DIXIE FIRE: Judge looks into PG&E’s role in fire

The Ruby Mountain interagency hotshot crew monitors the fireline under the glow of the Dixie...
The Ruby Mountain interagency hotshot crew monitors the fireline under the glow of the Dixie Fire.(Joe Bradshaw, BLM)
Published: Jul. 18, 2021 at 6:49 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2021 at 2:34 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, Calif. (KOLO) - SEPT. 14, 11 A.M. A federal judge is looking into PG&E’s role in the Dixie Fire and why the utility didn’t cut power sooner to the power line suspected of causing it.

The judge is weighing whether he should impose stricter conditions on PG&E.

The utility’s equipment has been blamed for causing a number of fires in California including the deadly 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise.

On Tuesday, evacuation orders were reduced to warnings in parts of Shasta County. Evacuations are also easing in parts of Plumas County.

The fire is holding at more than 960,000 acres and is 75 percent contained.

SEPT. 13, 4:30 P.M. Containment on the Dixie Fire grew to 75 percent Monday thanks in part to better weather conditions and humidity. The fire has burned 960,335 acres.

The evacuation warning for the following areas has been lifted:

● East side of Mt. Hough, east to Tower Rock and the south edge of Genesee. Includes Emigrant Rd.

On Monday, fire suppression was focused primarily in the Grizzly Peak/Devil’s Punchbowl area, and in the southeast corner of the fire near Dixie Mountain, where firefighters are working to extinguish remaining persistent fire.

SEPT. 12, 9 A.M. The Dixie Fire grew slightly more than 1,000 acres since Saturday morning, reaching 960,213 acres and containment increased to 65 percent.

Fire crews on Saturday reinforced containment lines and in many places on the east side they have mopped up 100 feet to 200 feet inside the line.

Firefighters were active in the Grizzly Peak area, building fire line directly against the fire’s edge and mopping up to reinforce the line. In the Dixie Mountain area, crews worked on containment line from the peak into Dixie Valley. East of Milford, crews maintained direct and indirect containment lines on the northwest flanks to prevent fire from again reaching Milford and U.S. 395.

With the help of the weather, crews are also making progress on the west side of the fire.

SEPT. 11, 9:30 A.M. Containment on the Dixie Fire reached 62 percent as the fire has grown to 959,253 acres.

Rain moderated the fire on the eastern side on Friday.

Today, fire crews will continue to hold and improve dozer and handline from Lake Davis to Clover Valley and secure dozer and handline to keep the fire from spreading further south into Dixie Valley, as well as south towards Clover Valley and Portola.

Other lines are also being secured in the astern area.

On the western side, higher humidity overnight helped moderate the fire and crews will continue to build fire lines. Chances still exist for floating embers to start spot fires beyond containment lines.

SEPT. 10 7:15 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 953,696 acres and is 59 percent contained.

Overnight rains tempered the fire on is eastern side but also delayed fire crews from getting to the line. Dixie Mountain received about four-tenths of an inch of rain and Taylorsville got about a half-inch.

More areas on the eastern side were quiet on Friday.

On the western side, erratic winds pushed the fire. It crossed California 44 into the Hot Creek Rim area. The fire moved at slow to moderate speeds, although winds pushed it rapidly sometimes.

Dry fuels and strong winds are expected to be a hazard into Saturday.

SEPT. 10, 12 P.M. The Dixie Fire grew overnight to 950,591 acres. It remains 59 percent contained.

A Red Flag Warning continues in the fire area through 11 p.m. Friday. Critical fire weather conditions are expected, with low humidity and gusty southwest winds increasing through most of the day.

Evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings for the following areas:

Little Valley and Dixie Peak area north of the Lassen National Forest from Wilson Springs Rd east to Dixie Peak and north to Pit River Canyon

South of Hwy 36 south and east of Mtn Meadows Reservoir east to Old Town Rd

Milford area west (mountain side) of Hwy 395 from south of Flux Rd south to the intersection of County Rd A26/Garnier Rd

Janesville and Milford east of the Plumas County Line from Janesville Grade south to Milford Grade along the mountain side (unpopulated area) Zones

Evacuation warnings have been lifted in the following areas:

Milford area west (mountain side) of Hwy 395 from Raker Place south to Milford Grade

East of Hwy 395 (lake side) from the Milford Grade intersection south to County Rd A26 Garnier Rd north to Long Valley Creek

SEPT. 9, 9:46 P.M. Due to the Dixie Fire, mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for west of Boyd Springs Road southwest to the Lassen County line; Hoover Flat Reservoir west of Boyd Springs Road and Little Valley Road; and north of Black Gulch Road from the Lassen County line east to and including the Little Valley and Dixie Peak area.

SEPT. 9, 7:20 P.M. The Dixie Fire grew to 928,741 acres and remains 59 percent contained.

On the eastern side of the fire, the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low humidity from Thursday night through 11 p.m. on Friday. Thunderstorms and dry lightning are possible and winds gusting from the southwest continue through Friday.

The forest floor is dry and easily ignited.

The fire is burning with the most intensity in Shasta County due to dry fuels and heavy winds. This area is the top priority for the fire management team.

SEPT. 9, 5:30 P.M. The mandatory evacuation area for the Dixie Fire now includes north of Halls Flat from the Lassen County line east to Pittsville road and north to Black Gulch road.

Also, the Blacks Mountain area from Pittsville Road east to Forest Road 34N30 and north of Black Ridge Lookout Road.

Evacuation orders have been expanded for north of California 55 from the Lassen county line east to Forest Service Road 32NO2 and north to the Blacks Mountain and Halls Flat area.

SEPT. 8, 9 P.M. The Dixie Fire showed almost no growth Wednesday. It was reported Wednesday night to be 922,507 acres and 59 percent contained.

There was growth on the west side of the fire in Shasta County. The Old Station Area was put under mandatory evacuation for the Old Station Area.

An evacuation order was issued Wednesday night for north of California 44 from the Lassen County line east to Pitville Road and north to Blacks Mountain/Forest Services Route.

On the eastern side, the National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch for Thursday night through Friday. Strong thunderstorms and strong outflow winds are possible Thursday night. Gusty winds and low humidity are expected through Friday.

The most active area on the east side on Wednesday was Dixie Mountain.

There have been 488 homes destroyed and 1,282 total structures destroyed.

SEPT. 8, 11 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 922,192 acres and is 59 percent contained.

The California National Guard joined firefighting efforts Wednesday. Crews plan to complete contingency lines north and south of Janesville and Milford.

Fire officials said residents will see smoke coming from trees and stumps for days following their return. Residents are encouraged to call 911 if they are concerned about any active flames near their homes or businesses. Damage assessment remains ongoing.

SEPT. 6, 7:40 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 910,495 acres. Containment is up to 57 percent.

Firefighters say the fire is especially active in the Ross Canyon area north of Dixie Valley in eastern Plumas County.

SEPT. 5, 1 P.M. Evacuation warnings have been dropped for these areas of the Dixie Fire:

● Caribou Rd north to the Humbug Rd and Humboldt Rd intersection This includes Belden Reservoir and Butt Valley Reservoir

● The community of Seneca south to Highway 70.

● Long Valley and north of Seneca areas

● Humbug Road from the intersection of the Humbug-Humboldt Road west to the Butte County line and everything south of the Humbug Road

● California 36 south to the west side of California 89, including Mud Lake, Soldiers Meadows, and Shanghai Creek area, south to Humbug Road, and west to Butte County line

● From the California 89/California 36 Junction, north along Stover Mountain Road to the county line, and west from the California 89/California 36 Junction along the south side of the highway to the county line.

● Chester Juniper Lake Road north, California 312 northwest, Forest Road 28N61 northwest.

● Manzanita Mountain Echo Lake areas. North of California 36

SEPT 5, 10:20 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 893,852 acres and is 56 percent contained.

Shifting winds were a problem for firefighters on Saturday as the fire grew southeast in the Coyote Hills, Horton Ridge, and Ross Canyon areas burning into very dry and dense forest fuels. Spot fires became established in Ross Canyon and off Horton Ridge threatening Dixie Valley.

On the east side of the fire, flames reached the base of the escarpment along U.S. 395.

Fire crews continue to hold and improve dozer and handlines stretching from Clover Valley to the east side of Lake Davis, and patrol and monitor the long and now mostly cold line on Grizzly Ridge. South of Taylorsville, crews will continue to build depth on established lines and cool interior heat in the very steep terrain north and south of Montgomery Creek.

Structure protection continued overnight within Clover Valley, Dixie Valley, Genesee, Taylorsville, Greenhorn, and Cromberg.

SEPT. 4, 1:25 P.M. In Plumas County, mandatory evacuation requirements due to the Dixie Fire have been reduced to evacuation warnings for Canyon Dam, Harkness and Warner Valley and Kelly Mountain.

Evacuation warnings have been dropped for the south portion of California 147; north of the Canyon Dam area, Indian Falls, northwest of Round Valley Lake to Long Valley Mie and north to California 89; the north and eastern parts of Indian Valley, from upper Williams Valley and upper Pecks Valley east to include North Valley Road south to Nelson Street and all of Diamond Mountain Road; north of Diamond Mountain Road; and Lone Rock.

In Lassen County, mandatory evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings for:

• Milford area west (mountain side) of U.S. 395 from Raker Place south to Milford Grade.

• Juniper Lake and Snag Lake area east of the Lassen County Line

Evacuation warnings have been lifted for:

• South of California 36 from Coppervale east to Korver Rd south to the Lassen County line.

• North of California 36 from Coppervale east to the California 44 junction and north to California 44

• North of California 36 from County Rd A21 east to Coppervale and north to McCoy Road but not including Pegleg Mountain area

SEPT. 4, 10 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 885,954 acres and is 55 percent contained.

Crews worked overnight to protect structures in Dixie Valley after wind pushed flames at the southeast part of the fire.

Part of the fire is moving towards the Sugar Fire burn scar and another part is threatening to push towards U.S 395. Crews are building fire lines on both sides of the escarpment blaze and are preparing to defend structures in Milford.

Structure protection continues within Clover Valley, Genesee, Taylorsville, Greenhorn, and Cromberg.

SEPT. 3, 8 P.M. The Dixie Fire is 881,086 acres and 55 percent contained.

The mandatory evacuation order was lifted for the Greenville area, including Wolf Creek Road, Hideaway Road, Round Valley Road, Williams Valley Road and south to Stampfli Lane including Pioneer Road and Forgay Rpad.

These areas were deemed safe from active fire and hazard trees.

In the Herlong area, evacuation orders have been changed to evacuation warnings north of county road A25 from Long Valley Creek east to Pole Line Road and for Herlong proper south of county road A25 from Long Valley Creek east to Sierra Army Depot and south to county road A26, including all residences accessed off of county road A26.

However, an evacuation warning was added for the north side of California 70 from County Road A24 east to Harrison Ranch Road, including Maddalena Road and the Buttes.

Winds on Friday were less than 10 mph. Temperatures on the Dixie Fire will be hotter Sunday and Monday. Another system will move into the area on Tuesday. It will bring gusting winds and a slight chance of rain.

Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon said his office has matters other than fire to handle and asked residents to be patient for non-emergency calls.

There are 3,691 personnel assigned to the fire.

SEPT. 3, 9:20 A.M. The U.S. Forest Service reports that the Dixie Fire has grown to 868,781 acres with 55% containment.

3,860 people are assigned to the fire. Crews are assigned to keep the fire from spreading east and north towards Dixie and Valley Milford, as well as south towards Clover Valley and Portola.

SEPT. 2, 7 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 865,703 acres and is 55 percent contained.

A finger of the fire that grew 8 miles on Wednesday from the Queen Creek area reached the escarpment above U.S. 395 south of Honey Lake.

The fire also burned into the Dixie Mountain State Game Refuge.

Crews completed fire lines on the west side of Lake Davis to Grizzly Ridge and north to Taylorsville and they continued to protect the California 70 corridor.

Structure protection remains in place within Clover Valley, Dixie Valley, Genesee, Taylorsville, Greenhorn and Cromberg.

There have been 1,282 structures destroyed. There are 3,902 personnel assigned to the fire.

SEPT. 2, 9:30 A.M. More containment reported Thursday on the Dixie Fire. It is now 55 percent contained after burning 859,457 acres.

More than 1,200 structures have been destroyed. Another 12,738 remain threatened.

SEPT. 2, 7:45 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 847,308 acres and is 52 percent contained.

Highway 36 is back open in Lassen County between Highway 44 and County Road A-21 (Mooney Road). One-way traffic controls are in effect.

SEPT. 1 8:30 P.M. Crews continue to establish direct and indirect containment lines as well as conduct fuel reduction efforts in the Old Station area. According to CAL FIRE and U.S. Forest officials, the Dixie Fire has grown to 847,308 acres. Firefighters are completing contingency lines and providing structure protection in both north and south of Janesville and Milford.

In the eastern zone, crews battled a spot fire that breached a constructed dozer line in Clover Valley. Containment remains at 52 percent.

SEPT. 1, 5:45 P.M. The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office has issued new evacuation orders for the Dixie Fire including:

Milford and Herlong area east (lake side) of Hwy 395 from Milford Grade intersection south to County Rd A26 / Garnier Rd east to Pole Line Rd north of A25 and east to but NOT including Sierra Army Depot on the south side of A25– Zone LAS-002-B, Zones LASE008-A, B,E002-C.

A separate evacuation warning has been issued for the North Doyle area west of Highway 395 from the County Road A26 intersection south to Berniece Lane and all roads accessed by Pickens Road - Zones LAS E001-C, D, E.

SEPT. 1, 3:30 P.M. As more evacuation orders are called for Lassen County, people needing shelter are now being sent to the American Red Cross shelter at the Reno Sparks Convention Center.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office has issued a new evacuation order for the west area of Milford (mountain side) near Highway 395 from Raker Place south to the intersection of County Rd A26/Garnier Rd.

COVID-19 protocols are in place, so everyone inside the convention center is required to wear a mask. Red Cross officials are asking evacuees to bring their medication and medical equipment (walkers, breathing machines, etc.), clothing for multiple days, and important papers such as insurance cards.

Animals needing shelter can be housed at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Check-in will be available at the Fair Office during normal business hours. If you have any questions about animal sheltering, you can contact Fair Manager, Kaitlyn Downing at (530) 588-8627.

SEPT. 1, 11:15 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 844,081 acres and is 52 percent contained.

As of 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, State Route 44 is open from Old Station to State Route 36.

AUG. 31 4 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 807,396 acres and remains 48 percent contained.

The Red Flag warning remained Tuesday. The areas with the greatest potential for fire growth were the southeast corner near Lake Davis and the northwest side around California 44. Crews are trying to box in the fire near Lake Davis.

Efforts continue to build a fire line behind Janesville towards the Susanville Basin and around Milford parallel to U.S. 395.

Crews hope to substantially increase containment on Wednesday.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office increased the evacuation warning area for places on the east side of U.S. 395 around Honey Lake.

AUG. 30 The Dixie Fire has grown to 771,183 acres and is 48 percent contained.

Certain evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings and certain warnings have been lifted allowing some residents to return to their homes and businesses.

According to officials with the U.S. Forest Service, low humidity and winds will challenge firefighters over the next few days.

AUG. 29 10 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 764,135 acres and is 48 percent contained.

Extra fire resources were brought in Saturday to put out fires that started behind containment lines on the south side of Genesee Valley and to slow the westward growth of a spot fire that started in the Grizzly area.

Crews and equipment continue to develop control lines down Grizzly Ridge and east towards the Walker Fire scar. In addition, fire crews completed several contingency lines between the fire and Quincy, Greenhorn, and communities further south. Crews continue to build contingency lines north of Lake Davis.

Winds from the southwest with gusts reaching 25 mph are expected to strengthen in the next few days.

There are 4,836 fire personnel on the fire.

AUG. 28 4 P.M. The Dixie Fire is 756,768 acres and 48 percent contained, the U.S. Forrest Service reported.

The fire burned actively through the night. There was some fire spreading at the tops of trees and sometimes floating embers started fires behind the fire containment lines.

The focus of firefighters on Saturday was the spot fires on the south side of Genesee Valley. The Grizzly and the Walker spot fires burned together south of Genesee Valley. It sent up a smoke column in the area.

Large timber is fueling the fire as it moves south. More resources have been requested and other resources are being moved to that area. There is a Red Flag warning forecast for the area on Monday and Tuesday.

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office changed Caribou Road north to Humbug Road, the area of Seneca south to California 70 the Round Valley Reservoir, Dixie Canyon and Indian Falls areas from mandatory evacuations to an evacuation warning.

AUG. 27 7 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 752,920 acres and is 47 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported.

The fire destroyed 1,273 structures, including 682 single-family homes.

On the east side of the fire, dense smoke sat on top of the fire for most of the day Friday, grounding aircraft. But fire crews reported the smoke also slowed fire activity.

“Overall today, we had a pretty good lid on the fire,” said Chad Cook, operations section chief.

Mop up continues in Taylorsville and the Genesee Valley as fire activity was moderate.

There are 4,706 fire personnel on the Dixie Fire.

There will be a community meeting for the Dixie Fire Saturday at 3 p.m. at Shasta County Fire Department Station 12 3385 CA-89 Old Station, California.

AUG. 27, 11:45 A.M. The Dixie Fire grew more than 3,500 acres overnight. It is now 750,672 acres and is 46 percent contained.

Active fire and smoke production remains predominantly on the northern and southeastern perimeters.

Representatives will be available during a virtual Dixie Fire East Zone Community Meeting Friday at 7:30 p.m. You can watch live on both the Lassen and Plumas National Forest Facebook pages. You can also join via Zoom - https://tinyurl.com/bzrm5599, or call in - 669-254-5252, Conference ID - 160 301 7794.

AUG. 26 6:45 P.M. The Dixie Fire is now 749,713 acres and remains 45 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention said.

There are 1,273 structures destroyed, 682 of them single-family homes.

Firefighters reported progress Thursday. Crews kept fire from spreading beyond the burned out area above Taylorsville and mopped up and secured the fire line.

There was no spotting caused by floating embers in that area, but there were spot fires behind containment lines in the Grizzly area.

The dozer line around the Greenhorn Subdivision was completed with the help of local fire departments, and more old dozer lines from the Claremont Fire in 2020 are being opened. Additional contingency lines are being worked on above Davis Lake.

AUG. 26, 10 A.M. Containment on the Dixie Fire remains at 45 percent. It has burned 747,091 acres as of Thursday morning.

A community meeting will be held Saturday, Aug. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Shasta County Fire Department - Station 12, 13385 CA-89, Old Station, Calif.

AUG. 25, 8 P.M. The Dixie Fire has reached 742,724 acres and 45 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported.

There are 1,273 structures destroyed, included about 690 residential buildings.

On Wednesday afternoon, crews protected structures in the Grizzly and Ward Creek areas as floating embers made spot fires in the Genessee Valley.

Winds should weaken overnight. The temperature inversion is likely to lift later in th day on Thursday.

There are 5,470 personnel assigned to the fire.

AUG. 25, 10 A.M. Containment has grown to 45 percent on the Dixie Fire. It has burned 735,064 acres.

AUG. 24, 12:00 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office is downgrading Dixie Fire evacuation orders for two areas that border the Lassen County line.

The Dixie Mountain range, including Jordan Flat, Ferris Flat, Fitch Canyon and Cottonwood Mountain have been downgraded from a mandatory evacuation order to an evacuation warning.

The mandatory evacuation order has also been downgraded to an evacuation warning for the Sugar Loaf area, including Frenchman Road near Bloomer Lake Road, north to the county line, and the Plumas side of Doyle Grade.

In Lassen County, The Sheriff’s Office has reduced the mandatory evacuation order to an Evacuation warning for Janesville and Milford west of Highway 395 from Jeters Road / Appleblossom Lane, south to Milford Grade and west to the base of the mountains.

AUG. 24, 8:15 A.M. Containment is up slightly on the Dixie Fire to 41 percent, the Incident Team reported Tuesday. The area burned also grew overnight to 731,310 acres.

Crews continue mopping-up hot spots and strengthening control lines. Damage assessment is ongoing and the number of damaged and destroyed structures may change.

Certain evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings and certain warnings have been lifted allowing some residents to return to their homes and businesses.

The eastern edge of the fire line towards Janesville and Milford remains secure, officials said.

AUG. 23, 3:30 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office announced evacuation warnings for the following areas have been lifted:

●[PLU Zone 001] High Lakes recreational area of Plumas County east of the Butte/Plumas County line to include Rock Creek Power Generation Facility, and the Highway 70 corridor.

● [PLU Zone 002A] South side of Highway 70 to include the communities of Tobin, Rogers Flat, Storrie, Virgilia, Twain, Grays Flat, Hot Springs, to the southern portion including Lower Bucks and all of Bucks Lake, and Silver Lake.

● [PLU Zone 005A/B] Entire west shore of Lake Almanor to include Canyon Dam boat ramp (EXCLUDES TOWN OF CANYON DAM - PLU Zone 005C), Big Meadows, Prattville, Almanor West, entire Hwy 89 corridor from Hwy 147 to Hwy 36.

● [PLU Zone 008B] Chester proper, EXCLUDING WARNER VALLEY.

● [PLU Zone 009] Lake Almanor Peninsula, Hamilton Branch.

● [PLU Zone 12A/B] South of Highway 70, Butterfly Valley, including Keddie, Round House Road, Old Highway, Paxton, Black Hawk Road, Elizabeth Town, Gopher Hill, Snake Lake, Snake Lake Road

The sheriff’s office said these areas were deemed safe from active fire and hazard trees, though residents should stay alert of changing conditions.

For more information regarding drinking water quality, you are urged to contact your water service provider. For more information, click here.

The East Shore of Highway 147 corridor remains under evacuation warning.

AUG. 23, 7:40 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 725,821 acres. Containment is up to 40%.

1,259 structures are now confirmed destroyed. That includes 678 single-family homes.

AUG. 22, 10 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 721,298 acres and containment increased to 37 percent.

There have been 1,247 structures destroyed, including about 670 single-family residences.

Winds came out of the west and southwest on Saturday and the fire crossed the containment line and pushed towards structures in the Milford area. Firefighters protected the structures and minimized impacts. The damage is still being assessed.

Spot fires caused by embers that blow over containment lines continue to be a problem.

In Genesee Valley, crews continue to prepare structures for defense as the fire pushes towards Genesee Valley Road.

There are 5,891 personnel on the Dixie Fire. There is no containment date.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office has reduced evacuation orders to evacuation warnings for this area of the Dixie Fire:

• Clear Creek, Westwood, and Pine Town area south of California 36 from the Lassen County line east to Moonlight Ranch Road, including the “Y” Market and the Fuel Good Gas Station and Market. California 36 remains closed. Take California 44 to County Road A-21 to return.

• South of California 36 from Devil’s Corral east to Britt Lane and Thumper Hill and south to Cheney Creek Road.

• Bizz Johnson Trail area south of California 36 from Thumper Hill east to Miller Crossing and south to Bauer Rd Zone

• Janesville and Milford east of U.S. 395 from A3/Standish Buntingville Road south to the Flux Road intersection

Evacuation warnings have been lifted for:

• Lake Forest Estates and Eagle Lake Road A1 from California 36 north to the County Access gate and east to Prattville Rd and north to Paiute

• The area west of Richmond Road and south of California 36 from Thumper Hill east to South Weatherlow Street and south to Gold Run Road

• Diamond Mountain area from Forest Service Road 29NO2 south to the Lassen County line Zone

• West of Richmond Road from Gold Run Road south to Childrens Road but

not including roads immediately adjacent to the Golf Course Zone

AUG. 21 7:00 P.M. The fire is now 717,308 acres and is 36% contained.

AUG. 21 3:30 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the Sugar Loaf area due to the Dixie Fire.

This is the area of Frenchman Road near Bloomer Lake Road, north to the county line and the Plumas side of Doyle Grade.

AUG. 21 1 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 714,219 acres and is 35 percent contained. There are 1,230 structures destroyed.

The wind shifted Friday and the fire threatened to jump containment lines. The fire line west of Milford has held.

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office will again escort evacuees into areas under mandatory evacuation due to the Dixie Fire.

It will be for areas deemed safe and will only be temporary and not for repopulation.

People will see their properties for 30 minutes.

See the PDF below for the schedule. See this map to see the different blocks.

Escorts begin Sunday or Monday and take about three days to complete.

The sheriff’s office warns people to be on time. People who are late will not be escorted in.

People will not be able to sift through their property.

AUG. 20 4:55 P.M. The Plumas County community of Taylorsville must evacuate due to the Dixie Frie, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said.

The evacuation includes Arlington Road and Nelson Street.

People should go south towards Quincy.

People who need transportation should call 916-283-6414.

Shelters are available at Springs of Hope Church at 59 Bell Lane, Quincy and in Portola at Holy Family Catholic Church at 108 Taylor Ave. or Veterans Memorial Hall at 449 W. Sierra Avenue.

People who need help with animals can call Plumas County Animal Services at 283-3673 or 283-6300.

There are aso mandatory evacuations of Beckwourth Genesee Road south of Antelope Lake Road to Grizzly Ridge and north of Argentine Lookout; and also south of Beckwourth Genesee Road to the northwest side of Lake Davis along Grizzly Ridge to the west and including the Walker Mine.

The Dixie Fire has grown to 700,630 Acres and is 35 percent contained.

AUG. 19 7:30 P.M. The Dixie Fire continues to grow and is a few hundred acres from 700,000 square acres.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention on Thursday night reported the fire was 699,666 acres and 35 percent contained.

The fire has burned 651 single residences, eight multiple residences and 13 commercial buildings. The total structures destroyed is 1,224. An estimated 16,085 structures are threatened.

Winds from the northeast kept the fire was spreading near Honey Lake. Crews, equipment and aircraft have aggressively engaged the fire near Janesville. Containment lines have also been built on the south end of the Dixie Fire from U.S. 395 to the scar of the Walker Fire.

The fire on the north side of Beckwourth Genesee Road is currently backing down the middle slopes and crews continue to build fire lines to protect structures in the Genesee Valley, Cal Fire reported.

There are 5,696 personnel on the Dixie Fire.

AUGUST 19, 12:15 P.M. More fire growth overnight due to low fuel moisture and terrain-driven winds, fire officials reported Thursday.

The Dixie Fire has burned 678,369 acres and is 35 percent contained.

Damage assessment is ongoing, and the number of damaged and destroyed structures may change as teams are able to access the fire area safely.

To check structure status, click here.

AUG. 18, 12:45 P.M. Containment grew slightly overnight on the Dixie Fire to 33 percent. The fire has burned 635,728 acres.

Evacuation orders in Tehama and Plumas counties have been reduced to warnings:

Tehama County

Evacuation orders for zones D18, D19, E18 and E19 will be reduced to evacuation warnings. Hwy 32 corridor from the Butte County Line, north to Hwy 36, along both sides of Hwy 32, and east to the Butte County Line. The area east of Hwy 32 and Hwy 36 intersection, north and south of Hwy 36, to the Plumas County Line, referred to as the Saint Bernard’s Area. Hwy 36 west from the intersection of Hwy 32 will remain closed, as Mineral and Mill Creek are still under an evacuation order.

Plumas County

Town of Chester Proper, West Shore, Prattville, West Almanor, Peninsula, Hamilton Branch, area of Big Meadows, and East Shore. Residents along Hwy 147 is a reduction from an Order to a Warning to Residents only. All areas outside residents in the Forest are still under the existing Forest Closure Orders.

Plumas County Hwy Opening: Hwy 147, Hwy 89, Hwy 36 at Hwy 32 to Chester.

Damage assessment is ongoing, and the number of damaged and destroyed structures may change as teams are able to access the fire area safely.

AUG. 17, 12:20 P.M. The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office announced new evacuation orders Tuesday as fire crews work to keep the Dixie Fire from moving closer to Susanville.

Officials say it is only about 8 miles from the community of about 18,000 people.

U.S. 395 is closed from Doyle to the Lassen turn-off north of Susanville.

See the updated evacuation orders and warnings below:

AUG. 17, 7:45 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 604,511 acres. More than 1,200 structures are now confirmed destroyed. Containment remains at 31%.

AUG. 16 9:30 P.M. The mandatory evacuation area is expanding as the Dixie Fire moves toward Plumas County’s eastern edge.

It includes unpopulated sections of Genesee Valley, with orders going out to Jordan Flat, Ferris Flat and Cottonwood Mountain.

Utility companies have warned thousands of customers they might be cutting off electricity to prevent new fires from igniting.

The total number of acres burned is now up to 578,897, and the fire remains at 31 percent containment.

There are also updated road closures in Lassen County. Highway 36 is closed west of the intersection of Highway 44 and 36. U.S. 395 is also shut down from State Route 36 near Susanville to Hallelujah Junction.

Click here for a full list of road closures.

AUG. 15 9:30 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office is inviting Dixie Fire evacuees who had property damaged or destroyed by the fire to get on a list to be escorted in to look at their property.

This is for people with affected structures in Indian Valley, Greenville, Canyon Dam, West Shore, greater Chester area and Warner Valley.

Go here to confirm if a structure has been damaged or destroyed.

Those with affected structures can go here to complete the online form or can call 530-283-6414. The line will be active from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Wednesday.

The Dixie Fire was reported to be 554,816 acres on Sunday morning. Containment is still 31 percent.

AUG. 14 7:15 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 552,589 acres and is still 31 percent contained. The fire destroyed 1,120 structures, including about 600 homes.

Crews will set backfires in the Dyer Mountain area overnight to deprive the eastern side of the fire fuel.

Temperatures on Sunday will reach triple digits but atmospheric conditions will be more stable.

There are 6,550 personnel on the fire.

AUG. 13 7:30 P.M. New evacuation orders in the Dixie Fire.

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office ordered an evacuation of all of Genesee Valley, southeast of Taylorsville, up the Genesee Road to just south of Babcock Crossing, Walker Mine road and the north portion of the Beckwourth Genesee Road.

In Tehama County, the evacuation order is for the area of Mill Creek south of Lassen Volcanic Park. There is an evacuation warning for the area north of Mineral.

The fire has grown to 537,776 acres and remains 31 percent contained.

There have been 1,113 structures destroyed, about 600 of them homes.

Thunderstorms have brought wind gusts of up to 45 mph to the Dixie Fire on Thursday and Friday. But the air close to the ground has been so dry there has been no rain to help douse the fire. More wind and no rain is forecast for Saturday as well.

AUG. 13 8:45 A.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office has canceled plans to allow residents to return to the Chester area.

Fire activity increased overnight, with spot fires reported from Johnson’s Grade CR A13 to the Highway 36 corridor.

The plan would have allowed residents to return to Chester, Lake Almanor West and Prattville from all directions. That would have included Big Meadows, Rocky Point Campground, and the Canyon Dam Boat Launch.

There is no estimate for when the repopulation will be rescheduled.

AUG. 12 8:30 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 515,756 acres and remains 31 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention said Thursday night.

The number of structures destroyed increased by six to 1,109.

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office announced that evacuation orders are being charged from mandatory to warning Friday at 11 a.m. in the Chester area from California 36/California 89 through Chester to the Lake Almanor Edge north to Feather River Drive; and at Lake Almanor west and Prattville, including Big Meadows, Rocky Point Campground and the Canyon Dam boat launch.

Thunder cells developed over the eastern side of the fire. Winds and outflow air caused erratic fire behavior.

AUG. 11 7:45 P.M. Containment on the Dixie Fire has reached 30 percent as the fire has grown to 505,413 acres, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

It has destroyed 1,103 structures and damaged 71.

A breakdown of the structures destroyed:

  • Single Residences: 582
  • Multiple Residences: 8
  • Non-residential Commercial: 131
  • Mixed Commercial/Residential: 8

On the east side of the fire, crews completed control lines along the southern perimeter. These lines extend from Butte Meadows to Taylorsville.

“Lone Rock continues to be a high-fire activity area and firefighters worked to control fires ignited outside the perimeter caused by embers from the main fire,” the Forest Service reported.

There are 6,106 personnel on the fire.

AUG. 11 3 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said these areas have been downgraded from mandatory evacuation to evacuation warning:

  • Feather River Canyon, from the Butte/Plumas county Line east to Twain. This does not include Rush Creek.
  • Butterfly Valley, Keddie to California 70 at Black Hawk Road, Snake Lake: This includes Spanish Creek Campground, Round House Rd, Old Highway
  • East side of Keddie, Round House Road and Old Highway
  • California 70 at Black Hawk Road, south to Barlow Road and everything west to Snake Lake
  • Mount Hough
  • Silver Lake and Silver Lake Road remain within the mandatory evacuation order.

These areas are removed from the list of evacuation warnings:

  • Bucks Lake, from the eastern intersection of Big Creek Road and Bucks Lake Rpad, west to the Plumas/Butte county line. Everything south of the fire perimeter to the area south of Big Creek Road and south of the western portion Bucks Lake.
  • Chandler Road; including American Way, Pine Oak Lane, Amity Lane, Hillside Drive, Oakland Camp Road.
  • Grizzly Mountain, south of Genesee Valley to 24N16 Road and east to the 25N42 intersection with Beckwourth Genesee Road.
  • Meadow Valley, Bucks Lake Road at Riverdance west to the eastern intersection of Bucks Lake Road and Big Creek Road.

AUG. 10, 1 P.M. Evacuation orders have been reduced to Evacuation Warnings in the following areas of Butte County:

Butte Meadows area

• Humboldt Rd at Thatcher Ridge

• Up to Cherry Hill Campgrounds

• North to the Butte/Tehama County Lines

Jonesville area

• State Route 32 at the Butte/Tehama County line

• East to the area of Cherry Hill Campground

• Southeast to Snag Lake

• Southwest to Skyway at Bull Creek

• North along Skyway to Humboldt Road

Snag Lake area

• Humbug Summit Rd at the Butte/Plumas County lines

• Southwest across Snag Lake to Humbug Summit Rd and Skyway

• The area surrounding High Lakes Rd near the Carr Mine.

Philbrook area

• Philbrook Lake south to Browns Ravine Rd just east of 25N22

• East to the Butte/Plumas County Lines

AUG. 9, 12 P.M. Some good news as crews continue to fight the Dixie Fire. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that 31 people who were previously missing have been accounted for.

The fire has burned 489,287 acres and is 21 percent contained.

Crews expect heavy smoke early in the day Monday with southwest winds up to 17 mph.

All resources are committed to structure defense in affected communities.

For more information on evacuations, click here.

AUG. 8, 3:50 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following mandatory evacuation orders due to the Dixie Fire:

  • Hearth Ranch, including Taylor Diggins Mine, north to Engel Mine, east to Lower Lone Rock, south to the border to Zone 28 and west to the Taylor Diggins Mine.
  • Long Rock, including Moonlight Valley, Engel Mine, Lone Rock Valley and a portion of Growers Blvd. United States Forest Service Road 28N32, the intersection of Plumas/Lassen counties line, east to Diamond Mountain area and south to Lone Rock.
  • The area surrounding Antelope Lake, north to the Plumas/Lassen line as well as east to the Plumas/Lassen Line, including Fruit Growers Boulevard USFS Road 28N32, Indian Creek Road, Diamond Mountain Way, the area of Thompson Creek and Boulder Creek.

People should evacuate using Beckwourth Genesee Road. The shelter is Holy Family Catholic Church at 108 Taylor Ave, Portola, CA.

Those who need transportation should call 530-283-6414.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation recommendation for Janesville area west of U.S. 395 from Bass Hill to Janesville Grade, west to the Lassen County line including the area south of Bass Hill and the dirt portion of Wingfield Rd on the Janesville Side.

AUG. 8, 2:40 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday it was searching for four people who have not been accounted for after the Dixie Fire.

All are from Greenville: Lillian Basham, Joseph Basham, Blanca Auban and Michael Auban.

Those people are asked to call 530-283-6300 to report they are safe.

The sheriff’s office has found 27 people who some feared were missing.

AUG. 8, 9:45 A.M. The Dixie Fire continues to grow, reaching 463,477 acres, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported Sunday morning.

An updated list of property damage has 404 structures destroyed along with 185 minor structures for a total of 589. Cal Fire reported 38 structures damaged.

There are 13,871 structures threatened.

Three firefighters have been injured. There are no civilian injuries or fatalities reported.

Shade from smoke and higher humidity helped moderate fire growth on Saturday, but heavy smoke made driving at night dangerous for fire crews.

Clearing skies on the northeast perimeter meant more fire spread there.

Fire crews are being concentrated in priority areas, including securing the containment line to protect homes in Crescent Mills and Hunt Valley, as well as laying hoses and conducting strategic firing operations to defend Westwood.

AUG. 7, 2:15 P.M. Five people reported Friday as not accounted for have been contacted, bringing the number of possibly missing people found by the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office to 21.

More names have been added to the list of people not accounted for, plus two have been reported safe but have not contacted the sheriff’s office.

Saturday’s list of Plumas County people not accounted for are:

  • Danny Sczenski of Greenville
  • Glen Gallagher of Greenville (reported safe, however official contact has not been made)
  • Donna Shelton of Chester (reported safe, however official contact has not been made)
  • Dianne Doppert of Greenville
  • Lena Rhynes of Greenville

Those missing people are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 530-283-6300 to confirm their safety.

AUG. 7, 9:34 A.M. The Dixie Fire grew about 12,000 acres overnight as a temperature inversion brought cooler temperatures and higher humidity to the fire helping control its spread, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported.

Cal Fire on Saturday morning reported the Dixie Fire to be 446,723 acres or 698 square miles, and 21 percent contained.

The fire’s advance slowed in the northeast and is now burning in sparse fuels from the 2007 Moonlight Fire scar, Cal Fire reported.

Overnight, crews used backfiring to keep the fire west of Crescent Mills.

Saturday should have slightly cooler temperatures and higher humidity.

AUG. 6, 8:25 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said as of Friday evening there are eight Plumas County residents who are not accounted for and they ask for the public’s help finding them.

  • Danny Sczenski of Greenville
  • Jesus and Ella Gursasola of Greenville
  • Matthew Henley of Greenville
  • Glen Gallagher of Greenville
  • Sally and Harold Brown of Crescent Mills
  • Donna Shelton of Chester

Anyone who knows the location of these people is asked to contact them and have them call the sheriff’s office at 530-283-6300 to let them know they are safe so the sheriff’s office can contact people looking for them.

The sheriff’s office found 16 others on Friday.

AUG. 6, 7:30 P.M. The Dixie Fire has destroyed 268 structures and grown to 434,813 acres, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported in its Friday evening update.

It reports zero civilian injuries or fatalities, but the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said four people are not accounted for.

Cal Fire said 13,871 structures are threatened by the fire. The fire is 21 percent contained.

Friday’s temperature inversion moderated the fire on the east side.

The fire is burning northeast into the 2020 Sheep Fire scar.

There are 5,118 personnel on the Dixie Fire.

AUG. 6, 2 P.M. We’re getting a first look at mapping showing the destruction in Greenville caused by the Dixie Fire.

Map shows Dixie Fire structure status.
Map shows Dixie Fire structure status.(CalFire)

The icons on this map indicate the current known status of structures. If your structure is not identified by an icon, it has not yet been identified.

Addresses may be entered into the search bar at this website to find a specific location.

Field damage inspection is still ongoing and subject to change.

AUG. 6, 11:30 A.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said the mandatory evacuation order for Meadow Valley is reduced to a warning. This means residents may return home, but should be aware of crews still working the fire in the area.

Currently, about 42 percent of Plumas County residents are under an Evacuation Order.

The sheriff’s office said there are four people who are unaccounted for. The Investigations Unit is actively working to contact these people. There are no reports of any public injuries or casualties from the Dixie Fire.

Cal Fire has already begun damage assessment in the areas most recently damaged; however, there are still several areas too dangerous to access at this time. More information at the Plumas County Recovery Information Link here.

In Lassen County, new mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for:

• Lassen National Forest south of Hwy 36 to the Lassen County line including Hamilton Mtn., Coyote Peak, and Indicator Peak – Zone LAS-E017

• North of Hwy 36 from the Lassen County Line to A21 - Zone LAS-EO27

• South of Hwy. 44 from A21 to McCoy Flat – Zone LAS-E028

• North of Hwy. 36 east of A21 - Zone LAS-EO29

If you need assistance evacuating, call dispatch at 530-257-6121.

The Dixie Fire has grown to 432,813 acres and remains 35 percent contained.

More than 130 structures have been destroyed. Another 13,871 structures remain threatened.

There will be a Virtual Community Meeting Facebook Live & Zoom Saturday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

AUG. 6, 8:40 A.M. Fire managers say their strategy on the East Zone of the Dixie Fire is “preservation of human life” and controlling spot fires in the Canyon Dam area while protecting structures on the east shore of Lake Almanor, the community of Crescent Mills, and the remaining homes in Greenville.

Fire managers also say they are strategizing tactics to protect cultural resources, critical infrastructure, and private property near State Route 44 around Peninsula Village, as far east as Greenhorn.

The fire is now at 432,813 acres with 35% containment.

There are reports that 134 buildings have burned. The Nevada Area Council of the Boy Scouts informed its followers on Facebook that the Dixie Fire has burned through its summer camp property, Camp Fleischmann, north of Chester.

It is with sad news that we share that it appears that the Dixie Fire is now burning in and around Camp Fleischmann. Our...

Posted by Nevada Area Council - Boy Scouts of America on Thursday, August 5, 2021

AUG. 5 8:30 P.M. The Dixie Fire destroyed more than 100 homes and businesses in and around Greenville in Plumas County, fire officials said Thursday night.

The fire has grown to 361,812 acres and was reported 35 percent contained on Thursday evening.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reports 13,871 structures are threatened by the fire, which started July 13 in the Feather River Canyon.

In the fire’s eastern side, crews are focusing on protecting Taylorsville and the Chester area.

More resources have been ordered to assist with fire protection. As of Thursday night, there were 5,222 personnel working on the fire.

AUG. 5, 1 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office announced a mandatory evacuation order for the following areas due to the Dixie Fire:

Taylorsville and surrounding areas including, North Valley Rd, North Arm Rd and Diamond Mtn. Road.

You should evacuate to the south via Hwy 89 or the east via Beckwourth-Genesee Rd., to the shelter in Portola, located at 171 S. Gulling Street.

Those who need transportation should call 530-283-6414.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office also announced new evacuations as follows:

A fire briefing and virtual community meeting will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. Click here to join.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through 8 p.m. Thursday. Fire crews anticipate extreme fire behavior.

Wednesday night firefighters, including aerial resources, aggressively attacked large flame fronts in an effort to defend structures.

A damage assessment team is being requested to evaluate damage in Greenville. Initial reports indicate firefighting activities saved approximately 25% of structures.

AUG. 4, 11 P.M. The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office issued mandatory evacuation orders for these areas due to the Dixie Fire:

  • South of California 44 from the Lassen County line east to A21 including Silver Lake, Juniper Lake, and the Caribou Wilderness Area -Zone LAS-E031
  • The unpopulated area south of Mountain Meadows Reservoir from Hamilton Branch waterway east to the Lassen/Plumas County line. Zone LAS-E019.

Evacuation warnings have been issued for the following areas:

  • Westwood and Pine Town area south of California 36 from the Westwood Landfill Road east to Moonlight Ranch Road zone LAS-E023
  • Clear Creek south of Highway 36 from the Lassen County line east to the Westwood Landfill “haul road”. Zone LAS-E020

AUG. 4, 9:20 P.M. UPDATE FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS: A fast-moving wildfire has engulfed a Northern California town, leveling much of the downtown and several homes.

The Dixie Fire tore through Greenville on Wednesday evening, destroying businesses and homes as the sky was cast in an orange glow.

A photographer on assignment for The Associated Press described seeing a gas station, hotel and local bar burned to the ground in the town of 800 people.

The 3-week-old fire has grown to over 428 square miles across Plumas and Butte counties.

AUG. 4, 8:15 P.M. Videos show destruction in Greenville east of Lake Almanor caused by the Dixie Fire.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention has not provided an update on the damage done.

AUG. 4, 7:10 P.M. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported Wednesday evening that the Dixie Fire has grown to 278,227 acres and remains 35 percent contained.

CalFire reports 67 structures destroyed and nine damaged. There are 12,438 structures threatened.

Gusty winds from the west and southwest kept the fire active on Wednesday. Spot fires started beyond control lines in Round Valley. Due to increased winds, crews are patrolling for spot fires.

Crews face Red Flag conditions through the night as winds could reach 40 mph and will engage the fire.

AUG. 4, 9:45 A.M. CalFire is reporting that the Dixie Fire is now 274,139 acres with 35 percent containment.

There were no additional buildings burned in the last day, but low humidity and dry conditions are contributing to the fire’s continued spread.

AUG. 3, 5:30 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for all of the town of Chester from the Highway 36 / Highway 89 junction east to the Causeway. Lassen Community College in Susanville is the evacuation center.

The fire has grown to more than 253,052 acres with 35 percent containment.

MAP LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ydrapp24 Due to the #DixieFire a MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER has been issued for: ALL OF...

Posted by Plumas County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, August 3, 2021

AUG. 2, 5:40 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office has re-issued a mandatory Evacuation Order for the town of Greenville. Some residents had been allowed to return to the area, but were told to evacuate just hours later.

AUG. 1, 10 A.M. Containment on the Dixie Fire has increased to 32 percent while the fire has grown to 244,888 acres.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reports 67 structures have been destroyed and nine more damaged.

Late afternoon winds tested containment lines on Saturday.

There are 5,563 personnel on the fire.

JULY 31, 10 A.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office announced evacuation orders have been lifted for some impacted by the Dixie Fire and other orders have been modified.

  • The mandatory evacuation order along the east shore of Lake Almanor has been reduced to a warning. The roadblock will be moved to California 147 at Old Haun Road. Canyon Dam is still under a mandatory evacuation order.
  • The mandatory evacuation order for the Lake Almanor West community has been reduced to a warning.
  • Everything west of the California 89/36 Junction, west to the county line along the south side of California 36 and south of California 36 to Rock Lake and west to the county line has been modified to a warning. Everything south of this zone remains in a mandatory evacuation order.
  • The evacuation warning for Chester, the Lake Almanor Peninsula and Hamilton Branch has been lifted.

Link to map with latest evacuation information.

On Saturday morning the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention said the Dixie Fire is 240,790 acres and 24 percent contained with no containment date. Cal Fire reports 66 buildings destroyed and nine damaged.

There are 5,864 personnel on the fire.

JULY 30, 7:10 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 240,795 acres and containment is now 24 percent, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported.

Cal Fire lists 65 structures destroyed, and nine structures damaged.

On the east side of the fire there was good progress Friday because thunderstorms did not develop until late afternoon. Backfires are used to combat fire growth and there is mop-up in some areas.

Crews from the Dixie Fire are also fighting the 85-acre Evans Fire on Mount Evans and 2-acre Kessler Fire on Mount Kessler, both started Thursday night by lightning.

There are 5,864 personnel on the fire, almost 100 fewer than the prior day.

JULY 29, 10 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 226,421 acres and remains 23 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reports.

Now there are 64 structures reported destroyed, including 22 counted as minor, and eight structures damaged. Authorities report 10,857 structures threatened.

Thursday’s weather was hot and dry.

There is still no estimated containment date.

Cal Fire reports 5,931 personnel on the fire.

JULY 28, 7:15 P.M. The Dixie Fire in California’s Plumas and Butte counties grew to 220,012 acres and remains 23 percent contained.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reports 60 structures have been destroyed and eight others damaged.

Temperatures increased while relative humidity dropped in the Plumas County portion of the fire, so fire activity increased thee.

Fire crews on the fire’s eastern flank got support from the air Wednesday afternoon when visibility improved. If conditions are hot and dry, the fire is expected to be active.

There are 5,931 personnel on the Dixie Fire.

JULY 27, 8:20 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 208,506 acres and is 23 percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported Tuesday.

At least 47 structures have been destroyed, and more than 10,000 others remain threatened.

Another community meeting will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Facebook and Zoom.

Flames consume a home as the Dixie Fire tears through the Indian Falls community in Plumas...
Flames consume a home as the Dixie Fire tears through the Indian Falls community in Plumas County, Calif., on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The fire destroyed multiple residences in the area. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)(Noah Berger | AP)

JULY 26, 9:35 A.M. The U.S. Forest Service now estimates that the Dixie Fire has burned 197,487 acres.

Containment is at 22 percent.

JULY 25, 12:45 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said new evacuation orders have been issued due to the Dixie Fire.

They include:

  • All of Genesee Valley southeast of Taylorsville up the Genesee Rd to just south of Babcock Crossing, Walker Mine Road, north portion of Beckwourth Genesee Road.
  • North and eastern parts of Indian Valley, from upper Williams Valley and upper Pecks Valley east to include all of North Valley Road, Diamond Mountain Road and North Arm.
  • Grizzly Mountain south of Genesee Valley to 24N16 Road and east to the 25N42 intersection with Beckwourth Genesee Road.

The shelter is at Lassen Community College 478-200 CA-139 in Susanville. Use California 89 to California 147.

JULY 25, 9:45 A.M. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention on Sunday morning reported 16 structures destroyed by the fire that started July 13 in the Feather River Canyon, and also six minor structures.

That compares to 10 reported on Saturday. It’s not clear if the Sunday morning figures included homes burned in Indian Falls and Paxton, about 95 miles by car northwest of Reno, Crews will do more extensive damage assessment as conditions become safer.

The Dixie Fire reached 190,625 acres and is 21 percent contained. An estimated 10,721 structures are threatened.

The Dixie Fire has burned across both California 70 and California 89. Cal Fire described Saturday’s activity as extreme. The nearby Fly fire has burned into the Dixie Fire.

Extreme fire behavior is expected again today and crews are building a fire line southwest of Taylorsville to protect the community as the fire advances there.

Atmospheric conditions are not cooperating and are creating the conditions to increase fire spotting and runs of fire into unburned areas.

Fire engines are in the area protecting structures and defensive measures protected communication structures on top of Mount Hough.

Parts of California 70, California 89 and California 36 are closed.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for four California counties, including Plumas County.

JULY 24, 9:30 A.M. The Dixie Fire burning in western Plumas County and in Butte County is now 181,289 acres and 19 percent contained, according to the Saturday morning fire update.

The fire that started July 13 in the Feather River Canyon has destroyed 10 structures and damaged 10 others, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported. The number of threatened structures increased to 7,010.

The weather will be hot and dry today with relative humidity dropping into the single digits.

On the west side, the fire continues to burn in a remote area with no access. The eastern section of the fire grew significantly Friday, mostly north of California 70 near Twain. Fire crews and equipment are positioned to protect communities there.

There are 4,266 personnel on the fire.

JULY 23, 7:15 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 167,430 acres and is 18 percent contained.

The fire is expected to be active overnight.

So far there are eight destroyed structures found in Plumas County. Reports of others are waiting to be validated.

There are 4,266 fire personnel on the Dixie Fire. The resources include 365 fire engines 31 helicopters and 76 hand crews.

JULY 23, 2:40 P.M. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for the Butte Meadows area. Previously, the area was under an Evacuation Warning.

Butte Meadows is on the northwest flank of the fire, which extends to Lake Almanor to the east. The fire has burned an estimated 142,940 acres and is 18 percent contained.

JULY 22, 7:47 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 113,006 acres and is 18 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Pre Prevention reported.

California 70 is closed from Jarbo Gap in Butte County to just west of Quincy in Plumas County. There is no estimated time for reopening.

The fire is expected to continue to move northeast, possibly for another 2 miles to 3 miles. Overnight, relative humidity is expected to drop into the single digits, hampering recovery from the flames.

Eight structures have been destroyed and 1,500 are threatened in Butte and Plumas counties. There are 4,005 fire personnel on the fire.

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for:

  • Greenville and Crescent Mills
  • Round Valley Reservoir, Dixie Canyon, Indian Falls, Long Valley (west of Round Valley), Dixie Canyon south to Indian Falls, south of Indian Falls to the California 70/89 Junction.
  • California 70 at Black Hawk Rd north to the California 70/89 Junction and everything on the western side of California 70, this includes Butterfly Valley, and Black Hawk. due to forward progression and a spot fire made by the #dixiefire.
  • Everything west of California 89/36 Junction, west along the southside of California 36 to the county line.
  • Evacuate northbound to Hwy 147 and then to Chester for Shelter or southbound via Hwy 89 and Hwy 70 to Quincy
  • The east side of Keddie, Round House Road and Old Highway.
  • Chandler Road from California 70 at Chandler Road west to Oakland Camp.

JULY 22, 1:30 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office says the Dixie Fire has destroyed more buildings in the Feather River Canyon, but the Sheriff’s Office has not provided details yet on the numbers and locations.

The Evacuation Warnings (seen in yellow) extend around Lake Almanor to the north and are approaching Greenville and Quincy to the east.

Evacuation warnings and mandatory evacuations around the Dixie Fire in Plumas County.
Evacuation warnings and mandatory evacuations around the Dixie Fire in Plumas County.(Plumas Co. Sheriffs Office)

JULY 21, 8 P.M. The Dixie Fire burning in California’s Plumas and Butte counties has grown to 91,268 acres and remains 15 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported Wednesday evening.

Eight structures have been destroyed and 1,500 are threatened by the fire that started July 13 in the Feather River Canyon.

The fire burned through the day on Wednesday and will remain active overnight as northeast winds will have gusts up to 25 mph.

JULY 21, 10:30 A.M. New evacuation orders have been issued for the west shore of Lake Almanor as the Dixie Fire continues to grow.

The fire started July 13 and has burned 85,479 acres. It is 15 percent contained.

Wednesday’s evacuation order includes Canyon Dam, Prattville, Lake Almanor West.

An evacuation warning has been issued for the Chester and Lake Almanor Peninsula including greater Chester area, Hamilton Branch, Lake Almanor Peninsula, and East Shore.

An evacuation order remains in effect for the Hwy 70 corridor from the Butte/Plumas County line, east to the junction of Hwy 70 and Hwy 89 (The Greenville Wye). Bucks Lake and Meadow Valley.

Fire officials expect the fire to move northeast with the potential for 2 to 3 miles of new growth. Firefighters were engaged in structure defense overnight and continued to strengthen and improve direct and indirect fire line. Crews are now using existing control lines from the Bear and Chip fires.

At least two structures have been lost and more than 800 more remain threatened.

Highway 89 is closed, from the junction with Highway 147 to the junction with Highway 36, due to the fire. There is no estimated time for reopening.

JULY 18: The Dixie Fire in Plumas and Butte counties burning west of the Beckwourth Complex has closed portions of California 70, authorities said Sunday afternoon.

In Plumas County, California 70 is closed at the north junction of California 89.

In Butte County, it is closed 14.3 miles east of the junction of California 191/Jarbo Gap.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported Sunday morning that the Dixie Fire reached 15,074 acres in the Feather River Canyon. It was 15 percent contained.

It started Tuesday. The cause is being investigated. No structures are threatened.

There are 1,669 personnel on the fire as well as 85 fire engines and 17 helicopters.

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