The Dixie Fire became the second largest fire in California history. The fire, which broke out on July 13, is not expected to be extinguished until about August 20.
Plumas County authorities say three people were still missing Sunday in the northern California town of Greenville, which was devastated by massive fires last Wednesday. Nearly eight hundred residents were evacuated shortly before the fire reached the city center. Firefighters rescued the rest after the fire reached Greenville.
The fire has now spread over an area of more than 1,875 km2Barely 20 percent of it is under control now. Only bushfires in August 2020 destroyed more of the surface. Of the eight largest wildfires in California, 7 occurred after August 2020.
Meanwhile, thousands of residents have fled the area where the Dixie Fires started. Many have taken refuge in makeshift camps – or even tents – often unaware that their homes have withstood the fire. So far, about 370 homes and other buildings have been destroyed.
Governor Gavin Newsom visited the city’s ruins this weekend and expressed his “deep appreciation” for the work of the 5,000 firefighters fighting day and night against a fire larger than the size of Los Angeles.
According to a preliminary investigation, a falling tree on one of the thousands of electrical cables that crisscross the landscape is the cause of the fire. This power line belongs to the private Pacific Gas & Company (PG&E), which caused a camp fire in 2018 that nearly wiped Paradise City off the map and killed 86 people.
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