Aug. 23 p.m. update for the Dixie: Crews prepare to defend Taylorsville

As of this evening, Aug. 23, the Dixie Fire is 727,896 acres and is 40 percent contained. Tonight, Plumas County residents learned that 559,158 acres burned are in Plumas County. And the fire isn’t close to being finished with us yet.

Genesee/Taylorsville and the Grizzly spot fire continue to be a priority for the East Zone.

Operations Section Chief Mario Gomez said that a slopover of 1,051 acres is a primary focus as it burns on the southern edge going into Walker Fire burn scar. Aviation resources are helping to secure the line.

The Grizzly spot has grown to approximately 560 acres, and due to fire activity today, crews were unable to gain access. Instead they joined the effort to build dozer lines on Grizzly Ridge. Crews are using feller bunchers, masticators and dozers to construct indirect lines to protect East Quincy, Quincy, Greenhorn and the Highway 70 corridor.

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The fire is burning very actively above Taylorsville and crews are preparing to defend structures. Crews are mopping up the Peters Creek area and also patrolling and mopping up the southern edge of the fire.

Over in the Janesville/Milford areas, crews also focused on the southern edge of the fire. An interior island of fuel was burning just south of Antelope Lake and firefighters were able to get line around it. Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon discussed relaxing some evacuation orders and directed residents to community.zonehave.com where they can enter their address and see their evacuation status. He also reiterated that Hwy 36 remains closed between Westwood and Susanville.

Escorts to Greenville
Sheriff Todd Johns said that his office escorted roughly 300 people to their properties in Greenville over the past two days. Escorts continue tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m., and continuing in 90-minute intervals; meet at Greenville High School. Johns thanked the four volunteers who made the calls to set up these visits and also collected a data base to allow for future contacts.

Johns said he was pleased to learn that the state asked for a presidential declaration for Plumas County today. “The fire has certainly affected every resident of this county,” he said, whether they lost property or not. He said anyone who needs emotional assistance or someone to talk to can call the sheriff’s office and they will receive contact information. “This is the time to lean on each other and get through this,” he said.

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Forest closure
Plumas National Forest Supervisor Chris Carlton said that the forest closures are now in effect but there are exemptions allowed for property owners and for evacuees who need to stay in pre-authorized campgrounds. Of the acreage that has burned in Plumas, 266,000 acres are on the National Forest.

Next meeting for the East Zone will be Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

West Zone

Tonight’s update reported that crews continue to mop up hot spots and improve containment lines throughout the West Zone. More detailed information will be available following the morning briefing tomorrow and of course at the next community meeting to be held Tuesday night, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.