, breathing machines, etc.), clothing for three days, and important papers such as insurance cards.

In addition, the shelter is not providing medical care. Any caretakers must accompany you for the duration of your stay.

Please keep in mind weapons, drugs, alcohol and personal bedding are not permitted at the shelter.


According to Lassen National Forest Fire Chief Dustan Mueller the fire has now consumed 850 acres. All residents of Spalding Tract are under mandatory evacuation at this time.

Christie and Merrill Campgrounds are also under MANDATORY EVACUATION.

County Road A1 is closed from the Gallatin Road to Spalding Tract.

A shelter for evacuees has been set up at the Assembly of God Church on Richmond Road in Susanville.

Currently there are ten engines, five helicopters, four air tankers, four hand crews, four water tenders and four dozers working the fire.

A Type II Management Team is on order for tomorrow.


According to the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office there is now a MANDATORY EVACUATION in place for Spalding Tract at Eagle Lake.



Residents of Spalding Tract on the west shore of Eagle Lake were warned by Sheriff’s Deputies late this afternoon to be prepared to evacuate should the fire burning on Whaleback mountain move in the direction of the isolated community.

At last report the fire is estimated to be more than 300 acres in size and burning in timber in rugged terrain.

The California Highway Patrol has units in place and County Road A1 is closed in the Spalding area.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

We’ll have more updated information as it becomes available.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor


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