Lassen Volcanic National Park News Release
August 3, 2005 For Immediate Release Marilyn H. Parris (530) 595-4444, ext. 5101
Additional Resources Arrive to Assist Mop-up Operations at Lassen Volcanic National Park
Due to the recent warming trend, the Prospect Peak Prescribed Fire in Lassen Volcanic National Park has shown signs of increased activity. On August 2 after the park fire management staff reviewed strategies and tactics to put this fire completely out requests for additional hand crews, a medium-sized helicopter for dropping water and a water tender were made. All requested resources arrived by the afternoon of August 3.
The Prospect Peak Prescribed Fire was converted to a wildland fire on July 17 when a spot fire escaped the containment lines and grew to 77 acres. Superintendent, Marilyn H. Parris stated, "The additional fire crews will continue to secure the fire perimeter and will suppress the fire during the hot, dry weather in the coming days." The Prospect Peak trail near Butte Lake is temporarily closed due to fire operations.
This fire was one of several prescribed fire projects scheduled over the next ten years to reintroduce fire into the forest, to remove hazardous fuels, and insure forest health. Many of these projects are located along the boundaries of the park to protect future natural fires from escaping on to the adjacent Lassen National Forest lands and protect the park from wildfires entering from national forest lands.
For more information, please contact the Park Fire Information officer at 530/595-4444, ext. 5162 or for TDD at 530/595-3480 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.