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The Dixie fire, which has been active since July 14, has consumed over 190,000 acres in Butte and Plumas counties, officials announced on Sunday. A total of 21% of the blaze has been contained, and experts project "extreme" conditions over the next 24 hours.
“The threats and risks associated with this fire are very real,” California Fire Incident Team 2 commander Mike Minton said. “We are observing fire behavior, conditions, and fuel conditions that are not common for this area. The rapid rates of fire growth we are seeing are very real — we experienced that today in the Greenville ‘Y.’ It’s very extreme fire behavior that essentially caused firefighters to have to retreat into safe areas and allow for that fire front to make its passage.”
“It was raining ash. It was just dark skies, everyone kind of had this worried ominous feeling, you know, it was, you could tell there was panic,” William Helt, a local resident who evacuated his residence, told KPIX 5. “I just hoped there’s a house to go back to.”
Flames from the Dixie Fire consume a home in the Indian Falls community of Plumas County, Calif., Saturday, July 24, 2021. The fire destroyed multiple residences as it tore through the area. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) Noah Berger/AP
The incident drew the attention of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who urged Golden State residents to heed the advice of officials.
Dixie is one of seven fires burning throughout the state, though no others have been dubbed a California fire incident as of the time of publishing. More than 2,200 authorities are working to hamper the effects of Dixie.
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Original Author: Jake Dima
Original Location: Dayslong wildfire ravages homes in Northern California