Current Fire Activity & Restrictions

Three hikers cross a hillside above an alpine lake. A plume of smoke floats to the right from a wildfire in the distance.
A plume of smoke from the 2012 Reading Fire above hikers on the Mt. Harkness Trail above Juniper Lake.

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Wildfire Information

Wildfires within Lassen Volcanic National Park will be reported on this page if they exceed low-impact status, which may include rapid growth, increased impacts, or size exceeding 1/4-acre.

The 2021 Dixie Fire reached 100% containment on October 26, 2021 with a total size of 963,309 acres including 73,240 acres within the park. Learn more about Dixie Fire effects within the park.

Four stacked images of a large pile and small piles of wood debris burning outside.
From top: Hand piles near Loomis Ranger Station; a landing pile near Lost Creek; a landing pile off Hat Creek Road burning and fully consumed.

NPS/Dan Ostmann

Prescribed Burning

Lassen Volcanic National Park will complete prescribed burning in fall and spring as conditions permit.

Pile Burning in Northeast Corner of Mineral Headquarters

Fire personnel will burn hand piles in the recently acquired 16 acres in the northeast corner of Mineral headquarters. If weather and air quality conditions are favorable, burning could resume 3/15 and continue intermittently as snow recedes and as weather conditions are favorable.

Northwest Gateway Project Prescribed Burning

Prescribed burning is planned for approximately 225 acres (Units G and F) southwest of Manzanita Lake Campground. This is part of the multi-year Northwest Gateway Forest Restoration (NWG) Project and involves the reintroduction of fire to units that were previously treated by mechanical thinning.

Additional Pile Burning

Firefighters will also burn piles in the following locations as conditions allow: Mineral headquarters, Summertown (north of Manzanita Lake), Summit Lake Ranger Station, Hat Creek Road, Lost Creek Helispot, Horseshoe Cabin, Juniper Lake Area, and along Butte Lake Road.

Smoke from prescribed burns may be visible within and outside of the park. Air quality information including Particle Matter (PM2.5) measurements at Manzanita Lake and Mineral is available at on the Air Quality page.

Completed Pile Burns

  • 10/19/21 - Fire personnel took advantage of snow and ignited 1 acre of hand piles around Horseshoe Cabin and 2 acres of hand piles on the north shore of Juniper Lake.
  • 10/21/21 - Firefighters ignited 1 acre of hand piles around Summit Lake Ranger Station.
  • 11/3/21 - Firefighters ignited a landing pile of material generated from preparing the park highway for firing operations during the Dixie Fire. During suppression repair, heavy equipment and dump trucks collected the material from the unburned side of the road and hauled it to a landing off the Hat Creek road within the Dixie Fire perimeter.
  • 11/8/21 - Fire personnel ignited a Dixie Fire suppression repair landing pile near Lost Creek.
  • 12/8 - 12/17/21 - Firefighters ignited hand piles east of park headquarters and near the administrative campground and ball field in Mineral.
  • 2/23/22 - Started pile burning in the recently acquired 16 acres in the northeast corner of Mineral headquarters.


Fire Restrictions

No Fire Restrictions

There are currently no fire restrictions in the park.

Practice Fire Safety

Please be especially cautious with your campfire (where permitted), vehicle, gas/liquid campstoves, and cigarettes to help reduce the risk of wildfire during this period of severe drought. Campfires are always restricted to fire rings within designated campground.

A hazy view of a mudpot on a hillside backed by a windy mountain road.
Hazy air conditions at Sulphur Works in the Southwest Area.

NPS/Catherine Orland

Smoke Impacts from Nearby Wildfires

Smoke impacts in the park from nearby fires vary from day to day. Park staff is not able to predict conditions for your trip. The following resources can help you check conditions prior to your visit:


Last updated: March 15, 2022

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