The Dixie Fire started on July 13, 2021 in Feather River Canyon southeast of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The fire is burning on Plumas National Forest and Lassen National Forest, and in Lassen Volcanic National Park and in five counties: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama. To maximize resources and efficiency, the Dixie Fire is being managed in two cooperative zones: West and East. Lassen Volcanic National Park is included in the West Zone.
Lassen Volcanic National Park, in unified command with USFS and CAL FIRE, is implementing a full suppression strategy. Lassen Volcanic and its Unified Command partners stand with the communities impacted by and threatened by the Dixie Fire.
Lassen Volcanic National Park, in unified command with USFS and CAL FIRE, is implementing a full suppression strategy. The park superintendent has authorized all firefighting tactical requests that have been made by the Incident Management Team. This has led to the use of numerous tools from the firefighting toolbox, including:
Retardant drops when necessary;
Air operations: to date, only helicopter bucket work has been possible due to smoke and wind, but fixed-wing aircraft, including “Super Scoopers” are also approved and assigned to fire to be used as conditions allow;
Bulldozers: dozer lines in the Lost Creek Campground area connect to dozer lines on USDA Forest Service lands, as well as at Butte Lake and at Juniper Lake;
Handline: firefighters have built handline connecting to the Park and Forest dozer lines, creating a buffer;
Heavy equipment is being used to improve existing roads and trails for firefighting;
Mastication along the portion of the park highway;
Chainsaw use in the Lassen Volcanic Wilderness;
Burnout operations to slow the spread of the fire; and
Fighting the fire with direct control lines on the fire's edge.
In addition to crews being brought in from other locations, park firefighters are also assigned to the incident, working on handcrews, a Branch Section Chief, Resource Advisors, and numerous other roles within the incident.
Dixie Fire Impacts within the Park
Acres Burned within the Park:
73,067 (68%) as of 9/21
Status of Structures and Facilities
Information related to structure and facility loss is dynamic due to the nature of fire activity. Updates will be posted on an ongoing basis as information becomes available. Last edited: 9/17/2021
Confirmed Intact or Minimal Damage
Confirmed Damaged or Destroyed
Drakesbad Guest Ranch lodge, dining hall, cottage, pool house, bunk house, 4 cabins, horse corral, and 1 bungalow unit (3&4)
2 bungalow units (1&2 and 5&6), annex and water treatment plant destroyed
Warner Valley Ranger Station
Warner Valley Campground
5 feet of boardwalk near Warner Valley Trailhead burned
2 of 3 Mill Creek Falls Trail bridges destroyed, 1 minimally burned
Bumpass Hell basin boardwalk
Upper Kings Creek Meadow (visible from highway)
Kings Creek Picnic Area minimally to moderately affected
Butte Lake Ranger Station
Butte Lake Campground, stock corral and water tank and treatment plant
Butte Lake Day Use Area
Summit Lake Ranger Station
Summit Lake Campground
Twin Lakes Patrol Cabin
Devastated Area - picnic area and trail minimally affected
Manzanita Lake Area, including Loomis Museum, Ranger Station, Discovery Center, Campground, Camper Store, and Amphitheater remains unaffected
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team initiated an assessment of the Dixie Fire in Lassen Volcanic National Park on September 9. The interagency team includes specialists who are completing a rapid assessment of natural and cultural resources affected by the Dixie Fire. This includes recreation facilities, infrastructure, cultural resources, watershed and hydrology, fish and wildlife habitat, rare plants, and invasive species.
Once assessment is complete, the BAER Team will identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical park resources and recommend actions to implement emergency stabilization measures. This park-specific BAER Team is working in tandem with the USFS BAER Team, which began its assessment of the Dixie Fire in Plumas and Lassen National Forests on August 19.
BAER is one part of a of post-fire response that includes fire suppression damage repair, post-fire emergency stabilization and rehabilitation (BAER), and long-term fire restoration.
Soil Burn Severity
Soil burn severity for a portion of the park area affected by the Dixie Fire is available from the US Forest Service (USFS) Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program. The USFS BAER Phase 2 map indicates mostly low to moderate soil burn severity across the areas analyzed, including within the park.
A moderate soil burn severity indicates that fallen needles, leaves, and small plants burned at the soil surface. In these areas, the remaining soil may not absorb water which can result in increased runoff, soil erosion, and potential debris flows.