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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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Update for August 6, 2018

Whaleback Fire Wildfire
News – 8/6/2018

Announcements: Spalding residents were allowed to return home yesterday, as the evacuation order was lifted. Only residents will be allowed in, and they must show proof of residency. The A1 Road remains closed through the fire area until 7pm tonight, so access into Spalding for today is from Highway 139 to Eagle Lake Road.

Lassen Municipal Utility District (LMUD) will begin restoring power to Spalding, Bucks Bay, Stones, and all their customers at the north end of Eagle Lake at 9 am this morning. It will take 6-8 hours for the process to be complete. LMUD personnel and firefighters will be in the vicinity to assist should there be any issues with power restoration.

Command Teams: Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, Curtis Coots IC will be transitioning to a local Type 3 Management Team with ICs Albert Savage and trainee Pete Martens as of 6pm tonight. The fire camp at the fairgrounds will be closed by tomorrow afternoon.

Fire Situation: Crews continue to mop up where necessary. Suppression repair work also continues across the fire. Firefighters are being demobilized and sent to higher priority fires across the state and elsewhere.

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

Fire Size: Approximately 18,703 acres (acreage reduced due to more accurate mapping) with 95% 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: The A1 road remains closed today from Eagle Lake Marina north to the intersection of A1 and Spalding Way until 7pm tonight when it will reopen to all traffic. Spalding Way will only be open to residents.

Closures: The Forest Service recreation facilities along the south shore of Eagle Lake are still closed. 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

Remember, Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires. Fire Safety Begins at Home.

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