Lassen National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2550 Riverside Ave
Susanville, CA 96130
Lassen and Plumas National Forests, August 1, 2021 — Fire behavior is expected to increase through the day as west winds persist and drying trends begin. There is a low risk of isolated thunderstorms, bringing a chance of gusty winds this afternoon.
Crews continue watching for wind carried embers, which may ignite spot fires along control lines. Smoky conditions, particularly in drainage basins, will vary in elevation and density over the fire area. Communities north and east of the fire, including Chester and Quincy, will see the worst smoke, which is forecasted to reach unhealthy for sensitive groups level.
The Dixie Fire is approximately 244,888 acres with 32% containment. There are roughly 5,563 fire personnel assigned to the incident. The incident 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.
On the East Zone, cabins around Rush Creek have been protected by control lines. Firefighters are working to prevent any further movement to the north. Firing operations on Burton Ridge were completed overnight. Active fire may be visible today from Meadow Valley as interior unburned fuels are consumed. Prior fuels treatments by the U.S. Forest Service has helped operations in this area. In the Bucks Lake Wilderness, unburned fuels within the fire perimeter continue to burn with crews monitoring on-site. The Evans Fire continues to burn in rugged terrain above Indian Valley within the 2007 Moonlight Fire scar. Today crews will widen and monitor control lines and watch for spot fires as dryer conditions are expected. The Evans Fire may be impacted by afternoon westerly winds.
Dixie Fire West Zone – Fire continues to move towards control lines burning unburned interior islands and ridges as planned. Decreasing clouds overnight as monsoon moisture pushed east of the region. Evening southwest winds will ease east after sunset, with nighttime northeast downcanyon winds developing. Today, southwest winds will keep the threat of thunderstorms to the east of the fire area. Less smoke should allow the inversion to lift earlier for the west zone. 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. Damage Inspection teams will continue their assessments of critical infrastructure and key resources
The public is encouraged to stay tuned to the latest fire information. Be prepared by having a full tank of gas, collecting important documents and medications. For additional tips, visit https://www.readyforwildfire.org/.