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Update: Dixie Fire Grows Over 11,000 Acres Overnight, Containment Edges Up

The Dixie Fire only grew by about 3,300 acres Wednesday, but then it burned more than 11,000 acres overnight. It’s now 859,500 acres. Containment has improved to 55%. Lines are completed for the Mineral area. Direct and indirect lines are being built to protect the Old Station area. Contingency lines and structure protection is underway north of Janesville and south of Milford. Lassen County has issued an evacuation order for north of Highway 44 to Crater Lake Campground, and for the Milford area west of Highway 395. Good progress has been made in Lassen Park, where more than 59,000 acres have burned. 40 mile-an-hour winds have pushed the fire toward Ferris Flat and south of Johnson Hill. Crews are battling spot fires that have jumped lines in Clover Valley. Well over 700 homes are confirmed destroyed, along with hundreds of commercial and other structures. 3 firefighters have been injured. The Dixie Fire started in the Feather River Canyon July 13th, apparently from a PG&E equipment failure.