Lassen National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2550 Riverside Ave
Susanville, CA 96130
Dixie Fire Evening Update for Wednesday, September 8, 2021
4,876 Total Personnel
Lassen and Plumas National Forests - The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the Dixie Fire area for Thursday night through Friday, ( 9-9-21 PM through 9-10-21). Thunderstorms and strong outflow winds are quite possible tomorrow night, then gusty winds and low humidity are expected through Friday. Very little fire growth occurred today in the East Zone of the Dixie Fire. The most active area was west of Dixie Mountain, where hotshot crews spent the day working with air resources to keep the fire confined to stringers north of the western ridgeline in very steep and rocky terrain. Heavy equipment and crews continued to build contingency containment lines in Dotta Valley and along the Beckwourth-Genesee Road. Crews used water to secure the line and mop up hot spots near structures in Dixie Valley and improved containment line in the Horton Ridge Area.
Two 20-person hotshot hand-crews worked today with resources from the West Zone and air support to build a direct containment line on the steep escarpment on the north side of the fire impacting Highway 395, south of Milford. Moderate fire continues to burn in the very steep terrain of the Devil’s Punchbowl south of Taylorsville, and crews are monitoring the situation carefully, using helicopters to cool hot areas keep the fire in check. Two hotshot crews are going direct, piecing together rock scree in the avalanche chutes and constructing direct hand line around the uncontained perimeter. Across the fire area, fire continued to consume isolated internal pockets of unburned fuel as well as rekindling fallen pine needles, occasionally creating areas of smoke, and thrown embers threaten containment lines.