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Wildfire Update: Dodge Fire in Northern Lassen County Grows to 3,500 Acres

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The Dodge Fire on Monday afternoon. -BLM Photo
The Dodge Fire on Monday afternoon. -BLM Photo

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A wind-fanned wildfire has consumed about 3,500 acres of sagebrush, grass and juniper trees on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in a remote part of Lassen County.

The Dodge Fire, named for nearby Dodge Reservoir, started Monday, August 4th, at about 2:00p.m. The cause is under investigation. There are a few isolated ranching cabins in the fire area about 17 miles northeast of Ravendale, but none have been damaged.

Officials at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center said the blaze burned actively through the night Monday, and was spreading to the north and east today.

Resources including crews, fire engines, bulldozers and water tenders were continuing to arrive at the fire. At least two helicopters were assigned.

The fire is burning in an area that provides habitat for greater sage-grouse, wildlife, and wild horse and burro herds. The area supports livestock grazing as well.

Information on the fire will be updated periodically on Inciweb, the national incident information website, http://inciweb.nwcg.gov.

SIFC officials said it is critical that people are careful with any outdoor use of fire, as fire dangers are escalating quickly because of drought effects and hot, windy weather. Firefighting resources are stretched thin because of wildfires burning across northern California.

-BLM Photo
-BLM Photo
Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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