Crews Holding Dixie Fire South Of Highway 44

The Dixie Fire has burned 865,700 acres. Containment is at 55%. Thursday crews worked to remove dead standing trees from Lassen Park to allow crews to work directly on the fire’s edge. Firefighters have successfully held the fire south of Highway 44. Hot spots were mitigated near Westwood and Almanor. Crews are trying to protect Davis Lake. The fire has pushed northeast of Queens Creek toward Black Mountain and reached the escarpment above Highway 395. Structure protection continues in Milford, Clover Valley, Dixie Valley, Genesee, Taylorsville, Greenhorn and Cromberg. Lines are completed for the Mineral area. Direct and indirect lines are being built to protect the Old Station area. 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. 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.