BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. — The number of evacuees in the Dixie Fire has dropped to about 5,195 people, according to Rob Roseen, spokesperson for Cal Fire Incident Management Team 3.
Of those still evacuated, he said 299 are in five temporary shelters set up around the fire. On Sunday morning, figures from Cal OES showed that 5,503 people were evacuated in Lassen County along with about 2,600 in Plumas county; By Sunday evening, Lassen County's number of evacuated people dropped by nearly 2,000 people to 3,603. It's a number that comes after people in Westwood, Clear Creek, and Pine Town were allowed to head back home.
In a 7 p.m. update, fire crews said the Dixie Fire remained active on Sunday even with smoke limiting activity in some areas. However, there's some hope in the forecast.
According to Cal fire, the west zone will be seeing a "much quieter weather pattern" for most of the week. But potential for plume-dominated fire behavior is still a possibility with topography and dry fuels.
"I'm glad to say, for at least a few days, we're not going to have to worry about any strong winds. We're going into a rather quiet weather pattern over the next couple of days," said Joseph Goudsward, incident meteorologist.
Toward the east zone, firefighters said the eastern edge of the fire line towards Janesville is still secure as crews mop up hot spots around structures in Milford. According to Cal Fire, the area has no reported losses.
At this time, more than 1,259 structures have been destroyed in the fire and 91 structures have been damaged. Of the structures destroyed, about 678 were homes. Roughly 12,471 structures are still threatened by the fire.
Accounts to follow:
Evacuations and road closures
- Springs of Hope Church at 59 Bell Ln. in Quincy
- Holy Family Catholic Church 108 Taylor Ave. Portola, CA
- Lassen Community College 478-200 CA-139, Susanville, CA
- Los Molinos Veterans Hall 7980 Sherwood Blvd, Los Molinos, CA
NOTE: The Lassen High School shelter has closed
American Red Cross: Public Information Line (855)-755-7711
Animal Evacuation Centers:
- Plumas County Fairgrounds 204 Fairground Road, Quincy
- 201 Mill Creek Road, Quincy
- Recreation Center 101 Meadowview Lane, Chester
- Tehama County Complex 1830 Walnut Street, Red Bluff
(large and small animals)
- Response for injured wildlife: 1-800-942-6459
- Gold Country Wildlife Rescue: 1-530-885-0862
Dixie Fire Structure Status Map
A live map showing which structures have been destroyed or at risk is available below.
Butte County Evacuation Map
A live evacuation map from Butte County is available below.
An updated map of the acreage of the Dixie Fire.
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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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