The Dixie Fire jumped over Highway 44, spreading the fire towards Old Station yesterday afternoon [source]. Fortunately, evacuation orders for the town came in Wednesday evening [source]. One evacuee said:
“I had most of my stuff already packed, so we just loaded up the truck and then we saw the fire coming over the ridge. And it’s like, ‘okay, good timing; good time to leave. Really breaks my heart to see the mountain burn up in all those pretty trees. The area was so beautiful and now it’s going to be black stumps hanging there.” – Local Resident Michael Tallman [source]
Additionally, due to the small population of Old Station (51 people total), there have been no reported deaths or serious injuries.
“We’re a very close-knit community because there’s only 51 people in the population there. Everyone knows everybody and we all look out for each other. So, if there’s anyone that has family up in Old Station know that they’re out of there and they’re safe. There hasn’t been any tragedies.” – Local Resident Michael Tallman [source]
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