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Dixie Fire Grows Over 22,000 Acres, Old Station Evacuated

It’s not yet known what effect the overnight rains are having on the Dixie Fire, but new evacuations have been ordered for Shasta County. The Dixie has grown 22,000 acres to 950,600 acres, and it’s 59% contained. All of Old Station has been ordered to evacuate, including everything east of Highway 89 at Doty Road and Bidwell Road east to the Pacific Crest Trail. It also includes everyone on Highway 44 from the Lassen County line and all roads between the Lassen Park entrance and the Bridge Campground. A temporary evacuation point is the Safeway in Burney. Additional crews, including the California National Guard, have been brought to build and reinforce lines protecting Hat Creek and Old Station. Lines have held above Janesville and Milford despite 50 miles an hour winds. Lines have also held for Horton Ridge, Dixie Valley and Diamond Mountain. South of Taylorsville in the Devils Punchbowl, fire is inaccessible but helicopters have been working it. A firefighter on the Dixie Fire died of an illness last week. 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 PG&E equipment failure.