Dixie Fire: Thick smoke and strong winds continue near Susanville

As the Dixie Fire continues to grow and threaten communities, several people are worried about those that could be in its path, but crews are working hard to stay ahead of the flames and protect communities like Susanville.

Posted: Aug 21, 2021 7:02 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2021 11:26 AM

SUSANVILLE, Calif. - As the Dixie Fire continues to grow and threaten communities, several people are worried about those that could be in its path.

But crews are working hard to stay ahead of the flames and protect communities like Susanville.

Action News Now spoke with Field Public Information Officer Steve McQuillan who is currently in Susanville and asked him what the conditions are like up there.

McQuillan said they are experiencing wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph on Saturday and since the winds are coming from the southwest, there is a lot more smoke in the area.

Compared to the blue skies they saw yesterday, the winds and heavy smoke are making some concerned, but he said the fire is currently not moving towards the city.

“There’s a lot of smoke in the air,” McQuillan explained. “I think understandably, people are nervous when you look outside, you see white, and you smell smoke. What they don’t understand is that the smoke is carrying from miles away. The other night along 395, it got pretty inky there for a bit with incredible winds. I mean, just incredible winds.”

“Wind, fuel, and topography. Those three combined are making this monster just a difficult beast to put down,” he continued.

McQuillan said there are fire information boards placed strategically throughout the Susanville area and are updated every day.

Below is a list of those fire information board locations:

  • Walmart: 2900 Main St, Susanville
  • Safeway: 2970 Main St, Susanville
  • Lassen Community College: 478-200 CA-139, Susanville
  • Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel: 900 Skyline Rd, Susanville
  • Susanville Supermarket IGA: 50 Grand Ave, Susanville

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Areas of fog are possible to start your Tuesday, but we'll end up sunny, warmer, and have gusty north winds Tuesday afternoon. Winds will diminish through the day on Wednesday, and we'll stay very warm. Dry and warm conditions will persist through this weekend, but wet and cooler weather is projected to return next week.
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