Terrain
Satellite
OSM
Dixie-Jumbos
FIRE
37,161
acres
40.3 mi
SE of Grangeville, ID
18%
contained
Fire Status:
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
1 hour, 33 mins ago
Incident #:
2021-NWCG-7608
Fire Start:
Monday, July 5, 2021 6:45 AM MDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 1 day ago

Incident Photo for the Dixie-Jumbos Fire

As of 6 a.m. (PDT) July 8, Doug Turman’s Type 1 Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Dixie and Jumbo Fires.  The team is developing an aggressive suppression strategy, factoring in the large national competition for incident resources, current environmental conditions, topography, and predicted weather patterns in the coming days. Firefighting resources are still actively engaged in suppression operations on the Dixie Fire, located 40 miles southeast of Grangeville and 15 miles south of Elk City, near the community of Dixie.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning
Date of Origin:
Monday, July 5, 2021 12:45 PM MDT
Location:
Just north of Dixie town, Idaho
Incident Commander:
Doug Turman's Type 1 Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team 2
Incident Description:
Wildland Fire
Coordinates:
45.586, -115.444

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
524
Size (Acres):
37,161
Containment:
18%
Estimated Containment Date:
Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Timber (Grass and Understory)

Fire is burning in mixed conifer and lodgepole stands with 40-60% standing dead in some stands. Old fire scars with heavy down fuels are slowing the fire but are not a barrier to fire spread. At the upper elevations spruce and subalpine fir pockets allow spread through torching and spotting. Lower elevation
areas consist of ponderosa pine and dry Douglas fir with grass understory. In steep terrain rolling burning material aids in fire spread and created hazardous conditions.
Significant Events:
Active
Group Torching
Uphill Runs
Short-range Spotting

Fuels are unseasonably dry and this continues to support fire spread in continuous fuels. Terrain an fuel-driven runs occurring in heavy mixed conifer stands.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Crews will continue direct attack on spots and holding on the north portion of the fire along Jack Mountain road and Road 421 in the Mallard Creek area continuing to work to keep fire from becoming established north or east of these areas. Continue to maintain access/egress to the communities of Dixie, Comstock, Black Diamond, Mallard and Whitewater ranches. Perform structure protection as needed. Continue to implement and prepare fuel breaks along the west and south sides of the communities of Dixie, Comstock, and Black Diamond to minimize fire spread. Continue to prepare structures and conduct tactical firing operations near structures in the Salmon River Corridor and the communities of Comstock, Black Diamond.

Continue to utilize aviation resources as needed to increase the possibility for success.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours:

Northwest winds will be generally favorable along the northern portion of the fire. Fire continues to spread in the unburned continuous timber stands with a high percentage of standing dead. Fine dead fuels on recently killed trees continue to aid in single and group tree torching. Spotting distance .2 to .5 miles could compromise control lines with the higher wind gusts. Fire along the Salmon river will continue to spread in fine fuels from roll out and uphill
runs. Overnight strong thermal belts and diurnal winds continue to affect the spread of the fire across the fire area.

24 hours:

Lower RHs and continued warm temps will increase fine fuels availability for combustion, increasing fire behavior. Dry fuels will aid in potential for fire spread in all directions and increase the torching and short crown runs in the heavy canopies with the high percentage of standing dead trees. Overnight strong thermal belts and diurnal winds continue to affect the spread of the fire across the fire area.

48 hours:
Warm and dry weather will continue to increase fuel availability for combustion, increasing fire behavior. The fine fuels are available and surface fire will transition into the canopies and initiate short crown runs in those portions of the fire that have active fire and a high percentage of dead standing trees.


72 hours:

Thunderstorms could cause unpredictable growth due to outflow winds and active fire on several portions of the fire combined with dry and available fuels. Regional smoke will continue to influence fire behavior.



Anticipated after 72 hours:

Thunderstorms could cause unpredictable growth due to outflow winds and active fire on several portions of the fire combined with dry and available fuels. Regional smoke will continue to influence fire behavior.
Remarks:
Fire is being co-managed with the Jumbo Fire to the west. The Jumbo Fire is located in Wilderness and is 1,967 acres and zero % contained.

Firefighters will continue to monitor fire behavior with aviation and respond if fire activity increases.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Today winds were more variable than yesterday but still
predominantly from the northwest around 5-10 mph gusting to near 15 mph. Temperatures were in the mid 70s to mid 80s and minimum humidities were
near 15-25% near the fire. The fire will continue to experience dry afternoon humidities with precipitation remaining out of the forecast through early next week.
Temperatures will be slightly warmer Friday and again on Saturday before another round of hot weather settles in for a few days starting Sunday. Minimum humidities Saturday will be around 15-25% with very similar winds out of the north-northwest 6-10 mph gusting to near 15 mph.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Dixie Fire Information
Email: 2021.dixie@firenet.gov
Phone: 208-207-7417
Fire Unit Information
Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536