A smoke column rises in the Wards Creek area from the joining of the Grizzly and Walker spot fires. Photo courtesy of InciWeb

Dixie Fire burns 771,183 acres, 48 percent contained Monday morning

As of Monday morning, Aug. 30, the Dixie Fire, which started July 13, has burned 771,183 acres and is 48 percent contained.

Today, crews brace for winds as red flag conditions are expected in some areas this week.

Yesterday, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office issued additional warnings for two new areas:

  • Bogard area north of Hwy 44 from Pittville Rd east to County Rd A21 and north to Blacks Mountain, Harvey Mountain and south of Ashurst Lake – Zones LAS-E035-D,E,F,G
  • West of County Rd A1 from the A21 intersection north to Forest Services Route 32NO2 – Zone LAS-E035-C

The emergency alert zone map can be accessed at: community.zonehaven.com

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In the Dixie Fire East Zone, Red Flag winds and very low relative humidities are expected tomorrow through Tuesday evening. These southwest winds will challenge firefighters on Grizzly Ridge over the next few days as the fire burns actively.

Fire Crews continue to shore up the dozer lines around Grizzly ridge toward the Walker fire scar as dozers lines were constructed all the way up to Antelope Lake.

According to Operations Section Chief Jeff Surber, a line is being built between the Walker fire scar and Lake Davis, and additional contingency lines are in place between the spot and Milford, “In the event the fire continues to move the way it has been.” He continued the fire has been moving about 1 to 2 miles a day.

Everything east of the Genesee Valley remains secure and mop up continues with tactical patrols looking for hot spots.

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From the Genesee Valley into Taylorsville crews continue aggressively mopping up as six extra fire engines were added to the protection zones around structures. Several contingency lines have been added between the fire and Quincy, Greenhorn, and communities further south. Crews continue constructing contingency lines north of Lake Davis to protect the homes.

In the Dixie Fire West Zone, firefighters continue to aggressively fight active fire, as winds increase into the beginning of the week, bringing red flag conditions in some areas, and extreme fire behavior is expected.

Firefighters continue to patrol fire lines, reinforce primary control lines, and establish secondary and contingency lines. Fire continues to burn in steep and rugged terrain.

Cooperating agencies continue to work for the safety of crews, including scouting for roadway repairs, infrastructure needs and removal of dangerous trees and vegetation.