HomeLocalDixie Fire UpdateDixie Fire UpdateThu, August 26, 2021SHARE NOW Forest Service News Release Dixie Fire Update for Thursday, August 26, 2021 747,091 Acres 45% Containment 4,889 Total Personnel Lassen and Plumas National Forests, August 26, 2021 — Yesterday and last night were actively engaged in the Taylorsville and Genesee Valley areas. Overnight, hotshot crews continued to work the fire down off Mt. Jura to the valley bottom to secure Taylorsville. They continue to aggressively mop up heavy materials to reduce spotting. No spots have occurred, and today resources will focus on holding this line. The fire on Peel Ridge continues back down into Genesee Valley, and resources have been involved in structure protection in the Genesee Valley near Ward Creek and Little Grizzly Creek and will continue this work today. Structure preparation was completed in the Five Bears/Ward Creek area. On the west side of the Grizzly spot, crews supported by aircraft have been successful tying the line into a rock scree field and moderating westward progression. Crews continue to try to hold the control line on top of Grizzly Ridge. Significant progress was made on the contingency lines down Grizzly Ridge to the southeast that will tie into the Walker Fire scar. This line will protect communities to the south, such as Greenhorn and Quincy. Today equipment will also be moving into the area north of Davis Lake to work on contingency line. Additional work was also carried out in Peters Creek to remove a pocket of unburned fuel to secure the line north of Taylorsville. Crews patrolled and mopped up all through Indian Valley. In the Dyer Mountain area, crews continue to work at removing the concentration of heat near the line in Second Water Trough Creek. Heavy equipment and crews are working to secure the spot fire near Antelope Lake. Patrol and mop-up continue to occur throughout the East Zone to ensure that no hot spots rekindle and threaten the line. Winds will be lighter today, and direction of flow primarily determined by local terrain. The atmosphere has more stability today, and the inversion will lift later than it did yesterday. These factors will moderate fire behavior today, at least until late afternoon. Dixie Fire West Zone: Winds calmed after sunset but the fire remained active well into the night. Spotting and torching was limited to areas in and around Lassen Park with fire burning in a number of remote areas with limited access and steep and rugged terrain. Temperatures today are expected to increase with decreasing winds from the north and northwest. Certain evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings and certain warnings have been lifted allowing some residents to return to their homes and businesses.Returning residents are strongly encouraged to stay vigilant with regard to current fire conditions. Residents may see smoke coming from trees and stumps for days following their return. Residents are encouraged to call 911 if they are concerned about any active flames near their homes or businesses rather than attempting to deal with such flames themselves. Northern California has experienced large fire activity and will likely experience an extended fire season. Fires burning in northern California are exhibiting extreme fire growth based on critical fuel conditions. The prioritization of resources is always based on life, property, and natural resources. Under these drought conditions, wildfires are burning rapidly with extreme severity and have traveled up to 8 miles in a single day. Fuel conditions are much worse than previous years and along with wind is causing much greater fire spread. Firefighters are experiencing conditions never seen before, such as increased spread rates, spotting and active nighttime burning. We coordinate very closely with the US Forest Service and CalOES for our local and out of state partners, to ensure resource availability. Follow QR Code or link below for contacts and additional information LINKS – InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov) ### USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.