The Dixie Fire in Northern California, which has destroyed hundreds of buildings and whole communities, is now considered the second largest recorded wildfire in state history.
The fire, spanning Butte, Plumas, Lassen, & Tehama counties, has so far burned more than 463,000 acres and is 21% contained, according to CalFire.
In total acreage burned, the Dixie Fire has surpassed 2018’s Mendocino Complex fire (459,123 acres) and last year’s SCU Lightning Complex fire (396,624 acres) according to CalFire. With over 1 million acres burned in 2020, the August Complex Fire is the only recorded wildfire in California to have consumed more land than the Dixie Fire.
First igniting around July 13, the Dixie Fire had been burning in mostly remote areas. But the situation changed Wednesday as winds quickly sent flames toward communities near Lake Almanor, a popular vacation spot surrounded by small towns.
In recent days, the fire has destroyed most of the communities of Greenville and Canyondam — and threatens nearly 14,000 structures. CalFire said three firefighters have been injured battling the flames, though no fatalities have been reported.