Heartland Fire is latest local agency to send firefighters to Dixie Fire

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A July 19, 2021 photo shows a San Miguel Fire & Rescue firefighter in Butte County fighting the Dixie Fire. (San Miguel Fire & Rescue/Twitter)

SAN DIEGO — Heartland Fire is the latest local agency to send firefighters north to help battle the Dixie Fire, which is burning more than 85,000 acres near the site of the deadly 2018 Paradise Fire.

The fire and rescue agency shared photos on Twitter Tuesday showing some of the first responders who are part of a San Diego County strike team that will try to help gain control of the raging fire.

In a 7:45 a.m. update, Cal Fire said the fire near Feather River Canyon in Butte County is now burning 85,479 acres at 15% containment. Two structures have been destroyed and hundreds of others are threatened, Cal Fire said.

San Miguel Fire & Rescue also sent a crew over the weekend. The agency said the firefighters were doing well and working hard as they faced extreme fire behavior coupled with high temperatures.

Smoke from the Dixie Fire and other wildfires in the West, including one in Oregon that’s currently the largest in the U.S., are creating hazy skies as far away as New York.

In Alpine County, the Tamarack Fire spurred evacuations of several communities as it grew to 61 square miles with no containment.

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