CA | Dixie Fire | Update

Tuesday Update – August 31, 2021

Incident Summary

California’s largest wildfire burning in the State is the Dixie Fire which ignited on July 13, 2021, around 1715 hours PT from an unknown (unreleased) source and is under investigation.

Credit: Plumas Co SAR / Lassen Social Media (Facebook)


The fire is said to be burning in the Feather River Canyon area above the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor.

It is burning on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests, Lassen Volcanic National Park and in five counties: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama, California.

Current Status

Fire behavior is still now extreme with wind-driven runs, group torching and long-range spotting.

There has been 819,956 acres destroyed and crews have worked tirelessly to increase containment from 47% on Sunday to 48% on this Tuesday evening.

They are still fully engaged trying to contain this stubborn, difficult and dangerous firestorm. Estimated containment is on Saturday, October 30th.

At this time, there are still several communities, infrastructure and other structures still being threatened.

Evacuations are in effect.

Credit | Plumas Co SAR / Lassen Social Media (Facebook)

Damage Assessments

The DIXIE FIRE has destroyed 1,282 structures and damaged 92 structures.

Resources, shelters (people and their pets), closures and other helpful information for evacuees can be found on CAL FIRE’s website here –>

There has been a total cost-to-date of $408 Million Dollars reached for fire suppression and containment expenses.


Fire command is Unified Command, under the following three agencies: Nick Truax, CALFIRE IMT 1 Evans Kuo, GBT1 Jay Lusher, NPS/BLM.

At this time, there are about 3,970 total personnel with 19 copters, 341 engines, 90 dozers, 123 water tenders and 52 crews.

Some of the personnel represent the many fire agencies. Cooperators include: Reno Firefighters, CAL FIRE.

Credit | Reno Firefighters

Through the Eyes of Social Media

Dixie Fire is the 2nd largest wildfire in modern California history.” – Media

“Second time in CA History that a wildfire has crossed the Sierra Nevada – first it was the Dixie Fire, now the Caldor Fire.” – Media

The fire is now larger than Rhode Island. Firefighters will be challenged in the coming days due to gusty SW winds up to 60 mph and in some areas single-digit relative humidity.” – Fire Aviation Media

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Knob Fire | New!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | Newly Reported

INCIDENT SUMMARY – The KNOB FIRE ignited from an undetermined cause on Sunday, August 29th around 2000 hours near at Friday Ridge near Willow Creek, California.

COMMAND – Fire management is being led by Jesse Knox, a Type 3 Incident Commander.

SIZE UP – The current size up is around 1,000 acres of timber, and brush. There is no containment status at this time. Fire behavior is moderate with torching, running and flanking. Officials expect to contain this wildfire by October 3, 2021.

RESOURCES – Resources include 196 total fire personnel.

WEATHER FORECAST – Weather is forecasted to be in the cooler temps and relative humidity will increase. Good recoveries in the evening will be good for crews. However, in the afternoons valley winds are said to be present with winds gusting up to 20-miles-per-hour in the Trinity River Valley area.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | River Complex Fire

Tuesday Update | August 31, 2021


The RIVER COMPLEX includes three current wildfires, Haypress, Summer and Cronan Fires in Siskiyou, Trinity Counties.

Collectively, there has been 106,165 total acres consumed along with a current 23% containment status.

A large plume of smoke from the Haypress Fire is visible west of the town of Etna, CA
Credit | USFS / Courtesy of CAIIMT15


The fire was lightning caused by a passing storm that impacted the area. It ignited these fires on July 30, 2021, around 0700 hours.


Fuels include timber and brush.


Haypress Fire

  • Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and with uphill runs
  • Burning in the 2014 Coffee Fire burn scar
  • 70,049 acres consumed
  • Priority fire

Parker Spot Fire

  • Active fire behavior with potential for growth towards the Haypress Fire

Summer Fire

  • 30,161 acres lost
  • West end – some areas have intense heat, and others have moderate rates of spread
  • South end – many areas of intense heat, will continue to spread.

Cronan Fire

  • 5,918 acres consumed
  • Firefighters have made great progress on this fire
  • Mop-up and patrolling operations will continue


  • Command is currently under a NIMO, IMT 13 as of Monday, August 30th at 0600 hours yesterday morning.
  • 771 total personnel, 11 crews, 9 copters, 41 engines, 19 dozers, 27 water tenders, 9 masticators, two skid-steers and three packstrings.


Mandatory Orders

  • Cecilville
  • Summerville
  • Petersburg
  • Coffee Creek Road past the Sugar Pine Trailhead (Trinity County)

Warning Notices

  • Sawyers Bar
  • Coffee Creek
  • Trinity Center

Visit either or links for evacuation updates


Trinity County – Road Closures

  • Coffee Creek Road @ North Fork Trailhead, west of Hwy 3.
  • The Callahan-Cecilville Road is closed from approximately one-mile west of the community of Callahan to Cecilville
  • The Sawyers Bar Road from Froks of the Salmon to Forest Road 40N51


(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Caldor Fire | Update

Tuesday Update – August 31, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY – The Incident Summary includes the date and time the fire ignited, the cause (if determined or released by officials), the location and other incident related information.

  • Burning 16 miles NE of Plymouth (El Dorado County)
  • East of Omo Ranch
  • South of Grizzly
  • Burning across the Sierra Nevada
  • Now impacting South Lake Tahoe (NV) areas
  • Consuming lands and forcing mandatory evacuations
  • Started August 14, 2021, before 1900 hours PT
  • Unknown cause
  • Cause is under investigation

Special Notice: There has been an official presser released by the CA DOF and Fire Protection, that all media accept the responsibility of entering evacuated areas must do so at their own risk, but cannot enter onto private property without permission or impede fire suppression efforts. Most media have been professional while cooperating with Fire and Law Enforcement officials, some have not and unfortunately, have caused an Official Media Advisory to be released by governing agencies collectively.

While we, NWFB cover fire news, we are safely at our current home base in Washington State. Our news is gleaned from verified sources. However, we do cover locally in our home state but never venture onto private property or get in the way of responding/fire suppression units.

Here is the official notice for all media partners out at the CALDOR FIRE to heed.

Credit | CHP South Lake Tahoe

CURRENT FIRE BEHAVIOR / WEATHER – Listed below are today’s fire and significant weather conditions that are contributing to current fire behavior.

  • Active
  • Long-range spotting
  • Torching
  • Crowning
  • Increased behavior in the NE and Eastern division earlier this AM due to strong winds and poor RH.
  • High winds on the ridgetops produced long-range spotting.
  • Spotting distances were over one-mile ahead of the fire.
  • Fire is continuing to backdown towards Highway 50 in multiple points of the roadway.
  • Red Flag Warning in effect until 2300 hours or 11pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

CURRENT STATUS – The current status and its stats are listed below.

  • 199,632 acres destroyed
  • 18% containment
  • 675 structures lost; 40 damaged
  • 5 injuries
  • $70.2 Million Dollars cost-to-date

INCIDENT COMMAND – The Incident is in Unified Command, which consists of these three main agencies working together to manage the CALDOR FIRE.

  • NIMO, Team 2
  • CAL FIRE, Team 6 (IMT 1)
  • CA USFS, CA Team 6 (IMT 1)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS – Incident Cooperators are human and animal service organizations, local/state/federal resources and private businesses/organizations that support one another and the communities they serve in during large long-term disasters/incidents.

Animal Services

  • Wildlife Disaster Network – 800-942-6459 (injured wildlife)

Fire / EMS / Medical

  • Pioneer FD
  • Georgetown FD
  • El Dorado FD
  • Placerville FD
  • Mosquito FD
  • Garden Valley FD
  • Cal OES Fire
  • Marshall Medical Center
  • Barton Health
  • Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians FD
  • Lake Valley Fire District
  • USFS – El Dorado NF
  • TWF Sawtooth Hotshots
Credit | CAL FIRE


  • El Dorado County
  • Indian Diggins School District
  • El Dorado County EMSA
  • El Dorado County Office of Education
  • El Dorado County Department of Agriculture

Human Services

  • Grizzly Flats Community Service District
  • Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless (@TahoeWarmRoom Twitter). 530-600-2822

Law Enforcement


  • El Dorado County DOT


  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • PG&E
  • El Dorado Irrigation District
  • SMUD
  • AT&T
  • Grizzly Flats Water District
  • Volcano Telephone
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • Verizon

THREATENED – Threats are listed by different communities and what type of structures or valued assets in the area, if known.

  • Several communities including the Lake Tahoe area
  • Infrastructure
Credit | USFS – El Dorado NF

FIRE RESPONSE – The Fire response states the number of personnel and equipment that has been released by various agencies that are currently assigned or engaged on the incident.

  • 4,171 total personnel
  • 26 copters
  • 487 engines
  • 95 dozers
  • 77 water tenders
  • 78 crews

COMMUNITY MEETINGS – The PIO has listed on the CAL FIRE website that they are holding daily Community Meetings. Listed are the location where you can find and hear about current fire updates from Officials managing the incident.

CLOSURES – Closures can be local roadways to the Forest Service.


  • All National Forests are temporarily closed from August 31 at 2359 PT until September 17 at 2359 PT due to extreme fire conditions. (FS, Pacific SW Region.

EVACUATIONS – Since, there are so many evacuations all over California and now into Nevada, we are just giving links as this page would be overloaded with a lot of information changing minute-by-minute.

SHELTER RESOURCES – We are adding some Shelter information as it is released by the Emergency Operations Center and other local Agencies, but we recommend that you check your local areas for ever-changing updates.

Storey County (NV)

  • Emergency management and Community Relations.
  • Staff have been deployed for evacuation centers, including indoor spaces and temp RV staging locations.
  • The County does not expect a large number of evacuees but they are self-contained and ready to provide any needed resources to evacuees that come their way.
  • Phone #775-432-4081.

CAL FIRE Shelter info

South Lake Tahoe Evacuees

  • Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV.
  • Reno Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502. Limited space and crates for pets.

CRISIS RESPONSE – There are various organizations that are helping but Facebook and other platforms are using these to allow evacuees to check in that they are safe. Please see the links listed below for more information.

Crisis Response Facebook Page

Ballot Boxes

  • Ballot boxes are temporarily being closed.
  • They do not want to be unable to retrieve them due to the evacuations in effect.
  • Ballots in the El Dorado County area can be dropped in the Placer County ballot drop box in Tahoe City at The Old Fire House at 300 N Lake Blvd. (El Dorado County Elections Dept).
  • Vote Center is open on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at the SLT Community College may be postponed or moved depending on evacuations. Check their local Facebook page.

Transportation – Evacuees

  • All Tahoe Trans District (TTD) buses are helping to support evacuation efforts. Need transportation? They are encouraging you to call 911.


The Animal Shelter in Diamond Springs

  • This Shelter is looking for lots and lots of volunteers 18+ of age to help with all of the misplaced animals.
  • If you are unable to volunteer, they sure could use blankets, cat boxes and cat bowls. Phone #530-621-5795.
Credit | BLMEDC (Placerville)

FROM THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA – There are scores of media, eyewitness accounts, PIOs and other individuals telling the stories of many on the fire ground and in the air. These are some of their quotes of what is or has happened during this incident.

August 30, 2021, Monday

  • “Fire has crossed over Hwy 50 near Echo Summit. Now, heading now towards Hwy 89 and Meyers.” – Media
  • “South Lake Tahoe PD going door-to-door for evacuation notices. Told to get out at 0200 hours. Officers told may not come back to alert them for mandatory evacuation orders.” – Media
  • “Hand crew walking along Santa Claus Drive towards the fire on the east side of Christmas Valley.” – Media
  • “Fire seen all across the mountainside at the Sierra Mountain Resort (ski lifts).” – Media
  • “Fire burned through the Strawberry and Twin Bridges.” – Media
  • “Observed fire burning on both sides of Hwy 50, about 1.5 miles south of Meyers.” – Media
  • “Snow-making machines in the Sierra at Tahoe ski resort works to keep fire at bay. This was a last ditch effort to save their buildings.” – Media
  • “This is not normal. None of this is supposed to be happening.” – Media

August 31, 2021, Tuesday

  • “Fire observed above the Kirkwood Resort.” – Media
  • “Some resources arriving to Kirkwood as reinforcements responding from LA County, Ventura County, Oxnard, CAL FIRE and more.” – Media
(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA’s Chaparral Fire

Sunday Update – August 29, 2021

The CHAPARRAL FIRE is located on Tenaja Road and Cleveland Forest Road in the community of La Cresta (Riverside County), California that broke out on Saturday, August 28, 2021, around 1238 hours PT. It quickly grew to 250 acres with a zero-percent containment at 1515 hours PT and is now burning in two counties; Riverside and San Diego.

About one hour later, the fire almost doubled in size to 450 acres and holding an uncontained status.

Not even two hours later on Saturday, around 1800 hours, the fire had almost tripled in size to 1,200 acres with it being deemed as an out-of-control fire.

This morning (Sunday), the fire had increased to 1,425 at the time of the 0700 fire presser and fire resources were successful in reaching a 10% containment status. However, during this time, it was reported there one firefighter that had suffered minor injuries. Two structures were destroyed. All the Evacuations orders and warnings were still in effect.

Around 1530 hours PT this afternoon, the fire was said to be still holding at 1,425 acres with a 10% containment status. Riverside Co FD said immediately all fire pressers were being rerouted through the CAL FIRE San Diego Facebook and Twitter pages.

At 2103 PT, the fire has consumed 1,500 acres and is now 13% contained. The incident is now in Unified Command with CAL FIRE/Riverside Co FD, USFS and CAL FIRE/San Diego FD.

Fire Resources include:

  • 150 fire personnel
  • two copters
  • 23 engines
  • nine overhead
  • four air tankers
  • four fire crews
  • one water tender
  • one fire investigator
  • Police on-scene
  • one helitender

Cooperators include:

  • CAL FIRE/Riverside FD
  • CAL FIRE/San Diego
  • CHP
  • City of Corona FD
  • City of Hemet FD
  • City of Murrieta
  • Murrieta Fire Protection District
  • Pechanga FD
  • Riverside Co FD
  • Riverside EMD
  • Riverside Co SO
  • USFS – Cleveland NF

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Cat 4 Hurricane Ida Packs a Punch

Update 1. Sunday, August 29, 2021. 2200 PT

There is a lot of coverage on this ongoing incident but we wanted to make sure our Louisiana readership and those outside of the area are fully aware of news, resources and who/how to get assistance.

Currently, at the time of this post, officials are asking you not to travel or go outside, as this is the most dangerous time of all. Additionally, you will need to shelter-in-place where you are (if you are somewhere safe). There are some rescues being made but you will need to listen to local news and officials.

This hurricane is said to be even stronger than Katrina, exactly 16 years ago today, so please take every precaution you can to protect yourself, your people and your pets. We are thinking of you all this evening.

2300 CDT

2259 CDT

New Orleans FD: “The glow in the Mississippi River by Algiers is not from the Refinery, but from a ship in the river.”

2255 CDT

Credit: NOAA

2143 CDT

Entergy – “We have provided back-up generation to the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board. Power will not be restored this evening, but we will continue work to remedy.”

1735 CDT

NOFD: “Collapsed structure at Upperline and LaSalle Street.” Photo Credit | NOFD


NOFD : Roof off building on Toulouse and Decatur Street. Photo Credit: NOFD Chief C Mickal, Photo Unit.


Animal Services

  • Louisiana SPCA


  • OPCD911 – New Orleans 911 Dispatch
Credit: OPCD911

Emergency Management

  • NEMA (National EM Association) – Activated this morning.
  • Wagoner County EMA, GRDA crews
  • Baldwin County EMA

FEMA – (

  • NYC USAR TF1 – Activated by FEMA about two hours ago with 83 members, FDNY, NYPD, NYOEM.
  • FL USAR TF2 – Made up those from the FDs in Florida. They will be staged at the Mississippi’s National Guard Training base, just outside of Hattiesburg, MS.
Credit | FL TF2
  • CA USAR TF4 – Activated by FEMA makes up team from Oakland FD

Fire Department/Stations

Human Services

  • American Red Cross
  • World Central Kitchen @WCKitchen (Twitter)

Important Resources

NOAA – Storm Updates

LA State Police – Report online suspicious activity

Animal Rescue –

American Red Cross – Shelters – ( or

Cajun Bayou Government –

Hurricane Safety –

Power Outages –

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA Wildfire Activity Report

Sunday Update – August 29, 2021

It has been a busy weekend full of wildfires on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is a recap of this weekend’s wildfire activity as of this evening as of 2000 hours. Information has been gleaned from the website.

395 TURF FIRE. Fender Road, Spokane County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021, 1434. .1 acre of grass. Patrol Status.

4010 FIRE. Capitol Forest, Thurston County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021, 1044. 0.25 acres of timber litter. Contained at 1245 hours and under control at 1431 hours.

8TH AVE FIRE. Pinnacle Unit in Roy of Pierce County. Call date/time – 8/28/2021, 1910 hours. Controlled on 8/29/2021 at 1058 hours. In patrol status.

AMANDA FIRE. Amanda Drive in Olympia (Thurston County). Call date/time – 8/29/2021 1136 hours. 1.5 acres of grass and brush. Contained at 1555 hours. In patrol status.

BERNHILL ROAD FIRE. Bernhill Road, Spokane County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021 1203. 3.3 acres of grass, shrub, timber understory. Resources on-scene 8/292/2021 1220. Open incident.

CENTERVILLE FIRE. Exit 83 in Lewis County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021, 1344. 0.5 acre of grass, shrub and timber understory. In patrol status.

FARWELL TRACK FIRE. East Farwell Road, Spokane County. Call date/time – 8/27/2021 0619. 0.1 acre of slash and blowdown. Contained 0740 and controlled 0755 hours PT.

G1800 FIRE. Kingston in Kitsap County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021 1123 hours. 0.3 acres of shrub and timber understory. IC: Meyer as of 8/29/2021 at 1307 hours. Contained at 1548 hours. In patrol status.

LACEY FIRE. Martin Way and Meridian Road NE, Lacey. Call date/time, unknown. Info posted by FD3 on 8/29/2021 at 1150 PT. 2nd Alarm. Lacey FD3 and WA DNR worked the fire. Unknown wildfire name. This was considered as a large grass/brush fire threatening structures. Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Credit | LFD3

LEUDINGHAUSE FIRE. Dryad in Lewis County. Call date/time 8/29/2021, 1659. 1 acre of grass and shrub. Engines 2300 and 2402 dispatched. Contained at 1800 and under control at 1900 hours PT.

ORCAS ROAD FIRE. Orcas Road on Orcas Island in San Juan County. Call date/time – 8/28/2021, 1539. 4.5 acres of timber understory, grass. IC White on 8/28/2021 1650 hours PT. Patrol status on 8/29/2021 at 1637 PT.

OXBOW FIRE. Brown’s Creek Campground in Mason County. Call date/time – 8/28/2021, 1438 hours. 0.3 acres of shrub, timber litter, timber understory and brush. IC: USFS/Neal on 8/28/2021 on 1558 hours. DNR resources were released and USFS assisted with incident.

PINELODGE FIRE. Stonelodge in Stevens County. Call date/time – 8/28/201, 1414. 0.45 acre of grass and timber understory. In patrol status.

QUARTZ RIDGE FIRE. Republic, Ferry County. Call date/time – 8/28/2021, 1937. 0.37 acre of timber understory, grass and timber litter. Contained 8/292/2021 1557.

ROCKY HILL FIRE. Rock Hill, Spokane County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021, 1232. 0.1 acre of timber understory. Contained 1320, under control 1345.

TWISTED TREE FIRE. Lacey in Thurston County. Call date/time – 8/29/2021 1507 PT. 0.01 acre of grass, shrub and timber. IC: Cooper as of 8/29/2021 at 1531 hours. Contained 1537. Controlled at 1601 hours. In patrol status.

VEIT FIRE. Veit Road in Pend Oreille County. Call date/time – 8/28/2021 1839. 0.1 acres of timber understory. contained 8/29/2021 0928 and controlled at 1003 hours.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA’s Rooster Comb Fire | New!

Sunday Update – August 29, 2021

A new wildfire named the ROOSTER COMB FIRE broke out this afternoon has prompted a vast number of fire and heavy equipment resources dispatched to the Rooster Comb area in Chelan County, Washington.

Since the initial response time of 1649 hours PT, the fire has already consumed a minimum of 220 acres of grass and brush.

LEVEL 3 evacuations were ordered for those near Methow Street, which is south of Wenatchee, Washington. (per Media). We were unable to find out which agency is reporting this and found no orders issued through the Nixle app.

The Incident Command is Tom Hayes, effective 1905 hours PT.

Resources include:

  • CHELAN-26
  • CREW-22
  • DIV-610
  • E-351
  • E-4102
  • E-4104
  • E-4106
  • E-4107
  • E-6695
  • E-6696
  • E-672
  • PATROL-2

About Rooster Comb, Washington

The Rooster Comb is a famous hiking sub-peak area in the Saddle Rock areas and in the most southern portion of the Wenatchee foothills. It is one of many summits in Chelan County, Washington.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA’s Monument Fire

Sunday Update – August 29, 2021

the MONUMENT FIRE is burning in Del Loma (Trinity County) near Monument Peak on the Shasty-Trinity National Forest in California, that broke out on July 30, 2021 around 1228 hours PT.

Fire management is in Unified Command including CAL FIRE and Shasta-Trinity NF.

The fire has burned 163,155 acres that is 23 % contained.

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Credit | Sacto Metro Fire District

Current Fire Status

  • Smoke cap has been lingering over the fire area for several days has finally lifted itself
  • Fire behavior increased when this occurred
  • However, has not breached the containment lines which is great news
  • 8,180 structures plus 7,400 other minor structures were threatened this morning.
  • Six firefighter injuries, none to civilians.

Fire Resources:

  • 2,370 total personnel
  • 18 copters
  • 172 engines
  • 57 dozers
  • 62 water tenders
  • 51 crews

Fire Operations is broken up into zones: South, North, boundaries:

South Zone:

  • Crews and heavy equipment assisted the North Zone with fire line construction, structure protection

North/South Boundary:

  • Tactical patrol continues and suppression repair has been started.

Community Meeting

  • SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 @ 1800 hours PT
  • Live Streamed on CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit Facebook page
  • CAL FIRE IMT 5’s YouTube channel
  • Live Streamed on Shasta Trinity National Forest page

Evacuation Orders

Evacuation Warnings

Road Closures

Evacuation Shelters (People)

  • Fireman’s Hall Pavilion (Humboldt County), 9 Park Street, Fortuna, CA 95540
  • willow Creek Bible Church (Humboldt County), 39 Barannan Mtn Road, willow Creek, CA 95573
  • Shasta College, 1155 Old Oregon Trail Bldg, 1900 Redding, CA 96949

Evacuation Shelters (Animals)

  • Large animals – Redding Rodeo Grounds, 715 Auditorium Drive, Redding, CA
  • Large animals – Hoopa Rodeo Grounds, Pine Creek Road, Willow Creek, CA

Damage Assessment

  • Questions? contact the Trinity County Office of Emergency Services (OES) at (530) 623-1116
  • 3 structures damaged
  • 21 structures, plus other minor structures have been destroyed
  • $61 Million cost-to-date

Incident Cooperators

  • California Highway Patrol
  • CalTrans
  • Trinity County Sheriff’s
  • Trinity County OES
  • Trinity County Public Utilities District
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • California Conservation Corps
  • California National Guard
  • California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
  • Hayfork Fire
  • Weaverville Fire
  • Junction City Fire
  • Sacramento Metro Fire District (Strike Team 4804)
  • States: WA, AZ, OK, AK, WI, NH, KY, MT
(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA’s Firestorm Dixie Fire

Sunday Update – August 29, 2021

California’s largest wildfire burning in the State is the DIXIE FIRE which ignited on July 13, 2021, around 1715 hours PT from an unknown (unreleased) source and is under investigation.

It is located about 15 miles northeast of Paradise and in the Feather River Canyon above the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor, California. This is burning in five Counties: Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen and Tehama.

Fire management was under Bill See (CALFIRE IMT3 IC), Jerry McGowan (CIIMT1) and Jay Lusher (NPS/BLM) but has been transferred to the Great Basin Team 1 has occurred today.

This incident is broken up into various zones:

CalFire Team 1 managed the West Zone until August 8th, when the team transitioned to CalFire Team 3.


  • The East Zone was managed by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 until August 3rd, when the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 transitioned into command.
  • On August 17th, California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 took command of the East Zone of the fire through August 28, 2021.
  • On August 29,2021, Great Basin Team 1 assumed command of the East Zone of the fire. 


  • CalFire Team 1 managed the West Zone until August 8th, when the team transitioned to CalFire Team 3.
  • RH remained low throughout the day
  • Fire resources continue to patrol fire lines; reinforce control lines
  • Control lines are holding near Janesville and Susanville
  • Some evacuation orders have been reduced to notifications only


  • The East Zone was managed by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 until August 3rd, when the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 transitioned into command.
  • On August 17th, California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 took command of the East Zone of the fire through August 28, 2021.
  • On August 29,2021, Great Basin Team 1 assumed command of the East Zone of the fire. 
  • Spot fires – Walker/Grizzly became very afternoon this afternoon, both have merged together
Night Operations Along Genesee Valley Road - August 26
Credit | USFS – Lassen NF

Fire behavior is still active with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting. About 764,135 acres have been consumed. A 48% containment status has been reached by ground and air resources.

Damage Assessments

  • 92 structures damaged
  • 1,275 structures destroyed

Resources –> (Evacuees0

Fire Resources –>

  • 19 copters
  • 384 engines
  • 139 dozers
  • 168 water tenders
  • 4,836 total personnel
  • 70 crews

A $390 Million Dollar price tag has been reached for fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog