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Some Dixie Fire Evacuation Orders In Shasta County Downgraded

The Dixie Fire grew has only grown a couple of hundred acres in 24 hours, now 960,500 acres, and 75% contained. Most of the interior was relatively quiet Monday. However, conditions are just as dry as they were before last week’s rains and a wind event could easily blow the fire back to life. Some residents in Old Station were allowed to return after the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office downgraded the evacuation orders to warnings Tuesday morning. Fire remains very active in the Grizzly Peak and Devil’s Punchbowl area. Almost 1600 miles of dozer line has been cut. 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. More than 1,300 structures have been destroyed. A Pacific Gas & Electric troubleshooter spent nearly two hours in federal court Monday fielding questions about whether the utility could have turned off the electricity sooner on a power line suspected of sparking the Dixie Fire two months ago. The grilling came before a federal judge who is overseeing PG&E’s criminal probation after the utility’s gas lines blew up part of a suburban neighborhood in 2010. The judge is weighing whether he should impose more stringent conditions on PG&E before his authority expires in January. PG&E says it shares the judge’s concern for safety.