Lassen National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2550 Riverside Ave
Susanville, CA 96130
Dixie Fire Update for Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Lassen and Plumas National Forests, August 3, 2021 — Extreme fire behavior is predicted today, with an Incident meteorologist declaring a local Red Flag Warning for single-digit relative humidity on the Dixie East Zone and Evans fire area from 2:00 – 7:00 pm. Active fire with uphill runs, single tree torching, and spotting is expected. Winds and fire activity are expected to test established firelines on the perimeter. Evacuation zones have changed with new mandatory areas in Plumas County. Residents in Evacuation Warning areas should stay alert to conditions and remain prepared.
Active fire and smoke columns will be visible. Communities north of the fire, including Chester, Mineral, and Susanville, will have unhealthy and very unhealthy levels of air quality this afternoon.
The Dixie Fire is approximately 253,052 acres with 35% containment. There are roughly 5,168 fire personnel assigned to the incident. The incident remains in Unified Command, with two teams overseeing the fire. CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 is on the West Zone. California Interagency Incident Command Team 2 is on the East Zone and transfers command to California Interagency Incident Command Team 4 at 7:00 pm today.
On the East Zone, the focus will be on attacking the fire advancing north from Round Valley Reservoir with aerial resources, heavy equipment, handlines, and structure protection. Firefighters are working today on securing and monitoring fire advancing towards lines in Bucks Lake Wilderness. During yesterday’s wind event, other areas of the fire perimeter held and will be monitored closely today as winds continue. The Evans Fire is holding within the current perimeter.
On the West Zone, fire behavior is expected to increase due to drying conditions. Fire continues to move towards control lines burning unburned interior islands and ridges. Steep terrain, heavy fuel loading, and wind in alignment with canyons is making control difficult. Forecasted weather patterns remain steady with no big weather changes, though conditions remain near critical with breezy, hot and dry weather today. A dry cold frontal passage will bring a wind test to the fire late Wednesday into Thursday before a quieter weather pattern returns. Fire crews continue to construct and reinforce control lines, fall trees that threaten containment efforts, and provide structure defense in communities at risk.
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/.
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.