PODCAST #89: Teams Race Rain to Mitigate Toxic Debris Flows, Advance Dixie Fire Recovery

October 22nd, 2021

Photo of Jerry Sipe


In this episode (#89) we talk with Jerry Sipe, recovery manger for Dixie and Beckwourth Complex Fires in Plumas County.

He talks about how the utter devastation in Greenville, a town of about 1,100 in Plumas County, has left a debris field from one end to the other, as well as destroyed homes scattered throughout the area. While crews are making good progress debris cleanup and removal of hazardous waste caused by the fire, there’s still a large number of homeowners who have not signed a right of entry (ROE) form to allow crews to access the property to clean it. And that’s a problem, especially with the wet season arriving; rain causes debris flows, and that can contaminate ground water.



Debris Removal Prog.


Cal OES Debris Removal


SBA Disaster Asst.



Dixie Fire Recovery


Debris Flow Mitigation


Dixie Fire Incident




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A Phoenix Rising in Greenville After the Dixie Fire Destroys Town, Fire Station, Truck

October 12th, 2021

Bob Orange and Shawn Boyd sitting on fire truck front bumper

The Dixie Fire was a tough one. It started on July 13, 2021, and is still burning (as of this post on Oct. 12) on the Plumas National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and in five counties: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama. It has burned 963,309 acres and is currently 94% contained.

The town of Greenville, population just over 1100, suffered catastrophic damage due to the Dixie; most buildings and many homes were destroyed.

In this episode (#88) we met with the resident fire chief, Bob Orange, at his new, though temporary, fire house to talk about the fire, his department, and what’s next for this critical community service — the Indian Valley Fire Department.


Dixie Fire Info

InciWeb Dixie Fire

CalFire Dixie Fire 


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