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Dixie Fire now 2nd-largest wildfire in California history, sprawling across 4 counties – San Francisco Chronicle

The Dixie Hearth turned the second-hugest wildfire in state historic previous on Sunday after gobbli…….

The Dixie Hearth turned the second-hugest wildfire in state historic previous on Sunday after gobbling An further 15,000 acres to sprawl throughout 489,287 complete acres in 4 Northern California counties, Cal Hearth said. Containment of the blaze Sunday remained unchanged at 21%.

The huge fire burning throughout Plumas, Howeverte, Tehama and Lassen counties has destroyed 404 constructings, collectively with the historic Gold Rush metropolis of Greenville, and damaged 27 others, a damage evaluation finds. Greater than 5,000 firefighters have been battling the blaze.

The Dixie Hearth has solely strengthened officers’ considerations that this season — with extreme drought, extreme climate and an abundance of dry fuels Inside The combination — might rival or exceed final yr’s doc-shattering wildfire yr. The alreadverty-monstrous fire Should extra than double in measurement, however, to prime the state’s hugest-ever wildfire: the August Complicated, which burned barely over 1 million acres in 2020.

The Dixie Hearth ignited on July 13, probably sparked by a tree that fell on a Pacific Gasoline and Electrical Co. power line, The agency said. PG&E said its gear furtherly might have ignited the smaller Fly Hearth, which merged with the Dixie Hearth in a single day on July 24.

Cal Hearth said it Does not confacetr the Dixie Hearth a “fire complex,” Simply like the large August, LNU, SCU and CZU fires Launched on by lightning sieges final yr. Based mostly on the U.S. Forest Service, A coronary hearth complex is “two or extra particular person incidents located in The identical widespreadvert space That are assigned to a single incident commander or unified command.”

That makes Dixie The Most very important non-complex fire in California historic previous, in accordance to Cal Hearth.

The western An factor of the blaze noticed common in a single day exercise Saturday as fuel moisture ranges remained tradvertitionally low. Shadverte provided by smoke from the state’s fires set the stage for lowered fire depth and elevated potential for firefighters to make progress constructing containment strains.

Gov. Gavin Newsom toured what was as quickly as Greenville on Saturday and tweeted, “Our coronary hearts ache for this metropolis.”

To the east, smoke confacetrably lowered visibility, making driving hazardous for weekend firefighting crews. Clearing skies shut to Moonlight Peak in Plumas County led to extra dynamic fire conduct.

Crews labored alongside The coronary hearth’s edge, slicing hand strains and using fire engines to contaInside The coronary hearth, said Serena Baker, Dixie Hearth East Zone public information officer. The lifting of smoke later Sunday and anticipated winds have been More probably to make it extra dangerous for crews to be shut to The sting of The coronary hearth.

“Right now sadvertly is Sort of the return of a drying enchancment Inside the forecast,” Together with hotter temperatures and gusty southwest winds, Baker said Sunday.

However that higher visibility furtherly permits for airplanes and helicopters to assault the blaze from the air, she said.


Hearth managers have been shifting personnel to cowl precedence spaces, collectively with defending homes in Crescent Mills and Hunt Canyon (Plumas County) and Westwood (Lassen County).

Baker said crews hadvert alreadverty reduce fire strains shut to Freeway 147 on the japanese facet of Lake Almanor and shifting in the direction of Westwood. In Crescent Mills, south of Greenville, fire crews have been burning off fuels That would feed the blaze, laying water hoses in some neighborhoods, and staging sprinklers and water pumps for the potential Of firefacet threatening constructings there, she said.

Obligatory evacuations have been in place south of Freeway 44, collectively with in Silver Lake, Juniper Lake and the Caribou Wilderness Area Zone. Officials urged everyone To proper away depart the unpopulated space south of Mountain Meadvertows Reservoir from Hamilton Department waterway east to the Lassen-Plumas County line.

The Purple Cross introduced Sunday it was opening a shelter for evacuees at Shasta School in Purpleding. In Lassen County, shelters at Lassen Highschool and Lassen Group School Can be found, and in Plumas County, Springs of Hope Christian Fellowship, Portola Station Baptist Church and Holy Household Church are all open to evacuees. Campsites are furtherly out there for these fleeing The coronary hearth in Lassen Nationwide Forest, collectively with Eagle Lake and Hat Creek.

Hearthfighters continued to make progress in the direction ofs the River Hearth shut to Colfax (Placer County), which threatened Pretty A pair of refacetntial spaces. At 2,600 acres, the blaze was 65% contained early Sunday after firefighters expanded containment strains, officers said. Inspection teams have been evaluating damage.

The River Hearth hadvert destroyed 88 constructings and damaged 20 by Sunday night. Three people, collectively with civilians and fire personnel, have been injured.

Emma Talley and Chase DiFeliciantonio are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. E-mail: [email protected],
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