The Chips fire burning 18,681 acres, is still at 10 percent containment with estimated containment August 31.
Crews successfully initiated firing operations Wednesday night on the fire’s northwest flank near Castle Rock.
The firing (back-fire) add an area of black between the constructed line and the main fire in Soda Creek.
Crews will continue to improve line on the fire’s west and north flanks Thursday.
On the fires active northeast flank, crews are constructing handline and installing hose lines along Mosquito Creek to contain the fire where it had escaped containment lines.
The spot fire on the east side of the Feather River’s north fork at Red Hill is now within containment lines. The fire is expected to reach Highway 70 today which may result in an increase in containment on the fire. Motorists should use caution and expect minor delays when travelling the Feather River Canyon due to fire and firefighter activity in the area.
Construction of contingency line along the Humbug Road will continue today. Contingency line construction has been initiated between the Yellow Creek area and Butt Lake, and from Butt Lake south towards Cherry Hill.
Contingency lines are installed as an extra measure of protection for important values at risk and will only be used should the fire overcome primary containment lines that are in place.
The California Department of Transportation is implementing traffic controls along Highway 70 due to safety concerns. Travelers should check Highway 70 conditions regularly (800-427-ROAD / www.dot.ca.gov). Motorists should expect delays and need to anticipate firefighting personnel and apparatus on the road in the vicinity of the fire.
Smoke will continue to pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/. Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.main.