Firefighter Battling Dixie Fire Dies As Fire Surpasses 900,000 Acres

The Dixie Fire has grown to 917,600 acres, and it’s now 59% contained. It’s been very active from Lassen Park to the Pacific Coast Trail and up to the Hat Creek Drainage, where it’s tied into Badger Flats. Winds on Monday caused the closure of Highway 44 from Old Station to Road A-21. The fight is still heavy south of Janesville and Milford along Highway 395. Crews are in patrol status along Highways 32, 36 and 89. The southeast corner of the fire is raging, with crews getting support from 14 helicopters, 6 scoopers and 2 very large air tankers. Crews are still busy with structure protection in Dixie Valley and Grizzly Heights. Fire also remains seated south of Taylorsville in the Devils Punchbowl. A firefighter on the Dixie Fire died of an illness on 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 PG&E equipment failure.