Chips Fire Grows to More Than 15,000 Acres; 10 Percent Containment

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

The Chips Fire continues to grow toward the north and northeast remaining within containment lines.

The fire, 2 miles Northeast of Belden, that began July 29, is now burning at 15,334 acres and is at 10 percent containment. Seven injuries reported but no details to the extent or those affected. Expanded fire emergency closure area is in effect on the Lassen National Forest. The expansion includes the area north of the fire and Grizzly Peak Campground.

Several spot fires occurred outside the northern flank of the fire and were aggressively attacked with crews, dozers, and engines.

Crews made progress toward containment of the spot fire east of the Caribou Road. Crews continue to improve containment lines on the fire's western flank.

Tonight engine crews will continue to improve and hold containment lines along the Caribou Road and Highway 70 where the fire is backing down slope.

If conditions are safe tonight they may do some small burnouts to strengthen the line.

The Yellow Creek Base Camp will be relocated to Almanor Campground. An advisory from the Plumas County Sheriff's Office for potential evacuations is still in effect along Highway 70 between Tobin and Twain.

Other voluntary evacuation notices remain in effect as well.

Stay with KOLO 8 News Now for the latest details.

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