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8A Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 Indian Valley Record Quick response A Plumas National Forest fire crew mops up the remains of a 1.7-acre fire along La Porte Road, about six miles from Highway 70. The Willow Fire, which was reported just after 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, was contained to a meadow on the east side of the road. A crew arrived on the scene within minutes and quickly knocked down the flames. The fire was completely contained by 5 p.m. According to the Forest Service, the cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo by Dan McDonald is Lassen park fire grows Temporary Trail Closures August 7, 2012 dJd y F," Fla. t AV0 Gl,% t,p 7.2U! 0 4 ........ Mites O Some Lassen Volcanic National Park trails are temporarily closed due to proximity to theReading Fire. 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One of the strikes ignited a fire ap- proximately one mile north- east of Paradise Meadow be- tween the Terrace Lake and Paradise Meadows trails. This fire, named the Read- ing Fire, is a naturally ignited wildfire that was being man- aged for ecosystem health, habitat ]mprovement and wildlife enrichment. The fire crept and smoldered with in- termittent areas of open flame and occasional individual and group tree torching until Aug. 6 whe winds picked up and shifted, creating several hot spots across the park road. "Management of lightning- ignited fires enables man- agers to accomplish resource and ecological benefits within designated wilderness areas of the park," said Superinten- dent Darlene M. Koontz. In consideration of weather forecasts and available re- sources, management of this fire has now been converted to suppression. As of Aug. 7, the fire was approximately 1,500 acres and 10 percent contained. The NorCal Incident Manage- ment Team arrived and took over suppression of the Read- ing Fifeat 6 p.m. Aug. 7. Park facilities and many trails remain open to the pub- lic. The main park road from the Devastated Area to Sum- mit Lake Campground will be closed until Wednesday morn- ing. Trail closures include: --Paradise Meadow Trail. --Terrace, Cliff and Shad- ow Lakes Trail. --Hat Lake In-holder Road from Hat Lake to northern park boundary. --Twin and Cluster Lakes Loop Trail. --Nobles Emigrant Trail from Painted Dunes to the northern park boundary. --Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Lower Twin Lake to northern park boundary. Northbound PCT hikers will need to detour at Lower Twin Lake and follow the trail past Rainbow Lake to continue on- to Butte Lake. From there hikers will access Highway 44 west to Old Station where they can continue north- bound on the PCT. "When lightning ignites fires in the park, we consider the op- portunity to use wildland fire for the benefit of forest ecosys- tems," said Koontz. "The Read- ing Fire met all of the criteria to meet these objectives and was managed to achieve these benefits." This criterion bal- anc.es public health and safety with benefit to the resource, and is re-assessed on a regular basis for continued manage- ment. Extensive planning is conducted to consider future growth of the fire depending on weather predictions, fuel mois- ture, smoke dispersal and availability of firefighters to manage growth. Lassen Volcanic National Park views the Reading Fire and its careful management as a much needed opportunity to reintroduce fire into the park's fire adapted ecosystems where it has been excluded for most of the last century. In these wilderness areas of the park, fire has routinely been suppressed, which has altered the ecosystem and resulted in an unnatural fuel accumula- tion. Restoring natural fire cy- cles within the park with the use of naturally ignited fires is vital to the health and protec- tion of the park ecosystems for future generations. For more information, con- tact the park at 595-6102 Mon- day through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit the park website at nps.gov/lavo. Smoke has health risks Plumas County Public Health Officer Dr. Val Armisen advises residents with sensitive health condi- tions to stay alert to changing smoke levels caused by the Chips Fire and be prepared to act accordingly. Smoky conditions can e hazardous for certain high- risk groups such as young children, the elderly, individ- uals with heart conditions or chronic lung disease such as asthma and bronchitis, and individuals with other respi- ratory ailments. Residents in these high-risk groups who are in areas of heavy smoke should be prepared to stay in- doors and limit their activity. Contact your doctor if you have symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, short- ness of breath or severe fa- tigue. This is important for not only people with chronic lung or heart disease, but also for individuals who have not been previously diag- nosed with such illnesses. Smoke can "unmask" or pro- duce symptoms of such dis- eases. Keep airways moist by drinking lots of water. Breathing through a warm, wet washcloth can also help relieve dryness. The use of masks is not rec- ommended for people with lung diseases such as asthma or emphysema, elderly people and others who may have trouble breathing. It takes more effort to breathe through a mask, increasing the risk of heat stress or en- hancing lung disease. If you feel dizzy, lightheaded or nau- seated or become disoriented, go to a smoke-free area and get medical attention. What to do if there is smoke present: --Stay inside with windows and doors shut. --Use the recycle or re-cir- culate mode on the air condi- tioner in your home or car. --Avoid cooking and vacu- uming, which can increase pollutants indoors. --Avoid physical exertion. --Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan. --Keep at least a five-day supply of medication on hand. For information on fire con- ditions and local air quality updates, visit plumascounty. US.