The Latest – Wednesday, Sept. 15:
The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said all evacuation warnings related to the Dixie Fire in Plumas County have been lifted.
Original Story Below:
PLUMAS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL/AP) — The Dixie Fire remains 75% contained Wednesday morning as more than 2,400 fire personnel continue to battle the blaze.
California’s largest recorded single wildfire, which started July 13, has burned 960,583 acres — over 1,500 square miles.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ending its region-wide forest closure Wednesday night, two days ahead of schedule.
Cal Fire has transitioned out of unified command on the Dixie Fire. Additional information can be found HERE.
|1,471 — As of Monday||Structures Threatened|
|1,329 (736 Residences) — As of Monday||Structures Destroyed|
During his visit to California Monday, President Joe Biden expressed concern about the connection between climate change and California wildfires.
“We can’t ignore the reality that these wildfires are being supercharged by climate change,” Biden said, noting that catastrophic weather doesn’t strike based on partisan ideology. “It isn’t about red or blue states. It’s about fires, just fires.”
The Dixie Fire merged with the nearby Fly Fire in July. Pacific Gas & Electric has reported to California utility regulators that its equipment may be linked to both fires, adding to the list of major wildfires linked to the utility.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup accused PG&E of downplaying the risk posed by the power line suspected of causing the fire. He said he has received information flagging that troublesome power line as the 11th most dangerous in PG&E’s sprawling service territory.
Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter said that only twice in California history have blazes burned from one side of the Sierra Nevada to the other, with the Caldor and Dixie fires.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control has begun cleanup efforts in communities impacted by the Dixie Fire.
Fire officials reported Wednesday morning that the main focus in the East Zone will again be suppression in the Grizzly Peak and Devil’s Punchbowl areas, in the southeast corner near Dixie Mountain.
Crews will be working to inspect and repair more than 1,500 miles of bulldozer line and 90 miles of handline.
Field damage inspections have concluded, Cal Fire said. At least 1,329 structures have been destroyed, including 736 single and multi-family homes. Ninety-five structures have been damaged.
Officials have a map indicating the status of structures. Click here to view.
The Dixie Fire reduced downtown Greenville to rubble in early August. Plumas County District 2 Supervisor Kevin Goss, along with his community, hopes the town can rebuild through fundraisers and low-interest loans.
Plumas County officials are working with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to find a temporary housing community for the displaced. They hope to have a temporary firehouse in Greenville by Oct. 1.
Marcus Pacheco, an assistant fire engine operator for Lassen National Forest with 30 years of experience, died last week from an unidentified illness. He was assigned to the Dixie Fire burning north of the Caldor Fire, authorities said.
Three firefighters and a fire captain were hospitalized Aug. 7 after a weakened tree fell and struck them, a San Diego County Cal Fire crew reported.
By Tuesday afternoon, 72 Lassen County residents and 30 Shasta County residents were still under evacuation orders, according to Cal OES.
Because evacuation orders and warnings are changing frequently, Cal Fire is directing residents to the social media pages of local law enforcement and forest management.
- Plumas County Sheriff’s Office – Facebook
- Butte County Sheriff’s Office – Facebook
- Lassen County Sheriff’s Office – Facebook
- Tehama County Sheriff’s Department – Facebook
- Shasta County Sheriff’s Office – Facebook
Residents can also sign up for their county’s CodeRed emergency alert system for evacuation information using the links below.
The following location has been listed as evacuation centers:
- Holy Family Catholic Church at 108 Taylor Avenue in Portola, CA in Plumas County [FULL]
- Sparks Convention Center Hall #5 at 4590 South Virginia Street in Reno, NV
Evacuees in need of help can also contact American Red Cross at 855-755-7711.
Residents impacted by the Dixie Fire can obtain general relief supplies like clothing, groceries and personal hygiene items at the following locations:
- Community Assistance Network
176 Lawrence Street, Quincy
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10 a.m. – Noon
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Chester Elks Lodge
164 Main Street, Chester
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
*Beginning Saturday, Sept. 11 through the month of September
*General relief supplies
- Quincy Seventh-Day Adventist Church
2333 Pine Street, Quincy
Wednesdays and Sundays, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
*Beginning Sunday, Sept. 12
*General relief supplies
Officials shared an evacuation map, with areas in red representing mandatory evacuations and the yellow areas being evacuation warning zones.
Returning residents are asked to stay vigilant, Cal Fire warned. Smoke may still be coming from trees and stumps, but residents should call 911 if they grow concerned about active flames.
Road and highway closures are being reported by Caltrans on its website. People traveling in the area should follow egress route directions in the evacuation notification because GPS can lead drivers to hazardous areas, Cal Fire warned.
Officials also advise motorists to call 1-800-427-7623 for highway information.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.