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Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Dixie
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: BTU
  • Size (acres): 963,309
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: October 30, 2021
  • Personnel: 1,102
  • Structures Destroyed: 1,329

Dixie, Butte Unit, Cal Fire. IMT 1 (GB Team 1) and IMT 2 (EA Silver Team). Fifteen miles northeast of Paradise, CA. Timber and brush. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

Previous updates on the Dixie Fire are here.

October 23, 2021 at 9:59 AM

East Zone 

A significant amount of work has been accomplished over the last week, especially in the Phase 1, high-priority fire suppression repair areas.  Unfortunately, the heavy rains that were predicted for this morning have materialized.  The weather and site conditions will be the determining factors as to what work is accomplished today.  The two most important considerations when deciding whether to engage in fire suppression repair activities are operational safety and avoiding any negative impacts to the resources.   The rain will be most intense this morning, tapering off this afternoon and less precipitation is expected in the area tomorrow.  Once this front has passed, the resources will assess their work areas and determine if it is safe and effective to engage.  All fire repair suppression activities are conducted through a coordination process that involves operational resources (crews, heavy equipment, etc.), resource advisors/READs (biologists, archeologists, botanists, etc.) and, in areas that impact Native American sites, tribal representatives.  All these entities work together to ensure that the work being completed is appropriate to the identified natural, biological, cultural, and historical resource.   

The East Zone did not receive any smoke reports yesterday.  Every additional, significant rain event reduces the few remaining areas of isolated heat within the interior; they continue to pose no threat to containment.  Should any smokes become visible during any dry breaks in the weather, please contact the Plumas County Sheriff’s Dispatch at: 530-283-6300. All firefighters working on the incident are available and prepared to respond and suppress any new fire starts. 

West Zone 

Heavy rain is falling this morning over the Dixie Fire area, and the West Zone Incident Meteorologist expects 1.0” to 1.5” in the rain bucket by late morning, with the snow level dropping to around 6300 feet in elevation during the day. The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Flood Watch for parts of northeastern California, including Lassen, eastern Plumas, and eastern Sierra Counties starting late Saturday night and extending through Monday morning and forecasters expect significantly more rain and snow at higher elevations. With ample warning of inclement weather, incident officials have had time to plan for this storm.  Work is being accomplished where practical at lower elevations, and crews are well positioned. Emergency personnel who normally do initial attack on wildland fires are prepared to respond to other types of emergency situations created by this weekend’s stormy weather. 

Today, weather permitting, heavy equipment crews are wrapping up chipping and root-wad piling operations near Bogart Station, and are continuing work on extensive suppression repair south of Old Station. Skidder crews moved decking operations to the Canyon Dam area, where feller-buncher crews and falling teams are nearly done with their operations. These crews have begun hazard tree mitigation work on Lassen County Rd 312 and the access to Feather River Estates and the Domingo Springs area. Crews are repairing hand line in the Gurnsey Creek Campground area and helping with repair of sensitive areas in Carter Meadows. Heavy equipment crews continue to work on extensive suppression repair operations near Butt Creek, focusing their efforts on high priority areas and using lighter equipment in sensitive places like creek crossings.  

Incident officials and local agencies are hoping for dryer weather next week and remain committed to completing as much repair work as possible across the Dixie Fire area before being forced to shut down by winter. 

October 21, 2021 at 1:10 PM

East Zone
Recent operations in the East Zone of the Dixie Fire have been based in anticipation of a significant rain event that will overtake the region late tonight and into tomorrow.  As weather and conditions have allowed, resources have continued to implement fire suppression repair work in priority areas that have been identified by Resource Advisors.   Some of those areas include:  Round Valley Reservoir, Taylorsville, Grizzly Ridge, Antelope Lake, Wolf Creek and the west side of Milford.  Fire suppression repair work can encompass a diverse list of activities, such as, hazard tree removal, culvert clearing, specialized meadow repair, seeding, tree chipping and road grading.  One common objective to all these activities is to return the area impacted by fire suppression actions, to as close to pre-fire conditions as possible.   When inclement weather and conditions occur in planned repair areas, careful consideration is given to address firefighter safety and any negative impacts that could occur on the resources that may be impacted by the fire suppression repair activities. Excavators and dozers are just some of the heavy equipment that is currently being utilized.  In areas that are too steep for safe equipment use, hand crews are utilized.  Wherever feasible, equipment is being continued to be backhauled or transported out of the fire area.

West Zone
Today marks the 100th day of the Dixie Fire, and a significant, windy and potentially very wet winter storm will impact the fire area this weekend. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood and Debris Flow Watch for this evening through Friday morning for much of the Sierra Nevada Range in northeastern California. Crews will be well positioned for the storm this weekend, and emergency personnel who normally do initial attack on wildland fires are now making ready to respond to potential emergency situations created by the first significant storm to impact the area since the fire.

Today, reinforcements of additional heavy equipment crews who completed assignments on the East Zone of the Dixie Fire are moving their operations to assist suppression repair work in the Buck Creek Area. Heavy equipment crews are wrapping up chipping and root wad piling operations near Bogart Station, and moving operations into the Gurnsey Creek Campground area. Skidder crews completed decking operations north of Westwood in the Robbers Creek area and will complete moving to the Canyon Dam area today, where feller buncher crews and falling teams are making very good progress. The crews are moving operations and have already begun hazard tree mitigation work on Lassen County Rd 312 and the access to Feather River Estates. Heavy equipment crews continue to work on extensive suppression repair operations near Butt Creek, focusing their efforts on high priority areas and using lighter equipment in more sensitive places, including Carter Meadows and Domingo Springs.

Incident officials and local agencies remain committed to completing as much repair work as possible across the Dixie Fire area before being forced to shut down.

Weather and Fire Potential

Cool, cloudy, and moist conditions will continue today, with scattered showers throughout the region.  Winds may lesson slightly but there still may be gusts of 15-25 mph.  Late tonight into tomorrow morning, a front will enter the region and produce heavy rain.  A Flash Flood Watch has been issued beginning at 11:00 pm Thursday evening through the morning hours on Friday.  Although significant precipitation may occur, there may be a few areas of isolated heat, especially in large, heavy, dense fuels that remain within the fire perimeter, but they pose no threat to containment.  Monitor your local weather station for updates and changing weather conditions. 

October 18, 2021 at 10:28 AM

East Zone

Sustained winds around 25 miles per hour and gusts up to 50 miles per hour somewhat hampered repair operations on Sunday, particularly on the northeast side of the fire area near Mildford. The numerous snags that were falling presented a significant safety hazard and forced fire personnel to leave their work areas. However, in areas where winds were less severe, hand crews, resource advisors, and equipment operators were able to proceed with the fire-suppression repair effort. Approximately 55 percent of the Phase 1, high-priority repair work in the East Zone has been completed.

Repair work has been completed in Round Valley, and crews and equipment will be moving westward along Dixie Canyon and Long Valley toward Canyon Dam. With work on Mount Hough Road completed yesterday, crews and equipment will join ongoing repair projects further east around Beardsley Grade. On Grizzly Ridge, crews and equipment on opposite ends are working toward each other, steadily narrowing the gap as they continue to repair the remaining 5–6 miles of dozer line. Repair work near Lake Davis is nearly complete, with chipping being all that remains. Dozer-line repair from Antelope Lake north to the Diamond Mountains is also nearing completion; crews and equipment will then move to a network of dozer lines west of Antelope Lake in the Lone Rock Valley area. Road-grading repairs are currently concentrated around Milford Grade, Beckwourth Genesee Road, and Greenhorn Ranch.

Yesterday, crews and engines responded to reports of smoke that were within the fire perimeter: one near Crescent Mills and the other near Canyon Dam on the southeast side of Lake Almanor. The Canyon Dam hotspot was extinguished and contained at about 0.25 acres. The Crescent Mills hotspot was approximately 2 acres; crews extended their shift, working until 9 p.m. to ensure that the heat was fully extinguished.

Overnight precipitation presents some benefits and challenges to crews striving to complete as many repair projects as they can before season-ending weather arrives. Access to some areas might be delayed as crews do not want to further damage roads and meadows with the heavy equipment and vehicles. However, in areas they are able to access, they will observe where the surface water is pooling or not draining to inform their repairs strategies, for example, where to construct water bars and how to grade roads.

West Zone

Suppression repair has been completed in the Humbug Valley and Morgan Summit areas. Heavy equipment work in the Lassen Volcanic National Park (LVNP) wrapped up yesterday, including hazard tree removal at the popular winter sledding hill near the LVNP visitor center.   Equipment that was used to complete suppression repair work in the Kelley Mountain area was reassigned to other high priority suppression repair projects near Domingo Springs.     High winds impacted the fire area yesterday forcing a work-safety pause in some of the scheduled suppression repair, most notably the hazard tree felling around Canyon Dam. Rain fell over most of the Dixie Fire footprint overnight, with snowfall at higher elevations. Equipment is being placed into service today as weather and ground surface conditions allow. Local agencies and incident officials are committed to completing as much of the work as is possible prior to the season shutting us down.

Weather and Fire Potential

Precipitation amounts varied across the fire area with areas on the western side receiving more rain than the east side. Susanville received a few hundredths of an inch of rain, and Quincy received slightly more than 0.5 inches. Snowfall amounts are not included in the automated reporting system, but initial estimates by the incident meteorologist are that higher elevations received 2–4 inches. Cooler but fair weather is expected Monday afternoon and Tuesday.

Fire potential remains very low, but Plumas County Sheriff’s Dispatch continues to field calls of smoke reports each day. Firefighters working on all areas of the fire are available respond, locate the source of smoke—with aerial assistance if necessary—and extinguish it. To report smoke, call 530-283-6300.

October 17, 2021 at 10:21 AM

East Zone Crews have made significant progress on repairing dozers lines in numerous areas within the East Zone, completing approximately 53 percent of the Phase 1, high-priority repair work. Friday’s warm, dry conditions led to isolated hotspots withing the fire perimeter producing more visible smoke, particularly near Belden, Keddie Resort, and east of Taylorsville on Mt. Jura. These areas of interior heat were assessed with a helicopter before ground crews were dispatched to extinguish them. There were no further issues with any hotspots.   Across the entire East Zone, hand crews, resource advisors, and equipment operators continued to repair culverts, stream crossings, roads, and dozer line; deconstruct berms; suppress smoldering chip piles; and construct water bars and scatter wood chips to minimize erosion and stream sedimentation. Log piling of the felled hazard trees on Mt. Hough and China Grade Roads is very close to completion. In the Dotta Saddle, east of Lake Davis, crews anticipate completing the meadow and seep restoration today. As projects are finished, equipment and resources are being moved to other priority areas, including to dozer lines on the southwest side of Lake Davis and in around Milford.  

West Zone
 Suppression repair in the Morgan Summit and Childs Meadow areas have been completed. Equipment is being moved to the Wilson Lake area northwest of Lake Almanor. Heavy equipment work in the Lassen Volcanic National Park (LVNP) is expected to be wrapped up today or tomorrow. Part of that activity will include hazard tree removal at the popular winter sledding hill near the LVNP visitor center.   Yesterday, a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team project in the Big Springs area focused on removal of hazard trees and using logs laid in contour to control future erosion along the steep slopes above Big Springs.  Additional trees and brush were used as livestock exclusion fencing for this sensitive area since existing fences were destroyed. Hazard tree removal continues along County Road A21 to make the road safe for the public and firefighters.   Motorists along Highway 44 northwest of Susanville between Poison Lake and Old Station may occasionally see small amounts of smoke to the south. This is being produced from fire that is well within the interior of the Dixie Fire perimeter.   As a result of the drastically reduced aerial operations over the Dixie Fire and to allow cooperators and general aviation to start using the airspace, the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been removed.

October 13, 2021 at 10:06 AM

East Zone

Strong sustained and gusty winds early this week created hazardous conditions that slowed many repair operations. But crews took full advantage of yesterday’s lighter-than-predicted winds and clear skies, making significant progress with the fire-suppression repair effort. Approximately 50 percent of Phase 1 repair has been completed in the East Zone. In many areas, heavy-equipment operators and hand crews are felling fire-weakened trees to prevent future damage, for example, to utility lines, roads, and other infrastructure. Hazard-tree removal along the Mt. Hough and China Grade Roads is nearing completion. Repairs to dozer line and roads in the Round Valley Reservoir should be completed in one to two days. Crews anticipate finishing the log-deck removal project on Last Chance Road today. Near the community of Milford, crews are assessing repair needs and developing a plan that will be implemented as equipment and crews complete other projects and relocate to that area. In addition to suppression repair, crews are backhauling hose, supplies, and equipment from the fireline; responding to reports of smoke; and extinguishing hotspots they encounter as they patrol roads. They are also available to respond to new fires and, if necessary, would receive aerial assistance from two helicopters that remain assigned to the incident. 

A Section of Roadside Fireline Before Any Repair

West Zone 

This is the final update from Great Basin Team 3. Great Basin Team 1 is assuming command of the West Zone later today. Crews are consulting with tribal resource advisors and liaisons to identify the impacts of firefighting efforts in Tásmam Koyóm. They plan to begin suppression repair work in the area in the coming days. Work in the Silver Lake area is nearing completion. Personnel and equipment will be reassigned from Silver Lake to other suppression repair projects as the work there winds down. Crews continue felling and processing fire-damaged hazard trees along County Road A21, Highway 36, Highway 89, and in northern areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park. They are also leveling dozer berms created during fire suppression to eliminate any heat trapped inside and return the landscape to a more natural state. 

Weather and Fire Potential 

Light winds provided a respite after a couple days of strong, gusty winds that impacted suppression-repair activities and firefighters’ ability to safely engage in certain areas. Pockets of isolated heat continue to smolder and produce smoke that may be visible to the public. However, all hotspots are interior and do not pose a threat to containment lines. If crews conducting fire-suppression repair encounter residual pockets of heat, they are extinguishing them. Firefighters are responding to all service calls received. To report smoke, call Plumas County Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch line: 530-283-6300. 

October 12, 2021 at 10:48 AM

East Zone 

Suppression repair continued in many areas yesterday, particularly in Round Valley, Indian Valley, Grizzly Ridge, and Antelope Lake. The repairs include grading roads, clearing hazard trees, opening up access roads, chipping woody debris, and repairing dozer lines in areas affected by earlier fire-suppression activities. On the road going up to the Mt. Hough Lookout, crews continued to fell hazard trees. Approximately 41 percent of Phase 1 repair work has been completed in the East Zone. Today, some crews will continue patrolling and extinguishing hotpots, but the majority of personnel and equipment will be engaged with suppression-repair activities in Round Valley, Taylorsville, Grizzly Ridge, Milford, and Last Chance Road. Firefighters and two helicopters are available to respond to reports of smoke or new fires. 

West Zone 

Identification and felling of fire-damaged hazard trees along County Road A21 and Highway 36 will continue as conditions allow. High winds yesterday forced crews to stop felling operations. At least four trees fell near or across County Road A21 on their own. No one was injured. Sawyers and heavy equipment operators removed the downed trees to keep the road open. Crews are making good progress on suppression repair in all areas. Work in the Silver Lake area could be finished in a few more days. To date, crews have completed repairs on 29.1 percent of 910.9 miles of dozer line; 26.3 percent of 54.5 miles of hand line; 24.3 percent of 27.6 miles of “mixed construction” line; and 18.6 percent of 174.9 miles of roads used as containment line. A number of firefighting resources are designated to respond to service calls or new fire starts. 

Weather and Fire Potential 

Monday brought cold temperatures, gusty winds, and snow flurries to most of the Dixie Fire area. Gusty northeast winds and cool temperatures will persist Tuesday. As a result of very dry, windy conditions, a widespread Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Areas of isolated heat continue to smolder and produce smoke that may be visible to the public. However, all hotspots are interior and do not pose a threat to containment lines. If crews conducting fire-suppression repair encounter residual pockets of heat, they are extinguishing them. Firefighters are responding to all service calls received. To report smoke, call Plumas County Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch line: 530-283-6300.  

Closures 

A closure order remains in effect for some areas of the Lassen National Forest and Plumas National Forest. For more information, visit InciWeb (inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7690/) or the interactive forest closure map (arcg.is/1re8my0). In the Lassen Volcanic National Park, 1 mile of the park highway is open from the northwest entrance, and 8 miles are open from the southwest entrance. Elsewhere in the park, the highway remains closed. For more information, visit Lassen Volcanic National Park’s webpage for the Dixie Fire (nps.gov/lavo/learn/nature/dixie-fire.htm). 

October 11, 2021 at 8:59 AM

Yesterday 

In the northernmost area of the fire, crews found new hot spots inside the containment line with fire creeping in the fresh needlecast. They extinguished these hotspots to keep the fire inside the line. Elsewhere, crews deconstructed fireline berms, restored firelines to pre-fire contours, and chipped and dispersed downed vegetation to cover bare soil. Sawyers, firefighters, and heavy equipment operators completed more fire suppression repair near Silver Lake, the Bogard areas of Lassen National Forest, and in areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The hazard tree group worked along County Road A21 and the Highway 36 corridors.  

Today 

Heavy equipment operators, sawyers/fallers, and fire crews will continue suppression repair work. Five new working groups have been identified, in addition to the hazard tree group. Some of these groups will work along the A21 corridor, in and around Bogard, and along Forest Service Road 10. Others will be assigned to the areas around Silver Lake or will be moved to areas west of County Road A21, as needed. Crews will continue to identify fire-weakened, damaged trees that may pose a risk to drivers and recreational visitors. Please be alert while traveling in these areas and give crews the room they need to complete their work.  

There are still firefighters designated to respond to new fire starts within the areas outside of the Dixie Fire, should the need arise. 

Weather 

Highs are forecast to be in the low 40s with afternoon humidity around 25%. Predicted winds will be northerly, shifting to northeast at 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Similar wind speeds and humidities are forecast for Tuesday.  

October 10, 2021 at 9:33 AM

As the need for suppression patrols and mop-up has abated, crews and equipment completed the transition to nearly all suppression repair-related work. This entails deconstructing fireline berms, restoring firelines to pre-fire contours, and chipping and dispersing downed material to cover bare soil. Crews continued work in the Silver Lake area and along Highway 44 and Highway 89. A new hazard tree group was formed to identify, fell, and process fire-weakend and damaged trees most likely to pose a risk to motorists and campground visitors. This group began work along County Road A21.  

Firefighters responded to one service call north of Child’s Meadow but did not locate the reported smoke.   

Today 

Sawyers, fire crews, and heavy equipment operators will continue suppression repair in the Silver Lake area, near Bogard areas, and in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The hazard tree group will work along County Road A21 and in the Highway 36 corridor. Motorists are asked to be especially alert when encountering this work.   

The West Zone of the fire contains approximately 1,200 miles of fireline. To date about 30% of this line has been repaired and inspected (or does not require any repair work). More fireline is repaired and readied for inspection each day. Firefighters and helicopters and are available to respond to any new fire starts.  

Weather 

Highs are forecast to be in the low 60s with afternoon humidity around 23%. Predicted winds will be westerly, shifting to northerly at 10 mph, with gusts to 20 mph. Significantly higher wind speeds and drier air are forecast for Monday.  

October 7, 2021 at 8:13 AM

Yesterday

The West Zone of the Dixie Fire saw no increased fire growth. Firefighters responded to one smoke report in the Hat Creek area that was well within containment lines and posed no immediate threat. Crews extinguished the source of the smoke, then returned to suppression repair work, including removing hazard trees near Old Station. Two engines assigned to the Dixie Fire also assisted with mop-up on the Dow Fire west of Eagle Lake.

Today

Firefighters will continue patrolling for hot spots that have produced visible smoke in the areas of Prospect Peak, West Prospect Peak, Sunrise, Badger Mountain, and Janesville, as well as other portions of the fire area. The work of mopping-up and removing hazard trees continues where needed. Crews working closely with resource advisors are performing suppression repair in areas prioritized by local agency representatives. Some firefighters remain available for initial attack in the event of any new fires in the area.

Weather

Light rain was reported in parts of the West Zone of the Dixie Fire yesterday. Today will be similar with a slight uptick in chance of rain. Temperatures in the mid 50s to low 60s and minimum humidity between 30 and 40 percent will decrease fire activity and aid in mop-up operations.

October 6, 2021 at 7:02 AM

Drivers traveling on roads in active work zones should slow down to reduce the risk of colliding with equipment or firefighters. Speeding on roads where firefighters are active slows or stops work.

Transition

The California Interagency Incident Management Team 14 led by Incident Commander Steve Watkins will assume command of the Dixie Fire East Zone today at 6 p.m. The Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team would like to thank everyone who worked on the fire with the team over the last 14 days.

Yesterday

Crews have made tremendous progress in suppression repair over the past few weeks and continued work across the fire area yesterday. These immediate post-fire actions to repair damage caused in stopping the fire’s advance are important for the landscape’s recovery. Repair includes restoring dozer and handlines, staging areas, safety zones, roads and trails that were used for fire suppression and removing heavy debris created as firefighters constructed fire breaks. The objective of suppression repair is to return the area to pre-fire conditions as nearly as possible before the fire is declared out.

The Hazard Tree Group has been focusing on improving public safety by removing damaged trees that threaten roads or structures. Yesterday, they continued work on China Grade Road. Crews also mitigated hazard trees across the fire area and continued processing heavy debris near the exclusion zone and interior roads. The Initial Attack Group responded to two smoke reports.

Today

Clouds and increasing humidity will minimize fire behavior despite some gusty winds. Crews will continue to mop up hot spots, mitigate hazard trees and work on suppression repair. The Hazard Tree Group will continue to work on China Grade Road. Air resources are available if needed.

Weather

Today will be cooler with temperatures in the high 60s, wind gusts up to 30 mph and a small chance for light showers. Temperatures will cool even more on Thursday and Friday with a higher chance for showers.

October 5, 2021 at 9:00 AM

There was a slight uptick in fire behavior due to the increased southwesterly winds that will persist today. Some firefighters were diverted from suppression repair work to patrol the fire’s perimeter and respond to any potential starts outside containment lines. No new starts were reported. In addition, relatively few hot spots were discovered during mop-up operations along the fire’s edge. The haze that settled over the area was primarily from smoke generated by the KNP Fire in southern California. It will be present again today. More obvious smoke continued to be visible from interior burning on the Dixie Fire, especially around Lassen Peak and Prospect Peak. 

Today 

The fire is expected to be more active again today due to critically dry fuels and another day of high winds. Firefighters will keep an eye out for any new ignitions outside the fire’s edge. If a new start happens or the fire spots outside the current perimeter, it could be hard to control due to winds that could push the fire through significantly dry fuels.  

In addition to being prepared to engage any new starts or spot fires, crews will continue mop-up and suppression repair today. This includes deconstructing berms created by bulldozers during fire suppression. Not only does this work help return the area to its original condition, these berms can retain heat in some places that could re-ignite if not properly extinguished. Crews will also continue cutting down fire-damaged hazard trees that have been flagged as potential threats to firefighters, their equipment and the public.  

Weather 

Warm, dry, windy weather will continue today before cool, moist conditions move into the area Wednesday. Winds are expected to increase today to 15-18 mph with gusts around 30 mph. Temperatures are predicted to reach the 70s with humidity levels slightly higher than yesterday. 

October 4, 2021 at 9:11 AM

The fire was more active yesterday and smoke was visible. Firefighters answered service calls and were able to determine that the smoke reports, including one near Wilson Lake were well interior and not a threat to containment lines. Equipment continued work along Highway 89 stacking and removing debris. Crews continued suppression repair work in the area around Silver Lake and patrolled the perimeter of the West Zone.  

Today 

Fire activity and smoke is expected in the unburned fuel within the fire’s perimeter, but no additional growth is expected. Firefighters will patrol the perimeter, mop up areas of heat, and be available for initial attack throughout the day. 

Firefighters will continue suppression repair work of dozer lines on all perimeters of the West Zone. Suppression repair work includes breaking down berms that were created when containment lines were pushed by dozers during initial attack. Organic material such as limbs and brush will be scattered back across the dozer line. Breaking up the soil berms and spreading out woody material allows it to cool to minimize smoke production and limit reburn potential. 

Additional fire crews will be assessing and felling fire-weakened trees that could be a danger to repair equipment and crews.  

Weather 

The warming and drying trend will continue today, winds will remain light and mostly terrain driven, shifting to westerly in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to reach the 80s with sunny skies. Minimum relative humidities are expected in the single digits.  

October 1, 2021 at 8:48 AM

Firefighters patrolling the line mopped up a few areas of isolated heat found on the west side of the fire, south of Old Station. Otherwise, patrols on the ground and in the air did not pick up any new heat sources. Suppression repair work continued along Highway 89 within Lassen Volcanic National Park, where heavy equipment crews removed debris along the highway. Suppression repair activity also continued in the Silver Lake area on the east side of the fire where there are numerous bulldozer lines in need of repair.

Today

Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team, Team 3, under the leadership of Incident Commander (IC) Ron Bollier, will transition with the Rocky Mountain IMT2 Team Black today. IC Bollier and his team will assume command of the Dixie Fire West Zone at 6:00 p.m.

With higher temperatures and lower humidities expect fire activity and visible smokes to be on the increase. The potential for needle cast reburn is expected and will be the primary fire behavior concern that firefighters will be prepared for during their operations today. Expect the heat in the Lassen Peak and Prospect Peak area, in and around the lava beds, and unburned interior islands to display some minor fire spread today. Fire crews will continue their focus on suppression repair work throughout the fire area primarily within and adjacent to Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Silver Lake area. Crews and aviation resources will continue to be available across the fire to respond to any increase in fire activity or new fire starts.

Infrared data from a flight yesterday showed no heat near Devil’s Punchbowl so that line is now black on the map. This completes containment on the East Zone. Firefighters responded to a needle cast reburn that was well interior off Hwy. 70 and to smoke reports near Genessee, Belden and Paxton. Firefighters continued mopping up areas with heat including Grizzly Ridge and on the east edge of the fire near Milford. Crews almost finished suppression repair on the Pacific Crest Trail and completed work east of the archaeological exclusion zone to the Last Chance Road. Suppression repair continued around the exclusion zone, on 28N02 Road, north of Antelope Lake, around Silver Lake east toward Hwy. 70 and near Taylorsville. Crews worked to clean up woody debris on 28N03 Road and mitigated hazard trees on other interior roads. The Hazard Tree Group worked along the Mt. Hough Road. Crews completed the timber decking project in Dixie Valley and are awaiting additional timber equipment to complete work in the exclusion zone.

Today

Though fuels are drying out, fire activity is expected to be minimal today with isolated smoke from smoldering heavy fuels. Drier conditions make additional needle cast reburn possible. Crews will finish work on the Pacific Crest Trail and continue monitoring and mopping up hot spots, mitigating hazard trees and suppression repair in the areas outlined above. Initial Attack will assist as requested and follow up on smoke reports. The night shift is moving to a swing shift, starting earlier in the afternoon to begin transition back to a regular schedule. Air resources will fly reconnaissance to look for hotspots. Three helicopters remain assigned to the East Zone.

Weather

Today will be very dry—relative humidity may drop into the single digits. Expect light winds from the southwest on higher ridges and terrain driven winds below the ridges. Temperatures will range from the high 70s and low 80s.

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) Changes

The East Zone TFR has been adjusted and is only in effect 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/sect_print_1_4685.html.

Forest Closure

A closure order remains in effect for some areas of the Plumas National Forest. For more information, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7690/66457 or visit our interactive forest closure map at https://arcg.is/1re8my0.

September 30, 2021 at 9:16 AM

Recent precipitation and cooler temperatures resulted in another day of minimal fire behavior and smoke throughout the West Zone of the Dixie Fire. Firefighters continued their patrol of containment lines on the north side of the fire above Highway 44 and on the west side of the fire south of Old Station looking for and extinguishing hot spots near the fires edge. Suppression repair activity continued within Lassen Volcanic National Park and on National Forest lands just north of the park, in addition to the Silver Lake area on the east side of the fire where there are numerous dozer lines.

Today

Minimal fire activity is expected today. A forecasted warming trend will allow for further drying of the fine fuels such as needle cast over the next few days. Planned activities include suppression repair work within and adjacent to Lassen Volcanic National Park utilizing heavy equipment, and chipping and hazard tree felling operations on the east side of the fire along the Highway 44 corridor to clean up remaining slash from suppression activities. Fire crews and aviation resources will be available across the fire to respond to any increase in fire activity or new fire starts.

Weather

Thursday will continue the warming and drying trend with breezy winds out of the east, which will lower relative humidity and dry out the fuels. Temperatures are expected to be sunny into the 70s with a minimum relative humidity of 16%. Expect a slow warming and drying trend into the weekend.

September 29, 2021 at 11:07 AM

The west zone of the Dixie Fire received between 0.03-0.60 inch of rain from the cold front that moved across the fire area yesterday. The majority of the fire averaged between 0.10-0.20 inch of rain. Due to the recent precipitation and cooler temperatures, fire behavior was moderated yesterday allowing firefighters to focus on the priorities of suppression repair and backhaul of unneeded equipment and supplies. The bulk of suppression repair activity took place within Lassen Volcanic National Park and on National Forest lands just north of the park, in addition to the Silver Lake area on the east side of the fire.

Today

Minimal fire activity is expected today with cooler temperatures and light winds. Isolated smoke is expected to continue from pockets of heat that remain in heavy fuels. The additional needle cast from scorched trees impacted by the previous high wind speeds is unlikely to burn due to higher moisture levels. Initial attack resources will be available across the fire to respond to any increase in fire activity. Suppression repair work will continue within and adjacent to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Chipping operations will occur on the east side of the fire along the Hwy. 44 corridor to clean up remaining slash from suppression activities. Air resources will be available to make service calls and support resources on the ground.

Weather

Temperatures are expected to be sunny and below normal today in the 60s with a minimum relative humidity of 21%. Winds will shift and come from the east, northeast and will be light with gusts up to 15 mph. A slow trend towards warmer and drier conditions will persist through the week.

September 28, 2021 at 10:28 AM

The forecasted red flag weather was present on the fire yesterday with wind speeds of 20-40 mph. This caused an increase in fire activity and smoke within the interior of the fire, but the control lines were never threatened. Ground crews coordinated with air support to get water onto hot spots to the north of Mill Creek. Firefighters continued to patrol containment lines and conduct suppression repair work especially along the Highway 44 corridor and Silver Lake area. All containment lines held secure around the fire perimeter through the increase in winds. Swing shift resources remained on the fireline last night, providing additional firefighting capacity as necessary.

Today

Cooler temperatures and light winds are expected today. Minimal fire activity is expected, with isolated visible smoke from heat remaining in heavy fuels within containment lines. Reburn in the fire interior is expected to continue from additional needle cast blown off trees from yesterday’s strong winds. In places where rainfall amounts were light, fuels will quickly dry and become available for consumption by early afternoon. Firefighters will continue to patrol and secure contained lines and mop up any remaining pockets of heat near the fire’s perimeter. Suppression repair work will continue across the fire, although initial attack response to new or increased fire activity will remain a high priority. Air resources will be available to make service calls and support resources on the ground.

Weather

After passage of the frontal system, temperatures will be much cooler today with higher relative humidity. Temperatures are expected to be in the 60s today, with a minimum relative humidity of 22%. Winds will shift from southwest to north, slowing considerably down to 5-10 mph. A slow warming and drying trend will follow by late week.

September 26, 2021 at 8:14 PM

Yesterday: Fire activity increased yesterday in the Bogard Buttes area to the south of Hwy 44. Firefighters responded aggressively with ground and air resources, keeping the fire within containment lines. A swing shift was established to help monitor this elevated fire activity into the night. A swing shift is when incident resources start their work day later in the afternoon which allows them to work late into the evening to increase firefighter presence on the fire. Crews continued with suppression repair in areas where it was safe to do so, mopping up hotspots, and patrolling or securing previously contained line. Crews also continued to respond to service calls as needed.

Today: High fire danger is expected across the fire area today. With low humidity, warm temperatures, dry fuels, and gusty southwest winds, recently fallen needle cast has the potential to rebum from remaining hotspots in the interior of the fire. Any spotting outside of the containment lines will have high potential for substantial fire growth today. could become established and produce substantial growth. Unburned islands of fuel in Lassen National Park and Prospect Peak areas will continue to bum within the existing fire perimeter with potential for isolated single and group tree torching. Firefighters will continue to mop up hot spots and strengthen the uncontained line on the northern portion of the fire. Crews will patrol and secure contained lines and mop up any remaining pockets of heat near the fire’s perimeter. Suppression repair work as well as back-haul of un-needed equipment, supplies and trash will continue across the fire. Air resources will be available to support resources on the ground. This evening, resources from the swing shift will remain engaged in the Bogard Buttes area into the night.

September 24, 2021 at 3:41 PM

Today at 6:00 pm the West Zone of the Dixie Fire will transition command from California Interagency Management Team 14 to Rocky Mountain Team Black. Team Black will remain in Unified Command with CAL FIRE after the transition.

The public is reminded that a new closure order was enacted yesterday that reduced the closure area and opened more Forest Service lands to public access.

As firefighter efforts transition to increased suppression repair work, additional heavy equipment and resources are arriving especially along the west side of the fire along the Hwy 89 corridor.

As part of the unified command management of the fire, CAL FIRE resources are nearing completion of suppression repair work near Butte Meadows.

Firefighters continue hazard tree removal along roadways that lead to developed Forest Service Recreation areas.

The fire area has entered into a generally stable weather pattern with warm temperatures, low humidity, and terrain driven winds.

The continued warm and dry weather is favorable for pine needles to ignite when they fall on areas of remaining heat. Known as needle cast, the new combustion that results from these small fires are priorities for firefighter to monitor and extinguish.

Fuels in the fire area are very dry and remain very susceptible to fire, and new starts can occur very easily from small ignition sources such as sparks. Firefighters continue to patrol for new fire activity as a result of these conditions.

The public is advised to be alert on local roadways as additional heavy equipment and firefighters move around the fire area to patrol and conduct suppression repair.

September 23, 2021 at 8:53 AM

Dixie Fire East Zone

This afternoon sees a shift to light northeasterly winds, which — coupled with sunny skies and low humidity — could intensify existing smoldering material and give life to burning logs and stumps within the perimeter of the fire.

Yesterday, firefighters worked toward containment in the Devil’s Punchbowl area southeast of Taylorsville with limited smoke and heat still lingering in inaccessible areas along the steep slopes. Crews have already constructed the final mile of containment line there and they continue monitoring what few hot spots they find to ensure they are not compromised. Firefighting efforts here continue but traditional gridding and cold trailing along the sheer cliffs are slow going due to the numerous risks to the safety of firefighters.

Crews throughout the remainder of the fire area continue to patrol for smoke and heat that might threaten lines and investigate any reports from the public, as well as backhaul equipment and supplies that are no longer needed. Mopup and patrol continues across the East Zone while suppression repair is ongoing in Horton, Dixie Valley, Janesville, Bucks Lake, Meadow Valley and south of Taylorsville. Fire suppression repair is action taken to mitigate damage and minimize potential soil erosion. Overnight crews responded to one service call. The public is reminded to report smoke or visible flames, bearing in mind that the area in question might be deep within containment lines and poses no threat. In these cases, the concern is noted but no action is taken because the risk to firefighters is greater than the threat to containment.

Today, priorities remain focused on the steep and rugged terrain of the Devil’s Punchbowl area, continued mopup and patrol, and responding to service calls.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 (CIIMT1) has been managing the Dixie Fire since September, 11, 2021. That team transitions management to Southern Area Gold Team (SAGT) tomorrow. CIIMT is a Type 1 Team led by Incident Commander Jerry McGowan and SAGT is a Type 2 Team led by Incient Commander Debbie Beard.

September 22, 2021 at 9:28 AM

Dixie Fire East Zone — Firefighters made good progress in the Devil’s Punchbowl area, completing containment line along the northern third toward Grizzly Ridge. This piece of handline is the last uncontained portion of the East Zone of the Dixie Fire, and crews will continue mopup and patrol.

A warm, dry southern trough pushes into the area today bringing highs into the low 80s, strong winds from the southwest (25-30 mph) and low humidity heading into the weekend. This front increases the potential for more active fire behavior.

Yesterday firefighters were active throughout many areas of the Dixie Fire’s East Zone as they fielded five calls for service – two in the Genesee Valley, two along California Highway 395 and one along Turner Ridge. Crews mopped up and patrolled large tracts of land along containment lines, especially at Fruit Grower’s Boulevard, Black Mountain communication site, California Highway 395 near Milford, the Dixie Mountain area, Grizzly Ridge, Indian Valley, the Devil’s Punchbowl area and the Butterfly Valley Botanical area. Crews progressed from mopup to suppression repair at several areas including Lake Davis, Bucks Lake and Meadow Valley. Fire suppression repair is action taken to mitigate damage and minimize potential soil erosion. Repair includes removing hazard trees and repairing the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.

Today priorities remain focused on the steep and rugged terrain of the Devil’s Punchbowl area, continued mopup and patrol, and responding to service calls. The public is reminded to report smoke or visible flames, bearing in mind that the area in question might be deep within containment lines and poses no threat. In these cases, the concern is noted but no action is taken because the risk to firefighters is greater than the threat to containment.

Plumas National Forest Closure Update: The Plumas National Forest Beckwourth and Mt. Hough Ranger Districts have issued a revised Forest Order impacting the Beckwourth Complex and Dixie Fire Area, Road, Trail and Recreation Site Closures. The closure order reflects potentially dangerous areas within the fires’ perimeters. Refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices, which details areas affected. Furthermore, as hunting season is underway in the surrounding area, the public is reminded that lands inside the fire perimeter remain closed for your safety. Today is the first day of autumn.

Yesterday’s hot, dry weather aided firefighters in their search for remaining sources of heat along the fireline. As hotspots became more active, they produced more smoke, providing a visual indication of the location of the heat source. Patrolling engines and crews were able to target and extinguish many of these hotspots.

Fire crews have completed 6.5 miles of suppression repair on the fire’s northern perimeter, along State Route 44 near Bogard Rest Area. For example, heavy-equipment operators are using machinery to pull vegetation and ground cover onto dozer and hand line and constructing water bars to prevent erosion. This process is a collaborative effort between firefighters, equipment operators, and resource advisors. They walk the fireline together to identify repair needs and develop strategies to protect infrastructure and natural and cultural resources from further damage.

Warm, windy weather will continue today, extending the recent drying trend. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid 80s, with relative humidity in the teens. Southwest winds could gust up 23 mph this afternoon.

Today, firefighters will continue to patrol the perimeter for sources of heat near established containment lines and backhaul equipment—such as hose, pumps, garbage, hand tools—that is no longer needed for fire suppression.

Active U.S. Army personnel who are fireline qualified have been assisting the West Zone fire- suppression and repair efforts.

The public is advised to be cautious along local roadways as fire traffic will be conducting patrols and suppression repair.

September 21, 2021 at 8:35 AM

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the local area because of winds and low humidity. That warning expires today at 11 a.m. While firefighters continue to make steady progress, any new ignition could result in a significant wildfire. Temperatures will begin to rise after a cool start to the week and winds will shift back to the northeast.

Yesterday, several areas of smoke were spotted and doused within containment lines along California Highway 395 southeast of Milford. Firefighters used helicopters to attack some of these areas because of steep and rugged terrain unsafe for ground forces. Suppression repair continued around Lake Davis out toward Grizzly Ridge using hot shot crews and elements of the U.S. military. No service calls were received overnight but crews remain vigilant and ready. The public is reminded to report smoke or visible flames, bearing in mind that the area in question might be deep within containment lines and poses no threat. In these cases, the concern is noted but no action is taken because the risk to firefighters is greater than the threat to containment.

Today, firefighters continue securing the steep and rugged terrain in the Devil’s Punchbowl area. Focus is on maintaining patrols throughout the fire perimeter and mopping up lines, particularly around Taylorsville, Buck’s Lake, the 395 corridor and Dixie Valley. Firefighters continue to backhaul equipment off the line at areas of lowest risk for fire activity and concentrate on fire suppression repair. Fire suppression repair is action taken to mitigate damage and minimize potential soil erosion. Repair includes removing hazard trees and repairing the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.

September 20, 2021 at 7:33 PM

 Minimal fire behavior reported today. A Red Flag Warning is in effect through Tuesday morning for strong winds and low RH. Evacuation Warnings remain in effect. Threats to critical water and power infrastructure, emergency communications infrastructure, high value private timberlands, Multiple Watersheds, critical wildlife habitat, multiple Cultural and historic sites and the SETI Institute Radio Observatory. Portions of Highway 89 are closed with Highways 44 and 395 threatened. Pacific Crest Trail closed in the area.

September 20, 2021 at 8:54 AM

Higher humidity levels and cooler temperatures have had a dampening effect on fire activity, though forest fuels will begin to dry out and create the potential for more smoldering and smoke interior to containment lines. Expect a return to drier conditions as temperatures warm and winds shift from south to north. 

Yesterday, there was minimal fire activity with some reports of smoke, particularly near Taylorsville, California Highway 395 near Milford and the Devils’ Backbone area. Those areas — all within the interior of the fire — are being monitored and mopped up. Crews responded to six calls for service overnight but there were no threats to containment lines or any structures. 
Today, firefighters will direct focus on securing the steep and rugged terrain in the Devil’s Punchbowl area, as well as maintaining patrols throughout the fire perimeter and mopping up lines.  

Firefighters continue to backhaul equipment off the line at areas of lowest risk for fire activity and focus on fire suppression repair. Fire suppression repair is actions taken to mitigate damages and minimize potential soil erosion. Repair includes removing hazard trees and repairing the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.  

September 19, 2021 at 8:32 AM

Dixie Fire East Zone: Yesterday’s Pacific storm system pushed wind gusts up to 35 mph over the fire and tested containment lines. Slight precipitation continues into this afternoon, though forecasted amounts will only alleviate some hot spots and not extinguish the fire. Expect a return to drier conditions beginning today and a gradual shift from southerly to northerly winds. The local Red Flag Warning issued yesterday for the Dixie Fire area has since been lifted.

Yesterday, there was increased fire activity. Work continued to secure the interior island near Caribou. Crews responded to calls for service near Greenville, Genesee Valley, Milford, Janesville and Red Clover Valley. All the reports were well within the interior of the fire. While smoke and fire activity did increase in isolated locations within the fire’s perimeter, firefighters held the lines. Crews patrolled the perimeter overnight to scout for heat and look for trouble spots. There were no issues.

Today, firefighters will take advantage of the increase in humidity. The potential for fire activity increases with the return to dry weather, so today’s focus will return to the steep and rugged terrain in the Devil’s Punchbowl area, as well as maintaining patrols throughout the fire perimeter and mopping up lines. Firefighters continue to backhaul equipment off the line at areas of lowest risk for fire activity and focus on fire suppression repair. Fire suppression repair is actions taken to mitigate damages and minimize potential soil erosion. Repair includes removing hazard trees and repairing the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.

West Zone: Overnight areas of the fire received precipitation from the expected weather front. Proactive efforts of firefighters strengthened fire lines before the rain arrived and resulted in all fire activity staying within the existing fire perimeter. The increase in reported acreage reflects areas of vegetation within the fire perimeter being burned.

Firefighters continue to remain alert for fire activity as a wind shift to the northeast is forecasted for Monday and Tuesday. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for these conditions.

The west side of the fire, from Hwy 70 to the south to Vista Point on Hwy 44 in the north is now in patrol status as firefighters become more confident with containment in that area.

The Bogart Rest Area on Hwy 44 has reopened with increased containment in that vicinity.

Fire weakend trees threatening containment lines are being removed.

A suppression repair group has been formed to facilitate work around the fire area. Examples of the work they do includes creating erosion control structures and placing fallen trees across bulldozer firelines.

Smoke will be seen in fire areas along highways and roadways. Stopping along the roadway is prohibited due to hazards.

September 18, 2021 at 1:43 PM

A local Red Flag Warning has been issued for the Dixie Fire area today because of high winds and low relative humidity conditions. Winds are expected to gust to 35 mph from the southwest prior to rain arriving later this afternoon. These winds have the potential to make the fire more active, testing containment lines. While any precipitation is welcome, the forecasted amounts will not put the fire out but might alleviate some hot spots. Firefighters will be strategically placed around the fire perimeter prepared to respond to areas of concern.

Yesterday, firefighters patrolled and responded to smoke and hot spots within the firelines. Crews continued to patrol, mop up and utilize aviation resources on the interior pockets that continue to burn in the Devil’s Punchbowl area. Crews patrolled the perimeter overnight to scout for heat and look for trouble spots. Crews responded to a half-acre fire interior to the fire perimeter near Caribou, where crews constructed a line and will continue to mop up today.

As the potential for fire activity increases due to high winds, today’s focus will be on reinforcing and holding wind-tested containment lines, as well as maintaining patrols throughout the fire perimeter and mopping up lines. Firefighters continue to backhaul equipment off the line at areas of lowest risk for fire activity and focus on fire suppression repair. Fire suppression repair is actions taken to mitigate damages and minimize potential soil erosion. Repair includes removing hazard trees and repairing the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts. 

While hunting season begins today in the surrounding area, the public is reminded that lands inside the fire perimeter remain closed for your safety.

September 17, 2021 at 8:54 AM

Est Zone: Smoke and fire activity has picked up in unburned pockets within containment lines as a result of sustained hot and dry weather. An approaching weather system is forecasted to bring increased southwest winds today and Saturday, as well as a chance for rain this weekend. Winds have the potential to make the fire more active. Rain is forecasted for late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Firefighters have been preparing by reinforcing containment lines by adding mopping depth thereby minimizing the potential for any fire spread or spotting.

Yesterday, firefighters responded to reports of fire activity near Silver Lake Road, Turner Ridge, areas near Buck’s Lake and west of Lake Davis, while elements of the U.S. Army responded to activity near Last Chance Meadow. Forest fuels are breaking historical lows and are very dry, and crews are beginning to see a rekindling of fire activity interior of the fire perimeter. Hotshot crews near the Devil’s Punchbowl area continued mopping up interior heat along steep and rugged terrain while helicopter crews dowsed hot spots identified by infrared sensors with aerial water drops. Crews patrolled the perimeter overnight to scout for heat and look for trouble spots. There were no issues.

As smoke increases and the potential for fire activity increases, today’s focus will be on reinforcing containment lines, maintaining patrols throughout the fire perimeter, and mopping up lines. Firefighters also will backhaul equipment off the line at areas of lowest risk for fire activity and focus on fire suppression repair, which is essential work to leave a better landscape behind and support our Plumas National Forest partners. Fire suppression repair is actions taken to mitigate damages and minimize potential soil erosion. Repair includes removing hazard trees and repairing the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts. To date, firefighters have completed 88 miles of suppression repair line, or about 4% of total mapped line, currently identified with more line being surveyed daily. Land inside the fire perimeter is still closed to the public.

September 16, 2021 at 9:53 AM

West Zone: Firefighters took of advantage of favorable weather conditions and additional resources to construct more direct fireline close to the fire’s edge. As a result of these efforts, containment on the fire has increased to 86%.

An approaching weather system this weekend is forecasted to bring increased southwest winds on Friday and Saturday. This has the potential to make the fire more active. Firefighters have been strengthening control lines and additional resources are available to respond to any increase in fire activity.

North of Hwy 44 firefighters continue to strengthen containment lines in the vicinity of Hat Creek Rim as well as protecting critical fiber optic infrastructure.

Along Hwy 44 and the east and west sides of the fire, firefighters will continue mopping up and patrol.

Suppression repair work has started in the southern area of the fire. Examples of this work includes creating erosion control structures and placing fallen trees across bulldozer firelines.

Smoke will be seen in fire areas along highways and roadways. Stopping along the roadway is prohibited due to hazards.

September 16, 2021 at 8:41 AM

Minimal fire behavior reported overnight. Evacuation Orders and Warnings remain in effect with repopulation occurring where safely possible. Threats to critical water and power infrastructure, emergency communications infrastructure, high value private timberlands, multiple watersheds, critical wildlife habitat, multiple cultural and historic sites and the SETI Institute Radio Observatory. Highway 44 is open to controlled traffic.

September 15, 2021 at 8:59 AM

Dixie Fire East Zone

Larger and heavier fuels such as stumps and logs still hold heat as a result of continued warm and dry weather. Yesterday, firefighters mopped-up, patrolled and monitored containment lines. On many portions of the perimeter, firefighters have mopped up 100-200 feet inside the fireline. Firefighters were very active in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl and Dixie Mountain area with the intent to reinforce the containment line. Hotshot crews hiked in backpack pumps to cool interior heat, identified by infrared sensors, that have potential to threaten constructed line. Military crews continued to grid areas around Dixie Mountain in anticipation of weather changes. While structure protection resources are staged in multiple areas ready to respond in case of need, equipment is being pulled off the line and backhauled at areas of lowest risk.

Crews patrolled the perimeter overnight to scout for heat and trouble spots. There were no issues.

Today, fire suppression again focuses primarily in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area and in the southeast corner of the fire near Dixie Mountain. Winds are forecast to increase out of the southwest, which could rekindle interior heat. Additionally, focus will be on fire suppression repair, which is essential work to leave a better landscape behind and support our Plumas National Forest partners. Repair includes removing hazard trees and repairing the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts. There are an estimated 1,559 miles of dozer line and 90 miles of handline that will require inspection and in some cases repair work.

September 14, 2021 at 9:30 AM

Dixie Fire East Zone: While yesterday saw minimal fire activity, forest fuels are as dry as they were prior to last week’s rainfall. Larger and heavier fuels such as stumps and logs still hold heat, which could spread to other areas if pushed by gusty winds. Yesterday, firefighters diligently mopped-up, patrolled and monitored containment lines and prepared for expected increase in fire activity as the weather warms and dries. On many portions of the perimeter, firefighters have mopped up 100-200 feet inside the fireline. Their intent is to reinforce the containment line. Firefighters were very active in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area.

Crews patrolled the perimeter overnight to scout for heat and look for trouble spots. There were no issues.

Today, fire suppression again focuses primarily in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area, and in the southeast corner of the fire near Dixie Mountain. There remains some hot spots in the form of large fuels – stumps, logs, standing snags – burning inside the control lines, where firefighters remain committed to reducing interior heat. Also, there are many hazard trees still standing in these areas that pose risk to firefighters and will be mitigated. Water sources were added in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area to provide a faster means of cooling the interior heat and deepen the hand line created by hotshot crews. Meanwhile, there are an estimated 1,559 miles of dozer line and 90 miles of handline that will require inspection and in some cases repair work. As a result, equipment is being pulled off the line at areas of lowest risk for fire activity. Additionally, fire suppression repair continues across the East Zone. This work repairs the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.

Structure protection resources are staged in multiple areas ready to respond in case of need.

Dixie Fire West Zone: The overnight weather and humidity helped moderate the fire. The weather was relatively quiet with clear skies. The humidity was less than the previous nights and the recoveries will become increasingly poor. Firefighters continued to monitor, patrol, and mop-up all areas of the fire throughout the night. There were no significant spots over the containment line and firefighters continue to battle with some tough terrain. During the day, firefighters will concentrate on building containment lines on the northern part of the fire as well as reinforce containment lines throughout the rest of the fire. Potential still exists for spots to become established outside of the control lines.

Weather is gradually become drier and hotter through the week with the humidity to drop in the teens during the day. Winds remained calm through the night and expected to be much of the same today.

Residents are urged to stay vigilant to changing weather and fire behavior. Smoke will be seen in the fire areas and surrounding communities for many days. Damage assessment is ongoing, and the threatened structures count may change depending on the fire status.

September 13, 2021 at 9:19 AM

Dixie Fire East Zone: Forest fuels have returned to the level of dryness present before recent rainfall. Larger and heavier fuels like stumps and logs have held heat and could spread to unburned areas within the fire, requiring diligent patrol and mop-up. Yesterday firefighters surveyed and reinforced containment lines around the fire and prepared for an expected increase in fire activity as the weather warms and dries. On many portions of the perimeter, firefighters have mopped up 100-200 feet inside the fire line. Firefighters were very active in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area, building fire line directly against the fire’s edge and mopping up to reinforce the line.

Patrols continued overnight. Firefighters identified only a few areas of persistent heat and visible flame, all of which were well within the interior of the burned area and presented no threat.

Today, fire suppression will focus primarily in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area, and in the southeast corner of the fire near Dixie Mountain, where firefighters are working to extinguish remaining persistent fire. Maintaining containment, patrol, mop-up, and backhaul of equipment continue across the East Zone.

In addition to the continual search for persistent heat sources, firefighters are beginning fire suppression repair work. There are an estimated 1,559 miles of dozer line and 90 miles of handline that will require inspection and in some cases repair work. Especially on steep ground and in fragile soils, fire lines are vulnerable to erosion when heavy rains come to the area. With the help of local Resource Advisors, crews will build diversions across fire lines where needed to intercept erosion and channel water away from exposed soil.

Structure protection remains in place within Genesee, Dixie Valley, Lake Davis area, Milford, and Taylorsville.

September 12, 2021 at 11:54 AM

Dixie Fire East Zone Recent rainfall is drying fast and forest fuels are becoming more flammable. Larger and heavier fuels like stumps and logs have held heat and could spread to unburned areas within the fire, requiring diligent patrol and mop-up. Yesterday firefighters surveyed and reinforced containment lines around the fire and prepared for an expected increase in fire activity as the weather warms and dries. On many portions of the perimeter, firefighters have mopped up 100-200 feet inside the fire line. Firefighters were very active in the Grizzly Peak area, building fire line directly against the fire’s edge and mopping up to reinforce the line. In the Dixie Mountain area, crews worked on containment line from the peak into Dixie Valley. East of Milford, crews maintained direct and indirect containment lines on the northwest flanks to prevent fire from again impacting that community and Highway 395. On the southeast portion of the fire crews achieved additional containment along Turner Ridge against the Walker Fire footprint, as well as along the Sugar Fire footprint bordering Dixie Mountain State Game Refuge.

Firefighters deepened and improved fire line along the Sugar Fire footprint north to Highway 395, and carefully searched for hot areas and mopped up in the 30,000-acre Janesville spot fire. 

Today, firefighters will work to improve Road 177 and Beckwourth-Genesee Road as secondary control lines, and strengthen their work on direct attack in the rugged Devil’s Punchbowl. Maintaining containment, patrol, mop-up, and backhaul of equipment on western and central divisions will take place around the cooler areas of the fire perimeter. Structure protection remains in place within Genesee, Dixie Valley, Lake Davis area, Milford, and Taylorsville. On all areas of the fire, the objective is to secure the perimeter as rapidly and thoroughly as possible in anticipation of drying and warming weather, and to prepare firefighters and equipment to serve elsewhere as needed.  

Dixie Fire West Zone The overnight weather and humidity helped moderate the fire. Winds were calm with clear skies and quiet weather. With temperatures dropping in the 30’s and humidity rising to 60%-70%, fire activity was minimal with some creeping and smoldering materials.

Firefighters continued to monitor, patrol, and mop-up all areas of the fire throughout the night. Although battling steep and rugged terrain in some parts of the fire, there were no reports of spot fires over the containment lines. During the day, firefighters will concentrate on building containment lines on the northern part of the fire as well as reinforce containment lines throughout the rest of the fire. Potential still exists for spots to become established outside of the control lines.

Weather is expected to remain calm going through the week with humidity levels slowly dropping again as the atmosphere dries out. However, temperatures will remain cooler through the week with wind gusts no more than 20 mph in the afternoons.

Residents are urged to stay vigilant to changing weather and fire behavior. Smoke will be seen in the fire areas and surrounding communities for many days. Damage assessment is ongoing, and the threatened structures count may change depending on the fire status.

September 11, 2021 at 8:56 PM

The evacuation warning for the following areas have been lifted:
● North of Mt. Hough, west of Taylorsville [PLU Zone 15]
● Taylorsville [PLU Zone 15A]
● Swain Mtn, Echo lake, Star Butte area [PLU Zone 39]
● Sifford Mountain, North Stover Mountain [PLU Zone 40]
● Harkness and Warner Valley, Kelly Mountain [ PLU Zone 041]
For the current evacuation zone map, visit: community.zonehaven.com

Minimal fire behavior today with creeping and smoldering observed. Evacuation Orders and Warnings remain in effect and repopulation continues where safely possible. Threats to critical water and power infrastructure, emergency communications infrastructure, high value private timberlands, Multiple Watersheds, critical wildlife habitat, multiple Cultural and historical sites, and to the Lassen N.P. Headquarters and multiple fire and ranger stations in the area. Portions of Highway 89 and 44 are closed with a threat to Highway 36, 44, 89, 395, and 70. 

September 11, 2021 at 9:55 AM

Rainfall around one quarter of an inch to just over one half of one inch fell across the East Zone Thursday evening and Friday morning, resulting in minimal fire activity. Larger and thicker fuels – like stumps, logs, and duff – continued to smolder while fine surface fuels quickly dried out as the day warmed and winds increased. Today, resources will continue to hold and improve dozer and handline from Lake Davis to Clover Valley and secure dozer and handline to keep fire from spreading further south into Dixie Valley, as well as south towards Clover Valley and Portola. East of Milford, crews will maintain direct and indirect containment lines on the northwest flanks to prevent fire from again impacting that community and Highway 395. 

Crews will also work to complete dozer line in Dotta  Canyon to the Sugar Fire scar as an alternate contingency line in addition to improving Road 177 and Beckwourth-Genesee Road as secondary control lines. Hotshot crews will again work to secure direct line construction in the rugged Devil’s Punchbowl, as gains continue to be made in that area. Maintaining containment, mop-up, and backhaul of equipment on western and central divisions will take place around the cooler areas of the fire perimeter.

Structure protection remains in place within Genesee, Dixie Valley, Lake Davis area, Milford, and Taylorsville. 

California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, led by Incident Commander Jerry McGowan, assumed command of the East Zone Saturday morning.  


Dixie Fire West Zone – 
The humidity overnight continued to moderate fire behavior with some creeping and heavy material burning out. Interior islands and fuels within the control lines continue to smolder. Active burning in heavy receptive fuel beds may increase fire activity today. Potential still exists for spots to become established well outside of the control lines.

Today, quieter weather returns to the fire area. Winds will stay elevated through this afternoon with gusts up to 20 mph and cooler temperatures around 80 degrees. Crews will continue to complete line in steep and rugged terrain, perform holding actions, and provide structure defense in communities at risk. Incident priorities are to prevent further fire spread into HWY 395 and prevent additional fire spread into surrounding communities, private and public infrastructure and forests, and to protect the communities of Hat Creek and Old Station as well as the timberlands.

Residents are urged to stay vigilant to changing weather and fire behavior.  Smoke will be seen in the fire area and surrounding communities for many days.  Damage assessment is ongoing, and the threatened structures count may change depending on the fire status. 

September 10, 2021 at 7:35 PM

Dixie Fire West Zone: Firefighters continue to attack the fire using indirect and direct attack. The recent rains and moisture have assisted firefighters, but fuels continue to be dry and have low fuel moisture. Erratic wind gusts have increased fire activity in the northern part of the fire as it has crossed north of Highway 44 into the Hat Creek Rim area.

The fire progressed at a slow to moderate rate of spread, with some head runs with the wind. Operational resources have been moved towards this part of the fire to build and strengthen containment lines to protect the communities of Hat Creek and Old Station.

Crews continue to use the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Fire Train to deliver 30,000 gallons of water each trip. This allows firefighters to refill water quicker and continue the firefighting efforts along the northern part of the fire.

Resources in the Lassen Volcanic National Park continue to build and reinforce containment lines using fire retardant, heavy equipment, and hand crews. Although firefighters are challenged with steep and rugged terrain, but they are still making progress.

The Red Flag Warning remains in effect until this evening at 11:00 p.m. The hot, dry, and windy weather, temperatures in the 80’s, humidity at 15-23% during the day and winds up to 35 mph in the morning is the cause for the Red Flag Warning and the erratic fire behavior.

Dry fuels and strong winds will continue to be a hazard through the night. The Red Flag warning will expire at 11:00 p.m. Residents are urged to stay vigilant to changing weather and fire behavior. Smoke will be seen in the fire area and surrounding communities for many days. Damage assessment is ongoing, and the threatened structures count may change depending on the fire status.

Dixie Fire East Zone: Overnight and morning rain delayed access to the line for firefighters and also tempered fire behavior. In the East Zone of the Dixie Fire, Dixie Mountain received four-tenths of an inch of precipitation, with a half an inch measured in Taylorsville. With a bit more than expected rain, most areas on the fire were quiet today, however we know there are many pockets of heat, and warming and drying conditions in the next few days will reawaken fire in some areas where it is only smoldering and creeping in ground fuels today.

Hot shot crews constructed direct handline in the Devil’s Punchbowl area. Containment lines extending from northern Grizzly Ridge to Lake Davis are mopped up and no apparent smoke or heat was observed within 200 feet of the line today. Crews today backhauled piles of hose, portable tanks, and other equipment from the area. Crews also chipped long rows of slash and rehabilitated dozer lines in areas where the threat is now diminished significantly. Resources patrolled, improved, and monitored containment lines stretching from Lake Davis, around Turner Ridge, Clover Valley, through Dixie Valley and up the steep west ridge of Dixie Mountain. Crews completed contingency line in Dotta Canyon to the Sugar Fire scar and continued to masticate fuels along the Beckwourth-Genesee Road creating a secondary contingency line. Hand crews patrolled and monitored direct containment lines on the slopes of the escarpment west of Highway 395.

Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 is concluding their tour of duty and will transfer command tomorrow morning at 7 am. California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, led by Incident Commander Jerry McGowan, returns following their previous tour in August. We want to thank the local communities for your support and hospitality.

September 10, 2021 at 7:58 AM

Dixie Fire West Zone: Overnight the cold front continued to move in building cumulus which created changings winds. After the storm passed, the winds increased and continued to push the fire to the northeast on top of the Hat Creek Rim. The fire below the rim continued to the north along the valley below the rim moving towards the community of Hat Creek. The fire burned actively with crown runs at rapid rates of speed. This area is the number one priority of the management team. Additional hand crews and engines have been moved into the area and are continuing to aggressively build and reinforce lines to protect the communities of Hat Creek and Old Station.

Efforts in the northern regions of the fire have been enhanced using the Burlington Northern Santa Fe fire train. The train can deliver 30,000 gallons of water, per load, to fill water tenders, allowing for a faster return to the fire. Firefighting forces in the branch were reinforced by the addition of troops from the California National Guard.

In the Janesville and Milford area, high winds blew off the escarpment last night with gusts and some rain. Winds are expected to continue through the evening. The potential for increased fire activity in the unburned area between the fire and the Walker Burn scar is high. West Zone crews are working cooperatively with the East Zone crews up to the escarpment, mopping up and strengthening the line to keep the fire south of Janesville and Milford.

Resources in the Lassen Volcanic National Park continue to use fire retardant, mechanical equipment and all firefighting resources and techniques available to complete line in the steep and rugged terrain and extinguish the fire. A cold front that passed overnight is still producing isolated thunderstorms and showers midday and then will begin to decrease this afternoon. Winds will taper off this evening, but some gusts are still expected.

A Red Flag Warning is still in effect for thunderstorms and frontal winds today. The forecast is for overnight winds from the southwest 25-30 MPH with gusts up to 40 mph in this morning and will decrease to 10-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph this afternoon.

Dixie Fire East Zone: The Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 is timing out, and transfer of command will occur tomorrow morning at 7 AM. California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, led by Incident Commander Jerry McGowan, returns following their previous tour in August. We would like to welcome their team back to the East Zone of the Dixie Fire. We want to thank the wonderful community here in Plumas County for your appreciation, support, and hospitality.

The National Weather Service in Reno continued a Red Flag Warning for the fire area through tonight at 1100 PM. Critical fire weather conditions are expected, with low humidity and gusty southwest winds increasing through most of the day. Light rain fell overnight, with more measured in the East Zone. Just under one-tenth of an inch was measured in East Quincy, with a little over two-tenths in the Coyote Hills, while it remained dry in Chester. The welcomed moisture won’t help firefighters much because the forest is extremely dry. Gusty winds and dry conditions today will test containment lines and could cause any new lightning sparked fires to rapidly grow in size and intensity.

On the steep slopes of the escarpment above Highway 395 south of Milford, hand crews are securing and mopping up heat near the fire’s edge. Pockets of fire continue to burn in a series of timber stringers north of Dixie Mountain. Hand crews improved and added depth to containment lines and are successfully holding the fire north of the mountain’s west ridge. In the inaccessible Devil’s Punchbowl area south of Taylorsville, hand crews are actively engaging the fire again with assistance from helicopters, wetting down hot spots with water drops, and scouting the area for opportunities to attack the fire directly. Mop up operations are mostly complete and crews are backhauling hose and water systems along twenty-five miles of recently built containment line on the south side of the fire extending from the northern point of Grizzly Ridge all the way to the north end of Davis Lake, around Turner Ridge, Clover Meadows, and into Dixie Valley.

September 9, 2021 at 7:21 PM

Current Evacuation Status: https://tinyurl.com/2whbc9xn

Dixie Fire West Zone: Fire conditions continued to worsen today in the Shasta Sector due to dry fuels, a cold front entering the area which brought heavy winds and erratic fire behavior. The cold front in the area also brought unstable air to the region which promoted tall column development. This area is the number one priority of the management team. Additional hand crews and engines have been moved into the area to aggressively build and reinforce lines to protect the communities of Hat Creek and Old Station.

Efforts in the northern regions of the fire have been enhanced using the Burlington Northern Santa Fe fire train. The train can deliver 30,000 gallons of water, per load, to fill water tenders, allowing for a faster return to the fire. Firefighting forces in the branch were reinforced by the addition of troops from the California National Guard.

As the area of Lake Almanor has been repopulated, service calls continue to come in, as expected. Residents have been reporting smoke from smoldering vegetation.

In the Janesville and Milford area, high winds blew off the escarpment this afternoon with gusts up to 46 mph. However, all the lines held. Winds are expected to continue through the evening. The potential for increased fire activity in the unburned area between the fire and the Walker Burn scar is high. West Zone crews are working cooperatively with the East Zone crews up to the escarpment, mopping up and strengthening the line to keep the fire south of Janesville and Milford.

Resources in the Lassen Volcanic National Park continued to use fire retardant, mechanical equipment and all firefighting resources and techniques available to complete line in the steep and rugged terrain and extinguish the fire.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for thunderstorms and frontal winds that begin today through Friday. The forecast is for overnight winds from the southwest 10-20 MPH with gusts up to 40 mph.

Dixie Fire East Zone: The National Weather Service in Reno issued a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low humidity, in effect from 11 PM this evening to 11 PM PDT Friday. Critical fire weather conditions will develop this evening and last through Friday. Thunderstorms with potential dry lightning are possible, and gusty southwest winds will develop tonight and continue tomorrow. The forest is extremely dry, fuels on the forest floor are exceptionally receptive to sparks, and dry lightning could easily ignite new fires. Erratic outflow winds from thunderstorms tonight and continuing gusty winds will test containment lines and could cause new fires to rapidly grow in size and intensity.

On the steep slopes of the escarpment above Highway 395 south of Milford, hand crews were successful securing the edge and mopping up heat of the fire on and near the fire’s edge. Pockets of fire continue to burn in a series of timber stringers north of Dixie Mountain. Hand crews improved and added depth to containment lines successfully holding the fire north of the mountain’s west ridge. Task forces, made up of groups of engines, used water to mop up around structures in Dixie Valley, while hand crews reinforced containment lines wrapping around the southside of Horton Ridge. Heavy equipment crews continue building contingency lines in Dotta Valley, tying into the recent Sugar Fire, and using masticators to thin fuels along the Beckwourth-Genesee Road.

Twenty-five miles of recently built containment line around Turner Ridge, north of Davis Lake, along Grizzly Ridge, and north towards Tower Rock, all held with no issues. In the inaccessible Devil’s Punchbowl area south of Taylorsville, hand crews actively engaged the fire with assistance from helicopters again today, wetting down hot spots with water drops and scouted the area for opportunities to attack the fire directly.

September 9, 2021 at 4:18 PM

Lassen County evacuation order and warning changes.

Evacuation Orders have been expanded for the following areas:

North of Hwy 44 from the Lassen County line east to Forest Services Route 32NO2 and north to the Blacks Mountain and Halls Flat Area. ZONES LAS-E035-A, D, G, H

Evacuation Warnings have been issued for the following area

North of Halls Flat area from the Lassen County Line east to Pittville Rd and north to Black Gulch Rd. ZONE LAS-E036-B

Blacks Mountain area from Pittville Rd east to Forest Route 34N30 north to Black Ridge Lookout Rd ZONE LAS-E036-C

September 9, 2021 at 7:47 AM

Dixie Fire West Zone: Last night at 7PM Old Station was put under a Mandatory Evacuation Order. The wind continued into the evening increasing the fire activity. The northern portion continued to have active runs in the brush and ground fuels with occasional group torching. Interior islands continued to burn and smolder through the night. Heavy fuels continue to consume throughout the fire perimeter. Additional resources assigned to the Shasta sector work to build and reinforce lines today due to the predicted fire activity in the area. Additional engines, hand crews, and fuels reduction projects are ongoing in the area. These additional resources will also help to strengthen lines on the fires edge and to prepare for the extreme weather event predicted for this Thursday and Friday.

The California National Guard continue their efforts with West Zone crews in the Lassen Sector on north side of HWY 44. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe fire train continues to deliver 30,000 gallons of water, per load, to fill water tenders, allowing for a faster return to the fire today.

The West Zone is working in conjunction with the East Zone south of Janesville and Milford, along the 395 corridor and up to the escarpment. Fire crews have installed thousands of feet of hose, scrapped 10-blade-wide dozer lines, and reinforced containment lines with retardant from the mobile retardant base in Hurlong. Smoldering vegetation is still expected In the Lake Almanor area. Crews aggressively continue to reinforce the lines in very steep and rugged terrain in the Lassen Volcanic National Park. A critical Fire Weather Watch is in effect for thunderstorms and frontal winds that begin today through Friday.

Dixie Fire East Zone: The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the Dixie Fire area for late tonight through Friday, ( 9- 9-21 at 11:00 PM through 9-10-21). Thunderstorms, strong outflow winds, and light rains are likely tonight, then gusty winds and low humidity are expected through the day tomorrow. Very little fire growth occurred yesterday and overnight in the East Zone of the Dixie Fire. Across the fire area, fire continued to consume isolated internal pockets of unburned fuel as well as rekindling fallen pine needles in places, occasionally creating areas of smoke, and embers thrown from the flare-ups threaten containment lines. Fire on the north of Grizzly Ridge has burned into light re-growth from the 2019 Walker Fire, and in the southeast corner, fire burned into the 2021 Sugar Fire scar and stopped.

Last night’s night shift included over 250 firefighters, which is a significant increase in fresh personnel over previous shifts. Crews are patrolling the entire fire area day and night, providing structure protection, responding to smoke reports, and closely monitoring containment lines. Fire continues to burn in the very steep terrain of the Devil’s Punchbowl south of Taylorsville. Moderate fire activity in the area involves backing and short flanking runs in ground fuels occurring in the heat of the day.

Today, hotshot crews are going direct with the help of water drops from helicopters, piecing together areas of open rock scree in the avalanche chutes, and constructing direct handline around the uncontained perimeter. Working with resources from the West Zone, two type 1 hotshot hand-crews had success yesterday and overnight building direct containment line and putting out hot spots on the steep slopes of the escarpment above Highway 395 south of Milford. Today, hand-crews continue to hold the fire in the very steep terrain northwest of Dixie Peak, and crews and heavy equipment are building contingency lines along the Beckwourth Genesee Road.

September 8, 2021 at 9:10 PM

Lassen County Evacuation order: North of Hwy 44 from the Lassen County line east to Pitville Rd and north to Blacks Mountain/Forest Services Route 32NO2

September 8, 2021 at 8:59 PM

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the Dixie Fire area for Thursday night through Friday, ( 9-9-21 PM through 9-10-21). Thunderstorms and strong outflow winds are quite possible tomorrow night, then gusty winds and low humidity are expected through Friday. Very little fire growth occurred today in the East Zone of the Dixie Fire. The most active area was west of Dixie Mountain, where hotshot crews spent the day working with air resources to keep the fire confined to stringers north of the western ridgeline in very steep and rocky terrain. Heavy equipment and crews continued to build contingency containment lines in Dotta Valley and along the Beckwourth-Genesee Road. Crews used water to secure the line and mop up hot spots near structures in Dixie Valley and improved containment line in the Horton Ridge Area.

Two 20-person hotshot hand-crews worked today with resources from the West Zone and air support to build a direct containment line on the steep escarpment on the north side of the fire impacting Highway 395, south of Milford. Moderate fire continues to burn in the very steep terrain of the Devil’s Punchbowl south of Taylorsville, and crews are monitoring the situation carefully, using helicopters to cool hot areas keep the fire in check. Two hotshot crews are going direct, piecing together rock scree in the avalanche chutes and constructing direct hand line around the uncontained perimeter. Across the fire area, fire continued to consume isolated internal pockets of unburned fuel as well as rekindling fallen pine needles, occasionally creating areas of smoke, and thrown embers threaten containment lines.

West Zone: Tonight at 7PM Old Station is under a Mandatory Evacuation Order. Residents can meet at the collection point located at the Safeway parking lot in Burney.

Additional resources were assigned to the Shasta sector today due to active fire in the area. A request for more engines, hand crews, and fuels reduction capabilities was filled. These additional resources will help to strengthen lines on the fires edge and to prepare for the weather event predicted for tomorrow. The California National Guard has joined efforts with West Zone crews in the Lassen Sector on north side of HWY 44. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe fire train continues to deliver 30,000 gallons of water, per load, to fill water tenders, allowing for a faster return to the fire.

The West Zone is working closely with the East Zone south of Janesville and Milford, along the 395 corridor and up to the escarpment. Fire crews have installed thousands of feet of hose, scrapped 10-blade-wide dozer lines, and reinforced containment lines with retardant from the mobile retardant base in Hurlong.

Multiple calls for service continue in the Lake Almanor area due to smoldering vegetation. Crews continue to reinforce the lines in very steep and rugged terrain in the Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Residents will see smoke coming from trees and stumps for days following their return. Proceed with caution, burned out areas may have unseen hazards. Residents are encouraged to call 911 if they are concerned about any active flames near their homes or businesses. Damage assessment is ongoing. The changing count of threatened structures in the update is due to changes in fire status and the evacuation warnings in Lassen, Plumas and Shasta County.

September 8, 2021 at 8:49 PM

The Shasta County Sheriff Office has issued a Evacuation Order for the Community of Old Station in Eastern Shasta County due to fire activity on the Dixie Fire.

In addition, residents of all roads between the Lassen National Park entrance and the Bridge Campground as well as residences on Highway 44 from the Lassen County line are also under an evacuation order. Traffic is being diverted to northbound Highway 89.

Temporary evacuation point is being set up at the Safeway in Burney

September 8, 2021 at 1:22 PM

The evacuation warning for the following areas have been lifted:

  • Canyon Dam [PLU Zone 5C]
  • Crescent Mills [PLU Zone 014A]
  • North side of Chandler Road from Quincy Jct. Rd east to Hwy 70 and the north side of
  • Hwy 70 from Chandler Rd east to just west of Massack.[PLU Zone 17-C and 17-D] Peters Creek Area, North Arm [PLU Zone 18B]
  • Heart “K” Ranch, Includes Taylor Diggins Mine, north to Engel Mine, east to Lower Lone Rock, south to the border to Zone 28, west to the Taylor Diggins Mine [PLU Zone 020]
  • Hwy 70 at Massack, east to the east side of Lee Summit and everything north of those locations to the area of Argentine Rock and the south boundary of Zone 21. This includes Greenhorn and the north side of Spring Garden. [PLU Zone 22-A]
  • Moonlight Valley, Engel Mine, Lone Rock Valley, and a portion of Fruit Growers Blvd. [PLU Zone 29]
  • North side of Hwy 70, east of Lee Summit to Hwy 70 at Mohawk Vista. [PLU Zone 32A]
  • North side of Hwy 70, from Mohawk Vista, east to Willow Creek Road, north to Penman Peak. [PLU Zone 36A]
  • North side of Delleker. Hwy 70 at Willow Creek Rd, east to Hwy 70 at West Street (Portola) and everything north to Smith Peak.[PLU 36-C]
  • North side of Beckwourth. North side of Hwy 70 from County Rd A23, east to County Rd A24 and north toward Table Rock.[PLU 42-C]
  • North side of Portola. Hwy 70 at West Street east to Hwy 70 at A23 (Beckwourth-Calpine Road) and everything north to the southern edge of 35-B (south of Lake Davis) [PLU 42-D]
  • North side of Hwy 70 from A24 east to Harrison Ranch Rd including Maddalena Rd and the Buttes [PLU 44B]

This area is deemed safe from active fire though residents should stay alert to changing conditions

September 8, 2021 at 1:08 PM

The following areas are being changed from a Mandatory Evacuation Order to an Evacuation Warning:

Taylorsville [PLU Zone 15A]

ALL OF GENESEE VALLEY, southeast of Taylorsville up the Genesee Rd to just south of Babcock Crossing, Walker Mine Road, north portion of Beckwourth Genesee Road. [PLU Zone 28]

September 8, 2021 at 10:01 AM

Lassen County Evacuation Warnings have been lifted for the following areas:

  • Herlong area north of County Rd A25 from Long Valley Creek east to Pole Line Rd – Zone LAS-E053-B
  • Herlong Proper south of County Rd A25 from Long Valley Creek east to Sierra Army Depot and south to County Rd A26, including all residences accessed off of County Road A26 – Zone LAS-E002-B
  • Janesville and Milford west of Hwy 395 from Janesville Grade south to Raker Place Zones LAS-E012-F, J LAS-E010-G&H, D, E, I
  • North Doyle area west of Hwy 395 from the County Rd A26 intersection south to Bernice Ln and all roads accessed by Pickens Rd – Zones LAS E001-C, D, E

September 8, 2021 at 8:00 AM

The fire actively burned in ground fuels with isolated torching in the timber. Short range spotting was an issue on the northern portion of the fire in the Lassen Volcanic National Park area. The rest of the fire continued to see the larger islands continue to have active ground fire. Interior fuels continued to smolder and burn.

Planned actions

Priority areas include: the Lassen & Shasta Sectors, Old Station and surrounding communities, the Highway 395 escarpment area including Janesville, Milford and Herlong Junction as well as Lake Davis and the Grizzly Creek area east of the escarpment. Communities of Greenhorn, Cromberg and Davis Lake also at risk, see “East Zone:” below.

Continue to establish direct and indirect containment lines south of Old Station, utilizing lines created during the Reading incident. Resources continue to establish containment lines to hold the Hwy 44 corridor and monitor for spots across the highway, while protecting critical fiber optic infrastructure.

Complete contingency lines both north and south of Janesville and Milford respectively. Monitor weather for predicted wind event in the area. Provide structure defense, while ensuring firefighter safety.

Provide for service calls within communities impacted by the fire: Chester, Hwy 36 corridor, Hwy 89 Corridor, Hwy 395 corridor, Paxton, Greenville, Jonesville, Crescent Mills, Taylorsville, Prattville, Butte Meadows, Bucks Lake, Meadows Valley, Rush Creek, Warner Valley, Pecks Valley, Williams Valley, Hunt Canyon, Susanville, Janesville, and the Greater Almanor area.

Continued mop up of and patrol of 1,000-hr fuels will require a significant amount of resources due to the volume of fuels and the steep and rugged terrain.

Continued holding actions and point protection of communities and critical infrastructure will require a significant resource presence for the next several operational periods.

East Zone:

Resources will continue hold and improve dozer and handline from Lake Davis to Clover Valley and construct dozer and handline to keep fire from spreading further into Dixie Valley, as well as south towards Clover Valley and Portola.

East of Milford, construct direct and indirect containment lines on the NW and NE flanks of the fire south from Highway 395 to prevent fire from again impacting Milford and Highway 395.

Construct dozer line in Dotta Canyon to the Sugar Fire scar as an alternate contingency line. Continue improving Road 177 and Beckwourth-Genesse Road as secondary control lines.

Maintain continment, mop-up, and backhaul of equipment on western and central divisions in the Zone.

Structure protection is in place within Genesee, Dixie Valley, Lake Davis area, Milford, and Taylorsville.

September 7, 2021 at 7:27 PM

Dixie Fire West Zone: Fire activity increased today due to cleaner air allowing the sun to heat up the fuels earlier. The fire continues to spot in the southeastern portions of the fire as well as in the northern section which lies within the Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Several resources from the West Zone continue to partner with the East Zone south of Janesville and Milford. Increased winds in the areas are expected to come off the escarpment between 8 p.m. and Midnight. Crews continue to aggressively hold the fires edge with aircraft, a 10-blade dozer line, while utilizing the mobile retardant base for tenders to spray around structures to protect assets at risk. The main fire continues to burn in Horton Ridge, Dixie Valley, and the Diamond Mt. along the 395 corridors.

More engines and crews have joined firefighting efforts to assist with keeping the fire out of the Hat Creek Drainage, Raker Peak, and off Badger Mt. Crews aggressively improved secondary contingency lines and continued fuels reduction projects in the area. Today, in the Lassen Sector crews utilized the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Fire Train with suppression efforts. Bogs in the Lake Almanor area continues to smolder as expected. Mop-up and patrol will continue in this area.

Dixie Fire East Zone: Little change in the weather is expected in the next several days, continued hot days and cool nights, with smoke settling into the valley bottoms at night and lifting in the morning. Firefighters made great progress improving and holding containment lines on the southeast side of the fire, and for the first time in many days, operations reported little if any fire growth. In the last couple weeks, crews and heavy equipment built about 25 miles of very solid containment line from the Devil’s Punchbowl south of Taylorsville east all the way to Dixie Mountain, keeping pace with the rapidly eastward spreading fire. Dozer and hand lines were backed up with extensive water systems. Today, crews continued to patrol, monitor, and secure the line and mop up hot spots within 100 feet of the line.

Most of the Dixie Fire perimeter remained quiet today, however interior pockets of unburned fuel continue to threaten lines and produce smoke across the fire area, especially during the heat of the day. Hot shot crews were successful in holding the fire north of a steep and rocky sub-ridge on Dixie Mountain, and, east of there, the fire has burned into the Sugar Fire scar. Crews built and improved contingency dozer lines near Dotta Canyon and along the Beckwourth/Genesee Road, but the threat of fire moving south is diminishing rapidly. Fire continues to burn in the very steep terrain of the Devil’s Punchbowl south of Taylorsville, and crews are monitoring it closely, bringing containment lines ever closer, and using helicopters to keep it in place and cooled down. Crews used infrared technology to locate and water to mop up all the heat within 100 feet around homes in Genesee Valley and continued to patrol and monitor the area today

September 7, 2021 at 11:52 AM

Lassen County evacuation warnings have been lifted, effective immediately.

Evacuation warnings lifted for the following areas:

South of Hwy 36 east of Pine Town east to Coppervale – Zone LASEO26
North of Hwy 36 from the Lassen County line to east to County Rd A21 – Zone LAS-E027-A

All other evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

September 7, 2021 at 7:53 AM

Dixie Fire West Zone: The fire continued to burn into the evening and began to moderate after midnight. Smoke settled into the valleys on the northern portion of the fire. Active ground fire was observed throughout the night, with occasional single tree torching. Heavy down fuels actively consumed throughout the night.

Crews will continue to complete line in steep and rugged terrain in the wilderness of Lassen National Volcanic Park using all firefighting strategies available. Resources continue to establish direct and indirect containment line south of Old Station utilizing lines created by the Reading incident. Resources continue to establish containment lines to hold HWY 44 and monitor for spots across the highway while protecting critical fiber optic cable.

Crews are completing contingency lines both north and south of Janesville and Milford while monitoring for the predicted wind event today. Crews are providing structure defense while ensuring firefighter safety. Resources will continue to respond to service calls within communities impacted by the fire.

Mop up and patrol status is currently being utilized in applicable areas. The high-pressure weather system will begin to weaken today with humidity remaining low and temperatures cooling slightly. Temperatures will be 83-91 degrees during the day. Humidity will be 8-12 percent with southwest winds up to 5-10 mph and gusts up to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Northern California remains under a Fuels and Fire Advisory. Active fire behavior is due to hot and dry weather.

Several evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings and many warnings have been lifted allowing some residents to return to their homes and businesses.Residents are encouraged to stay vigilant and to monitor evacuation information and road closures, including social media and local law enforcement websites for the most current information.

Residents will see smoke coming from trees and stumps for days following their return. Proceed with caution because burned out areas may have unseen hazards. Residents are encouraged to call 911 if they are concerned about any active flames near their homes or businesses. Damage assessment remains ongoing. The change in the count of threatened structures in the update is due to new Evacuation Warnings in Lassen, Plumas and Shasta County.

Dixie Fire East Zone: Firefighters expect hot daytime temperatures to continue for at least the next several days, with lighter southwest and westerly winds tomorrow, and only a slight increase in humidity. The forest is extremely dry, and the widespread fuel beds are quite receptive to sparks. The Dixie Fire spreads by spotting, trees torch out in the heat of the day, and airborne embers settle on dry receptive fuels causing the fire to jump containment lines. Firefighters expect moderate to active fire behavior today because of southwest winds in the middle of the day. More than 500 fresh firefighters joined the fight yesterday.

Yesterday and overnight, most of the fire perimeter remained quiet and cool, with firefighters patrolling, monitoring, and mopping up lingering heat with water. However, the far eastern and southeastern parts of the fire remain active today. Yesterday evening, fire crossed Highway 395 south of Milford and east of the escarpment, closing the highway for a little while. Crews from the West Zone were able to quickly catch the small spot-fire on the east side of the highway. Hot shot crews are working with West Zone resources to construct direct containment line on the northern flank of the fire near Highway 395. Hand crews and heavy equipment were successful building containment lines and keeping the fire from progressing southward in the Horton Ridge, Dixie Valley, and Dixie Mountain areas. Crews also improved contingency dozer lines located near Dotta Canyon and along the Beckwourth/Genesee Road. Fire continues to burn in very steep terrain of the Devil’s Punchbowl south of Taylorsville, and crews are monitoring it closely, using helicopters to keep it in place and cool it down. Crews used water to mop up all the heat within 100 feet around homes in Genesee Valley and continue to patrol and monitor the area. Unburned pockets in the interior of the fire will continue to burn out and produce smoke during the heat of the day.

September 6, 2021 at 7:23 PM

Dixie Fire West Zone: The fire is still very active from the Lassen Volcanic National Park burning to the Pacific Coast Trail and up to the Hat Creek drainage where it is tied into Badger Flats. This area of the fire is expected to slowly burn into itself tonight. Erratic winds occurred today causing SR 44 to be closed between A-21 and Old Station. Crews will continue to fight fire aggressively as the wind event is predicted to continue into the evening. Operations will concentrate on structure protection, mopping up areas of probable concern, strengthening existing control lines, and focusing on multiple contingency lines south of Janesville and Milford along HWY 395. No heat was detected by the Infrared aircraft along HWY 70 going up to Butte Meadows where mop up is nearly completed. Crews are currently in patrol status along HWY 32, 36, and 89 where hose is being removed. Humidity recovery overnight will remain poor.

Several evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings and many warnings have been lifted allowing some residents to return to their homes and businesses.Residents are encouraged to stay vigilant and to monitor evacuation information and road closures, including social media and local law enforcement websites for the most current information.

Residents will see smoke coming from trees and stumps for days following their return. Proceed with caution because burned out areas may have unseen hazards. Residents are encouraged to call 911 if they are concerned about any active flames near their homes or businesses. Damage assessment remains ongoing. The change in the count of threatened structures in the update is due to new Evacuation Warnings in Lassen, Plumas and Shasta County.

Dixie Fire East Zone: Crews are assessing structure losses on the north side of Dixie Valley, and the southeast corner of the fire continues to burn actively. Firefighters face many challenges including very steep rocky terrain, dry, hot and breezy weather, and extremely dry receptive fuels.

Today, ground crews, supported by 14 helicopters, 6 scoopers, and 2 VLATs, strengthened containment lines, searched for spot fires around structures, and used water to extinguish spots and cool down hot areas. Hand crews and heavy equipment built direct line along the fire’s edge on Horton Ridge as well as building contingency line south of the ridge. Crews also built contingency line along the powerline running adjacent to the west side of Horton Ridge and along Beckwourth/Milford Highway. Structure protection crews remained active and engaged in Dixie Valley and Grizzly Heights.

East and West Zone crews reinforced line around the 40-acre spot-fire that jumped over the containment line yesterday near Squaw Peak. Coordinated resources continue to defend the containment line at the base of the escarpment above Highway 395. Much of the fire north of Dixie Valley in the Dixie Mountain State Game Refuge has burned into the Sugar Fire scar.

Containment lines in the Coyote Hills, Turner Ridge, and Grizzly Ridge are holding in place and mostly cold, as crews continue to use water to secure and reinforce lines and cool interior hot spots. South of Taylorsville, crews continue to observe moderate fire behavior in the Devils Punchbowl and keep it cool with helicopter water drops as they reinforce containment lines and seek out opportunities to go direct. Crews continue to mop up hot spots with water near structures in Genesee Valley, progressing farther and farther from the structures into the fire interior.

September 6, 2021 at 7:22 AM

Dixie Fire West Zone: The fire continues to burn out in the heavy material and was moderated by smoke settling over the fire area. Active fire was limited to ground fuels consisting of backing and flanking fire. Interior pockets continued to burn through the night well inside the fire perimeter. The diminishing humidity recovery aided in consumption of heavier fuels. Resources continue to use all firefighting methods available in the Lassen Volcanic National Park while maintaining firefighter safety. Crews will continue to work aggressively throughout the day to extinguish hot spots and improve lines. Crews will continue to construct direct and indirect line to secure the fire perimeter, construct contingency lines in both zones, and provide structure defense in communities at risk. Priority areas include Lassen Volcanic National Park, Old Station and surrounding communities, the HWY 395 escarpment areas including Janesville, Milford and Herlong. Crews from the West Zone continue to assist the East Zone

Dixie Fire East Zone: The southeastern part of the Dixie Fire continues to produce extreme fire behavior daily spreading south and east in very dry and receptive fuels. Smoke will linger in the valleys with hot, dry, and breezy weather persisting for the next few days.

Yesterday and overnight, the fire was very active in the Ross Canyon Area north of Dixie Valley, threatening structures and challenging firefighters. Hand and engine crews on the night-shift strengthened containment lines, searched for spot fires around structures, and used water to extinguish the spots and cool down hot areas. To the east, fire in the Dixie Mountain State Game Refuge burned into the Sugar Fire scar. Strong west winds yesterday afternoon and evening pushed more fire off the escarpment above Highway 395 south of Milford, and fire backed down to containment lines at the base of the slope in a couple areas, where crews from both the West and East Zones worked together to contain it.

Containment lines in the Coyote Hills Area and on Turner and Grizzly Ridges held in place, as crews used water to secure and reinforce the lines and cool interior hot spots. In the Devil’s Punchbowl area, south of Taylorsville, moderate fire behavior increases during the heat of the day. Crews will continue to closely monitor the activity and continue to cool it down with helicopter water drops. Structure protection continued overnight and will again today in the Dixie Valley, Beckwourth, Clover Valley, Portola, Greenhorn, Cromberg, Genesee, and Taylorsville.

September 6, 2021 at 7:03 AM

Active fire behavior continued overnight with short crown runs and short-range spotting. Evacuation Orders and Warnings remain in effect and repopulation continues where safely possible. Threats to critical water and power infrastructure, emergency communications infrastructure, high value private timberlands, Multiple Watersheds, critical wildlife habitat, multiple Cultural and historical sites, and to the Lassen N.P. Headquarters and multiple fire and ranger stations in the area. Portions of Highway 89 are closed with a threat to Highway 44,36,395, and 70. Pacific Crest Trail closed in the area. CA Type 1, Team 1 (McGowan) assigned with a scheduled inbrief 9/9 @ 1600. Unified command: CAL Fire IMT 1 (Truax), Type 1 GB Team 1 (Kuo). CAL Fire Team 1 in command of West Zone, GB Team 1 in command of East Zone.

September 5, 2021 at 8:20 PM

Dixie Fire West Zone: Fire activity increased in Lassen Volcanic National Park today with active runs in the brush and timber. Resources continue to use all firefighting methods available in the park while maintaining firefighter safety. Primary and secondary lines are holding in the Old Station area. Crews worked aggressively throughout the day to extinguish hot spots and improve lines in the Janesville and Milford area. High temperatures, light winds and dry vegetation still have the potential to fuel fire growth. Crews will continue to construct direct and indirect line to secure the fire perimeter, construct contingency lines in both zones, and provide structure defense in communities at risk.

Dixie Fire East Zone: The Dixie Fire continues to threaten several structures in Dixie Valley, with hungry fuels-driven fire spreading rapidly southward and marching down ridges on both west and eastern rims of the valley. Hand crews and heavy equipment, assisted by helicopters, scoopers, and air tankers are constructing indirect containment lines around the structures in the Dixie Valley and attempting to steer the slopover, which crossed Ross Canyon yesterday, into the Sugar Fire scar. In an effort to prevent southward spread, the crews-built dozer lines from Horton Ridge southeast to the Dotta Fire scar and continued eastward towards the Sugar Fire scar.

The fire in the Dixie Mountain State Game Refuge is likely to burn into the edge of the Sugar Fire later this evening. Crews are holding and improving firelines on the southeast side of Coyote Hills. Along the escarpment above Highway 395, crews worked with West Zone partners to keep fire away from structures and the highway open. Containment lines on Turner and Grizzly ridges held in place, as crews used water to cool hot spots and reinforce the lines. In the Devil’s Punchbowl area south of Taylorsville, fire behavior was minimal, and crews kept the fire in check and continued to cool it down with helicopter water drops. Structure protection continued within Clover Valley, Dixie Valley, Genesee, Taylorsville, Greenhorn, and Cromberg.

September 5, 2021 at 9:32 AM

West Zone: The fire continues to burn out in the heavy material and was moderated by the smoke settling over the fire area. Active fire was limited to ground fuels, consisting of backing and flanking fire. Interior pockets continue to burn through the night, most are well interior of the perimeter. The diminishing humidity recovery aided in consumption of the heavier fuels. The southeast flank of the fire continues to burn in multiple directions due to varying winds. Crews continue to fight fire aggressively, construct and reinforce control lines, and protect structures. Mop up efforts have begun where appropriate. Light downslope and drainage wind this morning will transitions to a light west southwest wind along ridgetops this afternoon with lighter terrain driven winds in the sheltered valleys. A warming trend continues over the area with highs in the 80’s to low 90’s in the valleys as high pressure takes hold over the area. Heavy smoke will continue to hamper visibility throughout the day as it is trapped under high pressure. The smoke will be in the fire area longer and may limit air operations throughout the day.

Lassen and Plumas National Forests — A high pressure system will maintain stable hot and dry weather creating smoky conditions today. Very dry fuel conditions and shifting winds will cause potential for rapid fire spread resistant to containment. Yesterday, shifting winds challenged firefighters, and the fire progressed southeast in the Coyote Hills, Horton Ridge, and Ross Canyon areas into very dry and dense forest fuels. Spot fires became established in Ross Canyon and off Horton Ridge threatening Dixie Valley. Crews will build line and protect structures by removing brush, building indirect fireline, and installing hose systems. Aircraft will assist those ground crews. Overnight, fire reached the base of the escarpment along Highway 395. Air and ground crews will work closely with firefighters from the West Zone to reinforce firelines today.

On Turner Ridge, crews are securing the line and mopping up heat with water. Resources continue to hold and improve dozer and handline stretching from Clover Valley to the east side of Lake Davis, and patrol and monitor the long and now mostly cold line on Grizzly Ridge. South of Taylorsville, crews will continue to build depth on established lines and cool interior heat in the very steep terrain north and south of Montgomery Creek. Structure protection continued overnight within Clover Valley, Dixie Valley, Genesee, Taylorsville, Greenhorn, and Cromberg.

Residents are encouraged to stay vigilant and to monitor evacuation information and road closures, including social media and local law enforcement websites for the most current information. Residents will see smoke coming from trees and stumps for days following their return. Proceed with caution because burned out areas may have unseen hazards. Residents are encouraged to call 911 if they are concerned about any active flames near their homes or businesses. Damage assessment remains ongoing. Change in threatened structures due to new Evacuation Warnings in Lassen, Plumas and Shasta County. 

A firefighter assigned to the Dixie incident passed away on September 2, due to an illness.

Plumas County Mandatory Evacuation Orders

  • Long Valley and north of Seneca areas [PLU Zone 004B]
  • Humbug Humboldt Cross Rd. at SR89, south along Humbug Humboldt Rd. to the intersection with Humboldt Rd., west to the Round Valley Creek and Deer Creek intersect, north along the Tehama County Line to the intersection SR36, east along SR36 to the intersection of SR89, south along SR89 to the intersection with Humbug Humboldt Cross Rd.[PLU Zone 6B]
  • Taylorsville [PLU Zone 15A]
  • East side of Mt. Hough, east to Tower Rock and the south edge of Genesee. Includes Emigrant Rd. Zone [PLU Zone 16A]
  • Heart “K” Ranch, Includes Taylor Diggins Mine, north to Engel Mine, east to Lower Lone Rock, south to the border to Zone 28, west to the Taylor Diggins Mine [PLU Zone 020]
  • Grizzly/Tower: Beckwourth Genesee Rd south of Antelope Lake Rd to Grizzly Ridge and North of Argentine Lookout [Plu Zone 21]
  • ALL OF GENESEE VALLEY, southeast of Taylorsville up the Genesee Rd to just south of Babcock Crossing, Walker Mine Road, north portion of Beckwourth Genesee Road. [PLU Zone 28]
  • Moonlight Valley, Engel Mine, Lone Rock Valley, and a portion of Fruit Growers Blvd. [PLU Zone 29]
  • Antelope, includes the area surrounding Antelope Lake, North to the Plumas/Lassen Line, East to the Plumas Lassen Line, including Fruit Growers Blvd USFS Road 28N32, Indian Creek Road, Diamond Mountain Way, and the area of Thompson Creek & Boulder Creek. [PLU Zone 30]
  • The unpopulated area of Babcock Crossing, Elephants Playground, and Murdock Crossing areas. This includes Beckwourth-Genesee at Clover Creek Loop, North to area of Drum Bridge, North to area of Babcock crossing. East to Big Flat Spring, South to 25N05, West to Beckwourth Genesee Road [PLU Zone 31]
  • Ingalis: South of Beckwourth Genesee Road to the NW side of Lake Davis along Grizzly Ridge to the west and including the Walker Mine [PLU Zone 33]
  • Beckwourth Genesee Road north of Dixie Valley Road, north to the Plumas Lassen County Line, to include, Jordan Flats, Ferris Flat, Fitch Canyon and Cottonwood Mountain [PLU Zone 34]
  • North of Lake Davis from the intersection of Beckwourth-Taylorsville Road and the Bagley pass Road, north to Zone 31.[PLU 35-A]
  • Lake Davis, north of Lake Davis Road to Gate Place, includes all sides of Lake Davis [PLU 35-B]
  • East of Crocker Mountain toward Reconnaissance Peak and Dixie Mountain and from the Beckwourth Genesee Road at 23N53 north to 28N01 [PLU 37]
  • Sugar Loaf: Frenchman Road near Bloomer Lake Road, north to the county line, and the Plumas side of Doyle Grade [PLU Zone 43-A]
  • Frenchman lake and all areas adjacent, including Frenchman Cove, Frenchman Village and Dooley [PLU 43-B]

Plumas County Evacuation Warnings

  • Caribou Rd north to the Humbug Rd and Humboldt Rd intersection This includes Belden Reservoir and Butt Valley Reservoir [PLU Zone 3]
  • The community of Seneca south to Hwy70 [PLU Zone 4A]
  • Canyon Dam [PLU Zone 5C]
  • Humbug Road from the intersection of the Humbug-Humboldt Road west to the Butte County line and everything south of the Humbug Road [PLU Zone 006]
  • Hwy 36 south to the west side of Hwy 89, including Mud Lake, Soldiers Meadows, and Shanghai Creek area, south to Humbug Road, and west to Butte County line [PLU Zone 006A]
  • From the Hwy 89/Hwy 36 Junction, north along Stover Mountain Road to the County Line, and west from the Hwy 89/Hwy 36 Junction along the south side of the highway to the county line. [PLU Zone 007]
  • Chester Juniper Lake Road north, Hwy 312 northwest, Forest Road 28N61 north west. [PLU Zone 008A]
  • Crescent Mills [PLU Zone 014A]
  • North of Mt. Hough, west of Taylorsville [PLU Zone 15]
  • Mt. Hough north of Quincy to south of Arlington Road, and Oakland Campground area [PLU Zone 016B]
  • North side of Chandler Road from Quincy Jct. Rd east to Hwy 70 and the north side of Hwy 70 from Chandler Rd east to just west of Massack.[PLU Zone 17-C and 17-D]
  • Peters Creek Area, North Arm [PLU Zone 18B]
  • Hwy 70 at Massack, east to the east side of Lee Summit and everything north of those locations to the area of Argentine Rock and the south boundary of Zone 21. This includes Greenhorn and the north side of Spring Garden. [PLU Zone 22-A]
  • Hwy 70 at the east side of Lee Summit, east to the area of Hwy 70 and Mohawk Vista West entrance and
  • everything north of those locations to the area of Happy Valley and the south boundary of Zone 33. This includes
  • the north side of Sloat, Cromberg, Mt. Tomba, and the north side of Hwy 70 near Blairsden [PLU 32-A and 32-D]
  • North side of Delleker. Hwy 70 at Willow Creek Rd, east to Hwy 70 at West Street (Portola) and everything north to
  • Smith Peak.[PLU 35-C]
  • North side of Hwy 70 from Mohawk Vista Drive west entrance, east to Hwy 70 at Willow Creek Road and everything north to Smith Peak and Five Points. This includes the area of Mohawk Vista.[PLU 36-A and 36-B]
  • North side of Delleker. Hwy 70 at Willow Creek Rd, east to Hwy 70 at West Street (Portola) and everything north to Smith Peak.[PLU 36-C]
  • Manzanita Mtn. Echo Lake areas. North of Hwy 36 [PLU Zone 38 A]
  • SwainMtn, Echo lake, Star Butte area [PLU Zone 39]
  • Sifford Mountain, North Stover Mountain [PLU Zone 40]
  • Harkness and Warner Valley, Kelly Mountain [ PLU Zone 041]
  • Beckwourth-Genesee Road at USFS road 23N53, north to Zone 7. From Crocker Mtn east toward reconnaissance Peak. [PLU 42-A]
  • North side of Beckwourth. North side of Hwy 70 from County Rd A23, east to County Rd A24 and north toward Table Rock.[PLU 42-C]
  • North side of Portola. Hwy 70 at West Street east to Hwy 70 at A23 (Beckwourth-Calpine Road) and everything north to the southern edge of 35-B (south of Lake Davis) [PLU 42-D]
  • North side of Hwy 70 from A24 east to Harrison Ranch Rd including Maddalena Rd and the Buttes [PLU 44B]

Road Closures And Information

For current State Highway/Route information visit roads.dot.ca.gov

Shelter Information

Holy Family Catholic Church at 108 Taylor Ave, Portola