Under Hot, Dry Conditions, Lassic Fire Throws Huge Plume of Smoke as it Expands South and East

Smoke from Lassic Fire about 6:45 p.m. [Photo by Kym Kemp]

Smoke from Lassic Fire about 6:45 p.m. [Photo by Kym Kemp]

According to a spokesperson, for the Mad River Complex which includes the Lassic Fire, the blaze is expanding rapidly south and southeast in today’s hot, dry and windy weather. The topography and terrain in that area leads to fire behavior similar to that of the Gobblet and Picket Fires– long narrow incidents which tend to run northwest to southeast quickly.

“The smoke is not due to defensive firing or burnouts,” said the spokesperson. “It is from the natural run of the fire.”

Because the frontline is dangerous, the spokesperson said, “the firefighters are not creating handlines at the front of the fire. “That is too dangerous,” she said. However, bulldozers have been creating contingency lines towards to the south and southeast which are expected to stop the forward rush.

So far, the spokesperson said, “This has not crossed SRA [State Responsibility Area] land” which Cal Fire is responsible for. The fire is still concentrated in areas that are the responsibility of the Forest Service.

While the fire is moving south and southeast, the north containment line is holding at Blanket Creek which is good news for the residents in that area.

Thanks to Terri Klemetson of KMUD News for the information she gathered for this story.



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