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The Latest on Six Huge North State Fires

The Dixie Fire is now 750,700 acres and 46% contained. Highway 44 is closed at the junction with Highway 89 at Old Station. The Dixie is still active in Lassen Park. Crews have successfully finished a line above Taylorsville. Contingency lines are being built in some areas of concern, such as Quincy and Greenhorn. Well over 700 homes are confirmed destroyed, along with hundreds of commercial and other structures. 12,000 remain threatened. 3 firefighters have been injured. The Dixie Fire started in the Feather River canyon July 13th, apparently from a PG&E equipment failure. A community meeting will be held at the Fire Department in Old Station on Saturday at 3 o’clock.

Highway 299 has reopened to through traffic between Helena and Burnt Ranch, but only with a pilot car at certain designated times. Those are 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm. The highway will be closed overnight except for local residents with proof.

Highway 36 through the MacFarlane Fire zone in Trinity County has reopened in both directions without restrictions.

Crews continue making good progress on the McFarland Fire, now 122,700 acres and 93% contained. At least 24 homes and 22 other structures have been destroyed. Solid containment lines have been completed in Beegum Gorge and crews will continue to strengthen those lines, and along Highway 36. A contingency line is being built on the northern side of the highway above Platina across Knob Peak. All evacuation orders for Shasta County are reduced to warnings. Tehama County evacuation orders remain for all areas west of Vestal Road and Weemasoul Road to the county line, north to Highway 36, south to Pettyjohn Road and into the north edge of the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel.

Evacuation warnings have been lifted for much of the area surrounding the Monument Fire. Evacuation orders remain for parts of Hayfork and Junction City, as well as Helena and Barker Mountain. More than 8,000 homes are still threatened by the Monument Fire, which has burned more than 160,100 acres and is 22% contained. 21 structures, along with 29 minor structures, have been destroyed. 2 firefighters have been injured.

The River Complex in Klamath National Forest started as more than a dozen lightning fires on July 30th. There are now three main fires that total more than 90,100 acres, with 19% containment. An evacuation order is in effect for Cecilville, Summerville, Petersburg and Coffee Creek.

The Antelope Fire is another Klamath lightning fire. It’s raging in the Antelope Creek drainage, now more than 71,250 acres with containment of 41%. Evacuation orders remain in effect for Duck Lake, Mount Hebron, Four Corners, Three Sisters, Medicine Lake, Payne Springs, Blanche Lake, Bullseye and Shasta Wood.

The McCash Fire in the Marble Mountain Wilderness in the area of Ten Bear Mountain and McCash Creek has now burned more than 25,700 acres with no containment.