News Release

For Release:  July 04, 2008
Contact:   Jeff Fontana or Scott Isaacson (530) 257-9553

Crews Working Toward Containment of Northeast California Blazes

Burning Permits and Woodcutting Suspended, Some Roads and Trails Closed

Fire officials have announced 45 percent containment of the Corral Fire, a timber and rangeland blaze 10 miles northwest of Eagle Lake, and hope to have the fire fully contained by July 7.  About 380 firefighters and support personnel are assigned.

The fire in Upper Gooch Valley is not threatening structures and is not a threat to Eagle Lake communities.  Detailed information is available at (530) 825-3425.

Fires in the Cub Complex, which include the Cub and Onion fires, have burned about 6.000 acres on the Lassen National Forest, about 16 miles southwest of Chester.  The fires are burning west and east of highway 32.  More firefighting resources are arriving on the fire daily and the suppression strategy is being implemented for both blazes. There are approximately 900 personnel assigned.

Current information on the fires and associated road and campground closures is available at (530) 258-3932, or at www.fs.fed.us/r5/lassen.

Highway 32 is closed from Highway 36 to 13 miles east of Forest Ranch.

Fire information is also available at www.inciweb.org.

In the Lassen National Forest, firewood cutting permits have been suspended, campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds and recreation sites, and vehicles are restricted to roads and trails. Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles or buildings.

Because of the high fire danger and strain on fire fighting resources, CAL FIRE has announced suspension of all burning permits.

Fire officials are also stressing that possession and use of fireworks, including the types sold at fireworks stands, are illegal in national forests, national parks and BLM-managed public lands. 

Fire officials encourage people living in wildland areas to increase their defensible space efforts by raking up debris, clearing dry grass and brush and cleaning rain gutters.  For more information, visit www.lassenfiresafecouncil.org.

-SIFC-

Susanville Interagency Fire Center
CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit • Lassen National Forest • Bureau of Land Management • Lassen Volcanic National Park