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Home National & State Parks Other NPs Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway Opens Monday; Reading Fire 100 Percent Contained

Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway Opens Monday; Reading Fire 100 Percent Contained

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway, much of it closed to visitors during the Reading Fire, is expected to completely open on Monday, Aug. 27, park officials said.

"The plan is to open the park road at noon, and have it open for through traffic," a spokesperson told OldWestNewWest.com Travel and History Magazine Friday afternoon.

readingfire_burnoperation2Firefighters finally were able to fully contain northern California's huge 28,000-acre Reading Fire on Aug. 23, 2012.

"We are working to open more park facilities and areas of the park as safety for visitors and staff allows," said park Superintendent Darlene Koontz. "There may still be areas with smoke, so I encourage visitors to call our visitor center to check on smoke conditions prior to visiting the park."

The very popular Manzanita Lake Campground was opened to visitors on Friday after having been closed during fire-fighting operations.

Trails that were directly in the path of the fire were closed and remain closed. Also, no wilderness permits are being issued until further notice.

The lightning-caused fire started on July 23, spreading into Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lassen National Forest. Full containment was announced Aug. 23, 2012.

Fire crews will continue to take a series of post-fire actions to repair damages and minimize environmental impacts resulting from fire suppression activities, and continue to patrol the firelines and mop up any remaining hot spots.

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 as of Friday.

Visitors this weekend wanting to access Lassen Volcanic National Park from the north can drive the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway from the north entrance to Manzanita lake. For 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, park 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 Lassen Peak trail will be open to the summit Friday Aug.31 through Monday Sept.3. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular full moon hike up the peak on Aug.31.

The trails around Manzanita Lake, Lily Pond, Crags Lake and Manzanita Creek are open in the northwest part of the park. The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed until further notice.

Campgrounds that remain closed until further notice include Butte lake, Crags, Lost Creek, Summit Lake South, and Summit Lake North.

There was one minor injury as a result of the fire, officials said. No structures were damaged, and the estimated cost of fighting the fire was placed at $15.8 million.

"I would like to express our thanks and appreciation for the cooperation and support on the Reading Fire," said Koontz.

Supporting organizations included the U.S. Forest Service, other National Park Service units, Bureau of Land Management, Cal Fire, Shasta County Sheriff, California Emergency Management Agency (formerly OES), U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Old Station Fire Department, Redding Fire Department, and Mill Creek/Mineral Fire Department.

For information on visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park, visit the Website at
www.nps.gov/lavo/ or call (530) 595-4480.

To see our earlier report on the Reading Fire, click here.

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