Lassen National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2550 Riverside Ave
Susanville, CA 96130
Yesterday the Dixie Fire experienced significant growth and very challenging fire conditions. Extreme fire behavior is expected again today. Atmospheric conditions are less stable and therefore large pyrocumulus clouds are expected to develop over the fire increasing the potential for spot fires and rapid fire growth. The Dixie Fire remains in Unified Command, with two teams overseeing the fire: CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 on the West Zone and California Interagency Incident Command Team 2 on the East Zone.
The Dixie Fire is over 190,000 acres with 21% containment and the Fly Fire is 4,300 acres with 5% containment. There are over 5,000 fire personnel combined fighting the two fires.
The East Zone of the Dixie Fire was impacted by extreme fire behavior yesterday. The fire burned into the Greenville Wye and burned across both Highway 70 and Highway 89. Firefighters engaged immediately in structure protection in nearby communities. The communities of Paxton and Indian Falls were the most severely impacted. Several strike teams of engines were in the area fighting to protect structures as the fire intensified. They remained in the area overnight as the fire remained active.
The Fly Fire and the Dixie Fire have burned together. The Fly Fire has run to the top of Mt. Hough and is now expected to back down the mountain to the northeast. Preparations made around the communications infrastructure on the mountain top were successful in preventing fire damage. Firefighters are preparing fireline southwest of Taylorsville to protect the community as the fire advances. They are also working on dozer line across the top of the fire and burning operations may be necessary to protect the communities in this area. Firefighters will also be working at establishing fireline from Bucks Lake toward Twain. As conditions become safer a damage assessment team will survey the area to determine the extent of structure damage.
The West Zone of the Dixie Fire remained active overnight, with uphill runs, shortrange spotting and rollout. Critically low fuel moistures and recordsetting Energy Release Components (ERC) have caused difficulty in suppressing the fire spread. The fire continues to burn in a remote area with limited access, and extended travel times with steep terrain are hampering control efforts. A second incident base, in Westwood, has been established to support logistical needs of the fire.