PLUMAS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL/AP) — The Dixie Fire is 55% contained, and continues to spread and prompt evacuations across Plumas, Butte, Tehama and Lassen counties.
Over 4,000 fire personnel are battling California’s largest recorded single wildfire in history, which started July 13. As of Thursday morning, it’s burned 859,457 acres — over 1,342 square miles.
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, both this month, with the Caldor and Dixie fires.
The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday it will temporarily close all California national forests through Sept. 17 to limit the chances of new fires igniting.
More than 12,700 structures remain threatened by the Dixie Fire, Cal Fire reported. At least 1,282 structures have been destroyed, including 688 homes. Ninety-two structures have been damaged.
The numbers reflected may change as crews make progress through the area. Officials are updating a map indicating the current known status of structures. Click here to view the map.
In the Dixie Fire’s West Zone, crews are continuing work in the Lassen Volcanic National Park area to complete containment lines. Cal Fire crews are also working to protect structures in the Janesville, Milford, Buntingville, Herlong and Junction communities near Highway 395.
Cal Fire reported work south of Old Station and at the Highway 44 corridor also continues as they monitor for spot fires.
In the East Zone, fire crews will work to prevent the flames from spreading to the northwest and southeast, Cal Fire reported. Containment lines from Lake Davis to lover Valley will be constructed to keep the flames from spreading east towards Dixie Valley.
Structure protection remains in place in Genesee, Taylorsville, Greenhorn and Cromberg.
Fire crews in the East and West zones are working together to keep the fire from impacting Highway 395. A focus will also be on Grizzly Ridge to keep the fire away from Highway 70.
The Dixie Fire ripped through the town on Greenville in early August, prompting a tearful promise from Rep. Doug LaMalfa, who represents the district impacted by the wildfire.
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.
As of Wednesday evening, 400 Lassen County residents are still ordered to evacuate, as well as 2,120 Plumas County residents and 150 Tehama residents.
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
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
- Sparks Convention Center Hall #5 at 4590 South Virginia Street in Reno, NV
Residents in need of help can also contact American Red Cross at 855-755-7711.
Officials shared an evacuation map, with areas in red representing mandatory evacuations and the yellow areas being evacuation warning zones.
As some evacuation orders are reduced to warnings, returning residents to stay vigilant, Cal Fire warned. Smoke may be coming from trees and stumps in the coming days, 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 Dixie Fire merged with the nearby Fly Fire, which started July 22. Pacific Gas & Electric has reported to California utility regulators that its equipment may be linked to both fires.
PG&E equipment has repeatedly been linked to major wildfires, including the Camp Fire that ravaged the nearby town of Paradise and killed 85 people.
Following a request from California leaders, President Joe Biden declared that a major disaster exists in California and ordered federal aid made available to local governments, agencies and fire victims in Lassen, Nevada, Placer and Plumas counties.