Dixie Fire Update


Forest Service News Release
Dixie Fire Update for Tuesday, September 14, 2021
960,470 Acres 75% Containment 2,403 Total Personnel
Dixie Fire East Zone –
While yesterday saw minimal fire activity, forest fuels are as dry as they were prior to last week’s rainfall.
Larger and heavier fuels such as stumps and logs still hold heat, which could spread to other areas if pushed by
gusty winds. Yesterday, firefighters diligently mopped-up, patrolled and monitored containment lines and
prepared for 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 fireline. Their intent is to reinforce the
containment line. Firefighters were very active in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area.
Crews patrolled the perimeter overnight to scout for heat and look for trouble spots. There were no issues.
Today, fire suppression again focuses primarily in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area, and in the
southeast corner of the fire near Dixie Mountain. There remains some hot spots in the form of large fuels –
stumps, logs, standing snags – burning inside the control lines, where firefighters remain committed to
reducing interior heat. Also, there are many hazard trees still standing in these areas that pose risk to
firefighters and will be mitigated. Water sources were added in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area to
provide a faster means of cooling the interior heat and deepen the hand line created by hotshot crews.
Meanwhile, 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. As a result, equipment is being pulled off the line at areas of lowest
risk for fire activity. Additionally, fire suppression repair continues across the East Zone. This work repairs the
hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression
Structure protection resources are staged in multiple areas ready to respond in case of need.
For the West Zone update, visit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire.
*A firefighter assigned to the Dixie incident passed away on September 2, because of an illness.