Incident UpdateDixie Fire

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Date: 09/08/2021 Time: 9:30 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
922507
Containment
59
Expected Full Containment
Structures Threatened
1935
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 8:30 PM

DIXIE FIRE- EVACUATION ORDER

WHAT: DIXIE FIRE –LASSEN COUNTY NEW EVACUATION ORDERS

WHEN: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

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

 


Update as of September 8,2021 at 7:30 PM

DIXIE FIRE- SHASTA COUNTY NEW EVACUATION ORDERS

WHAT: DIXIE FIRE – SHASTA COUNTY NEW EVACUATION ORDERS

WHEN: EFFECTIVE IMMEDATELY

WHERE: 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*

Code Red Sign Up: https://tinyurl.com/26ufjhn3 

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:

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.

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

Dixie Fire East Zone:

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.

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:

  • Traffic is being diverted to northbound Highway 89 to Burney
  • All roads between the park entrance and Wilcox Rd at HWY 89
  • Highway 44 is closed through old station
  • Road closures are at the intersection of Highway 89 and 44 at the entrance of Lassen National Park and at the intersection of Highway 89 at Wilcox Road to the north of Old Station.
  • Highway 44 is closed at Road A21 on the Lassen County side.
  • 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]
  • East side of Mt. Hough, east to Tower Rock, and the south edge of Genesee. Includes Emigrant Rd. (PLU Zone 16A)
  • Grizzly/Tower: Beckwourth Genesee Rd south of Antelope Lake Rd to Grizzly Ridge and North of Argentine Lookout [PLU Zone 21]
  • 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:

  • 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]
  • Taylorsville [PLU Zone 15A]
  • Harkness and Warner Valley, Kelly Mountain [PLU Zone 041]
  • Greenville area [PLU Zone 014]
  • Swain Mtn, Echo lake, Star Butte area [PLU Zone 39]
  • Sifford Mountain, North Stover Mountain [PLU Zone 40]
  • Northwest of Round Valley Lake to Long Valley Mine and north to Hwy 89 [PLU Zone 011]
  • 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 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].

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
  • 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:

  • The community of Old Station

*A temporary evacuation point is being set up at the Safeway in Burney.

Evacuation Warnings:

  • Residents of all roads between the Lassen National Park entrance and the Bridge Campground.
  • Any residences on Highway 44 from the Lassen County line.
  • Hat Creek Rim east to the Shasta County Line and south of SR-44
  • 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
364
Water Tenders
178
Helicopters
25
Air Tankers
0
Dozers
140
Hand Crews
81
Other
1506
Total Personnel
4876
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