Saturday, September 08, 2012

Lake County to temporarily close Lampson Field Airport (1O2) to general aviation traffic due to Scotts Fire

LAKEPORT, Calif. – In response to a wildland fire burning northwest of Lakeport, a Lake County official said Saturday evening that the county is issuing a temporary closure order for Lampson Field.

Lake County Department of Public Works Director Scott De Leon said the Notice to Airmen – or NOTAM – goes into effect at 7 a.m. Sunday, and will close Lampson Field to all general aviation traffic.

De Leon said Cal Fire will be using Lampson Field as its base of aerial operations on the Scotts Fire, burning since Friday afternoon at the northern end of Cow Mountain, west of Scotts Valley Road and east of Ukiah.

The closure will be in effect for five days, unless modified, De Leon said.

He said the closure order does not affect REACH Air Ambulance, which will continue to operate out of Lampson Field.

On Saturday evening Cal Fire said the Scotts Fire had grown to 3,000 acres, with five percent containment.

No date for full containment has yet been reported.

Earlier in the day, county officials issued a temporary closure order for Mt. Konocti County Park and suspended hunting in the Highland Springs area due to concerns about fire danger, as Lake County News has reported.

The county’s action to temporary close the park and halt hunting at Highland Springs also was in response to the already stretched state and local fire resources, which are being used not just on the Scotts Fire but also on the North Pass Fire in Mendocino County and the 16 Complex in Colusa and Yolo counties.


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