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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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Whaleback 8/3/2018 Update

Whaleback Fire Wildfire
News – 8/3/2018


August 3, 2018

8:00 am

Fire Situation:
The Whaleback fire is located on Whaleback Mountain, west of Eagle Lake, in the Brockman Flat Lava Beds. Fire suppression activities are being directed by Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, under a unified command between the Lassen National Forest and the CALFIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit.

Fire Start: Friday, July 27, 1:30 pm. Cause is under investigation.

Fire Size: Approximately 18,726 acres with 70% containment.

Location: West side of Eagle Lake about 20 miles northwest of Susanville, California.

Road Closures: County Road A1 is closed to the north at Lakeside Dr. near Buck’s Bay and to the south at Alta Dr. in Lake Forest. County Rd 105 is closed at HWY 44, and County Rd 231 remains closed at this time.

Evacuations and Closures: There is significant damage to LMUD power lines that provide power to Buck’s Bay, Stones Landing and Spalding communities. As assessments of infrastructure continue, Spalding remains under evacuation order and the evacuation warning for Buck’s Bay and Stones Landing has been rescinded as of 8:00 a.m. Friday, August 03, 2018. Campgrounds and day use areas remain closed to public use. Public lands have been temporary closed in the fire area to provide for public safety. The closer orders and accompanying map can be found at

Evacuation Center: Assembly of God Church on Richmond Road in Susanville, (530) 310-2783.

Fire Behavior: Interior islands continue to burn and containment lines will be challenged over the next several days as Red Flag warnings remain in effect. Fire crews continue to aggressively rehab and mop up to the extent necessary.

Resources Assigned:897 total personnel, including22 hand crews; 4 helicopters; 48 engines; 15 bulldozers; 31 water tenders. For more information contact Whaleback Fire Information at (530) 252-6450 or at