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Dixie Fire (CA)

Unit Information

Lassen National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2550 Riverside Ave
Susanville, CA 96130

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Incident Contacts

Dixie Incident Public Information West Zone
Phone: 530-592-0838
Hours: 7 AM - 10 PM

Dixie Incident Public Information East Zone
Phone: 949-573-5702
Hours: 7 AM - 10 PM

Highlighted Activity

09/20/2021 Dixie Fire Update for Monday, September 20, 2021
Lassen National Forest/Plumas National ForestDixie Fire Update for Monday, September 20, 2021963,195 Acres  90% Containment  2,223 Total Personnel  Dixie Fire East Zone —   Higher...
News - 09/20/2021
PIO map for Dixie Fire for 9-20-2021Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Dixie Fire started on July 13th. The fire is burning on the Plumas National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and in five counties: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama. The Fly Fire started on July 22nd and was managed under the Dixie Fire East Zone command as the two fires eventually merged into one. The drought, combined with hot weather, strong winds, and exceptionally dry vegetation, has resulted in very active fire behavior. 
To maximize resources and efficiency, the Dixie Fire is being managed in two cooperative zones: West Zone and East Zone. Multiple incident management teams have assumed command of the Dixie Fire since the fire began on July 13. Per wildland fire policy, Incident Management Teams are generally assigned to an incident for a two-week period. This policy went into effect as safety mitigation in response to working many consecutive hours, for consecutive days, on frequent successive fires. California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, led by Incident Commander Jerry McGowan, assumed command of the East Zone on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 7:00 am.

Current Situation:
Our most current updates from the field are posted on the News tab of this Inciweb site. We send out both a morning and evening report. Our morning update includes links at the bottom of the page for easy access to maps, video recordings of operational briefings, and other printable supporting documents for the day.
The Announcements tab of this Inciweb site publishes scheduled virtual community meetings led by the incident command team, evacuation updates provided by the Sheriff's Office, and community resources.  

Other Public Resources:

A California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 CAIIMT1 YouTube channel stores recorded videos, including daily East Zone morning operational briefings, virtual community meetings, and Spanish translations.
A  California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 Story Map with multiple tabs, including maps, structure status, evacuation information, air quality, and additional resources and information. Recorded videos of operational briefings and virtual community meetings can be accessed here.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday July 13th, 2021 approx. 05:15 PM
LocationFeather River Canyon near Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor.
Incident CommanderJerry McGowan, CAIMT1; Steve Watkins, CAIMT14; Jay Kurth, NIMO 1
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates39.819 latitude, -121.419 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel2,223
Size963,276 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateThursday September 30th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

The primary carrier of fire at lower elevations is grass and shrub mix with areas of timber litter. In the mid to upper elevation the fuels are heavy forest litter with shrubs and small trees. There are pockets of heavy dead and down.

Significant Events




East Zone - Minimal fire activity was observed today across the Dixie Fire. A reduction in the number of lingering smokes was seen and reported after a passing cold front dropped precipitation on the fire coupled with high nighttime humidity recovery had a significant effect.

West Zone - Gusty northeast winds are continuing to dry out fine fuels and could test western containment lines. Majority of activity continues on unburned islands with low likelihood of escaping perimeter containment lines.


Planned Actions

Priority areas include: the Lassen & Shasta Sectors, Old Station and surrounding communities, the highway 395 escarpment area including Janesville, Milford and Herlong Junction as well as Lake Davis and the Grizzly Creek area west of the escarpment.

Provide for service calls within communities impacted by the fire: Chester, Hwy 36 corridor, Hwy 89 Corridor, Hwy 395 corridor, Paxton, Greenville, Jonesville, Crescent Mills, Taylorsville, Prattville, Butte Meadows, Bucks Lake, Meadows Valley, Rush Creek, Warner Valley, Pecks Valley, Williams Valley, Hunt Canyon, Susanville, Janesville, and the Greater Almanor area.

Continued mop up of and patrol of 1,000-hr fuels will require a significant amount of resources due to the volume of fuels and the steep and rugged terrain.

Continued holding actions and point protection of communities and critical infrastructure will require a significant resource presence for the next several operational periods.

East Zone priorities:

1) Patrol direct line in the Devil's Punchbowl area.

2) Resources will continue to mop up dozer and handline from Lake Davis to Clover Valley and mop up dozer and handline further south into Dixie Valley, as well as south towards Clover Valley and Portola.

3) East of Milford, patrol and mop up containment lines on the NW flanks of the fire south from Highway 395.

4) Maintain containment, mop-up, and backhaul of equipment on western and central divisions in the Zone.

5) Initiate suppression repair in high priority areas identified by Resource Advisors and where equipment is already present.

Structure protection is in place within Genesee, Dixie Valley, Lake Davis area, Milford, and Taylorsville.

Projected Incident Activity

Winds shift to the northeast in the evening, gusting to 20 mph overnight. These winds along with low humidity could bring critical fire weather conditions west of the Sierra crest. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the fire area from the Twain area west from 11 p.m. to 11 PDT Tuesday. This is expected to be a low-end northeast wind event. Overnight temperatures will be cold, mid 30s to low 40s. Humidity will be lowered.

Minimal fire activity will prevail over the East Zone after today's precipitation and increased RH.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

EAST ZONE - Sunday highs were cool around 61 to 72. Southwest winds gusted to 25 over the ridges.

WEST ZONE - Northeasterly winds as high as 12 mph gusting to 20 mph on ridgetops. Temperatures stayed cool with highs in 60s from front that passed early Sunday.