The Dixie Fire grew by 12,000 acres overnight along the Butte/Plumas County line. As of Thursday, July 22, it had burned 103,910 acres and was 17 percent contained.
At Wednesday night’s briefing, an incident commander said crews were making progress cutting off the fire from reaching Lake Almanor. The fire has burned up to Butt Lake Reservoir. Firefighters were also preparing for structure protection in the Bucks Lake area. Eight structures have been confirmed as destroyed. CAL FIRE said the destroyed structures are in Tobin, Belden, and Caribou. Damage assessments are ongoing.
A large spot fire burned at least 100 acres in the Eagle Peak area on the fire’s eastern edge. That was one of the top priorities overnight. This map shows the most recent fire activity and where the fire is burning the hottest.
Evacuation orders and warnings were issued Wednesday for the areas around Lake Almanor and Chester. People are watching the growth of the fire very closely. As of Wednesday night, there were 3,200 people under evacuation orders in Plumas County and 50 people in Butte County.
The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said they are getting help patrolling the evacuated areas from agencies in many counties, including Shasta, Butte, Tehama, and Trinity Counties.