Fawn fire in N. California swells to more than 7,000 acres, but officials ‘optimistic’
The Dixie fire, shown on August 18, 2021 in Milford, California, is 94% contained. - Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

ANDERSON, Calif. — Firefighters faced off against the fast-moving Fawn fire as it edged closer to Shasta Lake on Saturday, hoping to take advantage of lighter winds and cooler temperatures expected to last through the weekend. The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in a rocky quarry area near Bear Mountain Road and has charred 7,544 acres in just three days, leveling at least 100 structures and threatening 9,000 more. Nearly 2,000 residents have been evacuated. Still, Cal Fire officials reported progress: As wind gusts died down Friday, more than 1,600 crews built new containment lines and def...