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Dixie Fire (CA)

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Lassen National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2550 Riverside Ave
Susanville, CA 96130

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Lassen National Forest
Phone: 530-257-5575

Dixie Fire Update - August 24 - 7pm

Dixie Fire (CA) Wildfire
News – 8/24/2021

Dixie Fire West Zone: Steady 10-15 mph SW winds with gusts up to 25 mph were experienced during the afternoon hours clearing smoke in areas of the fire. This clearing of smoke increased fire activity including single and group tree torching. These winds also resulted in short and mid range spotting activity as well as short intense runs in the heavy timber when these winds were aligned with the slope.

Certain evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings and certain warnings have been lifted allowing some residents to return to their homes and businesses. Returning residents are strongly encouraged to stay vigilant with regard to current fire conditions. Residents may see smoke coming from trees and stumps for days following their return. Residents are encouraged to call 911 if they are concerned about any active flames near their homes or businesses rather than attempting to deal with such flames themselves.

Northern California has experienced large fire activity and will likely experience an extended fire season. Fires burning in northern California are exhibiting extreme fire growth based on critical fuel conditions. The prioritization of resources is always based on life, property, and natural resources. Under these drought conditions, wildfires are burning rapidly with extreme severity and have traveled up to 8 miles in a single day. Fuel conditions are much worse than previous years and along with wind is causing much greater fire spread. Firefighters are experiencing conditions never seen before, such as increased spread rates, spotting and active nighttime burning. We coordinate very closely with the US Forest Service and CalOES for our local and out of state partners, to ensure resource availability.

  Dixie Fire East Zone: The Taylorsville area was a focus of operations today as the fire backs its way down toward the community. The fire continues to spread by material rolling off the hill and then starting spot fires that burn up to the main fire. The Taylorsville, Indian Valley, and Greenville FDs assisted in the installation of an extensive trunk lines and hydrant operation throughout Taylorsville. Large diameter lines will be fed by large volume 2,100 gallon per minute pumps drafting from the creek that push enough water to fill a water tender in two minutes. Portable tanks are also being set up throughout town to provide additional water. Additionally, OES has sent a contingent of Engines to assist with structure defense in Taylorsville. Large Aircraft continued to drop water and retardant on the Grizzly spot fire, keeping it in check. Access is hampered by large boulder fields and rock filled avalanche scars. Heavy equipment continues to work along the top of Grizzly Ridge to place control and contingency lines. Quincy FD and Greenhorn FD have been working in their areas today on preparations in case the fire continues to move to the south. North of Taylorsville towards Peters Creek firefighters worked at improving and strengthening lines. In the Genesee Valley North engine crews continue to scout and extinguish any roadside heat. In Antelope Valley crews continue to mop-up and secure lines.

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