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Reading Fire: eReport Photo and Midday Report on Conditions


Here is your Thursday midday update on the Reading Fire burning in Lassen National Park

eReporter Kirk sent us this photo of the Reading fire. Susanville OES-316 is was dispatched to the fire last week as part of an OES strike team.


 Updated information as of 1:00p.m. Thursday August 16th

Current Situation: 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.

Burning objectives have been met on the west and northwest side of the fire, with 25% of the containment line around the fire completed. Today’s objectives in those areas will be patrol the fire, hold the line that we have, and mop up within the fire perimeter. Hot, dry conditions are predicted for the next few days and fire crews will be vigilant on continuing suppression tactics.

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

What can you do to help in the firefighting efforts 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. 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
  • Crags
  • Lost Creek
  • Summit Lake North
  • Summit Lake South


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 wanting to access the park from the south entrance, the road is open to Summit Lake. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for current information.

For additional information, please visit:

Location: 14 miles south of Old Station, CA.

  • Command: Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (Pincha-Tulley)
  • Start Date: July 23, 2012 Cause: Lightning
  • Acres: 25,242 NPS acres = 16,191 USFS acres = 8,973 Privately Owned Land 78
  • Percent Containment: 25%
  • Estimated Containment: August 21, 2012
  • Resources: Hand Crews: 26 Engines: 69 Helicopters: 5
  • Injuries: 1
  • Structures Damaged: 0
  • Estimated Cost-to-Date: $9,766,261
  • Total personnel assigned to the incident: 1,067

Reading Fire Map

Thursday morning map of the Reading fire

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