Two fires 100 percent contained on the Lassen National Forest

The Lassen National Forest has two active fires that started from recent thunderstorms that moved through the area.

These fires are currently designated as the H-1 Fire in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness and the L-1 Fire on the Almanor Ranger District near Philbrook Reservoir.

The H-1 Fire is 1/10th acre and 100 percent contained and controlled. The L-1 Fire is at 8 acres and 100 percent contained. Last night ground resources responded. Six engines, one hand crew and two water tenders, digging line and laying hose around L-1. CalFire assisted with their crews and additional support from their night-flying helicopter.

Today, crews will be re-enforcing line by mopping up hot spots within the containment areas. Personnel will perform recon flights over the Lassen National Forest to see current conditions and look for any new starts.

Thunderstorms are expected to continue through the month of August bringing additional potential for wildfire. Yesterday, Aug. 15, Red Flag warnings were issued by the National Weather Service. Despite the chance for rain, we expect to see similar warnings and dry fuels conditions in the coming weeks.

We are also experiencing an increase of smoke in our area from wildfires on other Northern California forest. Smoke settles into valleys and low-lying areas overnight and during the early morning, generally lifting later in the day. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures when outdoors during these times.  Know before you go and check local weather and air quality before traveling.

If you’re out recreating, be careful. Avoid working with tools that can spark fires during hot, dry, or windy weather. Maintain your vehicle and tow safely. Dragging chains can cause sparks, and parking a hot engine on dry fuels, like tall grass, can cause a wildfire to start. Never leave your campfire or grill unattended and completely extinguish your fire before leaving your site by drowning the flames or warm coals with water, stirring them up and drowning it again until it is cold to the touch.

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