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Home National & State Parks Other NPs Lassen Volcanic National Park Reading Fire Now 32 Percent Contained

Lassen Volcanic National Park Reading Fire Now 32 Percent Contained

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A combined task force of fire crews continue to attack northern California's Reading Fire in Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lassen National Forest that as of Aug. 18, 2012 had burned nearly 28,000 acres and is only 32 percent contained.

Lassen National Forest and Lassen Volcanic National Park personnel are working together and providing a coordinated response to the fire. Smoke will continue to pose health concerns for the public.

readingfire_burnoperationLassen Volcanic National Park Highway continues to be closed for seven miles from Manzanita lake to Summit Lake. Snag removal will continue Saturday on the highway.

Summit Lake (north and south), Butte Lake, Lost Creek and Crags Campgrounds remain closed to visitors.

Numerous trails remain closed in the park including the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), from Corral Meadows to the north boundary, Paradise Meadows, Terrace Lakes, Painted Dunes, Cinder Cone, Twin Lakes, Cluster Lakes, Butte Lake, Widow Lake, and trails west of Snag Lake south to Juniper Lake and Horsehoe Lake.

All U.S. Forest Service roads, trails, and the area south of Highway 44 and east of Highway 89 in the vicinity of Old Station remain closed.

According to firefighters, containment lines on the north and west side of the fire are complete. Emphasis Saturday is on the south and east sides of the fire.

Crews hiked in to the east side to take advantage of very early morning weather conditions and reduced fire activity to make progress controlling the fire. In addition, helicopters are being used on the south and east sides to extinguish hot spots and support crews on the ground.

Smoke from other fires that are burning in northern California will also be present in the area.

Due to smoke and firefighting equipment, driving in the area of the fire will be challenging throughout the weekend. Officials are asking the public to be cautious when driving, to watch for other vehicles, and to drive slowly when visibility is low.

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.

The park's most popular trails remain open, officials said. From the Southwest entrance, visitors can access the Bumpass Hell trail, Kings Creek Falls trail, Mill Creek Falls, and Brokeoff Mountain trail among others.

Warner Valley offers visitors an opportunity to hike several trails including the trails to Devils Kitchen and Boiling Springs Lake, two of the park's hydrothermal areas.

The trails around Manzanita Lake, Lily Pond, Crags Lake and Manzanita Creek are open in the northwest part of the park.

The Reading Fire began July 23 and was started by a series of lightning strikes. The cost of the fire to date is estimated to be $11.6 million. More than 930 personnel have been assigned from a variety of agencies to battle the blaze.

Officials are still looking at Aug. 21, 2012 for full containment of the fire.

To see our original story on the Reading Fire, click here.

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