Caltrans issues Dixie Fire emergency work update

Dixie Fire emergency work continues into the winter season along highways 8, 70, 36, 44 and S 147. This work includes emergency efforts by Caltrans and its contractors as well as permitted work by other agencies.


Highway 89

Helicopter operations are planned to begin next week on Highway 89 to help expedite debris removal and recovery efforts. Beginning Dec. 6, motorists should plan for up to 45-minute delays south of Greenville, Monday through Saturday during daytime hours. Longer delays at this location are currently anticipated for one week.

During this time, motorists can expect up to 15-minute delays on Highway 89 just north of Greenville near Wolf Creek. Once helicopter operations are completed at the southern end of Highway 89, these operations and longer delays will flip-flop locations. The current 1-hour cumulative delay on Highway 89 between the Greenville Wye and Canyondam remain in effect.


Highway 70

Caltrans and contractors continue emergency work on Highway 70 between the Greenville Wye and Quincy, with up to 15-minute delays Monday through Saturday during daytime hours. This work is anticipated to be completed in the next few days.

Following this work, permitted PG&E work will start on Highway 70 between the Greenville Wye and Quarry Road (west of Quincy), with up to 15-minute delays Monday through Saturday. This work is currently anticipated through the end of this month.


Permitted PG&E work

Permitted PG&E work also continues on Highway 70 between the Butte/Plumas County line and the Greenville Wye, with up to 15-minute delays at various locations, seven days a week. This area is within the current Highway 70 slide closure.


Highway 36

Expect 20-minute maximus delays west of the Highway 36/89 junction.


Highway 44

Expect 20-minute maximus delays during daytime hours.


Caltrans District 2 and our contractors thank the local communities and the traveling public for their continued patience as this vital recovery effort continues into the winter season.

Reduce speed and use caution when traveling through and approaching the work zone.

Construction projects are subject to changes without prior notice. Caltrans and its contractors do our best to keep the public informed.

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Project information can also be found on the District 2 webpage. The public can also call 225-3426 during working hours or send an email to

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