Dixie Fire burns 18K acres, 15% containment; evacuations ordered

California

Firefighters spray water from Union Pacific Railroad’s fire train while battling the Dixie Fire in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Friday, July 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Latest – Sunday, July 18:

An evacuation center in Butte County has been established at Nazarene Church at 2238 Montevista Avenue in Oroville.


Original story below:

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — The Dixie Fire continues to burn in Butte and Plumas counties fueled by strong winds and high heat.

Cal Fire officials announced Sunday morning that the blaze has destroyed 18,702 acres and is 15% contained.

Evacuation orders are still in effect for the following areas:

  • Plumas County
    • High Lakes
      • Recreational area of Plumas County east of the Butte/Plumas County line
      • Communities of Bucks Lake ,Meadow Valley and Highway 70 corridor from Rich Bar to Twain
    • Plumas/Butte County line, east to the Rock Creek Dam
      • Includes both sides of Highway 70 in the areas of Rock Creek, Storrie, and Tobin.
  • Butte County
    • Jonesville and Philbrook areas

Evacuation warnings are active in Plumas County in the area east of Rock Creek Dam to Caribou, including both sides of Highway 70 and the communities of Belden and Caribou. A warning is also active in Butte County for the Butte Meadows and Inskip areas.

The fire continues to ignite vegetation along the Feather River Canyon and Cal Fire officials say firefighters worked through Saturday night to find a direct line to the blaze and put out core hotspots.

Since the fire is burning in a remote area of the county, fire crews are impeded by steep terrain, causing delays in travel and “challenges with containment,” according to Cal Fire’s release.

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been destroyed.

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