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Approximate Location

40.01 latitude, -121.278 longitude

Incident Overview

9/02/12 Chips Fire Map

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The Chips Fire information phone line will be disconnected today. For information, please call the local Forest Service office:

Plumas NF Mt. Hough Ranger District (530) 283-0555 or

Lassen NF Almanor Ranger District (530) 258-2141

Resources continue to mop up and patrol 300 feet where accessible. There will be occasional smoke seen within the fire perimeter until a significant amount of rain is received. Resources are working on dozer and handline repair by scattering cut vegetation over the constructed line.

On September 19 the Incident Command Post along Hwy 89 will be gone and management of the Chips Fire will be turned over to the Mt. Hough and Almanor Ranger Districts.

Ranger Districts have begun working on restoration projects and invite interested community members to provide input by contacting the offices listed above. Stay tuned for upcoming community fieldtrips to visit the fire area. Additional information may be found on the websites, or


• Seneca Road from Highway 89 is open to residents only of the community of Seneca. Seneca Road is not open to through traffic.

• Caribou Road Belden Forebay (27N60) to Butt Lake Dam.

• Rush Creek Road from Highway 70 is open to residents only.

• All additional secondary roads North of Highway 70 between Caribou Road and Twain from Highway 70.

• Ohio Valley Road and all additional secondary roads west of Highway 89 between Canyon Dam and the Butt Lake Road (305).

• Almanor South Campground on the west shore of Lake Almanor has closed for the season.

The Plumas National Forest continues to maintain a Forest Closure within and surrounding the Chips Fire area.

Basic Information

Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginSunday July 29th, 2012 approx. 01:57 AM
Location20 miles NW of Quincy, CA
Incident CommanderRich Simon

Current Situation

Total Personnel216
Size75,431 acres
Percent Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory) low brush with numerous dead and down logs and standing snags.

Significant Events

Stay tuned to inciweb for updated road and facility information!


Planned Actions

Resources will continue to patrol and to conduct suppression repair and backhaul on all areas of the fire.

Growth Potential


Terrain Difficulty



Total burned acres include: Plumas NF, 48,297 ac; Lassen NF, 18,372 ac; Private Ownership 8,762 ac. Suppression costs to date: $55,000,00

Current Weather

Temperature85 degrees

Unit Information

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Plumas National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
159 Lawrence Street
P.O. Box 11500
Quincy, CA 95971

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