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Dixie Fire: Aug. 25 - Sept. 1

More than a dozen firefighters in yellow hard hats and jackets trek up a dusty road. There’s an orange “Road Closed” sign in the forefront. The smoke is thick, gray and covering the far background, giving the photo a sepia tint.
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Hand crews walk up Deer Trail in Milford, Calif., on Aug. 21, 2021.

KUNR will be providing updates as they relate to our listening areaPlease continue to this blog for updates starting Sept. 2.

 Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit on Facebook and Twitter, Lassen National Forest on Facebook and Twitter, and Lassen County Sheriffs Office on Facebook. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address.

7:30 p.m. | Sept. 1, 2021

The Dixie Fire is estimated to be more than 847,000 acres and is 52 percent contained.

Several areas in Plumas, Lassen, Tehama and Shasta Counties are under evacuation orders and/or warnings. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address. You can also view the latest incident report from CAL FIRE below, published Wednesday at 7 p.m., which also includes road closures and resources:

A downloadable PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates. Road conditions may change, and updates can be found by visiting the Caltrans website.

Officials are directing evacuees to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Hall #5 at 4590 S. Virginia Street in Reno, NV. And a shelter is available at Holy Family Catholic Church at 108 Taylor Ave. in Portola, CA. There are also animal evacuation centers available:

Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb. CAL FIRE’s information line can be reached at 530-255-4023.

4:52 p.m. | Sept. 1, 2021

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. for the Milford area west (mountain side) of Hwy 395 from Raker Place south to the intersection of County Road A26/Garnier Road (Zones LAS-E010-A, E009-A&B, E001A). Residents in the area should leave immediately.

To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office is recommending Lassen County residents who are evacuating to check in at the American Red Cross shelter at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Hall #5 at 4590 S. Virginia Street in Reno, NV. The American Red Cross is requesting evacuees bring their medication and medical equipment, such as walkers and breathing machines, in addition to clothing for multiple days and any important documents, such as insurance cards.

Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb. CAL FIRE’s information line can be reached at 530-255-4023.

1:55 p.m. | Sept. 1, 2021

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation warning Wednesday at 1 p.m. for the Herlong area north of County Road A25 from Long Valley Creek east to Pole Line Road (Zone LAS-E053-B).

Residents should be alert and prepared in case there are potential evacuation orders in the future; however, according to the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, those who require assistance or have pets and livestock should leave the area now.

Officials are asking residents who are evacuating to use caution, drive with their headlights on and yield to emergency personnel. If you need assistance evacuating, you can call the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at 530-257-6121.

To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address.

Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb. CAL FIRE’s information line can be reached at 530-255-4023.

8:29 a.m. | Sept. 1, 2021

Crews have made significant progress on the Dixie Fire, but risks still remain with red flag conditions in store for another day. Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue says cooking and recreational fires with open flames are strictly prohibited.

The fire is continuing to move southeast toward the Grizzly Ridge area, and southwest winds helped push the fire about two miles northeast as well, but that progression is several miles south of Susanville. Forward progression toward Susanville has slowed and stalled over the last two weeks.

Officials issued new evacuation warnings Tuesday for the Milford Area east of Highway 395 from the Thunder Mountain Road intersection south to County Road A26/Garnier Road. This includes the south side of County road A25 east to, but not including, the Sierra Army Depot.

The Dixie Fire has burned more than 1,318 square miles (844,081 acres) and is 52% contained as of this morning.

downloadable PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

Shelters are set up for evacuees at Holy Family Catholic Church at 108 Taylor Ave. in Portola, CA, and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Hall #5 at 4590 S. Virginia Street in Reno, NV. There are also animal evacuation centers:

Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb. CAL FIRE’s information line can be reached at 530-255-4023.

8:00 p.m. | Aug. 31, 2021

The Dixie Fire is estimated to be more than 819,000 acres and is 49 percent contained.

Several areas in Plumas, Lassen, Tehama and Shasta Counties are under evacuation orders and/or warnings. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address. You can also view the latest incident report from CAL FIRE, published Tuesday at 7 p.m., below:

downloadable PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

12:23 p.m. | Aug. 31, 2021

A mandatory evacuation order was issued Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Plumas County for Beckwourth Genesee Road east through Dixie Valley Road to the Plumas County line and north to the Plumas County line. The order includes Dixie Valley and Frenchman Lake. [Zones PLU 34, PLU 37, PLU 43-A and 43-B]

According to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, anyone in the area should leave immediately with pets and necessary items. Officials are also encouraging evacuees to drive with their lights on and check in with their local shelter.

According to CAL FIRE, new evacuation warnings were issued by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. for the Milford and Herlong area east (lake side) of Hwy 395 from the Thunder Mountain Road intersection south to County Road A26/Garnier Road. This includes the south side of County Road A25 east to (but NOT including) Sierra Army Depot. [Zones LAS-E011-A, E008-A, B, E002-B, C]

To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address.

A shelter is set up for evacuees at Holy Family Catholic Church at 108 Taylor Ave. in Portola, CA. There are also animal evacuation centers:

Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb. CAL FIRE’s information line can be reached at 530-255-4023.

9:58 a.m. | Aug. 31, 2021

The Dixie Fire is estimated to be more than 807,000 acres and remains at 48 percent containment.

Several areas in Plumas, Lassen, Tehama and Shasta Counties are under evacuation orders and/or warnings. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address. You can also view the latest incident report from CAL FIRE, published Tuesday at 7 a.m., below:

A downloadable PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

A shelter is set up for evacuees at Holy Family Catholic Church at 108 Taylor Ave. in Portola, CA.

NOTE: The shelters at Lassen High School, Lassen Community College, Springs of Hope Church and Los Molinos Veterans Hall have closed.

There are also animal evacuation centers:

Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb. CAL FIRE’s information line can be reached at 530-255-4023.

7:35 p.m. | Aug. 30, 2021

The Dixie Fire is estimated to be more than 777,000 acres and is 48 percent contained.

Several areas in Plumas, Lassen, Tehama and Shasta Counties are under evacuation orders and/or warnings. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address. You can also view the latest incident report from CAL FIRE, published Monday at 7 p.m., below:

downloadable PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb. CAL FIRE’s information line can be reached at 530-255-4023.

7:49 a.m. | Aug. 30

Extreme fire behavior is forecast for today and tomorrow, as strong, gusty winds and dry conditions will challenge firefighters battling the Dixie Fire.

Crews plan to strengthen and secure lines around Grizzly Ridge all the way to Antelope Lake. Everything east of the Genesee Valley remains secure, and firefighters have added several additional containment lines between the fire and Quincy, Greenhorn and communities further south.

Additionally, progress of the blaze toward Susanville has stalled over the last several days.

As of this morning, the Dixie Fire is 48% contained.

downloadable PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

9:10 a.m. | Aug. 29

Crews working the Dixie Fire were able to secure everything east of the Genesee Valley, and mop up operations are underway for the Taylorsville area. But, gusty winds are expected later today, which will bring increased fire danger and more smoke to western Nevada.

The Dixie Fire has burned more than 1,186 square miles, and is 48% contained.

Dixie Fire Incident Update 8.29 by KUNR Reno Public Radio on Scribd

A PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

8:45 a.m. | Aug. 28, 2021

The Dixie Fire southwest of Susanville grew by another 6,284 acres overnight, primarily in the northwestern and southeastern portions of the fire area. Crews worked to secure containment lines around structures from the Genesee Valley into the community of Taylorsville.

Many are now working on contingency lines north of Lake Davis as stronger winds are forecast for Saturday, before picking up speed Sunday.

As of this morning, the Dixie Fire is 48% contained.

A PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

7:30 p.m. | Aug. 27, 2021

The Dixie Fire is estimated to be more than 752,000 acres and is 47 percent contained.

Several areas in Plumas, Butte, Lassen, Tehama and Shasta Counties are under evacuation orders and/or warnings. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address. You can also view the latest incident report from CAL FIRE, published Friday at 7 p.m., below:

A PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

9:30 a.m. | Aug. 27, 2021

The Dixie Fire grew by 3,581 acres overnight, with the blaze mostly growing in the northwestern and southeastern perimeters. Forward progress toward Susanville has been stalled for the last several days.

Shelters at the Lassen Community College in Susanville and the Springs of Hope Church in Quincy have been closed.

The Dixie Fire has burned more than 1,172 square miles and is 46% contained.

Dixie Fire Update 08.27 by KUNR Reno Public Radio on Scribd

PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

Several shelters have been set up for evacuees:

NOTE: The shelters at Lassen High School, Lassen Community College and Springs of Hope Church have closed.

There are also animal evacuation centers:

Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb. CAL FIRE’s information line can be reached at 530-255-4023.

7:52 p.m. | Aug. 26, 2021

The Dixie Fire is estimated to be more than 749,000 acres and remains at 45 percent containment.

Several areas in Plumas, Butte, Lassen, Tehama and Shasta Counties are under evacuation orders and/or warnings. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address. You can also view the latest incident report from CAL FIRE, published Thursday at 7 p.m., below:

A PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

1:04 p.m. | Aug. 26, 2021

Some evacuation warnings have been lifted in the areas impacted by the Dixie Fire.

Evacuation warnings have been lifted for:

  • Janesville, west of Highway 395 from the Bass Hill area south to Janesville Grade
  • Janesville and Milford east of Highway 395 from the Thunder Mountain Road intersection south to the Flux Road intersection

8:45 a.m. | Aug. 26, 2021

Crews battling the Dixie Fire have been busy protecting structures in the Genesee Valley and the community of Taylorsville.

Derek Williams is the incident meterologist for the Dixie Fire. He said temperatures are expected to rise over the next few days, and conditions will get drier in the afternoons. But, the forecast isn't all bad.

"The winds do lighten up considerably on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and that should help containment efforts at the least," he said.

Even as firefighters contain the large blazes we've already seen this year, Williams said there are more on the way.

"Well, I would say we're in it for the long haul," he said. "There's a lot of fires out there across the West."

As of this morning, The Dixie Fire has burned more than 1,167 square miles and is 45% contained.

Dixie Fire Incident Update 8.26 7AM by KUNR Reno Public Radio on Scribd

A PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE's official incident website for updates.

Several shelters have been set up for evacuees:

NOTE: The shelter at Lassen High School has closed.

There are also animal evacuation centers:

Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb. CAL FIRE’s information line can be reached at 530-255-4023.

7:58 p.m. | Aug. 25, 2021

The Dixie Fire is estimated to be more than 742,000 acres and is 45 percent contained.

Several areas in Plumas, Butte, Lassen and Tehama Counties are under evacuation orders and/or warnings. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address. You can also view the latest incident report from CAL FIRE, published Wednesday at 7 p.m., below:

PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

8:15 a.m. | Aug. 25, 2021

Firefighters battling the Dixie Fire Tuesday focused on protecting the community of Taylorsville, southwest of Susanville in Indian Valley. An extensive plumbing operation took place, so residents in Taylorsville now have hose lines and running water. Today, crews on the east side are prioritizing the Grizzly Ridge area, where spot fires sparked Tuesday afternoon.

Overall, the Dixie Fire has burned more than 1,146 square miles, and is 43% contained as of this morning.

Several areas in Plumas, Butte, Lassen and Tehama Counties are under evacuation orders and/or warnings. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address. You can also view the latest incident report from CAL FIRE, published Wednesday at 7 a.m., below:

A PDF version of this incident report can be found here, and you can continue to CAL FIRE’s official incident website for updates.

Several shelters have been set up for evacuees:

NOTE: The shelter at Lassen High School has closed.

There are also animal evacuation centers:

Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb. CAL FIRE’s information line can be reached at 530-255-4023.

Michele Ravera joined KUNR in 2014 as a volunteer and was added to the part-time broadcast staff in October 2015.
Noah Glick is a former content director and host at KUNR Public Radio.
Lucia Starbuck is a corps member with Report for America focusing on community reporting and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local community issues are her passion, including the affordable housing crisis, homelessness, a lack of access to healthcare, protests and challenges facing vulnerable communities in northern Nevada.
Crystal (she/her/hers) is a digital editor and joined the KUNR team in 2020. She enjoys leading a viewer through her work by providing well-balanced visuals that tell a story.
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