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State secures FEMA grant for Dixie Fire response | Update

The Dixie Fire has burned 61,376 acres in Butte and Plumas counties, yet still 15% contained, according to Cal Fire's recent update.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — According to Cal Fire's Tuesday morning update, the Dixie Fire has burned 61,376 acres.

Cal Fire Operations Section Chief Tony Brownell said the Dixie Fire another active day that pushed the fire to the north and east.  Firefighters made control lines to reinforce the perimeter as they continue the fire fight from the air and the ground.

According to a press release from Gov. Newsom's office, the state has secured a "Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Dixie Fire burning in Butte and Plumas Counties." The grant allows local, state and tribal agencies responding to the wildfire to applying for 75% reimbursement of fire suppression costs. 

Caltrans District 2 said that Highway 70 remains closed from Grandview Station to the junction with State Route 89 due to the fire.

The fire has grown from 59,984 to 61,376 acres and containment remains at 15%. According to the update, the fire will still be active overnight but firefighters will be providing structural defense in communities surrounding the area. Fire resources are arriving to help fight the fire. 

Accounts to follow:

Evacuation order

  • Jonesville and Philbrook areas in Butte County
  • High Lakes in Plumas County: Recreational area of Plumas County east of the Butte/Plumas County line
  • Plumas/Butte County line east to Twain in Plumas County: Includes both sides of Highway 70 in the areas of Rock Creek, Storrie, Tobin, Belden, Caribou Rich Bar, and Twain
  • Meadow Valley & Bucks Lake: Bucks Lake Road at Snake Lake Road west to the Plumas/Butte County line, including the area of Tollgate.
  • Caribou Road north to the Humbug Road and Humboldt Road intersection: This includes Belden Reservoir and Butt Valley Reservoir.
  • Prattville Butt Reservoir Road and everything west to the Butte-Plumas County line
  • The community of Seneca south to Highway 70
  • From Twain east to Paxton and the Greenville Wye (Highway 89 at Highway 70)

Evacuation warning

  • Tehama County line east to Old Loma Road
  • Carpenter Ridge east to Skyway
  • Skyway north from Humbug Summit line to Butte Creek

Evacuation centers

Road Closures

  • State Route 70 from 14.3 miles east of the State Route 191 junction in Butte County
  • State Route 70 at the north junction of State Route 89 and Greenville Wye
  • Camp Creek Road
  • Oroville-Quincy Highway at Plains Rd (Four Trees)
  • Bucks Lake Rd at River Dance

Butte County Evacuation Map

A live evacuation map from Butte County is available below.

Wildfire Map

Over 800 structures are threatened by the fire, while only so far two have been destroyed. 

WILDFIRE PREPS

According to Cal Fire, 2020 was one of the most severe fire seasons on record as 9,917 wildfires burned 4.2 million acres. Over 9,000 structures were destroyed, and 31 people (civilians and firefighters) were killed. 

California also experienced its first "Gigafire" because of the August Complex Fire, burning over 1 million acres by itself. Four of California's top five largest wildfires in state history happened in 2020. 

If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.

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The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.

Some counties use Nixle alerts to update residents on severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your zip code to 888777 to start receiving alerts. 

RELATED: Are you wildfire ready? Here's what to do to prepare for fire season.

PG&E customers can also subscribe to alerts via text, email, or phone call. If you're a PG&E customer, visit the Profile & Alerts section of your account to register. 

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