Reading Fire 100% Contained

The Reading Fire is 100 percent contained.

According to a Lassen National Forest press release, when referring to a wild land fire, the difference between a fire being “contained” or “controlled” is that when a fire is contained, a fuel break had been completed around the fire, by hand line and/or mechanically by dozer line. These fire breaks may also include the use of natural barriers such as rocky outcroppings.

When a fire has been controlled, the fire line is secure enough so that flare-ups within the fire perimeter will not break through the line. A fire referred to as contained does not mean that the fire is controlled.

Smoke will still be visible from unburned islands within the fire perimeter. However, with 100% containment, resources are being released to assist other fires and crews are hauling out miles of hose and other equipment to be cleaned and deployed to other fires.

Smoke and fire-fighting equipment from the Reading, Chips, Ponderosa and other fires in northern California may present driving hazards. Drive slowly when visibility is low, and be cautious around emergency vehicles.

Weather will be slightly warmer today, with decreased winds and dry conditions and temperatures ranging from 73 to 90 degrees. Winds are expected to increase Thursday and Friday with temperatures 72-88 degrees.

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

Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at

Closures –

Lassen Volcanic National Park


Butte Lake


Lost Creek

Summit Lake South

Summit Lake North

Manzanita Lake

Visitors 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 Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway is open to Summit Lake only. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for current information at 877-384-7026.

For additional information, please visit the following websites:

Lassen National Forest website


Lassen Volcanic National Park:

Lightning caused the Reading Fire  on July 23 in an area that included portions of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lassen National Forest.

The Reading Fire burned 28,079 acres, of which 16,993 acres were on National Parks Service property,  11,071 were on US Forest Service acres and 75 acres were on privately owned land.

Fire-fighting resources included 13 hand crews, 33 engines and 3 helicopters. The Reading Fire resulted in one injury. No structures were destroyed. The estimated cost-to-date to contain the fire is $15,245,077.

From Lassen National Park press release. 


-from press release
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