The remnants from the Dixie Fire in the Plumas National Forest. Photo Courtesy of InciWeb

Dixie Fire burns 487,764 acres, 25 percent contained Tuesday morning

The Dixie Fire continues to have active areas overnight, but crews continued to increase some containment on the wildfire that has blanketed the area with smoke and forced thousands to evacuate their homes throughout Lassen, Plumas and nearby counties.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire has burned 487,764 acres and is 25 percent contained.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place for Lassen County.

Nearly 900 structures have been destroyed as the blaze tore through communities like Greenville and Canyon Dam, and 61 sustained damage. 16,035 structures remained threatened.

Dixie Fire West Zone – Fire remained active overnight due to low humidity recovery. Heavy smoke settled in the area reducing visibility. Southwest winds will average 16 mph with a 10% cloud cover. Fire behavior will be wind driven with fire growth to the northeast. Crews will continue to concentrate on structure defense, mopping up areas of probable concern, strengthening existing control lines, and focusing on multiple contingency lines. Evacuation Warnings and Evacuation Orders are constantly changing, please see below for information affecting your area

Dixie Fire East Zone – Crews experienced mild temperatures overnight with high relative humidity providing favorable conditions to continue reinforcing containment lines. At the Evans Peak and Buffalo Ranch area, firefighters were focused on suppression as fire behavior picked up from late afternoon. Smokey conditions returned in the early morning and limited visibility for crews.