Incident UpdateDixie Fire

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Date: 09/07/2021 Time: 7:44 AM

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Butte County Sheriff Office (Evacuation Information): 833-512-5378
Information Line: (530) 538-7826
Media Line: (530) 588-0845
Assistance for Plumas County Residents: (530) 283-6300
Assistance for animals (including large animals/ livestock): (530) 283-3673 or (530) 283-6300
Wildlife Disaster network: Response for injured wildlife: 1-800-942-6459
Wildlife Disaster network: Gold Country Wildlife Rescue: 1-530-885-0862
West Zone Information Line: (530) 592-0838
East Zone Information Line: (530) 289-6735

Incident Facts

Name
Dixie Fire
Start Date/Time
2021-07-14
Incident Status
Active
Location
Above the Cresta Dam, Feather River Canyon
Type
Wildfire
Cause
Under Investigation
Counties
Butte, Plumas
Admin Unit
Unified Command: CAL FIRE Butte Unit/Butte County Fire Department, Lassen National Forest and National Park Service
Size
917579
Containment
59
Expected Full Containment
Structures Threatened
5958
Structures Destroyed
1282
Structures Damaged
92
Civilian Injuries
Firefighter Injuries
3
Civilian Fatalities
Firefighter Fatalities
1

Current Situation

Situation Summary

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.

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

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.

For more information on the Dixie Fire, click the following links:

 

Shelter Locations

Plumas County/Lassen County:

  • Holy Family Catholic Church 108 Taylor Ave. Portola, CA
  • Sparks Convention Center Hall #5, 4590 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 
  • American Red Cross: Public Information Line (855)-755-7711
Animal Shelters

Plumas County:

  • Plumas County Fairgrounds 204 Fairground Road, Quincy (large animals)
  • 201 Mill Creek Road, Quincy (small animals)
  • Recreation Center 101 Meadowview Lane, Chester
  • If you need assistance with animals contact Plumas County Animal Services at 283-3673 or 283-6300. Large animals/livestock can also be accommodated.

Wildlife Rescue 

  • Response for injured wildlife: 1-800-942-6459
  • Gold Country Wildlife Rescue: 1-530-885-0862
Road Closures

Shasta County:

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park (LVNP) is closed.

Lassen County:

  • SR 44 is closed between A-21 and Old Station
  • Janesville Grade @ “Granite Lookout.”

Plumas County:

  • Indian Falls Road @ SR-89. No westbound Indian Falls Road traffic.
  • Greenville Wolf Creek Road just west of SR-89. No westbound Greenville Wolf Creek Road traffic.
  • Pecks Valley Road northbound @ North Valley Road eastbound.
  • North Valley Road northbound @ North Arm Road.
  • Dixie Valley Road @ SR-89. No northbound Dixie Valley Road traffic.
  • Arlington Road eastbound at Viacava Ranch Road. No eastbound Arlington Road traffic.
  • Main Street both directions @ SR-89
  • Beckwourth Genesee Road westbound @ Antelope Road
National Forest Closures

The Pacific Southwest Region is temporarily closing all R5 National Forests to provide better public and firefighter safety due to extreme fire conditions throughout the state and strained firefighting resources throughout the country. This closure will be effective on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. This Order does not affect the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which is not in the Pacific Southwest Region. (See Regional Order No. 21-07: Emergency Forest Closure link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd949149.pdf).

The Lassen National Forest's Order No. 06-21-08: Expanded Dixie Fire Closure Order prohibits the public from entering within the Dixie Fire Closure Area or any National Forest System Roads or trails described in Exhibits A & B. (https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd940211.pdf). This Order is in effect until November 30, 2021.

The Plumas National Forest’s Order No. 05-11-00-21-21: Dixie Fire Phases 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Expanded Closure Order prohibits the public from entering within the Dixie Fire Closure Area or any National Forest System road or trail described in Exhibit A and B.

(https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd940207.pdf). This Order is in effect until September 30, 2021.

Bureau of Land Management

The Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail near Susanville, as the Bureau of Land Management, has rescinded a temporary emergency closure associated with the Dixie Fire. Also reopened are the Hobo Camp and Devil’s Corral trailheads and all other BLM-managed lands that were affected by the emergency closure that went into effect on Aug. 16. This includes BLM-managed lands south of California Highway 36, west of U. S. 395. and north and east of the Lassen National Forest boundary.

Evacuee Campsites:

Lassen National Forest: The Lassen National Forest has the Christine Campground on Eagle Lake Ranger District and the Bridge Campground on the Hat Creek Ranger District available for evacuees. Evacuee's primary residence must be under mandatory evacuation and need to check in with the campsite's hosts. Before you go, make sure the campgrounds are not under any evacuation warnings. Contact Brian.newman@usda.gov or call 530-338-8745.

Plumas Evacuee Campsites: Plumas National Forest - Campgrounds available to evacuees include Meadow Camp, Rock Creek, and Deanes Valley Campgrounds in the Meadow Valley area, in addition to Red Bridge Campground off La Porte Road, and Lakes Basin Campground off of Gold Lake Highway.

Contact the Plumas National Forest Supervisors Office at (530) 283-2050 or the Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555 or the Beckwourth Ranger District (530) 836-2575 for more information.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will close seven of its properties that lie within or immediately adjacent to USDA Forest Service boundaries during this same period to support emergency response routes, firefighting efforts and protect public safety.

Link to all the closed areas: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=194978&inline

 

Evacuation Zones

Plumas County Evacuations

Plumas County Evacuation Orders:

  • Beckwourth Genesee Road east through Dixie Valley Rd to the Plumas County line and north to the Plumas County line. This includes Dixie Valley and Frenchman Lake. [PLU 34, PLU 37, PLU 43-A and 43-B]
  • 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. (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 the area of Drum Bridge, North to the area of Babcock crossing. East to Big Flat Spring, South to 25N05, West to Beckwourth Genesee road. (PLU Zone: 031) 
  • 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]
  • 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]

Plumas County Evacuation Warnings:

  • Harkness and Warner Valley, Kelly Mountain [PLU Zone 041]
  • Canyon Dam [PLU Zone 5C]
  • The north side of Hwy 70 from A24 east to Harrison Ranch Rd [PLU 44-B]
  • Greenville area [PLU Zone 014]
  • Swain Mtn, Echo lake, Star Butte area [PLU Zone 39]
  • Sifford Mountain, North Stover Mountain [PLU Zone 40]
  • Peters Creek Area, North Arm [PLU Zone 18A/B]
  • East shore of Highway 147 [PLU Zone 010]
  • Northwest of Round Valley Lake to Long Valley Mine and north to Hwy 89 [PLU Zone 011]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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].
  • 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].

Plumas County Resources:

Lassen County Evacuations

Lassen County

Evacuation Order: 

  • Milford area west (mountain side) of Hwy 395 from Milford Grade south to the intersection of County Rd A26/Garnier Rd – Zones LAS - E009-A&B, E001A
  • Milford and Herlong area east (lake side) of Hwy 395 from Milford Grade intersection south to County Rd A26/Garnier Rd east to Pole Line Rd north of A25 and east to but NOT including Sierra Army Depot on the south side of A25– Zone LAS-002-B, Zones LASE008-A, B,E002-C
  • North of Hwy 44 from Forest Route 33NO2 east to County Rd A21 and north to Crater Lake Campground – Zones LAS-E035-F
  • South of Hwy 44 from the Lassen County Line east to Hog Flat Reservoir – Zones LAS-E028, E031A
  • South of Hwy 36 south and east of Mtn Meadows Reservoir east to Old Town Rd– Zones LAS-E019, EO18
  • Janesville and Milford east of the Plumas County Line from Janesville Grade south to Milford Grade along the mountain side (unpopulated area) Zones LAS-E012-K, E010-B, C, F

Evacuation Warning:

  • Milford area west (mountain side) of Hwy 395 from Raker Place south to Milford Grade – Zone LAS-E010-A
  • Milford area east (lake side) of Hwy 395 from the Thunder Mountain Rd intersection south to Flux Rd intersection. – Zones LAS-E011-A, LAS-008-A
  • 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
  • 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
  • South of Hwy 36 east of Pine Town east to Coppervale – Zone LAS-EO26
  • North of Hwy 36 from the Lassen County line to east to County Rd A21 – Zone LAS-E027-A
  • McCoy Flat area south of Hwy 44 from County Rd A21 east to Hog Flat Reservoir – Zone LAS-E028
  • Antelope Mountain and Campbell Mountain area east of County Rd A21 and west of County Rd A1 – Zone LAS-E035-B and E035-I
  • Bogard area north of Hwy 44 from Pittville Rd east to County Rd A21 and north to Blacks Mountain, Harvey Mountain and south of Ashurst Lake – Zones LAS-E035-D,E,F,G
  • West of County Rd A1 from the A21 intersection north to Forest Services Route 32NO2 – Zone LAS-E035-C

Lassen County Resources:

Shasta County Evacuations

Shasta County

Evacuation Orders:

  • Hat Creek Rim east to the Shasta County Line and south of SR-44

Evacuation Warnings:

  • The areas of Hat Creek and Old Station for both sides of SR-44 from Big Pines
    Road north of Brians Way

Shasta County Resources:

Residents are encouraged to sign up for the Code Red Emergency Alert System to receive important time-sensitive messages regarding critical local emergencies.

Assigned Resources

Engines
349
Water Tenders
180
Helicopters
25
Air Tankers
0
Dozers
150
Hand Crews
73
Other
1489
Total Personnel
4673
Cooperating Agencies
Name Phone URL
Butte County Sheriff Office 833-512-5378 http://buttecounty.net/sheriff
Butte County Sheriff's Office, Plumas County Sheriff's Office, Lassen County Sheriff's Office, Tehama County Sheriff's Office, Shasta County Sheriff's Office, CHP, PG&E, CAL OES, CAL-EMSA, California National Guard, California Conservation Corps, CAL TRANS, Sierra Pacific Industries, W.M. Beaty and Associates, Collins Pine, California Department of Corrections, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad