Lassen National Forest/Plumas National Forest
Forest Service News Release
Dixie Fire East Zone Update for Wednesday, September 15, 2021
960,583 Acres 75% Containment 2,403 Total Personnel
Larger and heavier fuels such as stumps and logs still hold heat as a result of continued warm and dry weather. Yesterday, firefighters mopped-up, patrolled and monitored containment lines. On many portions of the perimeter, firefighters have mopped up 100-200 feet inside the fireline. Firefighters were very active in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl and Dixie Mountain area with the intent to reinforce the containment line. Hotshot crews hiked in backpack pumps to cool interior heat, identified by infrared sensors, that have potential to threaten constructed line. Military crews continued to grid areas around Dixie Mountain in anticipation of weather changes. While structure protection resources are staged in multiple areas ready to respond in case of need, equipment is being pulled off the line and backhauled at areas of lowest risk.
Crews patrolled the perimeter overnight to scout for heat and trouble spots. There were no issues.
Today, fire suppression again focuses primarily in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area and in the southeast corner of the fire near Dixie Mountain. Winds are forecast to increase out of the southwest, which could rekindle interior heat. Additionally, focus will be on fire suppression repair, which is essential work to leave a better landscape behind and support our Plumas National Forest partners. Repair includes removing hazard trees and repairing the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts. There are an estimated 1,559 miles of dozer line and 90 miles of handline that will require inspection and in some cases repair work.
National Forest Regional Closure Update: The U.S. Forest Service will end Regional Closure Order No. 21-04 affecting National Forests in California at 11:59 pm today, two days prior to the original end date, which was Friday. However, going into or being on National Forest System lands within the Dixie Fire Closure is prohibited. Forest-wide closures will remain in place and be extended until midnight Sept. 22 on the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests in Southern California because of local weather and fire factors.
·A firefighter assigned to the Dixie incident passed away on September 2, because of an illness.