LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Chips Fire Map 2012 expanded today as the California wildfire jumped containment lines Friday. The Chips Fire Map today August 11, 2012 looks far different than when LALATE reported on the situation a week ago. Officials tell news that the strong burning California wildfire grew ten thousand acres. Officials are concerned about the fire after it jumped containment lines in the Mosquito Creek drainage Friday.
During a news briefing today, Incident Commander Jerry Mcgowan said that the fire is only eight percent contained. Despite nearly one thousand personnel on scene, the fire has grown to thirty thousand acres. But officials are worried about its spread on the northern legs today.
Officials warn that a “rapid rates of spread along the north, northeast and west flanks” could occur Saturday. The fire was acting moderately last night. But by Saturday morning, the fire became erratic with extreme conditions.
New mandatory evacuations are in place. Officials indicate that mandatory orders are in place for Rush Creek and Seneca. Precautionary orders have been given for Belden, Little Haven and Maggie’s Trailer Park. And voluntary orders now cover Rush Creek area, south of Highway 89, Butt Valley Reservoir and Humbug Reservoir.
The fire could advance this afternoon due to poor weather conditions. In a news statement, officials warned that a “Red Flag warning has been issued for the Chips Fire area from 1pm to 7m due to continued above normal temperatures, critically dry fuels, and the potential for long-range spotting (up to 1.5 miles). PG&E transmission lines may need to be shut down again today.” For the latest fire map, click HERE.