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Reading Fire at Lassen Park: Early Friday Report on Conditions

Here is your early morning update on the Reading Fire burning in Lassen National Park

Updated Friday 1:39a.m.

Tonight crews will continue to secure the line following MIST tactic and patrol on the southern perimeter. On the western perimeter crews will continue to hold the line. Northern perimeter crews will continue holding, patrolling and mopping up after completed burn operations. Eastern perimeter crews will scout line, completed indirect line and prepare for firing operations. Additional crews will continue to prepare for potential structure protection. Hot, dry conditions are predicted for the next few days and fire crews will be vigilant on continuing suppression tactics.

Firefighting efforts continue to be focused on protecting structures and controlling the growth of the fire. Favorable weather conditions and management tactics utilizing current resources, have allowed crews to make increased progress on this fire and keep the perimeter as small as possible.

Minimal fire spread over the northwest portion of the fire may occur from short range spotting over the next few days.

What you can do to help in the firefighting efforts is prepare your home, stay aware of the situation, and help your friends and neighbors where you can.

The Lassen National Forest and Lassen Volcanic National Park are working together and providing a coordinated response to the fire.

Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) is a fire fighting philosophy of “do least damage.” If a fire crew was fighting a fire in your back yard, you would want them to use MIST tactics. First, they would only suppress the fire in ways that would provide for your family’s safety and their own. Then they would cut down only necessary trees, use water rather than chemicals when possible, communicate clearly with each other so they did not waste time or resources, use tools that were the right size rather than too big or too small, spend only the money they needed to spend, and restore the site as much as possible. Suppression of the Reading Fire is being done using MIST tactics.

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 Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at action=airnow.main.

Closures – Lassen Volcanic National Park

  • Trails: including the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Campgrounds:
  • Butte Lake
  • Crags
  • Lost Creek
  • Summit Lake North
  • Summit Lake South


The Lassen National Volcanic Park Highway is closed just past Manzanita Lake to Summit Lake. Park visitors can still access the Park at the north entrance to Manzanita Lake and the Loomis Museum and the south entrance in Mineral. Visitors have access to the Park Highway up as far as Summit Lake. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for current information.

For additional information, please visit:

Lassen National Forest website:

Lassen Volcanic National Park: or on Twitter@LassenNPS

  • Location: 14 miles south of Old Station, CA.
  • Command: Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (Pincha-Tulley)
  • Start Date & Report Time: July 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Acres: 25,242 NPS acres = 16,191 USFS acres = 8,973 Private Property = 78
  • Percent Containment: 28%
  • Estimated Containment: August 21, 2012
  • Resources:
  • Hand Crews: 25
  • Engines: 64
  • Helicopters: 5
  • Injuries: 1
  • Structures Damaged: 0
  • Estimated Cost-to-Date: $9,997,373
  • Total personnel assigned to the incident: 1,083

Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (Pincha-Tulley) took command of the incident at 6 pm on August 13, 2012. Numerous agencies from many jurisdictions are working together in cooperation to ensure public and fire fighter safety and suppress the fire as quickly as possible. Initial attack in the park is being coordinated by CIIMT3.

For additional information please call the Reading Fire Information phone line at 877-384-7026 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m

 Reading Fire Map

Thursday morning map of the Reading fire

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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