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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 8/5/2018 Update

Whaleback Fire Wildfire
News – 8/5/2018

Whaleback Fire Update

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Whaleback Fire Information at (530) 252-6450

Announcement: A public meeting will be held on Sunday August 5, 2018 at 1 pm in Jensen Hall at the Lassen County Fairgrounds, in Susanville, Ca. The purpose will be to provide the Spalding residents information about the conditions they will face once they are allowed to return to their homes.

Command Team: Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, Curtis Coots IC.

Fire Situation: Crews continue to mop up and secure the fires edge. Suppression repair work will continue today over areas of the fire. With continued breezy conditions hazard trees will remain a safety concern as several fire weakened trees fell yesterday. Main continued concerns are firefighter and public safety as the crews work to secure the area around Spalding and to keep the fire within the containment lines.

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

Fire Size: Approximately 18,726 acres with 90% containment.

Location: The Whaleback fire is located on Whaleback Mountain and in the Brockman Flat Lava Beds on the west side of Eagle Lake about 20 miles northwest of Susanville, Ca.

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.

Evacuations and Closures: There is significant damage to LMUD power lines that provide power to Buck’s Bay, Stones Landing and Spalding communities. A generator has been delivered to Spalding and will be operational as soon as possible. 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continue, Spalding remains under evacuation order and the evacuation warning for Buck’s Bay and Stones Landing has been rescinded as of 8:00 a.m. Friday, August 03, 2018.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 temporarily closed in the fire area to provide for public safety. The closure orders and accompanying maps can be found at

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

Fire Behavior: Interior islands will continue to burn and produce smoke in the area. The Red Flag Warning has been rescinded but hot and dry weather will continue into the week. Winds will be from the southwest today 15-20mph with gusts to 25mph. Any new spot fires or new fires could grow rapidly. Fire crews continue to aggressively mop up and are engaged in suppression repair.

Resources Assigned:766 total personnel, including17 hand crews; 4 helicopters; 44 engines; 12 bulldozers; 25 water tenders.