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DIXIE FIRE: Crews make steady progress toward full containment

The U.S. Army Soldiers work with the BLM California Folsom Lake Veterans handcrew on the Dixie...
The U.S. Army Soldiers work with the BLM California Folsom Lake Veterans handcrew on the Dixie Fire, Lassen National Forest. The Soldiers work on line construction in Division QQ.(Joe Bradshaw, BLM)
Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 1:29 PM PDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2021 at 8:07 PM PDT
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GREENVILLE, Calif. (KOLO) - SEPT. 22 8 P.M.: The Dixie Fire is 94 percent contained at 963,276 acres.

Wednesday’s priorities remain focused on the steep and rugged terrain of the Devil’s Punchbowl area, continued mopup and patrol, and responding to service calls.

SEPT. 21, 10 A.M. Containment on the Dixie Fire is holding steady at 90 percent. It’s burned 963,276 acres.

Firefighters continue to patrol and secure containment lines. While firefighters continue to make steady progress, any new ignition could result in a significant wildfire, officials said. Temperatures will begin to rise after a cool start to the week and winds will shift back to the southwest.

SEPT. 20, 9:45 A.M. The Dixie Fire is now 90 percent contained thanks to higher humidity levels and cooler temperatures.

On Sunday, there was minimal fire activity with some reports of smoke, particularly near Taylorsville, California Highway 395 near Milford and the Devils’ Punchbowl area.

On Monday, firefighters will focus on securing the steep and rugged terrain in the Devil’s Punchbowl area, as well as maintaining patrols throughout the fire perimeter and mopping up lines.

The fire has burned 963,195 acres.

SEPT. 19 8:45 A.M. The U.S. Forest Service reports that wind gusts up to 35 mph overnight tested the containment lines on the Dixie Fire. What rain there was did not help in extinguishing the fire, but the rain did help to alleviate some hot spots.

Firefighters expect to take advantage of Sunday’s higher humidity levels before the return to dry weather.

SEPT. 18 11 A.M. The Dixie Fire is now 88 percent contained and has burned 960,641 acres.

There is a Red Flag Warning on Saturday due to high winds and low relative humidity. Wind gusts are expected to reach 35 mph before rain arrives later on Saturday. The expected rain will not put out the fire but could lessen burning in hot spots.

Crews will focus on Saturday strengthening fire lines. Repair of fire suppression areas continue.

SEPT. 17, 3:15 P.M. Fire crews are preparing for increased winds Friday and Saturday that have the potential to make the fire more active.

Active duty U.S. Army resources have arrived to provide additional support along the northern area of the fire. They will be assisting in mop up and the construction of handline to help with containment goals.

There are more than 2,400 personnel working on the fire. It remains 86 percent contained.

SEPT. 15 8:30 P.M. Containment on the Dixie Fire jumped to 86 percent Wednesday night. So far, 960,583 acres have burned.

The Wednesday evening operational update for the east side of the fire had repair and mop up in most areas with hot shot crews and helicopters working on stubborn areas.

SEPT. 15, 1 P.M. Containment on the Dixie Fire is holding steady at 75 percent after burning 960,470 acres.

Hwy 44 between County Road A-21 and Hwy 89 reopened Wednesday morning with traffic control measures in place.

With the increased warming and drying the past few days, there has been an increase in fire activity burning interior pockets of unburned vegetation in the northern area of the fire, officials said. As a result, people may see increased smoke along the Hwy 44 corridor.

Firefighters are strengthening containment lines ahead of a weather front forecasted to impact the fire area this weekend with high winds and changing wind direction.

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