When the Dixie Fire made its historic movement through the south side of Lassen Volcanic National Park, our worst fears were realized many of the favorite destinations in the park succumbed to the flames. Now, Lassen officials have confirmed that the Bumpass Hell boardwalk was not destroyed in the fire and that the area is minimally impacted.
“While many areas of Lassen Volcanic NP will be impacted by the fire, there will be a spectrum of burn severity that will range from extreme to low impact,” wrote park officials on Twitter. “Bumpass Hell is an area that demonstrates a lesser impact.”
The announcement was met with relief for people who frequent the park because a rebuild of the boardwalk would like take years to complete. Although the park is not without its fair share of damage. Seven cabins along Juniper Lake were destroyed, along with the historic Mount Harkness Fire Lookout. It remains unclear how much damage was done to the Kings Creek Falls trail, which sits right in the middle of where the fire burned.
Here’s some good news – although the fire burned through the south entrance of the park, the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center stands intact today:
While the fire still burns in the area, currently sitting at 721,298 acres, it seems as though the impact on the park is not as bad as we initially thought. That being said, it could take years for some of the trails to reopen in the area. Looking at the Carr Fire in 2018, some popular trails in Whiskeytown National Recreation Ares still remain closed to this very day. But at least we know that Bumpass Hell survived the flames.