Lassen National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2550 Riverside Ave
Susanville, CA 96130
Lassen and Plumas National Forests, July 26, 2021 — Yesterday, a thick covering of smoke over the area shaded the fire. Temperatures decreased, and fire behavior moderated. Similar conditions are expected today, but if the smoke clears out, there will be a significant increase in fire behavior. There is a 20-30% chance of thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow, which will be followed by increased winds and higher temperatures later this week. 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 197,000 acres with 22% containment. There are over 5,400 fire personnel fighting the fire. As the Dixie Fire and Fly Fire have merged, they will be reported as one fire.
In the East Zone, the significant change in fire intensity allowed firefighters to construct dozer and hand lines in some key areas, including around Taylorsville, Crescent Mills, Quincy, Bucks Lake, and Greenville. Engines are deployed in Taylorsville, prepping for structure protection in the event the fire reaches the area as it continues moving northeast. Last night firefighters began strategic firing operations using the Mount Hough Road to strengthen the fireline north of Quincy. Additional firing operations may occur elsewhere in the East Zone today as conditions allow. Evacuation orders and warnings are changing frequently. Please follow local law enforcement and forest social media pages or sign up for Code Red alerts, and have a plan even if you are not currently in an evacuation area.
The West Zone of the Dixie Fire continues to show active fire behavior. There is active surface fire transitioning to active, sustained crown fire in aligned drainages with spotting up to 1 mile out. Roll out continues to be a control issue. Firefighters continue to strengthen control lines. The leading edge of a monsoonal moisture push is approaching the area this afternoon and will lead to the increasing potential for large pyrocumulus or cumulonimbus development over the fire area this afternoon and evening.
Current Forest Closure information can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7690/
Current Evacuation information can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/4nm69873
Current Road Closures: https://roads.dot.ca.gov/roadscell.php