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Dixie Fire: Chester now under mandatory evacuation order

Published: Jul. 18, 2021 at 3:49 PM PDT|Updated: 15 hours ago
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FEATHER RIVER CANYON, Calif. (KOLO) - AUG. 3 5:30 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for all of the town of Chester from the Highway 36 / Highway 89 junction east to the Causeway. Lassen Community College in Susanville is the evacuation center.

The fire has grown to more than 253,052 acres with 35 percent containment.

MAP LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ydrapp24 Due to the #DixieFire a MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER has been issued for: ALL OF...

Posted by Plumas County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, August 3, 2021

AUG. 2 5:40 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office has re-issued a mandatory Evacuation Order for the town of Greenville. Some residents had been allowed to return to the area, but were told to evacuate just hours later.

AUG. 1 10 A.M. Containment on the Dixie Fire has increased to 32 percent while the fire has grown to 244,888 acres.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reports 67 structures have been destroyed and nine more damaged.

Late afternoon winds tested containment lines on Saturday.

There are 5,563 personnel on the fire.

JULY 31 10 A.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office announced evacuation orders have been lifted for some impacted by the Dixie Fire and other orders have been modified.

  • The mandatory evacuation order along the east shore of Lake Almanor has been reduced to a warning. The roadblock will be moved to California 147 at Old Haun Road. Canyon Dam is still under a mandatory evacuation order.
  • The mandatory evacuation order for the Lake Almanor West community has been reduced to a warning.
  • Everything west of the California 89/36 Junction, west to the county line along the south side of California 36 and south of California 36 to Rock Lake and west to the county line has been modified to a warning. Everything south of this zone remains in a mandatory evacuation order.
  • The evacuation warning for Chester, the Lake Almanor Peninsula and Hamilton Branch has been lifted.

Link to map with latest evacuation information.

On Saturday morning the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention said the Dixie Fire is 240,790 acres and 24 percent contained with no containment date. Cal Fire reports 66 buildings destroyed and nine damaged.

There are 5,864 personnel on the fire.

JULY 20 7:10 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 240,795 acres and containment is now 24 percent, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported.

Cal Fire lists 65 structures destroyed, and nine structures damaged.

On the east side of the fire there was good progress Friday because thunderstorms did not develop until late afternoon. Backfires are used to combat fire growth and there is mop-up in some areas.

Crews from the Dixie Fire are also fighting the 85-acre Evans Fire on Mount Evans and 2-acre Kessler Fire on Mount Kessler, both started Thursday night by lightning.

There are 5,864 personnel on the fire, almost 100 fewer than the prior day.

JULY 29 10 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 226,421 acres and remains 23 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reports.

Now there are 64 structures reported destroyed, including 22 counted as minor, and eight structures damaged. Authorities report 10,857 structures threatened.

Thursday’s weather was hot and dry.

There is still no estimated containment date.

Cal Fire reports 5,931 personnel on the fire.

JULY 28 7:15 P.M. The Dixie Fire in California’s Plumas and Butte counties grew to 220,012 acres and remains 23 percent contained.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reports 60 structures have been destroyed and eight others damaged.

Temperatures increased while relative humidity dropped in the Plumas County portion of the fire, so fire activity increased thee.

Fire crews on the fire’s eastern flank got support from the air Wednesday afternoon when visibility improved. If conditions are hot and dry, the fire is expected to be active.

There are 5,931 personnel on the Dixie Fire.

JULY 27, 8:20 A.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 208,506 acres and is 23 percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported Tuesday.

At least 47 structures have been destroyed, and more than 10,000 others remain threatened.

Another community meeting will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Facebook and Zoom.

Flames consume a home as the Dixie Fire tears through the Indian Falls community in Plumas...
Flames consume a home as the Dixie Fire tears through the Indian Falls community in Plumas County, Calif., on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The fire destroyed multiple residences in the area. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)(Noah Berger | AP)

JULY 26, 9:35 A.M. The U.S. Forest Service now estimates that the Dixie Fire has burned 197,487 acres.

Containment is at 22 percent.

JULY 25, 12:45 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said new evacuation orders have been issued due to the Dixie Fire.

They include:

  • All of Genesee Valley southeast of Taylorsville up the Genesee Rd to just south of Babcock Crossing, Walker Mine Road, north portion of Beckwourth Genesee Road.
  • North and eastern parts of Indian Valley, from upper Williams Valley and upper Pecks Valley east to include all of North Valley Road, Diamond Mountain Road and North Arm.
  • Grizzly Mountain south of Genesee Valley to 24N16 Road and east to the 25N42 intersection with Beckwourth Genesee Road.

The shelter is at Lassen Community College 478-200 CA-139 in Susanville. Use California 89 to California 147.

JULY 25, 9:45 A.M. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention on Sunday morning reported 16 structures destroyed by the fire that started July 13 in the Feather River Canyon, and also six minor structures.

That compares to 10 reported on Saturday. It’s not clear if the Sunday morning figures included homes burned in Indian Falls and Paxton, about 95 miles by car northwest of Reno, Crews will do more extensive damage assessment as conditions become safer.

The Dixie Fire reached 190,625 acres and is 21 percent contained. An estimated 10,721 structures are threatened.

The Dixie Fire has burned across both California 70 and California 89. Cal Fire described Saturday’s activity as extreme. The nearby Fly fire has burned into the Dixie Fire.

Extreme fire behavior is expected again today and crews are building a fire line southwest of Taylorsville to protect the community as the fire advances there.

Atmospheric conditions are not cooperating and are creating the conditions to increase fire spotting and runs of fire into unburned areas.

Fire engines are in the area protecting structures and defensive measures protected communication structures on top of Mount Hough.

Parts of California 70, California 89 and California 36 are closed.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for four California counties, including Plumas County.

JULY 24, 9:30 A.M. The Dixie Fire burning in western Plumas County and in Butte County is now 181,289 acres and 19 percent contained, according to the Saturday morning fire update.

The fire that started July 13 in the Feather River Canyon has destroyed 10 structures and damaged 10 others, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported. The number of threatened structures increased to 7,010.

The weather will be hot and dry today with relative humidity dropping into the single digits.

On the west side, the fire continues to burn in a remote area with no access. The eastern section of the fire grew significantly Friday, mostly north of California 70 near Twain. Fire crews and equipment are positioned to protect communities there.

There are 4,266 personnel on the fire.

JULY 23, 7:15 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 167,430 acres and is 18 percent contained.

The fire is expected to be active overnight.

So far there are eight destroyed structures found in Plumas County. Reports of others are waiting to be validated.

There are 4,266 fire personnel on the Dixie Fire. The resources include 365 fire engines 31 helicopters and 76 hand crews.

JULY 23, 2:40 P.M. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for the Butte Meadows area. Previously, the area was under an Evacuation Warning.

Butte Meadows is on the northwest flank of the fire, which extends to Lake Almanor to the east. The fire has burned an estimated 142,940 acres and is 18 percent contained.

JULY 22, 7:47 P.M. The Dixie Fire has grown to 113,006 acres and is 18 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Pre Prevention reported.

California 70 is closed from Jarbo Gap in Butte County to just west of Quincy in Plumas County. There is no estimated time for reopening.

The fire is expected to continue to move northeast, possibly for another 2 miles to 3 miles. Overnight, relative humidity is expected to drop into the single digits, hampering recovery from the flames.

Eight structures have been destroyed and 1,500 are threatened in Butte and Plumas counties. There are 4,005 fire personnel on the fire.

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for:

  • Greenville and Crescent Mills
  • Round Valley Reservoir, Dixie Canyon, Indian Falls, Long Valley (west of Round Valley), Dixie Canyon south to Indian Falls, south of Indian Falls to the California 70/89 Junction.
  • California 70 at Black Hawk Rd north to the California 70/89 Junction and everything on the western side of California 70, this includes Butterfly Valley, and Black Hawk. due to forward progression and a spot fire made by the #dixiefire.
  • Everything west of California 89/36 Junction, west along the southside of California 36 to the county line.
  • Evacuate northbound to Hwy 147 and then to Chester for Shelter or southbound via Hwy 89 and Hwy 70 to Quincy
  • The east side of Keddie, Round House Road and Old Highway.
  • Chandler Road from California 70 at Chandler Road west to Oakland Camp.

JULY 22, 1:30 P.M. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office says the Dixie Fire has destroyed more buildings in the Feather River Canyon, but the Sheriff’s Office has not provided details yet on the numbers and locations.

The Evacuation Warnings (seen in yellow) extend around Lake Almanor to the north and are approaching Greenville and Quincy to the east.

Evacuation warnings and mandatory evacuations around the Dixie Fire in Plumas County.
Evacuation warnings and mandatory evacuations around the Dixie Fire in Plumas County.(Plumas Co. Sheriffs Office)

JULY 21, 8 P.M. The Dixie Fire burning in California’s Plumas and Butte counties has grown to 91,268 acres and remains 15 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported Wednesday evening.

Eight structures have been destroyed and 1,500 are threatened by the fire that started July 13 in the Feather River Canyon.

The fire burned through the day on Wednesday and will remain active overnight as northeast winds will have gusts up to 25 mph.

JULY 21, 10:30 A.M. New evacuation orders have been issued for the west shore of Lake Almanor as the Dixie Fire continues to grow.

The fire started July 13 and has burned 85,479 acres. It is 15 percent contained.

Wednesday’s evacuation order includes Canyon Dam, Prattville, Lake Almanor West.

An evacuation warning has been issued for the Chester and Lake Almanor Peninsula including greater Chester area, Hamilton Branch, Lake Almanor Peninsula, and East Shore.

An evacuation order remains in effect for the Hwy 70 corridor from the Butte/Plumas County line, east to the junction of Hwy 70 and Hwy 89 (The Greenville Wye). Bucks Lake and Meadow Valley.

Fire officials expect the fire to move northeast with the potential for 2 to 3 miles of new growth. Firefighters were engaged in structure defense overnight and continued to strengthen and improve direct and indirect fire line. Crews are now using existing control lines from the Bear and Chip fires.

At least two structures have been lost and more than 800 more remain threatened.

Highway 89 is closed, from the junction with Highway 147 to the junction with Highway 36, due to the fire. There is no estimated time for reopening.

JULY 18 The Dixie Fire in Plumas and Butte counties burning west of the Beckwourth Complex has closed portions of California 70, authorities said Sunday afternoon.

In Plumas County, California 70 is closed at the north junction of California 89.

In Butte County, it is closed 14.3 miles east of the junction of California 191/Jarbo Gap.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention reported Sunday morning that the Dixie Fire reached 15,074 acres in the Feather River Canyon. It was 15 percent contained.

It started Tuesday. The cause is being investigated. No structures are threatened.

There are 1,669 personnel on the fire as well as 85 fire engines and 17 helicopters.

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