New wildfire near Dixie burns more than 1,000 acres despite aggressive initial attack

    KAMIAH, Idaho — Lots of firefighting resources are actively working to suppress the Dixie Fire, burning about 40 miles southeast of Grangeville and 15 miles south of Elk City near the community of Dixie. As of Tuesday, July 6, the fire is estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,500 acres.

    Aviation and ground resources resumed fire suppression operations near Dixie Summit Tuesday morning.

    “Multiple helicopters and large retardant tankers worked on the fire from time of detection to the very last possible minute of daylight yesterday during initial attack,” said Jim Wimer, public affairs specialist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

    The Dixie Fire was detected Monday afternoon. The cause of the fire is unconfirmed, but fire managers believe it was started by lightning.

    Due to the current combination of hot, dry conditions and the accumulations of heavy dead and down fuels, the fire was able to spread rapidly and quickly.


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