Lassen National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2550 Riverside Ave
Susanville, CA 96130
Lassen and Plumas National Forests, July 28, 2021 — Weather conditions and fire behavior continue to vary across the fire area. Light, scattered rain fell over localized sections of the fire yesterday. Dense smoke settled into pockets in and near the fire area and may linger today. Sunny skies, high temperatures, and low humidity are forecasted today and throughout the week. 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 Management Team 2 on the East Zone.
The Dixie Fire is over 217,581 acres with 23% containment. There are over 5,306 fire personnel fighting the fire.
On the East Zone, crews worked throughout the night and strategized using firing operations to expand and secure containment lines. Firefighters worked on key containment lines from the Bucks Lake area to the north of Snake Lake, using dozers, tactical firing operations, and mop-up to improve containment efforts. Crews along Mount Hough Road planned to use tactical firing operations to decrease the threat to Quincy and Chandler Road. Work continued along the north perimeter, including the line along Emigrant Road, as conditions allowed. Crews will go direct along the perimeter south of Long Valley when possible. Firing operations burned bright and may have been visible in nearby communities overnight. Hot, dry conditions are expected today and throughout the week and fire behaviorists predict robust fire activity day and night. When the sky is clear and visibility increases, air operations will aid firefighter efforts. On the West Zone, There was minimal fire activity overnight on the Dixie Fire. Higher relative humidity stalled firing operations. The fire is burning in a remote area with limited access. Extending travel times and steep terrain are hampering control efforts. Light rainfall fell over portions of the fire area at Humbug Summit. A decrease in clouds through the remainder of the afternoon and evening will lead to rapid drying despite recent precipitation. Crews will continue to construct and reinforce fire line to secure the fire perimeter in both zones and provide structure defense in communities at risk.