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Update: Dixie Fire Grows By 70,000 Acres Since Monday

The Dixie Fire grew by another 24,000 acres overnight, now 844,000 acres. Containment has improved to 52%. Crews are fighting hard to keep the fire from reaching Old Station. Highway 44 is closed at the junction with Highway 89 at Old Station, and Lassen County has issued an evacuation order for north of Highway 44 to Crater Lake Campground. The Dixie is still very active on multiple fronts, including inside Lassen Park, where more than 59,000 acres have burned. The Park Service says fuels reduction projects from previous years, including the removal of thousands of dead and dying trees, have proven effective in slowing the fire’s growth. The Union Pacific fire train has been working the area along with state and federal firefighters. On the east side, the fire was very active in the Mount Ingall, Red Clover Creek areas. Contingency lines are being built along Grizzly Ridge, as well as Greenhorn, Portola and Lake Davis, where the fire threatens to double back on itself. Well over 700 homes are confirmed destroyed, along with hundreds of commercial and other structures. More than 14,000 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.