A smoke column develops by Grizzly Peak yesterday, Sept. 1. Photo from Plumas National Forest

Dixie Fire burns 859,457 acres, 55 percent contained

Crews from both zones of the fire are continuing to work to keep the Dixie Fire from impacting Highway 395 again after the fire made a strong push toward the Milford area yesterday, prompting new evacuation orders and warnings from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office.

As of Thursday morning, Sept. 2, the fire has burned 859,457 acres and containment increased to 55 percent.

In the Dixie Fire West Zone, fire activity reduced slightly over night. The West Zone and East Zone are working collaboratively to keep the fire from impacting Highway 395.

Many resources and equipment will be working aggressively along Highway 395 to establish containment and provide structure protection in and around the communities of Janesville, Milford, Buntingville, Herlong and Junction.

Crews continue to establish direct and indirect containment lines south of Old Station and along Highway 44 monitoring for spot fires across the highway while protecting critical fiber optic cable. The remainder of the fire continued to smolder and consume heavier materials and interior islands.

Crews will continue to complete lines in steep and rugged terrain in the Lassen Volcanic National Park using direct attack and air operations when and where possible.

Southwest winds are predicted to continue a downward trend with only a few wind gusts up to 20 mph predicted this afternoon.

In the Dixie Fire East Zone, Crews will work closely with the West Zone today to keep fire that made a strong run to the northeast yesterday from impacting Milford and Highway 395.

Efforts will include constructing direct and indirect containment lines where there are opportunities to reduce spread to the northwest and southeast. Dozer line from Lake Davis to Clover Valley, and then further north, will be constructed to keep fire from spreading east towards Dixie Valley.

To keep the fire away from Highway 70 corridor, crews will continue focusing on extending dozer line down Grizzly Ridge and tie into the shore of Lake Davis. Structure protection remains in place within Genesee, Taylorsville,Greenhorn, and Cromberg.