963,309 acres, 100% containment, 645 total personnel
THIS WILL BE THE LAST DAILY UPDATE FOR THE DIXIE FIRE
The rains continued through yesterday morning and delayed field resources from starting their post-fire/post storm assessments. By the afternoon, certain areas could be accessed and evaluated, while snow and impassable roads impeded entry to others. Some soils in the Dixie Fire footprint absorbed so much water and are so saturated, that it may take several days to even begin the process of drying out. Fire suppression repair activities that can be accomplished off paved roads, like tree chipping work, and with hand crews, like direct seeding of native plant species may be able to resume in the next couple of days. Equipment will be moved out of staging and pre-positioned, so that when conditions become safe and effective to work, the personnel and equipment are ready to go.
Personnel from the Plumas National Forest, the Eastern Area Incident Management Team and other cooperators are using this time to develop both short-term and long-term fire suppression repair goals and objectives. Russell Harris, Incident Commander of the EA IMT said, “We have received a lot of cooperation from the public/communities, and the cooperative agencies involved. At this point in an incident, coordination with the public and cooperative agencies is important to maintain continuity in planning for continued suppression repair, as weather and resource capabilities allow. The Team greatly appreciates this support and is glad to have been able to provide our assistance.” To date, fire suppression repair work has been completed on 52% of the dozer lines, 40% of the hand lines and 42% of the roads in the East Zone of the Dixie Fire. All resources assigned to this incident remain committed to building on the progress that has been made thus far.
Scattered snow and rain showers are expected in the Sierra Nevada Range today, with mostly cloudy yet gradually drying conditions. A high-pressure system will build over the region, bringing mostly sunny and gradually warming weather for the remainder 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.
The recent storm and the muddy conditions it created caused a pause in all suppression repair operations on Sunday and Monday, but drying conditions will allow work to restart. Crews plan to begin hazard tree removal operations today in the Highway 89 corridor, north of Old Station. Feller bunchers and falling teams will restart operations on Lassen County Road 312 and the access to the Feather River Summer Homes, and skidders will resume decking operations near Canyon Dam. Resource advisors and chipping crews are assessing conditions in the Bogard area and hope to continue operations there this afternoon or tomorrow. As conditions dry out, resource advisors plan to resume suppression repair in many high-priority, low-elevation areas including Butt Creek, Carter Meadows, Domingo Springs, and West Almanor.
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).