Dixie Fire West Zone – Extreme fire behavior has been mostly influenced by heavy fuel loadings, tree stand density, steep slopes, and unburned interior islands. Fuels are at critical levels and the fire has become active. Short range spotting and tree torching continues to challenge control lines and suppression efforts. Weather conditions will be mostly sunny with areas of smoke. Wind speeds out of the southwest with gusts from 8-12 miles per hour. Fire crews continue to construct and reinforce control lines, protect structures, fall trees that threaten containment efforts, and provide structure defense in communities at risk.
Dixie Fire East Zone - On the East Zone fire activity increased as higher temperatures, drier conditions and gusty west winds developed. Helicopters and air tankers were used extensively to drop retardant on hot spots along firelines and spot fires outside containment lines near Long Valley. Despite these efforts spot fires grew quickly and became established. The fire is moving to the northeast toward Greenville. An evacuation order has been reinstated for Greenville. Near Rush Creek crews focused on holding the north fire perimeter while dozers and crews from the West and East Zones work to connect the fire lines. Tonight’s weather predicts poor relative humidity recovery making for a longer and active burn period. The hot, dry and gusty conditions are predicted through Wednesday evening, bringing potential for more erratic fire behavior. Residents in areas along the north perimeter of the fire are advised to monitor Plumas County Sheriff’s website for evacuation information. If further evacuations are declared follow the route instructions given.
For more information on the Dixie Fire, click the following links:
CAL FIRE Website- https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents
USFS Information- https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7690/
Virtual Community Meeting Facebook Live & Zoom 7 p.m. on 8/03/2021CAL FIRE/Butte County- https://www.facebook.com/CALFIREButteCo
Zoom - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81721688745
USA 215-446-3649 Conference code: 746758
USA 888-557-8511 (US Free) Conference code: 746758
Dixie Fire Structure Status Map (CAL FIRE) https://tinyurl.com/2m9en9t4Plumas
County Recovery Information https://tinyurl.com/c8c8s5rd
Current Forest Closure information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7690/
Current Evacuations: https://tinyurl.com/4nm69873
Current Road Closures: https://roads.dot.ca.gov/roadscell.php
Plumas County Website: https://www.plumascounty.us
Sheriff Website: https://plumascounty.us/587/Sheriff-Coroner
Sheriff Dixie Fire Information: https://tinyurl.com/2t3kuv69
Sheriff Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plumascountysheriff
Plumas National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas
Plumas County Recovery Information: https://tinyurl.com/c8c8s5r
Butte County Website: http://www.buttecounty.net/
Sheriff Website: http://www.buttecounty.net/sheriffcoroner
Sheriff Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcsonews
Sheriff Twitter: @ButteSheriff Evacuation Map: https://tinyurl.com/4nm69873
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/lassenLassen County
Tehama County Website: https://www.co.tehama.ca.us/
Sheriff Website: https://tehamaso.org/
Sheriff Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/b8n26knm
Tehama Alert: https://tehamaso.org/tehama-alert/
Tehama Evacuation Map: https://tinyurl.com/2adkfcm8
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday July 13th, 2021 approx. 05:15 PM|
|Location||Feather River Canyon near Cresta Powerhouse|
|Incident Commander||CALFIRE Incident Management Team 1/California Interagency Incident Management Team 2|
|Coordinates||39.819 latitude, -121.419 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||35%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday August 13th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
Fuel moistures are historically low, ERCs and BI are in the 97-99%
Fuels are at critical levels. Fire has become very active. Short-range spotting continues to challenge control lines and suppression efforts.
Construct direct and indirect line to secure fire perimeter.
Construct contingency lines in both zones.
Continue tactical patrol in the communities impacted by fire.
Provide structure defense in communities at risk: Chester, Hw 36 corridor, Paxton, Greenville, Jonesville, Crescent Mills, Taylorsville, Canyondam, Butte Meadows, Bucks Lake, Meadows Valley, Rush Creek, and Greater Alamnor area.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: Fire behavior expected to increase due to drying conditions. Fire continues to move towards controls lines burning unburned interior islands and ridges. Steep terrain, heavy fuel loading, and wind in alignment with canyons is making control difficult near div M and N break.
On the West Zone fire is actively burning in division L after spotting across the control line. It currently is threatening structures along the Hwy 36 corridor. On the East Zone expect areas to grow in division N, O, and X within the Bucks Wilderness area.
24 hours: Fire behavior expected to increase due to drying conditions. Fire continues to move towards controls lines burning unburned interior islands and ridges. Steep terrain, heavy fuel loading, and wind in alignment with canyons is making control difficult near div M and N break. On the West Zone fire is actively burning in division L after spotting across the control line. It currently is threatening structures along the Hwy 36 corridor. On the East Zone expect areas to grow in division N, O, and X within the Bucks Wilderness area.
California Interagency Incident management team 2 (CIIMT 2)has command of the East Zone.
State DPA: 6551
Federal DPA: 243084
Observed: Hot conditions continued across the Dixie East Zone and Evans Fire areas this afternoon with temperatures in the mid-80s to upper 90s. Afternoon humidity values have continued to plummet down into the teens with general west to south-southwest wind gusts ranging between 15-25 mph at elevations above 3,000 feet.
Forecast: Through the afternoon, humidity values will likely fall down to near 10 percent for many locations. A handful of areas may see single digit relative humidity readings with hot conditions and temperatures in the upper 90s to near 103 degrees at lower elevations. General west winds will likely gust as high as 28 mph, especially in areas where the terrain aligns with the winds.
Relative humidity values between 8 to 15 percent can be expected through the early evening before RH rebounds into the 20 to 40 percent range. Locations in canyons and valleys will likely be sheltered and wind speeds overnight should settle down below 8 mpg. A better defined thermal belt that has been reported in past nights is expected tonight into the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday and areas that are exposed at mid-slope and at higher elevations may experience southerly winds of 8 to 12 mpg. Gusts to near 15 mph are possible.
Seasonable weather patterns continued across the region today with southwest winds blowing in the afternoon as humidity lowered to the mid-teens with highs in the 90s. Winds ease after dark with light downcanyon setting up overnight. Continued poor humidity recovery to only around 40% toward sunrise. Forecast pattern remains steady for Tuesday with no big weather changes though conditions remain near critical with breezy, hot, and dry weather Tuesday afternoon. A dry, cold frontal passage Wednesday afternoon and evening will bring a wind test to the fire as stronger winds and instability aloft will test containment lines later Weds into Thursday before a quiet weather pattern returns.
Observed Weather Conditions:
Mostly sunny with areas of smoke.
Wind Speed / Max. Gust Southwest 8-12 mph gusts 15-25 mph
Temp 88 to 96. Direction Southwest
Forecasted Weather for Next Operational Period
Wind Speed / Max. Gust 12-15 mph