963,309 acres, 100% containment, 725 total personnel
East Zone Fire Information: 949-573-5702 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
West Zone Fire Information: 530-592-0838 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
All resources on the East Zone of the Dixie Fire incident staged in safe locations, as Sunday’s rainstorm raged through the region. It was still a productive day for planning, mapping, and updating documentation all important and necessary aspects of incident management. Rain totals as of this morning ranged from 4” to 12” across the East Zone of the Dixie Fire and measurable snow occurred at higher elevations (6,000’+).
Later today into tomorrow, the weather is expected to begin clearing and resources will return to the field and scout out areas where work can resume safely and without causing additional damage. Saturated soils, road closures and steep, slippery terrain may all be limiting factors in determining which areas may need to be temporarily avoided until the on-site working conditions improve. Resources will focus on areas that are accessible and where the work will improve and not degrade existing conditions. Thorough assessments will be conducted on each area before any resources are committed.
One important repair practice that resource advisors (READS) are anxious to continue, is the seeding of native seed mix to targeted areas in the East Zone. The READS have identified several areas, northwest and northeast of Antelope Lake and west of Milford where seeding activities may resume as site conditions allow.
Tuesday begins a drying trend that may extend out 8 to 10 days. This fair weather will help to dry out the field sites and allow resources to continue to make substantial gains in addressing the remaining Phase 1, high-priority, fire suppression work that needs to be completed in the Dixie fire scar.
The National Weather Service has continued a Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada Mountains through late tonight. The Dixie Fire West Zone Incident Meteorologist anticipates this morning’s heavy rain and mountain snow showers to gradually taper off today. Rain totals from the weekend storm range from 2 to 5 inches across the Dixie Fire Area. About two inches of wet snow accumulated overnight in Old Station, and snow is expected to continue today above about 5000 feet in elevation. The storm and the muddy conditions it created have caused a pause in all suppression repair operations. Ground conditions are very soupy if you get off paved or hardpack-roads. Crews and heavy equipment have been moved to lower elevations, and are ready to respond to any storm-related emergencies.
A drying and warming trend is expected this week. Crews anticipate being able to restart hazard tree removal operations by tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday, and to resume suppression repair in many high-priority, low-elevation areas by the end of the week. Incident officials and local agencies remain committed to completing as much repair work as possible across the Dixie Fire area this Fall.
Closure orders because of the wildfire, remain in effect for some areas of the Lassen National Forest and Plumas National Forest. For more information, visit InciWeb (inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7690/) or the interactive forest closure map (arcg.is/1re8my0). Concerning closures in the Lassen Volcanic National Park, visit the NPS website (https://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm).