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Old Station Ordered To Evacuate, Highway 44 Is Closed At The Lassen Park Entrance

The Dixie Fire has burned 927,320 acres, and it’s 59% contained. Mandatory evacuations were ordered Wednesday night for Old Station and the surrounding area due to erratic behavior on the Dixie Fire. Everyone between the Lassen National Park entrance and the Bridge Campground should leave immediately. All areas off Highway 44 from the Lassen County line also are under mandatory evacuation. Road closures are in place on Highway 44 at the Lassen Park entrance and at Wilcox Road north of Old Station. A temporary evacuation point is the Safeway in Burney. Orders also have been issued north of Highway 44 from the Shasta/Lassen County line east to Pittville Road and north to Blacks Mountain. The California National Guard has joined crews on the north side of Highway 44 to help build contingency lines. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe fire train has been delivering 30,000 gallons of water at a time to fill water tenders. Crews are still battling to hold the fire back from Janesville and Milford along the Highway 395 corridor, where they’ve installed thousands of feet of hose and scraped dozer lines 10-blades-wide. A fire weather watch has been issued for the east side through Friday. Very active fire is raging west of Dixie Mountain, and structure protection is underway near Horton Ridge, Dixie Valley and Diamond Mountain. Fire also remains seated south of Taylorsville in the Devils Punchbowl. In the past couple of weeks more than 25 miles of containment line has been built on the south side of the fire. A firefighter on the Dixie Fire died of an illness last Thursday. 3 others have been injured. Well over 700 homes are confirmed destroyed, along with hundreds of commercial and other structures. The Dixie Fire started in the Feather River Canyon July 13th, apparently from a PGE&E equipment failure.