The Dixie wildfire, which has engulfed several areas of Northern California, mainly in the Sierra Nevada mountains, has become the second-largest wildfire in the history of California state. The fire is the largest wildfire currently burning in the United States.
California fire on Sunday morning reported that the fire in Butte and Plumas counties has burned 463,477 acres and is just 21% contained. It has probably grown by now.
The second-largest fire in the state has so far destroyed 404 structures, including the historic town of Greenville. According to Cal fire, they do not expect to be able to fully contain it until later, by August 20.
The Greenville town, which dates to California’s Gold Rush era witnessed the demolition of several buildings. Photos and videos shared on social media suggest that the destruction was widespread.
At least eight people were put on the missing list on Saturday in the fire and rescue operations are underway.
The numbers were released after a day of relief for the firefighters, whose efforts were aided by the less windy weather. Plumas County’s Sheriff’s Office made the announcement about the missing people.
The Dixie Fire is second gravest only after the August Complex fires that burned just last year in the counties of Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake, and Colusa. It spread through over one million acres.
Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in various areas of California. Read the list below.
1- The area south of Hwy 44 from the Lassen County line east to A21
including Silver Lake, Juniper Lake, and the Caribou Wilderness Area -Zone
2- The unpopulated area south of
Mountain Meadows Reservoir from Hamilton Branch waterway east to the
Lassen/Plumas County line. Zone LAS-E019. Please leave the area immediately.