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Whaleback Fire

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Lassen National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2550 Riverside Ave SUSANVILLE California 96130
Susanville, CA 96130

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Aug 9, 2018- The fire is 18,703 acres with 100% containment and crews are still engaged on the fire. The Forest Service and BLM campgrounds have been reopened with the exception of Christie Campground. County Rd A1 has been reopened to the public. Please use caution when traveling the road as fire crews are still in the area and fire weakened trees are throughout the fire. The forest closure is still in effect for the area around the fire. A BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) team is on the fire doing assessments. The team of hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, botanists, and archeologists will install erosion controls, remove safety hazards, and survey for noxious weeds. The fire resulted in low to moderate soil burn severity and emergency treatments are expected to be minimal.

Weather- Very hot conditions will persist this week with temperatures nearing 100. Winds will typically be southwest 10-15mph with gusts up to 20mph. Humidity's will be in the 15-20% range. Weather Forescast

Air Quality- Smoke moving in from the Mendocino Complex and Carr Fire to the West will be the primary impact to the outlook area. Expect continued Hazardous air quality conditions today in Spalding and areas along the northwest side of Eagle Lake. Susanville can expect unhealthy conditions again today. Smoke Sense App

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The crew from Modoc Engine MDF55 work the fire diligently through the night. Photo by Travis Cunha.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday July 27th, 2018 approx. 01:30 PM
LocationSpalding, CA About 20 miles NW of Susanville, CA
Incident CommanderAlbert Savage
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates40.63 latitude, -120.883 longitude

Current Situation

Size18,703 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), brush (2 feet)and closed timber litter.

Significant Events

The Forest Service and BLM campgrounds around Eagle Lake have been reopened with the exception of Christie Campground.

The evacuation order for Spalding has been lifted. As of 2:00 pm, Sunday August 5, residents are allowed to return to their homes.


Planned Actions

Mop up, hold and improve existing containment lines.


There is significant damage to the LMUD power lines that supply power to the communities of Spalding, Buck's Bay and Stones Landing. Some of the damaged power poles span Brockman Flat Lava Beds. Damage assessments are continuing.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and Dry weather will continue through the week.