The massive Dixie Fire burning in Northern California since July 13, 2021, has destroyed 893 structures, damaged another 61 and threatens 16 000 more.
At 198 378 hectares (490 205 acres) as of August 10, Dixie Fire is the second-largest fire in California history.1 The state’s largest wildfire is the August Complex of 2020 at 198 978 ha (1 032 648 acres) – 935 structures destroyed and 1 fatality.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the counties affected by the fire — Butte, Plumas, Lassen, and Tehama — along with the McFarland and Monument Fires, which collectively burned an additional 34 499 ha (85 000 acres).
Last week, the fire destroyed much of the town of Greenville2, leaving 31 people unaccounted for. Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said 27 people were found safe but 4 remain missing. The sheriff’s office urged residents not to return to the town before evacuation orders are lifted.