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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Now 40,500 acres, Dixie Fire grows to 10,000 acres on Monday

PULLGA – The Dixie Fire has more than doubled in size in the past 24 hours, and as isolated thunderstorms lashed the area overnight, firefighters on Monday focused on widening and strengthening control lines around the perimeter of the fire.

Cal Fire’s latest estimate mapped the fire to 40,500 acres Monday night, rising to more than 10,000 acres over the course of a day with a large pyrocumulus smoke column visible over the fire. It also appeared to produce several flashes of lightning in the area.

Containment remains at 15 percent. In comparison, the fire was spread over 18,702 acres on Sunday night.

No structures were damaged or destroyed, although Cal Fire estimates that 810 structures in the fire’s current path are at risk.

Cal Fire Operations Section Chief Tony Brownell said there were two major wings on the fire Monday morning that were moving in two different directions on Sunday.

One area pushed toward Spring Valley and Philbrook, but was captured by firefighters, and it did not move beyond established control lines.

The northeastern corner of the fire engulfed Highway 70 on Sunday and parts of the road were covered with debris, leading to a difficult stop in Butte County, 14.3 miles east of the Clark Road junction in Plumas County. Brownell said he has personnel in the area trying to put out the fire.

“This is a very challenging fire because of the terrain and fuel, but we are making progress and we are getting the fire under control,” Brownell said.

On Monday afternoon, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office issued additional evacuation orders to include:

  • Caribou Road north of the Humbug Road and Humboldt Road intersection. This includes the Belden Reservoir and Butte Valley Reservoir;
  • Everything west of Prattville Butte Reservoir Road and Butte-Plumas county line;
  • From Seneca South to Highway 70.

The sheriff’s office advised residents to “leave the area immediately. Emergency personnel may not be able to assist you if you live. Personnel are responding to a personal notice issued.”

Several orders issued on Sunday followed in both Plumas and Butte counties.

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