The Dixie Fire has destroyed seven historic cabins on the east side Lassen Volcanic National Park, a report said.
Officials from the National Park Service announced that six of the seven burned cabins were privately owned and had been built before the area was designated a national park.
Officials said that the National Park Service owned the seventh and that it was used to accommodate crews who worked in the area.
There were eight cabins total in the Juniper Lake area, which is on the eastern side. According to the park service, seven were owned by private parties.
Jim Richardson, Lassen Volcanic Superintendent, said that Juniper Lake’s unique character is “very special”. “(The cabins), have been passed down through generations and are very important for the history of these families.”
Officials said that only one private cabin was spared from the fire which had scorched 46,950 acres of park land. As of Sunday, the Dixie Fire had blazed approximately 721,300 acres to the east and south of the park. The fire was contained at 37%.
Richardson stated that the fire also burned through Juniper Lake Campground, but it did not completely destroy it.
“It is more of a local’s campground and off-the-beaten-path,” Richardson said. Richardson said that although the campground was destroyed, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is gone. It has yet to be evaluated by us.
Three fires were lit in the park this month. Two fires were lit by lightning. One of the flames was only 30 acres in size. The Morgan Fire eventually grew to approximately 1,000 acres, closer to the park’s western boundary.
According to Ana Beatriz Cholo (a park spokesperson), the Morgan Fire was eventually absorbed into the Dixie Fire.