Lightning-Caused Fire Managed for Forest Health in Lassen Volcanic National Park to be Suppressed Update 8/8
Contact: Darlene Koontz, 530-595-6102
On July 23, thunderstorms produced numerous lightning strikes within Lassen Volcanic National Park. One of the strikes ignited a fire approximately one mile northeast of Paradise Meadow between the Terrace Lake and Paradise Meadows Trails. This fire, named the Reading Fire, is a naturally ignited wildfire that was being managed for ecosystem health, habitat improvement and wildlife enrichment. The fire crept and smoldered with intermittent areas of open flame and occasional individual and group tree torching until yesterday afternoon when winds picked up and shifted creating several hot spots across the park road. "Management of lightning-ignited fires enables managers to accomplish resource and ecological benefits within designated wilderness areas of the park," stated Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz. In consideration of weather forecasts and available resources management of this fire has now been converted to a suppression fire. At this time, the fire is approximately 2000 acres and 5% contained. The NorCal Incident Management Team 1 has arrived and taken command of this fire.
Current Situation: The fire continues to spread to the north and east and is nearing the Park boundary. The fire is actively burning and causing spot fires which are challenging firefighters. Highway 89 through the Park is closed at Crags Campground to Summit Lake.
Trail closures include:
Did You Know?
The Lassen Smelowskia flower only grows within Lassen Volcanic National Park, with the largest population on Lassen Peak, and is considered a Threatened and Endangered Species.