Wildfire burns 15 percent of Lassen Volcanic National Park

Reading fire, Lassen
Reading fire, Lassen
Firing out on the Reading fire, Lassen Volcanic NP. Photo by Steve Burns

A wildfire with the odd name of “Reading” has burned 15 percent of Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California. Approximately 15,506 acres of the 23,958-acre fire are within the northern boundary of the park (see the map below).

The Reading fire is being managed by Pincha-Tulley’s Type 1 Incident Management Team; 1,239 firefighters and overhead are committed, including 36 crews. The fire burned 2,380 acres on Monday. Heavy timber and brush burned actively Monday night with low rates of spread and isolated single tree torching. Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway continues to be closed for seven miles from Manzanita Lake to Summit Lake. Summit Lake, Butte Lake, Lost Creek and Crags Campgrounds remain closed. (Source: National Park Service)

Below is a map showing the perimeter of the Reading fire, 48 miles east of Redding, California.

Map of Reading Fire in Lassen NP, August 14, 2012
Map of Reading Fire in Lassen NP, August 14, 2012. (Click to enlarge.)


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Wildfire burns 15 percent of Lassen Volcanic National Park”

  1. I learned from a local that the fire is named after Reading Lake, then I read that there’s a Reading Peak.

    1. Small fact: Reading was also to be the original name for Redding, after the first “white” settler to the area; Pierson B. Reading. Instead Redding was excepted; named after the Southern Pacific railroad man, Benjamin B. Redding.


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