The Latest – Monday, Aug. 6
As of Monday evening, the Dixie Fire has burned 914,655 acres and is at 58% containment.
Cal Fire says the blaze is still very active, burning from the Lassen Volcanic National Park to the Pacific Coast Trail and up to the Hat Creek drainage where it is tied into Badger Flats. The fire in that area is expected to slowly burn into itself Monday night, according to Cal Fire.
Original story below.
PLUMAS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL/AP) — The Dixie Fire was 57% contained Monday morning as it continued to spread and prompt evacuations across Plumas, Butte, Tehama, Shasta and Lassen counties.
Nearly 4,000 fire personnel are battling California’s largest recorded single wildfire in history, which started July 13. As of Monday morning, it’s burned 910,495 acres — over 1,400 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.
Marcus Pacheco, an assistant fire engine operator for Lassen National Forest with 30 years of experience, died on Thursday. He was assigned to the Dixie Fire burning north of the Caldor Fire, authorities said.
Other details weren’t immediately released.
The U.S. Forest Service announced it will temporarily close all California national forests through Sept. 17 to limit the chances of new fires igniting.
Nearly 6,000 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, Cal Fire reported that the fire continued to burn out in thick brush and was moderated settling smoke.
Cal Fire said the Lassen Volcanic National Park, Old Station communities and Highway 395 encampment areas are a priority.
In the East Zone, the southern area’s fire behavior remains extreme, spreading south and east, Cal Fire reported. The Ross Canyon area is very active.
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 Friday afternoon, 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.
Pacific Gas and Electric 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.