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In 2021, the Dixie Fire raced through dense vegetation, dried by drought, until it had burned nearly a million acres. Effects of the fire within Lassen Volcanic National Park are generally more moderate than other areas of the fire. Weather, firefighting efforts, and past fuel reduction helped to slow the fire's progression through the park and resulted in more varied levels of burn severity. Forest management offers hope in the face of larger and more extreme wildfires fueled by climate change.
The Dixie Fire started on July 13, 2021 in Feather River Canyon southeast of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The fire entered the southeast corner of the park near Juniper Lake on August 5, 2021 at which point Lassen Volcanic National Park entered into unified command with USFS and CAL FIRE to implement a full suppression strategy.
Dixie Fire Timeline
Dixie Fire (DF) | Lassen Volcanic National Park (LVNP)
Full Suppression Strategy
The Dixie Fire was 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, implemented a full suppression strategy. The park superintendent authorized all firefighting tactical requests that were been made by the Incident Management Team. This led to the use of numerous tools from the firefighting toolbox, including:
Park firefighters assigned to the incident included handcrews, a Branch Section Chief, Resource Advisors, and numerous other roles within the incident.
Dixie Fire News Releases
Last updated: August 22, 2023