Dry Canyon Bridge and Dixie Fire Update
Announcement Number: CN2021-48
Categories: General Announcements
Posted Date: July 30, 2021
To Our Customers,
We continue to make progress restoring service to our Dry Canyon Bridge north of Redding, California. Thanks to the dedication of our Engineering and Operating teams, who have been working around the clock to restore service, we have moved the estimated reopening date from mid-August to early August.
Although service across the bridge will be restored soon, we expect to see continued transit delays over the next few weeks as we reposition resources. We plan to stage inbound trains at strategic locations to assist in working off the backlog of trains, which will help expedite delivery to customers once the bridge has reopened.
The Dixie Fire, just north of Oroville, California, has now grown to 220,000 acres and is only 23 percent contained. Earlier this week, the fire jumped our tracks, damaging the decking on two bridges on the route north of Oroville. We expect these bridges to reopen for service by the middle of next week. We continue to work closely with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to minimize any potential fire damage. Firefighters also continue to ride our water trains and assist our crews in protecting structures.
We appreciate your patience as we continue to work to safely restore service. If you have any questions, please contact Customer Care & Support at 800-272-8777 or your Union Pacific representative.