UPDATE: Windy Conditions Push Lassen’s Hog Fire to 650 Acres

Update: 3:00 pm

With windy conditions prevalent in Lassen County, the Hog Fire has now grown to 650 acres, with just 5 percent containment. Currently, no structure are threatened and the only evacuations have been in the Goumaz Campground, which was just out of precaution.

The fire, which broke out at around 3:30 pm on Saturday, is burning on USFS land near Hog Flat Reservoir, which is just west of Susanville. The fire is currently feeding on a desolate forest, but firefighters are working to contain the flames to potentially keep it away from populated areas. Highway 44 is currently closed from Road A21 to Highway 36.

We will continue to update this incident as more information is made available.

Update: 10 am

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.

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:

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