According to a statement from the U.S. Forest Service Wednesday, Oct. 6, the Dixie Fire has consumed 963,309 acres, is 94 percent contained and a total of 1. 612 personnel are battling the blaze.
Western Zone update
Despite continued dry and windier conditions, the West Zone of the Dixie Fire saw no increased fire growth yesterday. Firefighters responded to two smoke reports in the Silver Lake area. Both hot spots were well inside the perimeter of the fire and were mopped-up. Firefighters doing fire suppression repair found little residual heat while breaking apart fireline berms of soil, stumps and limbs.
On Tuesday afternoon two helicopters assigned to the Dixie Fire assisted Lassen National Forest personnel in attacking a new fire west of Eagle Lake near Cave Mountain. That fire was caught at 15 acres and is well outside of the Dixie Fire footprint.
Cooler cloudier weather is expected to reduce fire behavior through the remainder of the week. Some resources that have been dedicated to patrolling and initial attack duties will be reassigned beginning today to mop-up, hazard tree felling and fire suppression repair. This will increase the pace of this important work and will allow resources to begin repair work in additional areas of the fire as prioritized by resource advisors and agency representatives.
Firefighters will continue to be available should any new fire starts occur.
Cooler, cloudier and moister weather and decreasing winds began developing Tuesday afternoon. This trend is predicted to persist through Saturday. There is a chance of precipitation this week, however amounts are forecast to be minimal. Today’s winds are predicted to be southwesterly, with maximum speeds of 10-15 miles-per-hour. Today’s predicted high temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s, with a minimum humidity around 30 percent.
In the Lassen Volcanic National Park, 8 miles of the park highway from the southwest entrance and 1 mile from the northwest entrance are open. The highway remains closed elsewhere in the park.
For more information visit nps.gov/lavo/learn/nature/dixie-fire.htm
A closure order remains in effect for some areas of the Lassen National Forest and Plumas National Forest. For more information, visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7690/ or visit our interactive forest closure map at arcg.is/1re8my0/
East Zone information
For the East Zone update, visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7690/.