As a new fire season approaches, Lassen Volcanic National Park officials are holding community meetings that reflect lessons learned from last year's 28,000-acre Reading fire.
At an open house at 5 p.m. today, fire and resource management personnel will discuss topics that include the use of fire as a wilderness management tool and fire programs specific to Lassen Park, said Lassen Superintendent Darlene Koontz. The meeting will be at the Chester volunteer fire station.
A similar open house at 5 p.m. on Wednesday is scheduled at the Burney volunteer fire station.
Chester and Burney were among the communities most affected by the Reading fire, sparked July 23 by lightning and initially allowed to burn to advance natural resource goals. But the fire blew out of control well beyond the park boundaries and cost $17 million by the time it was contained Aug. 22.
A federal review criticized park officials for their planning, management and coordination, as well as the way information was made available to the public. The open houses are a response to some of those criticisms, Koontz said.