Dixie Fire Update


Forest Service News Release
Dixie Fire Update for Monday, September 13, 2021
960,335Acres 75% Containment 4,319 Total Personnel
Dixie Fire East Zone –
Forest fuels have returned to the level of dryness present before recent rainfall. Larger and heavier
fuels like stumps and logs have held heat and could spread to unburned areas within the fire,
requiring diligent patrol and mop-up. Yesterday firefighters surveyed and reinforced containment
lines around the fire and prepared for an expected increase in fire activity as the weather warms and
dries. On many portions of the perimeter, firefighters have mopped up 100-200 feet inside the fire
line. Firefighters were very active in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area, building fire line
directly against the fire’s edge and mopping up to reinforce the line.
Patrols continued overnight. Firefighters identified only a few areas of persistent heat and visible
flame, all of which were well within the interior of the burned area and presented no threat.
Today, fire suppression will focus primarily in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area, and in the
southeast corner of the fire near Dixie Mountain, where firefighters are working to extinguish
remaining persistent fire. Maintaining containment, patrol, mop-up, and backhaul of equipment
continue across the East Zone.
In addition to the continual search for persistent heat sources, firefighters are beginning fire
suppression repair work. There are an estimated 1,559 miles of dozer line and 90 miles of handline
that will require inspection and in some cases repair work. Especially on steep ground and in fragile
soils, fire lines are vulnerable to erosion when heavy rains come to the area. With the help of local
Resource Advisors, crews will build diversions across fire lines where needed to intercept erosion and
channel water away from exposed soil.
Structure protection remains in place within Genesee, Dixie Valley, Lake Davis area, Milford, and
For the West Zone update, please visit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire/
*A firefighter assigned to the Dixie incident passed away on September 2, due to an illness.