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1,000 firefighters expected by nightfall to fight Dixie Fire | Evacuations, fire maps, updates

According to the latest figures from Cal Fire, the Dixie Fire grew to 1,200 acres in roughly 16 hours.

PULGA, Calif — Cal Fire says they're planning to have 1,000 firefighters on the ground and in the air by nightfall to fight the Dixie Fire

Fire crews worked throughout Tuesday night in an attempt to slow the spread of the Dixie Fire burning in California in Butte and Plumas Counties, which is near the site of the 2018 Camp Fire. 

Cal Fire reported on Wednesday morning the Dixie Fire grew to 1,200 acres with no containment. The fire was first reported to be one to two acres in size around 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to an initial incident report.   

Cal Fire tweeted crews will be attempting to contain the flames throughout the night.  

Officials said ground access has been the biggest challenge in the firefight due to lack of paved roads nearby. Airdrops continue to drop gallons of water onto the blaze.

Tap here to see the fire on the Alert Wildfire camera network.

As the fire grew, the Butte County Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation warning for the Pulga and East Concow areas. 

According to Cal Fire, the Dixie Fire is burning away from any populated areas in Butte County. 

Credit: Alert Wildfire Camera
Image of the Dixie Fire as seen from the Alert Wildfire Camera at Flea Mountain

Accounts to follow:

Evacuation Warnings, Live Map

  • Pulga
  • East Concow

A live evacuation map from Butte County is available below.

Wildfire Maps

WILDFIRE PREPS

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.

WATCH: What you need to know to prepare, stay safe for wildfires

The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.

Some counties use Nixle alerts to update residents on severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your zip code to 888777 to start receiving alerts. 

Read more: Are you wildfire ready? Here's what to do to prepare for fire season.

PG&E customers can also subscribe to alerts via text, email, or phone call. If you're a PG&E customer, visit the Profile & Alerts section of your account to register.

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