Dixie Fire

A white fire truck and structure protection equipment in front of two single-story, wooden  buildings amid conifer trees.
Summit Lake Ranger Station and all structures in the Summit Lake Campground, remain intact in part due to successful interagency firefighting leveraging years of work to bolster the area’s wildfire resilience.

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Overview

The Dixie Fire started on July 13, 2021 in Feather River Canyon southeast of Lassen Volcanic National Park. 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.

Active Fire in Eastern Side of Lassen Volcanic

Smoke may be visible as the Dixie Fire consumes unburned pockets of vegetation within control lines. Firefighters are continuing to monitor and respond to fire activity.

 

Partial Park Re-Opening

Portions of Lassen Volcanic National Park that were unaffected by the Dixie Fire will reopened on Monday, October 4. Learn more on the conditions page, in the news release, or view the closure map below.

 
 A map of the park with 80% of the eastern side shaded red to indicate Dixie Fire perimeter closure area or red with horizontal lines to indicate Post-Fire Repair closure. Solid black line shows open highway between the Southwest Entrance and Lassen Peak
Post Dixie Fire Closure Map as of 10/4/2021.
 

General Dixie Fire Information

Information about the Dixie Fire including operations, weather, fire behavior and evacuations are provided by the Incident Management Team (IMT).

 

Full Suppression Strategy

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

Park Area Confirmed Intact or Minimal Damage Confirmed Damaged or Destroyed
Warner Valley 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
Warner Valley Day Use Area
Juniper Lake Juniper Lake Ranger Station
1 of 8 Juniper Lake in-holder cabin 7 of 8 Juniper Lake in-holder cabins, including 1 NPS-owned cabin destroyed
Mt. Harkness Fire Lookout (wooden portions destroyed, stone foundation impacted)
Horseshoe Lake Ranger Cabin
Juniper Lake Campground minimally affected
Juniper Lake Day Use Area
Southwest Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Kings Creek Falls overlook damaged
Southwest Campground 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 Butte Lake Ranger Station
Butte Lake Campground, stock corral and water tank and treatment plant
Butte Lake Day Use Area
Summit Lake Summit Lake Ranger Station
Summit Lake Campground
Twin Lakes Patrol Cabin
Devastated Area - picnic area and trail minimally affected
Manzanita Lake Manzanita Lake Area, including Loomis Museum, Ranger Station, Discovery Center, Campground, Camper Store, and Amphitheater remains unaffected












 
A map of a fire perimeter shown in red covering approximately half of a rectangular park area.
Perimeter of the Dixie Fire within Lassen Volcanic National Park as of September 13, 2021.

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Two people in yellow shirts, green pants, and hard hats record data of a destroyed structure backed by conifer trees burned by wildfire.
Cultural resource specialists on a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team survey the destroyed annex building at Drakesbad Guest Ranch in the Warner Valley Area.

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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.

View the entire Dixie Post-Fire BAER article and map at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7811/66391/. Soil burn severity for the entire park will be provided by the park BAER Team in the near future.

 

Dixie Fire Timeline

Dixie Fire (DF) | Lassen Volcanic National Park (LVNP)

Date

Event

7/13

DF started; cause under investigation

7/16

Lassen National Forest joins Cal Fire in Unified Command

7/23

DF becomes largest California wildfire in 2021.

7/24

Warner Valley and Juniper Lake areas closed and entire park closed to backcountry camping due to DF.

8/5

DF enters the southeast corner of LVNP near the Juniper Lake Area.
LVNP closes due to DF.
LVNP joins USFS and CAL FIRE in Unified Command.

8/6

DF becomes the largest single (non-complex) wildfire in California history.

8/16

Burn out operation in the Southwest Area to reduce south and eastward movement of the lightning-ignited fire on Morgan Summit.

8/17

The town of Mineral, including park headquarters, under evacuation order; park headquarters temporary relocated to Redding.

8/18

Some structure loss confirmed at Drakesbad Guest Ranch including 2 of 4 duplexes and outbuilding near the dining hall.

8/22

Loss of 7 of 8 Juniper Lake cabins confirmed, including 1 NPS-owned cabin.

8/22

Burn out operation in the Butte Lake and Badger Flat/Lost Creek areas to reduce north and eastward movement.

8/23

Evacuation warning for Mineral reduced to warning. Park staff begin restoration of some park operations in Mineral.

 
A 3D map of the park with colors from green to red indicating fire progression through the park from the southeast to the northeast.
Progression map of the Dixie Fire within Lassen Volcanic National Park as of 8/24/2021.
 
 

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