9AM Friday: Dixie Fire Grows Over 100,00 Acres To Nearly 433,000 Acres

Explosive is a word being used by fire managers on the Dixie Fire, which has defied all predictive computer modeling as it continues to expand at alarming rates. It’s grown more than 100,000 acres in a day, now at 432,800 acres, still with 35% containment. After the destruction of Greenville, other communities are taking heed of evacuation orders and warnings. Chester is still in danger but breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as the first wave of fire skirted around the outside of town. Vast areas are under mandatory evacuation, though some people are apparently still refusing to leave. The fire continues to spread around both sides of Lake Almanor, forcing the evacuation of Chester and all of the western shore, as well as much of the eastern shore and peninsula. Westwood has also been ordered to evacuate. Prattville, Taylorsville, Big Meadows, Twain, Seneca, and many more; the list of communities in the path of the fire is staggering. Orders in Eastern Tehama County have been expanded to include Wilson Lake, Wilson Creek and Slate Creek. The Dixie Fire has burned into the Lassen Volcanic National Park. The entire park has been closed to allow access for firefighters. Tens of thousands of structures are threatened, and an unknown number have been destroyed. The Dixie Fire started in the Feather River Canyon July 13th, apparently from a PG&E equipment failure.