Dixie Fire update, Friday, Oct. 8

According to a statement from the U.S. Forest Service on Friday, Oct. 8, the Dixie Fire has consumed 963,309 acres, is 94 percent contained and a total of 1,619 personnel are battling the blaze.

Yesterday, firefighters continued patrolling the West Zone perimeter of the Dixie Fire. Crews worked on suppression repair along Highways 44 and 89 and on dozer lines north of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Firefighters on the 10 Road near Silver Lake used chippers to shred and disperse limbs and brush as part of the suppression repair in that area.

As of today, Dixie Fire has 1,165 miles of suppression line, of which 678 miles still need repair. As fire behavior moderated with cooler weather, firefighters have been able to work with resource advisors to complete 121 miles of suppression line repair. There will be an uptick in suppression repair today as more crews are assigned to repairing dozer and hand line.

Crews will continue chipping operations in the Silver Lake area. Sawyers are working along the containment lines ahead of suppression repair work to fell hazard trees for the safety of firefighters working in the area. There will still be firefighting resources available to respond to service calls, provide for initial attack, and patrol the fire perimeter today.

 

Weather

Precipitation was minimal on the West Zone of the Dixie Fire yesterday, and clearing over most of the fire area is forecast today. The cooling trend continues with temperatures in the mid 50s to low 60s and minimum humidity between 30 and 40 percent.

 

Closures

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/.