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Crews establish base camp in Chico for Dixie Fire

Fire crews on the Dixie Fire officially established their base camp at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds on Friday night.

Posted: Jul 17, 2021 8:34 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2021 10:21 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Fire crews on the Dixie Fire officially established their base camp at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds on Friday night.

The camp has everything from the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE to law enforcement in the case any evacuation warnings or orders go into place.

All of this, as CAL FIRE Captain Chris Bruno said, is to help support the crews on the fire lines and the surrounding community.

“Basically, we are one big team working together on this fire to, quite honestly, put it out as soon as possible and get our community members back to their homes safely,” he said.

CAL FIRE said they are currently developing contingency lines south of Morris Lake and have established tipping points so, if necessary, evacuations can be much smoother.

And although it is early in the fire season to see this many firefighters from out of our area, CAL FIRE said they are thankful to get these resources early on.

“I truly appreciate the way this community has opened up their arms and embraced us and welcomed us to help out with this incident,” Bruno continued. “We’ve always had a great history with working with the community here, so we want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to come and assist during this time.”

While there are no threats to communities right now, CAL FIRE wants to encourage people to pack a to-go bag and be ready in case of an emergency.

All staffed information boards for the Dixie Fire can be found at these locations:

  • Magalia: Rite Aid
  • Paradise: Save Mart
  • Sterling City: The community center and volunteer fire department
  • Butte Meadows: Bambi Inn

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