First responder dies battling Dixie Fire in Northern California, CAL FIRE says

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Sunday, September 5, 2021
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A first responder assigned to the Dixie Fire has died, Cal Fire said Saturday in an incident update.

GREENVILLE, Calif. (KGO) -- A first responder assigned to the Dixie Fire has died, CAL FIRE announced Saturday in an incident update.

A representative with CAL FIRE told our sister station KXTV in Sacramento the individual was suffering from a previous illness.

The first responder was an assistant fire engine operator with the Lassen National Forest, according to a spokesperson. He died on Saturday.

Three other first responders battling the fire have been injured.

The Dixie Fire has burned more than 889,000 acres across five Northern California counties and is 56% contained, making it the second largest recorded wildfire in California history.

Stay with ABC7 News on this developing story.

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