Battle Against Massive Dixie Fire Enters 9th Week

The Dixie Fire grew by only 10,000 acres over the weekend, but remained very active on the interior. It’s 960,300 acres, and now 67% contained. Old Station and other Shasta County evacuations remain in effect, but good progress has been made on widening and reinforcing containment lines north of Highway 44. Smoldering continues in the Lake Almanor area, but no flare-ups. The fire remains very active in the Devil’s Punchbowl and the Dixie Valley. Lines are being strengthened along Highway 395 to keep it away from Milford. A firefighter on the Dixie Fire died of an illness and 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.