Fire Scorches 17,000 Acres, 10% Contained
The massive Chips Fire in northern California forced expanded closures, according to a press release from the Lassen National Forest.
The expansion includes the area north of the fire and Grizzly Peak Campground, the Paradise Post reported.
Authorities have closed Yellow Creek Campground, Rocky View Campground, Mountain View Campground and Ponderosa Flat Campground.
Lassen National Forest Spokeswoman Alyssa Tanner, said expanded closure area is to allow firefighters to work on containment lines on the fire.
She said officials want to keep the area as clear as possible to allow firefighters to do their containment line work.
Containment objectives for the Chips Fire are to keep the fire south of Humbug Summit Road, north of Highway 70 and Tobin, west of the Butt Lake transmission lines, and East of Phillbrook Reservoir. Crews are stationed in communities along the Feather River Canyon to provide structure protection. At last check, the fire had scorched 16,787 acres and had been just 10 percent contained. The fire is now expected to be contained on Aug. 21.