Dixie Fire: First Responder killed in firefighting efforts

A first responder has died in the efforts to control the Dixie Fire, Cal Fire announced Saturday.

The agency provided no other details about the firefighter fatality. At least 18 state and local emergency agencies, utilities and private companies have been involved in the efforts, according to Cal Fire. More than 6,000 workers battled the fire at its peak in mid-August.

The Dixie Fire ignited July 14 above the Cresta Dam, spreading across 889,000 acres in Butte and Plumas counties and becoming the second largest wildfire in California history. The blaze is 56 percent contained, and has caused three firefighter injuries in addition to the death, according to a Saturday evening update. There have been no civilian casualties.

The blaze has destroyed 1,282 homes, businesses and other structures.

Personnel from sheriff’s departments in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Tehama and Shasta counties worked the Dixie Fire, as well as several state agencies, and railroad and timber companies.

As the Dixie Fire has wound down, first responders have been redeployed to the Caldor Fire near Lake Tahoe.

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