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A familiar sight - smoke on the mountain. This time it's above the Genesee Valley. Photo courtesy of USFS

Aug. 24: Dixie Fire ekes out another 1 percent of containment

The Dixie Fire edged up in acreage and containment overnight and as of this morning, Aug. 24, is reported to be 731,310 acres and 41 percent contained.

The West Zone

Fire Behavior Analyst Brian Newman provided an update for the West Zone this morning beginning with the Janesville area and reporting no issues. The fires is holding within containment lines and crews will continue to mop up and secure the lines. Ditto for Milford.

West of Susanville – it’s the same story. There is smoke coming from the interior of the fire, but nothing that would challenge the lines that are in place to stop the fire from advancing toward Lassen County’s most populated area.

As for A21, the artery that provides access from Susanville to Westwood/Chester via Highway 44, there continued to be activity and some spots were thrown across the line. A21 briefly closed yesterday as a result. Newman said crews expect to see more spots today.

Up in the Silver Lake area, crews continue to do burnouts — an activity expected to last for the next couple of days — and, as a result, more smoke will be visible. There is quite a bit of heat on the fire in that area.

Farther west into Lassen Volcanic National Park, the fire is progressing north and east, and there is a burnout working in that area also. Smoke columns will be visible.

As for Mill Creek, Childs Meadow, and Mineral, there are no threats to the control line. Newman said that there is a pocket north of Highway 36 that is continuing to burn, and though it is producing a lot of smoke, it is burning back into itself.

Everything continues to look good for the Almanor Basin, though there will be small ground fires for quite some time, as logs and stumps burn out.

There will be a West Zone community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. that can be viewed live on Facebook or via Zoom. A recording of the meeting will be posted to Facebook and inciweb following the live broadcast.

East Zone
In Genesee Valley, resources continue to mop up around structures. Firefighters are holding the fire, which has made its way down to the road, while continuing to catch any spots or slops at the road. On the Walker Fire scar slopover, crews and dozers continue to make progress building direct line.

In the Peters Creek area firefighters are going direct on the fire’s edge, mopping up and patrolling around all the structures. Last night, PSD drones were used to moderate fire behavior as the fire made its way down the hill. Today, crews will continue to work prepping houses and minimizing any spread in and around Taylorville. Additional water sources are being moved into Taylorsville. A contingency line above Taylorsville has been completed to provide a place for firefighters to take a stand if the fire continue to progress toward town.

As for the Grizzly spot fire, the Black Mountain Hotshots were able to start line on the southern end, west side, of the spot. The spot fire has not crossed Grizzly Ridge heading south. Dozers, feller bunchers, and masticators are working to construct and reinforce indirect lines on Grizzly Ridge, while additional contingency line construction continues south of Grizzly Ridge in case the fire continues to move that direction. This is the area of the fire that threatens East Quincy/Quincy, Greenhorn, and the Highway 70 corridor communities.

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