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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 Contact

Lassen National Forest
Email: casifc@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-257-5575

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09/29/2021 New Interactive Forest Closure Map
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Background:

The Dixie Fire started on July 13, 2021. The fire burned on the Plumas National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and across five counties: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama. The Fly Fire started on July 22 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, resulted in very active fire behavior.

No further updates will be posted to the Dixie Fire Inciweb page. For information about post-fire resource analyses and suppression repair efforts, visit the post-fire Burned Area Emergency Response page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7811/

Information Resources

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUndetermined
Date of OriginTuesday July 13th, 2021 approx. 05:15 PM
LocationFeather River Canyon near Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor.
Incident CommanderEastern Area Silver Team
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates39.876 latitude, -121.379 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel725
Size963,309 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 30th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Fuels on the Dixie fire were primarily timber litter with shrub and grass understory (TU5). There are also areas that contain primarily shrub and brush with a heavy grass component. Fine fuel moistures are trending upwards with cloudy weather and higher humidity. Live fuel as well as heavy fuel moistures remain very low.

Outlook

Planned Actions

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.

EAST Zone: Assess and evaluate post-storm conditions. Identify areas within Divisions where suppression repair operations can be most effective given the current ground conditions and forecasted weather. Will engage as appropriate to critical threats to life, communities and infrastructure resulting from this weather event.

WEST Zone: Will engage as appropriate to critical threats to life, communities and infrastructure resulting from this weather event within Dixie Fire footprint.

Resources will continue suppression repair activities, weather permitting, in identified high-priority areas. Priority 1 areas include: the Lassen and Shasta sectors, Old Station, surrounding communities, along Highway 89, Badger Mtn, Butte Lake, Bogard, Silver Lake, A21 Road, Canyon Dam, Childs Meadow, Morgan Summit, Wilson Lake Road, Willow Lake, Domingo Springs, Carter Meadow and Humbug Valley.

Within priority 1 areas, crews and equipment will continue to remove the hazards along public rights of way; continue to reduce logging debris, and stabilize fire lines on steep slopes to reduce erosion potential. Resources are also positioned to respond to debris flows.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours (Tonight):

East Zone: Rain to continue tonight into Monday morning. Debris flow risk remains high. Suppression Repair operations are delayed temporarily.

West Zone: No fire behavior related issues anticipated.

24 hours (Monday):

East Zone: Rains continue in the morning, with snow above 5500 ft, both diminishing over the day. Winds remain gusty. Debris flow risk expected moderate. Suppression Repair operations will be delayed temporarily.

West Zone: No fire behavior related issues anticipated.

48 hours (Tuesday):

East Zone: Debris flow risk reduced to none. Weather conditions will allow limited suppression repair activities.

West Zone: Significant precipitation across the fire area. No containment threats anticipated.

72 hours (Wednesday):

East Zone: Weather and ground conditions will allow limited return to suppression repair operations.

West Zone: Significant precipitation across the fire area. No containment threats anticipated.

Anticipated after 72 hours (Thursday +):

East Zone: Drier conditions in the forecast will allow return to suppression repair operations where access and ground conditions allow.

West Zone: No fire behavior related issues anticipated.

Remarks

Box 25:

The fire area is in portions of Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta, and Tehama counties.

Box 32(E): East Zone - 8 responder injury, West Zone - 8 responder injuries

Box 33:

The Plumas National Forest implemented Forest Order No. 05-11-00-21-25, effective from September 19, 2021, through November 30, 2021. The Lassen National Forest implemented Forest Order No. 06-21-08, effective from August 12, 2021, through November 30, 2021.

Box 38:

Inventory Roadless Area (IRAs): Bucks Lake (PNF), Butt Mountain (PNF), Chips Creek (LNF), and Cub Creek (LNF). Experimental Forests: Swain Mountain, Blacks Mountain. Research Natural Areas (RNAs): Green Island Lake (LNF), Soda Ridge (LNF), Cub Creek (LNF), Mount Pleasant (PNF). Wilderness: Bucks Lake Wilderness (PNF), Caribou Wilderness (LNF), Lassen Volcanic National Park Wilderness.

Commercial timber ownerships: Sierra Pacific Industries, W.M. Beaty and Associates, Collins Pine. An estimated $1 Billion dollars of timber has been destroyed. Substantial losses of private and public timberlands have released decades of sequestered carbon, releasing it into the atmosphere with uncalculatable impacts to green house gas accumulations.

Waterways: Philbrook Lake (PG&E, LNF), North Fork of the Feather River (PG&E, PNF), Silver Lake (Drinking water, PNF), Thompson Lake (Drinking water, PNF), Butte Creek (T&E species: chinook and steelhead, PNF), Deer Creek (T&E species: chinook and steelhead), Oliver Lake (T&E species: Sierra-Nevada Yellow-legged Frog, LNF), Gold Lake (T&E species: Sierra-Nevada Yellow-legged frog, PNF), Rock Lake (T&E species: Sierra-Nevada Yellow-legged frogs, PNF)

Additional T&E species (not listed above): California Spotted Owl, Valley Elderberry Beetle, Shasta Crayfish, Cascades frog, California Red-Legged Frog, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Grey wolf, Fisher, California wolverine, and Sierra Nevada red fox.

Fire is 100% contained. This will be the final 209 update.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Synopsis: A major storm is moving through, with heavy rain across the area and will continue until tomorrow midday, when precipitation starts to taper off. Cooling temperatures overnight will transition rain to snow for elevations above 5500ft. A flash flood warning and winter storm warning have been issued as a result. Strong winds out of the Southwest will be present. Rain and snow will linger into Tuesday. Fair weather returns midweek.

For the rest of today and tonight: Heavy rain continues. Cooling temperatures will cause rain to turn to snow for elevations over 5500ft tonight. Stronger winds will decrease in speed through the afternoon and overnight, with maximum gusts to 35 mph later in the day and overnight.

Tomorrow (Monday): Rain and snow continue through the morning. Expect 3-5 inches of rain total for the event. 2-6 inches of snowfall are expected for most areas. Areas in higher terrain (above 6500-7000ft) may receive over a foot of snow. Precipitation will ease in the afternoon as the storm moves out of the area.

48 Hours (Tuesday): Rain and snow showers will linger into Tuesday morning. However, Tuesday weather will clear and temperatures will begin to warm. Fair weather begins to move into the area.

72 Hours (Wednesday): Fair weather, warming temperatures, and light winds as high pressure begins to build into the region. This will keep weather calm and allow areas around the fire to recover from the heavy precipitation received in previous days.