81.4 mi
N of Sacramento, CA
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
2 weeks ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:15 PM PDT
Timber (Grass and Understory) Chaparral (6 feet)
Primary Fire Agency

County/Local — Butte County Fire Department

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 7 hours, 20 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Dixie Fire

Dixie Fire West Zone
Fire continues to move toward control lines burning unburned interior islands and ridges. Steep terrain, heavy fuel loading, and wind in alignment with canyons is making control difficult. Fire activity continued into the evening hours following local winds and topography with active uphill runs, flanking, and single tree torching. Hot conditions will persist this afternoon across the fire area. Winds are beginning to respond with southerly and westerly winds becoming more prevalent gusting up to 20 mph. Afternoon humidity will continue to plummet into the teens across many locations. Crews continue to fight fire aggressively, construct and reinforce control lines, and protect structures. Mop up efforts have begun where appropriate.

Dixie Fire East Zone
The fire grew north with active burning due to Red Flag weather conditions yesterday afternoon. No additional structure damage has been reported. Mandatory evacuation orders have been updated to include areas north of Greenville and Lake Almanor. Overnight poor relative humidity recovery and dry conditions contributed to fire activity while crews monitored and patrolled the fire perimeter. Today hot, dry and windy conditions are predicted with a Red Flag warning in effect at 1 pm until Thursday at 8 pm. Active fire behavior is expected with strong, gusty winds. Today crews are building direct, indirect and contingency lines where
the fire is active. Firefighters will be mopping up and patrolling the rest of the perimeter of the east zone diligently checking for fire movement.

For more information on the Dixie Fire visit the following links:

  • CAL FIRE https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents
  • USFS Information https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7690/

7pm Virtual Community Meeting Facebook Live & Zoom Thursday and Saturday
CAL FIRE/Butte County: https://www.facebook.com/CALFIREButteCo

Zoom - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81721688745
Dixie Fire Structure Status Map (CAL FIRE) https://tinyurl.com/2m9en9t4Plumas
County Recovery Information https://tinyurl.com/c8c8s5rd

Plumas County

Plumas County Website: https://www.plumascounty.us

Sheriff Website: https://plumascounty.us/587/Sheriff-Coroner

Sheriff Dixie Fire Information: https://tinyurl.com/2t3kuv69

Sheriff Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plumascountysheriff

Plumas National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas

Plumas County Recovery Information: https://tinyurl.com/c8c8s5r

Butte County

Butte County Website: http://www.buttecounty.net/

Sheriff Website: http://www.buttecounty.net/sheriffcoroner

Sheriff Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcsonews

Sheriff Twitter: @ButteSheriff Evacuation Map: https://tinyurl.com/4nm69873

Lassen County
Lassen County Web site: http://www.co.lassen.ca.us

Sheriff Website: https://tinyurl.com/sy9frpx6

Sheriff Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LassenSheriff

Lassen National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lassen

Tehama County

Tehama County Website: https://www.co.tehama.ca.us/

Sheriff Website: https://tehamaso.org/

Sheriff Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/b8n26knm

Tehama Alert: https://tehamaso.org/tehama-alert/

Tehama Evacuation Map: https://tinyurl.com/2adkfcm8   

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Under Investigation
Date of Origin:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:15 PM PDT
Feather River Canyon near Cresta Powerhouse
Incident Commander:
CALFIRE Incident Management Team 1/California Interagency Incident Management Team 2
Incident Description:
39.819, -121.419

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, August 13, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)

Fuel moistures are historically low, ERCs and BI are in the 97-99%
Significant Events:
Group Torching
Long-range Spotting

High risk burn environment over the next few operational periods due to a Red Flag Warning starting 1300 today, 8/4, through 2200 tomorrow, 8/5. Expect fire behavior to include wind driven runs, surface fire, group tree torching with high spotting potential. DIV O has the highest probability of large fire spread. Open line in DIV N has seen little movement due to the Chips Fire burn scar. Potential for rollout, up drainage movement and spotting due to SW-NE drainage alignment. Fire activity increases at approximately 1400-1500. Open line is subject to forecasted SW winds and increased spotting potential. Fuel moistures remain critically low both live and dead. Energy Release Component is above the 97th percentile and climbing. All thresholds for the Plumas Central have been exceeded.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Construct direct and indirect line to secure fire perimeter.
Construct contingency lines in both zones.
Provide structure defense in communities at risk: Chester, Hwy 36 corridor, Hwy 89 Corridor, Paxton,
Greenville, Jonesville, Crescent Mills, Taylorsville, Prattville, Canyondam, Butte Meadows, Bucks Lake, Meadows Valley, Rush Creek and Greater Almanor area.
Continue tactical patrol in the communities impacted by fire.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Fire continues to move towards controls lines burning unburned interior islands and ridges. Steep terrain, heavy fuel loading, and wind in alignment with canyons is making control difficult. On West Zone fire is actively burning in division L after spotting across the control line. Its currently threatening structures along the Hwy 36, 89 corridors, West Lake Almanor Area, and impacting surrounding areas. The mill in Chester is currently threatened. On the East Zone expected area to grow is divisions M, N, O, and P. Red flag warning in effect from 1Pm 8/4/2021 to 8Pm 8/5/2021.
California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (CIIMT 4) is in command of the East Zone.

State DPA: 11301
Federal DPA: 267198

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Critical Fire Weather prevailed across the fire today. Southwesterly wind gusted up to around 35 MPH while relative humidity dropped to the 7-12% range. A RED FLAG WARNING went into effect at 100 PM due to these expected critical fire weather conditions.

Fore tonight, the southwesterly winds are expected to diminish after sunset with gusts 10-15 MPH across the ridges and light and variable winds at lower elevations. However, humidity recovery will be poor. On Thursday, the winds will once again increase from the southwest with gusts up to 30 MPH. At the same time, relative humidity will once again drop into the teens and upper single digits. So, CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER conditions will continue through Thursday evening.

Observed Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny with smoke.
Wind Speed / Max. Gust Southwest 8-12 mph gusts 18-24 mph
Temp 88 to 96.
Direction Southwest
RH 9-18%
Forecasted Weather for Weds Operational Period
Wind Speed / Max. Gust Sustained 15 mph gusts 30-40 mph Weds afternoon/evening.
Temp 85-95
Direction Southwest
RH 8-18%

West Zone:
Red Flag Warning continues through 9 pm Thursday. Gusty southwest winds challenged the fire today. These conditions along with an unstable airmass will continue tonight into Thursday morning. On Thursday the main dry cold front will pass over the region as winds turn to westerly Thursday afternoon. This will be the first westerly wind push the fire has felt in awhile. Temperatures will remain warm in the 80s with continued dry humidity values in the upper single digits and teens. By Thursday night winds will turn to a northeast direction bringing yet another wind shift to the fire though speeds should be light.

Observed Weather Conditions: Smoke with plume dominated fire. Otherwise sunny.
Wind Speed / Max. Gust Southwest 8-12 mph gusts 18-24 mph
Temp 82 to 92
Direction Southwest
RH 9-18%
Forecasted Weather for Thursday Operational Period
Wind Speed / Max. Gust Sustained 10-12 mph gusts 20-30 mph Thursday afternoon
Temp 85-95
Directions: Southwest through midday then Westerly in the afternoon.
RH 9-18%

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Dixie Incident Public Information West Zone
Email: 2021.dixie.ca@firenet.gov
Phone: 530-538-7826
Hours: all day
Fire Unit Information
Lassen National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2550 Riverside Ave
Susanville, CA 96130

Dispatch Contact

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection | Sacramento, CA