Fire Scorches 17,000 Acres, 10% Contained

August 9, 2012 by   - () Comments Off on Fire Scorches 17,000 Acres, 10% Contained

The Chips Fire in northern California is marked in colored hash marks. Campgrounds in and around the fire zone are shown in red. Map courtesy of the Paradise Post.

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.



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