Lassen National Forest/Plumas National Forest
Dixie Fire Update for Sunday, September 19, 2021
2,264 Total Personnel
Dixie Fire East Zone —
Yesterday’s Pacific storm system pushed wind gusts up to 35 mph over the fire and tested containment lines. Slight precipitation continues into this afternoon, though forecasted amounts will only alleviate some hot spots and not extinguish the fire. Expect a return to drier conditions beginning today and a gradual shift from southerly to northerly winds. The local Red Flag Warning issued yesterday for the Dixie Fire area has since been lifted.
Yesterday, there was increased fire activity. Work continued to secure the interior island near Caribou. Crews responded to calls for service near Greenville, Genesee Valley, Milford, Janesville and Red Clover Valley. All the reports were well within the interior of the fire. While smoke and fire activity did increase in isolated locations within the fire’s perimeter, firefighters held the lines. Crews patrolled the perimeter overnight to scout for heat and look for trouble spots. There were no issues.
Today, firefighters will take advantage of the increase in humidity. The potential for fire activity increases with the return to dry weather, so today's focus will return to the steep and rugged terrain in the Devil’s Punchbowl area, as well as maintaining patrols throughout the fire perimeter and mopping up lines. Firefighters continue to backhaul equipment off the line at areas of lowest risk for fire activity and focus on fire suppression repair. Fire suppression repair is actions taken to mitigate damages and minimize potential soil erosion. 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.
National Forest Regional Closure Update: The Plumas National Forest Beckwourth and Mt. Hough Ranger Districts have issued a revised Forest Order impacting the Beckwourth Complex & Dixie Fire Area, Road, Trail and Recreation Site Closures. The closure order reflects potentially dangerous areas within the fires’ perimeters. Refer to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7690/66457, which details areas affected. This order goes into effect today. Furthermore, the public is reminded that lands inside the fire perimeter remain closed for your safety.
For the West Zone update, visit https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/13/dixie-fire.