Dixie Fire Update

DIXIE FIRE
INCIDENT UPDATE
Date: 09/10/2021 Time: 7:00 a.m.
INCIDENT FACTS
Incident Start Date: 7/13/2021 Incident Start Time: 5:15 p.m.
Incident Type: Vegetation Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Feather River Canyon near Cresta Powerhouse
CAL FIRE Unit: Butte, Lassen-Modoc, Tehama
Unified Command Agencies: CAL FIRE, United States Forest Service, National Park Service
Size: 950,591 acres Containment: 59% Expected Full Containment: TBD
First Responder Fatalities: 1* First Responder Injuries: 3
Civilian Fatalities: 0 Civilian Injuries: 0
Structures
Threatened:
2,294
Total
Destroyed:
1,329
Total
Damaged: 95
Single Residences Destroyed: 728 Single Residences Damaged: 52
Multiple Residences Destroyed: 8 Multiple Residences Damaged: 4
Non-residential Commercial
Destroyed: 139
Non-residential Commercial
Damaged: 10
Other Minor Structures
Destroyed: 446
Other Minor Structures
Damaged: 29
Mixed Commercial/Residential
Destroyed: 8
Mixed Commercial/Residential
Damaged: 0
CURRENT SITUATION
Current Evacuation Status: https://tinyurl.com/2whbc9xn
Current Situation
Incident Videos
Dixie Fire West Zone: Overnight the cold front continued to move in building
cumulus which created changings winds. After the storm passed, the winds
increased and continued to push the fire to the northeast on top of the Hat
Creek Rim. The fire below the rim continued to the north along the valley
below the rim moving towards the community of Hat Creek. The fire burned
actively with crown runs at rapid rates of speed. This area is the number one
priority of the management team. Additional hand crews and engines have
been moved into the area and are continuing to aggressively build and
reinforce lines to protect the communities of Hat Creek and Old Station.
Efforts in the northern regions of the fire have been enhanced using the
Burlington Northern Santa Fe fire train. The train can deliver 30,000 gallons of
water, per load, to fill water tenders, allowing for a faster return to the fire.
Firefighting forces in the branch were reinforced by the addition of troops from
the California National Guard.
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West Zone Information Line: (530) 592-0838
East Zone Information Line: (530) 289-6735
Media Line: (530) 588-0845
Incident Website: www.fire.ca.gov
Email Sign-Up: tinyurl.com/dbdhsfd3
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Current Situation
As the area of Lake Almanor has been repopulated, service calls continue to
come in, as expected. Residents have been reporting smoke from smoldering
vegetation.
In the Janesville and Milford area, high winds blew off the escarpment last
night with gusts and some rain. Winds are expected to continue through the
evening. The potential for increased fire activity in the unburned area between
the fire and the Walker Burn scar is high. West Zone crews are working
cooperatively with the East Zone crews up to the escarpment, mopping up and
strengthening the line to keep the fire south of Janesville and Milford.
Resources in the Lassen Volcanic National Park continue to use fire retardant,
mechanical equipment and all firefighting resources and techniques available
to complete line in the steep and rugged terrain and extinguish the fire.
A cold front that passed overnight is still producing isolated thunderstorms and
showers midday and then will begin to decrease this afternoon. Winds will
taper off this evening, but some gusts are still expected.
A Red Flag Warning is still in effect for thunderstorms and frontal winds today.
The forecast is for overnight winds from the southwest 25-30 MPH with gusts
up to 40 mph in this morning and will decrease to 10-20 mph with gusts up to
30 mph this afternoon
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 Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 is
timing out, and transfer of command will occur tomorrow morning at 7 AM.
California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, led by Incident
Commander Jerry McGowan, returns following their previous tour in August.
We would like to welcome their team back to the East Zone of the Dixie Fire.
We want to thank the wonderful community here in Plumas County for your
appreciation, support, and hospitality.
The National Weather Service in Reno continued a Red Flag Warning for the
fire area through tonight at 1100 PM. Critical fire weather conditions are
expected, with low humidity and gusty southwest winds increasing through
most of the day. Light rain fell overnight, with more measured in the East Zone.
Just under one-tenth of an inch was measured in East Quincy, with a little over
two-tenths in the Coyote Hills, while it remained dry in Chester. The welcomed
moisture won’t help firefighters much because the forest is extremely dry.
Gusty winds and dry conditions today will test containment lines and could
cause any new lightning sparked fires to rapidly grow in size and intensity.
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On the steep slopes of the escarpment above Highway 395 south of Milford,
hand crews are securing and mopping up heat near the fire’s edge. Pockets of
fire continue to burn in a series of timber stringers north of Dixie Mountain.
Hand crews improved and added depth to containment lines and are
successfully holding the fire north of the mountain’s west ridge. In the
inaccessible Devil’s Punchbowl area south of Taylorsville, hand crews are
actively engaging the fire again with assistance from helicopters, wetting down
hot spots with water drops, and scouting the area for opportunities to attack
the fire directly. Mop up operations are mostly complete and crews are backhauling hose and water systems along twenty-five miles of recently built
containment line on the south side of the fire extending from the northern point
of Grizzly Ridge all the way to the north end of Davis Lake, around Turner
Ridge, Clover Meadows, and into Dixie Valley.
Dixie Fire
Resources
For more information on the Dixie Fire, click the following links:
Dixie Fire Structure Status Map (CAL FIRE) https://tinyurl.com/2m9en9t4
CAL FIRE Website- https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents
USFS Information- https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7690/
Evacuation Information
All evacuation zones may not be listed on this fact sheet.
Current Evacuation Status: https://tinyurl.com/2whbc9xn
Plumas County
Evacuation
Orders
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. Zone [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 area of Drum Bridge, North to area of
Babcock crossing. East to Big Flat Spring, South to 25N05, West to
Beckwourth Genesee Road [PLU Zone 31] • Ingalis: South of Beckwourth Genesee Road to the NW side of Lake
Davis along Grizzly Ridge to the west and including the Walker Mine
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Plumas County
Evacuation
Warning
Plumas County
Fire Information
[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] • 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] 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] • Beckwourth-Genesee Road at USFS road 23N53, north to Zone 7.
From Crocker Mtn east toward reconnaissance Peak. [PLU 42-A] Plumas County Website: https://www.plumascounty.us
Sheriff Website: https://plumascounty.us/587/Sheriff-Coroner
Sheriff Dixie Fire Information: https://plumascounty.us/2868/Dixie-FireInformation
Sheriff Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plumascountysheriff
Plumas National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas
Plumas County Recovery Information: https://tinyurl.com/c8c8s5rd
Lassen County
Evacuation
Orders
LASSEN COUNTY EVACUATION ORDERS
• North of Black Gulch Rd from the Lassen County line east to and
including Little Valley and Dixie Peak area from Pit River Canyon south
Zones LAS-E036-H,J,K,E and LAS-E072-A, EO65-B, EO68-A
• North of Halls Flat area from the Lassen County Line east to Pittville
Rd and north to Black Gulch Rd Zone LAS-E036-B
• Blacks Mountain area from Pittville Rd east to Forest Route 34N30
north to Black Ridge Lookout Rd Zone LAS-E036-C
• South of Wilson Springs Rd from Pittville Rd east to Black Gulch Rd
Zone LAS-E036-I
• North of Hwy 44 from the Lassen County line east to Forest Services
Route 32NO2 and north to the Blacks Mountain and Halls Flat Area.
ZONE LAS-E035-A, LAS-E035-G, LAS-E35-D
• Milford area west (mountain side) of Hwy 395 from south of Flux Rd
south to the intersection of County Rd A26/Garnier Rd – Zones LAS –
E009-A&B, E001A
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Lassen County
Evacuation
Warnings
Lassen County
Resources
• 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 Warnings remain in place for:
• West of but not including Boyd Springs Road southwest to the Lassen
County line – Zones LAS-E066-B, EO65-C, E072-B
• Hoover Flat Reservoir area west of Boyd Springs Road and Little
Valley Rd – Zone LAS-E068-B
• Milford area west (mountain side) of Hwy 395 from Raker Place south
to Milford Grade – Zone LAS-E010-A
• East of Hwy 395 (lake side) from the Flux Rd intersection south to
County Rd A26 Garnier Rd north to Long Valley Creek LAS-E008B
AND LAS-E002-C
• West of Hwy 395 from the intersection of Milford Grade south to Flux
Rd, West to Plumas/Lassen County line. LAS-E009B, C
• 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 Damage Inspection Map: https://arcg.is/0GvCeX
Lassen County Web site: http://www.co.lassen.ca.us
Sheriff Website: https://tinyurl.com/sy9frpx6
Sheriff Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LassenSheriff
Lassen National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lassen
Shasta County
Evacuation
Orders
Evacuation
Warnings
SHASTA COUNTY EVACUATION ORDERS
• Zones 9-A and B are forested areas, 9-A is an area east of Highway 89
just south of Hat Creek. It extends to the Shasta/Lassen County line.
Zone 9-B extends from just east of Cinder Butte on the western edge to
the Lassen/Shasta County line and north of Bald Mountain.
• all residents in Old Station Zone SCU-003. This includes the area east
of Highway 89 just north of Black Angus Lane, and north to the
intersection of Highway 89 at Doty Road following Bidwell Road east to
the Pacific Crest Trail.
• 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
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Shasta County
Resources
**A temporary evacuation point is being set up at the Safeway in Burney.
SHASTA COUNTY EVACUATION WARNINGS
• all residents in Old Station Zone 3. This includes the area east of
Highway 89 just north of Black Angus Lane, and north to the
intersection of Highway 89 at Doty Road following Bidwell Road east to
the Pacific Crest Trail.
• The areas of Hat Creek and Old Station for both sides of SR-44 from
Big Pines Road north of Brians Way
• SCU-255. This area is a forested area east of Zone SCU-003 that
extends to the Shasta/Lassen County line.
Shasta County Website: https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index.aspx
Sheriff Website: https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/sheriff
Shasta 2-1-1 Dixie Info: https://www.211disasterupdate.com/dixie-fire
Wildfire Info Map: https://tinyurl.com/fpsamrwr
Code Red Sign Up: https://tinyurl.com/26ufjhn3
**Residents are encouraged to sign up for the Code Red Emergency
Alert System to receive important time-sensitive messages regarding
critical local emergencies.
Shelter Locations Shasta County
• Word of Life Assembly of God Church 37341 Main Street off HWY 299
Burney, CA 96013
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
(See below for evacuee campsite information)
Animal Shelters Plumas County
• Plumas County Fairgrounds 204 Fairground Road, Quincy (large
animals)
• 201 Mill Creek Rd. Quincy (small animals)
• Recreation Center 101 Meadowbrook 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.
Shasta County
• If you need assistance with large animal evacuations contact Shasta
County Dispatch (SHASCOM) 530-245-6540
Wildlife Rescue Wildlife Disaster network
• 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 providedby
mobile devices and GPS units could lead drivers into hazardous areas.
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Road Closures
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
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
National Forest
Closures
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.
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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 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.
Lassen Evacuee
Campsites
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 [email protected] 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.
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
ASSIGNED RESOURCES
Engines: 357 Water Tenders: 174 Helicopters: 36 Hand Crews: 77 Dozers: 130
Other: 1,354 Total Personnel: 4,844
Air Tankers: Numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the State are flying fire
suppression missions as conditions allow.
Cooperating Agencies: 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
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of Corrections, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad