The area near Susanville and the Lassen National Forest is experiencing severe smoke in the air since the Hog Fire has grown to 500 acres with 5 percent containment. The fire is currently burning timber with no structures threatened, although the Goumaz Campground has been evacuated out of precaution.
The Hog Fire broke out on the Bizz Johnson Trail just south of Highway 44 on Saturday afternoon, growing quickly through Sunday morning. CalFire has assigned a bevy of resources to the flames, including 25 engines, 8 hand crews, 15 dozers, 15 water tenders, 4 helicopters and 6 air tankers.
Take a look at how the #HogFire has progressed over the last 6 hours. The fire is now 261 acres with strong winds and dry vegetation. This is north of Goumaz Campground and south of Hwy 44. It is west of Susanville. pic.twitter.com/oi6T80h91L— Bryan Ramsey (@weatheramsey) July 19, 2020
The flames on the dry vegetation has created a smoky scene in in the eastern section of Northern California. The Air Quality Index shows the bad air hovering just southeast of Susanville on the California – Nevada border:
We will continue to update this incident as more information is made available.