Dixie Fire is 100 percent contained, but its scar remains a threat

The Dixie Fire is 100 percent contained. And while the fire itself no longer poses a threat to local communities, this past weekend’s storm is a reminder that its aftermath still does.

According to this morning’s update, Oct. 25, the Dixie Fire is 100 percent contained and burned 963,309 acres with 725 total personnel still assigned to the fire. Many of those remain camped at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds (now inside the large buildings), though fairgrounds manager John Steffanic, said they are scheduled to leave next week.

While crews weren’t able to perform restoration work in the rain and dangerous conditions, the weekend provided a chance to plan. Rain totals ranged from 4 to 12 inches on the East Zone of the fire and 2 to 5 inches on the West Zone. Both zones received snow at the higher elevations.

As the weather clears, personnel will resume work where it is deemed safe to do so — both for the works and for the environment. A drying pattern resumes Tuesday and crews are hopeful that the next 8 to 10 days will allow them to make significant progress on the high priority restoration work.

The Dixie Fire started on July 13 at the base of the Feather River Canyon.