Forest Service News Release
Dixie Fire Update for Monday, September 6, 2021
910,495 Acres 57% Containment 3,919 Total Personnel
Lassen and Plumas National Forests-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. Today, firefighters will assess damaged
structures on the north end of Dixie Valley. 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 continue again today in the Dixie
Valley, Beckwourth, Clover Valley, Portola, Greenhorn, Cromberg, Genesee, and Taylorsville.
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. 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 on September 2, due to an illness Follow
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