77.3 mi
N of Sacramento, CA
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
36 mins, 31 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 10:15 AM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 3 hours, 44 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Dixie Fire

Yesterday the Dixie Fire experienced significant growth and very challenging fire conditions. Extreme fire behavior is expected again today. Atmospheric conditions are less stable and therefore large pyrocumulus clouds are expected to develop over the fire increasing the potential for spot fires and rapid fire growth. The Dixie Fire remains in Unified Command, with two teams overseeing the fire: CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 on the West Zone and California Interagency Incident Command Team 2 on the East Zone.

The Dixie Fire is over 190,000 acres with 21% containment and the Fly Fire is 4,300 acres with 5% containment. There are over 5,000 fire personnel combined fighting the two fires.

The East Zone of the Dixie Fire was impacted by extreme fire behavior yesterday. The fire burned into the Greenville Wye and burned across both Highway 70 and Highway 89. Firefighters engaged immediately in structure protection in nearby communities. The communities of Paxton and Indian Falls were the most severely impacted. Several strike teams of engines were in the area fighting to protect structures as the fire intensified. They remained in the area overnight as the fire remained active.

The Fly Fire and the Dixie Fire have burned together. The Fly Fire has run to the top of Mt. Hough and is now expected to back down the mountain to the northeast. Preparations made around the communications infrastructure on the mountain top were successful in preventing fire damage. Firefighters are preparing fireline southwest of Taylorsville to protect the community as the fire advances. They are also working on dozer line across the top of the fire and burning operations may be necessary to protect the communities in this area. Firefighters will also be working at establishing fireline from Bucks Lake toward Twain. As conditions become safer a damage assessment team will survey the area to determine the extent of structure damage.

The West Zone of the Dixie Fire remained active overnight, with uphill runs, shortrange spotting and rollout. Critically low fuel moistures and recordsetting Energy Release Components (ERC) have caused difficulty in suppressing the fire spread. The fire continues to burn in a remote area with limited access, and extended travel times with steep terrain are hampering control efforts. A second incident base, in Westwood, has been established to support logistical needs of the fire.    

For Evacuation Orders, Warnings and Road Closures go to:

Butte County

Butte County Website: www.buttecounty.net

Sheriff Website: www.buttecounty.net/sheriffcoroner

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

Sheriff Twitter: @ButteSheriff

Sheriff’s Call Center: (530) 552-3010

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

Plumas County

Per the Plumas County Sheriff's Office

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

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

Sheriff Dixie Fire Information: 

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

Tehama County
Evacuation map:  https://tehama.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=a9c3ebafce0b4a36ad6031964fb5251f

Forest Service Closure Orders

Plumas National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd933377.pdf

Lassen National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/FSEPRD933188.pdf

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:
Saturday, July 31, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Chaparral (6 feet)
Significant Events:
Uphill Runs
Short-range Spotting
Single Tree Torching

Fire remained active overnight with uphill runs and short range spotting. Spotting and rollout continue to be a control issue for resources. The Dixie fire merged with the fly fire.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Construct direct and indirect line to secure fire perimeter.

Construct contingency lines.

Provide structure defense in communities at risk.
Projected Incident Activity:
Fire continues to move North and NorthEast mainly in divisions H, J, L, M, N, O and T with the
potential for 2-3 miles of new growth. The eastern zone of the fire will continue to burn towards Greenville and Crescent Mills.
California Interagency Incident management team 2 (CIIMT 2) has command of the East Zone.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
The leading edge of a monsoonal moisture push will begin to
approach the area on Sun increasing the potential for large pyrocumulus or cumulonimbus development over the fire area Sun afternoon and evening. Afternoon SW winds will increase to 20-30 mph along ridges on Mon. Thunderstorm chances will increase Mon through Thu as
monsoonal moisture surges push
across the area.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Dixie Incident Public Information
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