PULGA — Though the Dixie Fire grew by several thousand more acres Wednesday and containment didn’t change, fire officials said crews are making progress and remain optimistic they will get a handle on the fire “very soon.”

The Dixie Fire had grown to 91,628 acres by Wednesday evening. The containment on the fire remains at 15 percent. The fire grew by about 15,000 acres overnight Tuesday, and approximately 6,000 acres between Wednesday morning and evening.

Tony Brownell, Cal Fire operations section chief, led Wednesday night’s briefing going over details of the fire map, which appeared to show significant growth on the north and east sides of the fire, also referred to the as the head, right flank and right shoulder of the fire.

Priority areas included above Bucks Lake, where 40 engines are positioned for structure defense. A spot fire also developed near the Eagle Rock area, which firefighters were working to contain as the top priority, Brownell said.

Cal Fire said 10-15 mile per hour winds with gusts up to 25 mph were expected overnight, and the fire is likely to remain active.

According to Cal Fire incident commander Nick Truax, eight structures, which appear to be a mix of residential and outbuildings, have been destroyed. Truax said the structures all appear to be in the Plumas County areas of Tobin, Belden and Caribou. A team has been brought in to gather more specifics on those structures.

An estimated 1,500 structures are currently threatened.

Though firefighters highlighted progress Wednesday, a number of evacuation orders and warnings were expanded in Plumas County, indicative of the active threat the fire has on several communities.

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