Dixie Fire burns through Lassen Volcanic National Park

Crews are working to stop the Dixie Fire from the air.

Posted: Aug 31, 2021 6:17 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Crews are working to stop the Dixie Fire from the air.

Cellphone video captured the dixie fire burning in the Lassen Volcanic National Park on Tuesday morning. The video showed glowing flames, charred trees, and the smoke coming from the fire.

Road closures are also set up at the entrance of the park.

Windy Morgan is a campground host at the Lassen National Forest for Bridge Campground, which is not too far from the Lassen Volcanic National Park. The fire forced her and her guests to evacuate.

“This is actually our first year. We really like it but we've had to cut our time short because of the fire,” said Windy Morgan.

“We've had to have a lot of them leave because of them closing the whole park and the hunters only got a two-day hunt. We had a lot of people upset about that.”

Morgan came up here after the Camp Fire and going through another fire hasn't been easy.

“Pretty stressed out, makes me want to leave the state,” said Morgan. “But anywhere you're going to run into fire and flood, we just go with it.”

But firefighters continue to actively fight the Dixie Fire.

“Any of these places where we have lots of erratic ground winds can push the fire,” said Mitch Matlow, a public information officer on the Dixie Fire.

“We can't predict where the fire is going to go. All we can do is try to stop it and prevent it.”

But Morgan wonders, for both the Lassen National Forest and the Volcanic National Park, what happens next?

“It's sad, it's really sad,” said Morgan. “It makes me wonder, what they're going to do next year when tourist season opens up again. What's there going to be to see?”

The Lassen Volcanic National Park said it doesn’t know when they'll be able to reopen just yet. they still need to like a hazard and safety issues before reopening.

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