Dixie Fire mushrooms into second-largest wildfire in California history



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The fire last week consumed the historic town of Greenville and continues to threaten nearly 14,000 buildings, according to Cal Fire, the state firefighting agency.

Homes and cars destroyed by the Dixie Fire line central Greenville. The Associated Press

The Dixie Fire that has forced thousands from their homes in Northern California is now the second-largest blaze in state history, officials said Sunday, as the wildfire mushroomed to more than 463,000 acres.

The fire last week consumed the historic town of Greenville, Calif. and continues to threaten nearly 14,000 buildings, according to Cal Fire, the state firefighting agency. Dixie’s destruction is still dwarfed by past blazes, including the 2018 Camp Fire that killed at least 85 people and torched well over 18,000 structures. Still, authorities say the Dixie Fire has ruined several hundred buildings and injured three firefighters. No fatalities have been reported.

In acreage burned, Dixie passed the massive 2018 Mendocino Complex Fire and now ranks behind only the August Complex Fire of 2020, which spread to more than 1 million acres.