The Latest – Friday, July 23:
The Dixie Fire 167,430 acres and remains at 18% containment. Eight structures have been destroyed and about 7,000 are being threatened.
A State of Emergency was declared by Governor Gavin Newsom in Plumas, Butte and Lassen counties due to the Dixie Fire.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has upgraded the evacuation warning for the Butte Meadows area to an evacuation order.
Original story below.
BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Cal Fire crews are continuing their efforts to contain the Dixie Fire along the burn scar of the disastrous 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County.
The Dixie Fire, burning northeast of Paradise, started July 13. By Friday morning, Cal Fire said the fire grew nearly 30,000 acres overnight and had burned 142,940 acres. It is 18% contained.
Pacific Gas & Electric has reported to California utility regulators that its equipment may have been involved in the fire’s start.
PG&E equipment has repeatedly been linked to major wildfires, including the Camp Fire that ravaged the town of Paradise and killed 85 people.
More than 1,500 structures are threatened by the fire, which is bordered by the Union Pacific Rail Line and Highway 70. Eight structures have been destroyed.
The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said structures have been lost in the Feather River Canyon but could not provide any additional details about the destruction.
Between Thursday and Friday, crews made good progress along the southeast edge toward Bucks Lake as the Dixie Fire continued to move northeast, Cal Fire said. There is potential for the fire to grow two to three miles.
Friday, crews plan to tie the existing fireline into the west shoreline in an attempt to keep the fire north of Bucks Lake.
Crews have had to battle the blaze mostly from the air due to difficult terrain, and narrow roads into the fire area have been closed to all but fire personnel.
In some places where firefighters are not able to access the flames by road, they’re using Union Pacific engines, with water tanks in the front and back. The engines travel the tracks on the west side of the Feather River, which also provides a convenient water source for helicopters.
Monday, the National Weather Service posted a video of what they said was a pyrocumulonimbus cloud over the fire. NASA has called the latter the “fire-breathing dragon of clouds” because they are so hot and big that they create their own weather.
NWS Sacramento also reported seeing lightning strikes that were likely associated with the clouds created by the Dixie Fire.
Cal Fire is directing residents to their county’s CodeRed emergency alert system for evacuation information:
The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said nearly 4,000 Californians, the majority from Plumas County, have had to evacuate due to wildfires in the state.
New evacuations were ordered late Thursday in Plumas County for Greenville and Crescent Mills and Round Valley Reservoir, Dixie Canyon, Indian Falls, Long Valley west of Round Valley, Dixie Canyon south of Indian Falls to the Highway 70/89 junction and Highway 70 at Black Hawk Road, north to the Highway 70/89 junction.
New evacuation warnings were issued for West Quincy, Genesee Valley and the north/eastern parts of Indian Valley.
Officials shared an evacuation map, with areas in red representing mandatory evacuations and the yellow areas being evacuation warning zones.
Lassen National Forest officials have also issued a closure.
Camp Creek Road in Plumas County and Bucks Lake Road from Riverdance west to Mountain House in Butte County are closed. All highway closures are being reported by Caltrans on its website.
The following locations have been listed as evacuation centers:
- Springs of Hope Church, 59 Bell Lane in Quincy, CA
- Memorial Hall, 180 Gay Street in Chester, CA