Fire crews from all over are setting up camp in Susanville as they battle the Dixie Fire.

Dixie Fire reaches 490,205 acres Tuesday evening, 27 percent contained

Crews are taking into account the upcoming hot temperatures and potential for thunderstorms as they continue to battle the Dixie Fire.

As of Tuesday evening, 490,205 acres have burned, and the wildfire is 27 percent contained.

According to the evening East Zone video update, “Crews were aggressive and they got around from China Gulch and they got about two miles of line there,” said Operations Section Chief Jake Cagle, adding they’re going to continue utilize the Diamond Mountain Road.

In the Lone Rock area to the Sheep Fire, “It’s all tied in.”

Crews are assessing the area for possible structure impacts.

In the Hunts Canyon area, Cagle said, the fire passed dozer line earlier this evening and was backing down the hill.

In the Hamilton Mountain area, crews are making a contingency plan off Highway 36 and tying it into the Sheep scar as a “catcher’s mitt.”

Around Dyer Mountain, the line was completed from Old Hauns Road to Mountain Meadows Reservoir. Crews will assess the situation tonight to see if conditions will allow firing options.

The live evening update focusing on the West Zone of the fire had some streaming issues due to limited internet, and they were working on posting a clear version.

According to the written evening update:

Dixie Fire West Zone – Crews worked aggressively throughout the day to extinguish hot spots and improve containment lines. Heavy smoke settled in the area reducing visibility. High temperatures, gusty winds and dry vegetation still have the potential to fuel fire growth. Weather is forecasted to become hotter and dryer with isolated thunderstorms late in the week. Evacuation Warnings and Evacuation Orders are changing every day, please see below for information affecting your area.

Dixie Fire East Zone – Crews encountered increased fire behavior in the northeast perimeter by Coyote Peak, China Gulch, and Dyer Mountain when temperatures rose, and the southwest afternoon winds returned. The ongoing drought experienced has contributed to tree and vegetation mortality, and increasing fire behavior. This weather pattern is expected to continue in the upcoming days as temperatures will reach triple digits with erratic winds and potential for dry thunderstorms.

Single Residences Destroyed: 547
Single Residences Damaged: 39
Multiple Residences Destroyed: 8
Multiple Residences Damaged: 4
Non-residential Commercial Destroyed: 131
Non-residential Commercial Damaged: 8
Other Minor Structures Destroyed: 333
Other Minor Structures Damaged: 18
Mixed Commercial/Residential Destroyed: 8