Whaleback Fire is 100 Percent Contained, Some Campgrounds Are Reopened

The Whaleback Fire is 100 percent contained. Evacuations have been lifted for the Spalding area, and campgrounds in Lassen National Forest have been reopened.

Posted: Jul. 27, 2018 9:14 PM
Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 9:45 AM

UPDATE 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - The Lassen National Forest and Bureau of Land Management have reopened campgrounds and recreation sites at Eagle Lake, as fire crews have completely contained the Whaleback Fire. 

The Lassen National Forest said the Merrill, Aspen Grove and Eagle campgrounds are now open, along with the Gallatin Marina, and Gallatin Beach and Day Use Area. Christie Campground remains closed. The campgrounds will be on a girst-come, first-served basis until Aug. 16, when reservations will again be accepted. 

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UPDATE 5:25 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2018 - The Whaleback fire is 18,703 acres and is 95 percent contained. 

Spalding residents were allowed to return home on August 5 as the evacuation order was lifted. 

The A1 Road remains closed through the fire area until 7 p.m. on August 6. Access into Spalding is from Highway 139 to Eagle Lake Road.

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UPDATE 11:16 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - The Whaleback fire has grown to 16,100 acres and has increased containment to 32 percent. 

There will be a community meeting on Wednesday, August 1 at 6 p.m. to discuss the fire. The meeting will be located in Jensen Hall at Lassen County Fairgrounds located at 195 Russell Avenue, Susanville. 

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LASSEN COUNTY, Calif. - A 14,098-acre fire in Lassen County named the “Whaleback Fire” has caused the community of Spalding to be under mandatory evacuations, according to the US Forest Service.


According to officials, the blaze ignited on Friday in Spalding, a community north of Susanville where it initially started at 4,000.


The flames erupted to 10,000 more acres over the weekend and officials have evacuated the Gallatin Marina, Ronald McDonald House and the Merrill, Christie, Eagle and Aspen campgrounds. Active, Isolated Torching and wind Driven Runs as of Monday morning.


Hot and dry conditions are making it difficult for firefighters battling the blaze, but containment is at 20 percent.


Firefighters expect full containment by August 8.

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