Burning dry fuel like a matchstick, Northern California’s Dixie fire surged in size this week to become the largest single wildfire in state history, according to news reports.
The fire, which covers most of Butte and Pulmouth counties, ignited at midnight on July 14, and has since been struck by low humidity, strong winds, and already dried foliage. The Washington Post reported..
Dixie destroyed the small town of Greenville in Plumas County on Wednesday, reducing part of downtown to a pile of rubble and leveling more than 100 homes in the area. USA Today reported..
The fire increased by about 70,000 acres (28,327 hectares) on Thursday night (August 5), covering more than half the area of Rhode Island, 446,723 acres (180,782 hectares) as of Saturday morning. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire (CalFire), 21% of fires are currently contained. “Dry fuel creates serious resistance to control.” CalFire said..
According to CalFire, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. However, Pacific Gas and Electric, a utility company in the region, said the facility could have begun to burn, the Post reported.
CalFire reported that P & G Electric burned 153,336 acres (about 62,000 hectares) in Butte County in 2018, destroyed 18,804 buildings and caused a catastrophic camp fire that killed 85 people. The fire was the most devastating and deadly wildfire in the state’s history.
To date, the Dixie Wildfire has destroyed 184 structures and damaged 11 more, with no reported injuries or deaths. According to CalFire, about 13,871 buildings are under fire threat.
Originally published in Live Science.
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