Incident UpdateDixie Fire

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Date: 09/08/2021 Time: 1:31 PM

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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
Unified Command Agency(s)
Size
922192
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

Update as of September 8,2021 at 1:30 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]


Update as of September 8, 2021 at 1:17 PM

DIXIE FIRE - MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS CHANGED TO WARNING

The following areas are being changed from a mandatory evacuation to and evacuation warning:

  • Taylorsville (PLU ZONE 15A)
  • All of Genesse Valley, southeast of Taylorsville up the Genesse Rd. to just south of Babcock Crossing, Walker Mine Rd. north portion of Beckwourth Genesse Rd.(PLU Zone 28)

*Residents should evaluate their own circumstances when determing if they will return home.

Roadway Conditions: Caltrans District 2 would like to remind residents returning to their properties that emergency work is underway in several areas on State Route 89 and State Route 70 due to damage from the Dixie Fire. Delays range from 1 to 2 hours depending on the location. To get the most up-to-date information on closures and delays, please visit QuickMap.dot.ca.gov

WATER:
Please consult your water district authority for information on drinking water quality.

Essential services: Will likely be delayed in starting back up again. There remains potential risk of intermittent power outages for the remainder of this fire.

When residents do return to burned areas, it is important to follow protocols for re-entry provided by Plumas County Environmental Health. Only those with residence in the area should enter at this time. For more information visit plumascounty.us/2868/Dixie-Fire-Information

While we understand evacuated residents are understandably eager to get back to their homes and properties, the Dixie Fire is still active, and the public must remain out of Mandatory Evacuation Order zones until the orders are downgraded to warnings or lifted. There are also several health and safety hazards in affected areas that must be mitigated prior to reentry. Please do not attempt to enter restricted areas until evacuation orders are lifted. You can determine your zone and see evacuation status by entering your address on the evacuation map located at: community.zonehaven.com.

In the burn area, you will encounter dangerous conditions and will be exposed to toxic materials that may include but are not limited to:
Embers /hot ash, Hazardous materials, including: ash, asbestos, heavy metals, oils, fire retardants, pesticides and other hazardous materials, Puncture hazards, including: broken pipes, exposed nails, broken glass, damaged structural elements, Potential explosive hazards including: propane tanks, ammunition, and solvents, Slippery surfaces, Toxic airborne particles, Uneven ground and Unstable structures. We strongly suggest no habitation of destroyed property until property is declared clear of hazardous waste and structural ash and debris by Plumas County Environmental Health.
Please note area National Forest closures remain in effect.


Update as of September 8, 2021 at 10:15 AM

DIXIE FIRE- EVACUATION WARNINGS LIFTED FOR SOME AREAS


WHAT: Lassen County evacuation warnings have been lifted in some areas.
WHEN: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
WHERE: 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

ALL OTHER EVACUATION ORDERS AND WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT

SAFETY MESSAGE:
Be aware that there will be an increase presence of law enforcement and fire personnel working in the area. Use caution, drive with your headlights on, and yield to emergency personnel. Please see the attached information about returning home after wildfire which can be found at www.readyforwildfire.org

 


 

Dixie Fire West Zone:

Short range spotting was a issue in the Lassen Volcanic National Park area. Crews will continue to complete line in the steep and rugged terrain. Today, in the Lassen Sector, crews will continue to utilize the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Fire Train for suppression efforts. Crews will also complete contingency lines north and south of Janesville and Milford, respectively. Priority areas include the Lassen and Shasta Sector, Old Station and surrounding communities, the Highway 395 corridor escarpment, the communities of Greenhorn, Cromberg, and Lake Davis. Bogs in the Lake Almanor area will smolder as expected. Mop-up and patrol will continue in this area. The California National Guard has joined firefighting efforts today.

The fire will continue to create spotting issues, especially in the northern section of the fire. Spotting will remain short range in the brush fields and can extend out in the timber, especially if a column begins to develop. The interior islands will remain active becoming an issue when near control lines. The pine needles continue to fall to the ground creating a new fuel layer.

The weather will remain hot and dry with increased fire activity due to clear skies. Temperatures will be 83-93 degrees with relative humidity at 10-15 percent. Southwest winds 6-12 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Nocturnal thunderstorms are predicted for Thursday and Friday. Visibility should be good early in the morning on the western portion of the fire and clearing later in the eastern portion.

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:

Stable, hot, and hazy weather conditions will continue, with only a slight chance of thunderstorms on Thursday night. Yesterday, operations reported very little fire growth in the East Zone of the Dixie Fire. Firefighters made excellent progress holding and improving containment lines on Dixie Mountain, in Dixie Valley, and on Horton Ridge. Most of the fire perimeter remained quiet, however interior pockets of unburned fuel continue to threaten containment lines and produce smoke, especially during the heat of the day.

In the last couple weeks, crews built over 25 miles of containment line on the south side of the fire, keeping pace with the rapidly eastward spreading fire from the north end of Grizzly Ridge to the north side of Davis Lake, around Turner Ridge, and on to Dixie Mountain. Crews backed up lines with extensive water systems, utilizing numerous potable storage tanks and miles of hose. Yesterday, crews built contingency lines in Dotta Canyon and used masticators to create an additional contingency line along the BeckwourthGenesee Road. Overnight, crews continued to provide structure protection, patrolled, and closely monitored fire activity in the area.

Crews are also closely monitoring the fire burning in very steep terrain in the Devil’s Punchbowl south of Taylorsville, bringing containment lines ever closer, and using helicopters to keep the fire 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 crews continued to patrol and monitor the area overnight. Hot shot crews are working with West Zone resources today to construct direct handline up the slopes of the escarpment on the northern flank of the fire near Highway 395.

Dixie Fire Resources
CAL FIRE Website-
https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents
USFS Information-
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7690/

Shelter Locations

Plumas County/Lassen County:

  • Holy Family Catholic Church 108 Taylor Ave. Portola, CA (At Capacity)
  • 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

Public traveling in or near evacuated areas should follow egress route directions identified in the evacuation notifications. Directions provided by mobile devices and GPS units could lead drivers into hazardous areas.  Motorists are encouraged to call 1-800-427-7623 for highway information as roadway conditions remain dynamic.

Shasta County:

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park (LVNP) is closed.

Lassen County:

  • 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

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park

All of Lassen National Park is closed to all access due to the Dixie Fire. For current information regarding the Lassen Volcanic National Park:

https://www.nps.gov/lavo/learn/nature/dixie-fire.htm

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
367
Water Tenders
180
Helicopters
25
Air Tankers
0
Dozers
147
Hand Crews
76
Other
1468
Total Personnel
4752
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