The view of the Dixie Fire from Claremont in Quincy. Residents reported seeing flames from throughout the American Valley. Photo submitted

July 22 on the Dixie Fire: Surpasses 103,000 acres UPDATED

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: Operations Section Chief Mike Wink presented a good overall description of the fire this morning. The fire on the north left shoulder has reached Humbug Meadow. Continuing east to Butt Lake, the fire has reached the lake’s edge. A fire that spotted over the lake has been put out.

Down toward Caribou Road, the fire is in the Caribou drainage, but crews are making progress..

The spot fire at Eagle Rock, which forced advisory evacuations last night, has grown to 300 acres in inaccessible territory, but firefighters are trying to box it in with an air attack and ground crews where possible. The fire is within one-quarter mile of high tension power lines, and the goal is to protect them. Though they are currently providing power, it could become an issue later today.

Crews are putting direct line around Bucks Lake and Meadow Valley. They are also opening up the dozer lines from last year’s Bear Fire (part of the North Complex).


Original story: This morning July 22 the Dixie Fire is 103,910 acres and remains 17 percent contained. It continues to threaten a number of communities. Perhaps because the Dixie Fire is so widespread and it’s difficult to share specific information, fire officials are keeping their briefings just that: brief.

“Moderate fire behavior with short-range spotting, uphill runs and flanking observed overnight. Evacuation Orders and Warnings in effect for multiple communities. Firefighters continued construction on control lines and engaged in structure defense overnight. Fire is going to continue to move Northeast. Air and ground firefighting resources will work together to strengthen and improve control lines. The fire is burning in a remote area with limited access and steep terrain. High temperatures a little above seasonal normal will continue for Thursday.”
A Type 1 Interagency Team will be established at the Plumas Sierra County fairgrounds tomorrow and hopefully, that means more detailed information will be available to share with the residents of Plumas County. In the meantime Plumas News will search for more specific information to share with our readers throughout the day.
The newest evacuation warnings came yesterday evening — Butterfly Valley, Round Valley Reservoir and Long Valley — were added due to a 100-acre spot fire near Eagle Rock. The full list of warnings and mandatory evacuation orders can be found below.

The latest evacuation warnings can be seen in the Sheriff’s bulletin below and by clicking here.