Dixie Fire is Now California’s Second Biggest Fire Ever
The Dixie Fire wildfire has become the second-largest fire in California’s history. The fire, which started on July 13, is not expected to be extinguished until around August 20.
Plumas County authorities were still without news on Sunday about three people in Greenville, a town engulfed in flames over 180,000 acres this week. That’s two and a half times the size of New York City
Thousands of residents have fled the area. Many have taken refuge in makeshift camps — or even tents — often unaware that their homes have withstood the flames. Some 370 homes and other buildings have already been destroyed.
Governor Gavin Newsom visited the ruins of the city this weekend. He expressed “deep appreciation” for the work of the 5,000 firefighters fighting day and night against the more significant fire in the area than the city of Los Angeles.
According to a preliminary investigation, the fall of a tree on one of the thousands of electricity cables that crisscross the landscape is at the root of the fire.
This power line belongs to the private operator Pacific Gas & Company (PG&E), which also started the Camp Fire in 2018, the fire that almost wiped the city of Paradise off the map and killed 86 people.