Lassen Volcanic National Park officials will hold a community meeting Wednesday in Old Station to share lessons learned from last year's 28,000-acre Reading fire.
The informational open house, which starts at 5 p.m., will present displays on fire management programs in the Old Station Volunteer Fire Station on Highway 44.
Fire and resource management personnel will answer questions on topics that include the use of fire as a wilderness management tool and fire programs specific to Lassen Park, said Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz.
Old Station was the community most affected by the Reading fire, sparked July 23 by lightning and allowed to burn to advance a variety of the park's natural resource goals. The fire blew out of control and spread beyond the park boundaries, costing $17 million by the time it was contained Aug. 22.
Similar information meetings were held last month in Chester and Burney, which were also affected by the Reading fire.
A review by national park and forest service officials criticized park officials for their planning, management and coordination of the fire as well as the way information about it was made available to the public. The open houses are a response to some of those criticisms, Koontz said.
For more information, contact the park fire education specialist at (530) 595-6163.