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Dixon Fire

Unit Information

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest fire managers are making use of a lightning-caused fire to meet multiple resource objectives in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. The Dixon Fire is located east of Silver Peak on the north side of Dixon Creek and was discovered on July 28 by aerial reconnaissance after storms passed through the area.

Fire is a natural occurring component of Sierra Nevada ecosystems, important for both plants and animals. The reason for managing a naturally-occurring wildfire is to allow fire to play its historical role on the landscape. A naturally ignited fire can decrease the threat of future high intensity, high-severity wildfires by reducing hazardous fuel accumulations; reduce the risk of insect and disease outbreak; recycle nutrients that increase soil productivity; and improve wildlife habitat by increasing forbs/forage.

The fifteen-acre Dixon Fire is burning deep in the Wilderness and being managed for the following multiple resource objectives: reducing accumulated forest fuels, reintroducing fire into the ecosystem, ensuring firefighter and public safety, and decreasing the risk of future catastrophic fires in the area.

Fire personnel will continue to carefully monitor the Dixon fire from lookouts, aerial reconnaissance, and fire cameras. Visitors to the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness should expect to see smoke. The fire is currently posing no threat to recreationists, but please avoid the fire area for public safety.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 28th, 2019 approx. 08:00 AM
LocationEast of Silver Peak on the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.
Incident CommanderHumboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Incident DescriptionFire Is Being Managed To Meet Multiple Resource Objectives
Coordinates38.567 latitude, -119.739 longitude

Current Situation

Size30 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory) and Brush


Planned Actions

Monitor Status