The Dixie Fire near Taylorsville. Photo by InciWeb.

Dixie Fire burns 750,672 acres, 46 percent contained Friday morning

As of Friday morning, the Dixie Fire has burned 750,672 acres and is 46 percent contained.

In the Dixie Fire East Zone, the fire by Janesville and Milford has not seen a change in its footprint. Although smoke continues to be seen, it is all well interior.

According to Operations Section Chief Chad Cook, the fire “this entire piece is looking really good,” adding there were still resources in the area.

There was also progress made in the vicinity of Antelope Lake. Along Genesee Valley Road crews continue to find and extinguish spot fires from the Grizzly spot.

The Grizzly spot fire reached the top of Grizzly Ridge and firefighters are working down the ridge with it to the south, burning as necessary to keep it from moving to the west. This will continue today. Multiple contingency lines have been constructed between Grizzly Ridge and Quincy and Greenhorn. The Grizzly spot continues moving west, but lines are being constructed and improved to protect Taylorsville. Aircraft will continue to work at slowing its movement using both water and retardant as air quality allows.

Moreover, equipment is also working north of Davis Lake on contingency lines. The fire backing down Mt. Jura to the east of Taylorsville has reached the bottom of the valley, the lines have held, and crews will continue mopping up today. Around Dyer Mountain work continues to mop up heat. There has been no movement along  Fruit Growers Blvd. Out towards Storrie, tactical mop up continues.

In the West Zone, light winds along with the start of a warming trend are expected on Friday. Temperatures are forecasted to be above normal through the weekend with poor overnight recoveries and possible single digit RH values. An increase in fire behavior is anticipated with this forecasted hot and dry weather.