More than 5,000 firefighters battle a major wildfire in California

United States (AFP) .- The massive wildfire raging in Northern California became the third largest in state history on Friday, It is expected to continue to spread.

Long dry stop Driven by the climate crisis, it has left the western US dry and prone to explosives and devastating flame.

California’s largest wildfire devastated a small town, flattening street pillars and destroying historic buildings hours after residents were ordered to flee.Josh Adelson – AFP

This week, a fire engulfed Dixie Greenville, a historic gold town in the north of the state. Since I started in mid-July, Burning more than 1,700 square kilometers.

The Dixie Fire is already the sixth largest fire in California history and is still spreading thanks to strong winds and a dry environment
The Dixie Fire is already the sixth largest fire in California history and is still spreading thanks to strong winds and a dry environmentJosh Adelson – AFP

Mayor of Plumas County, Todd Jones, who helps with coordination From the fighting to the shooting, he said, the devastation was devastating.

“I am a long-time resident of Greenville. My heart is devastated by what happened here,” he said in a statement yesterday.

A firefighter inspects a historic building that burned during the Dixie Fire in downtown Greenville, California.  Greenville, is an Indian Valley settlement of a few hundred people dating back to the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century.  It was engulfed in flames as the wind directed hell towards the community, turning the sky orange
A firefighter inspects a historic building that burned during the Dixie Fire in downtown Greenville, California. Greenville, is an Indian Valley settlement of a few hundred people dating back to the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century. It was engulfed in flames as the wind directed hell towards the community, turning the sky orangeJosh Adelson – AFP

“For those who lost their homes and businesses, their lives were changed forever, and all I can say is: I’m sorry,” he added.

The town of Greenville was burned and destroyed on Friday. The wooden structures have completely disappeared and some buildings have been reduced to rubble.

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Todds said there have been no injuries so far, but stressed that it is imperative that people follow evacuation orders.

A house catches fire as the Dixie Fire continues in Greenville
A house catches fire as the Dixie Fire continues in GreenvilleJosh Adelson – AFP

“This fire is not over yet. If the flames are in your direction, you need to prepare. And be warned that wherever the wind is blowing, that is where the fire will go.”

More than 5,000 firefighters battle the fire Which sends huge plumes of smoke into the air that can be seen from space.

Homes and cars destroyed by fire in downtown Greenville, Plumas County, California
Homes and cars destroyed by fire in downtown Greenville, Plumas County, California Noah Berger – AFP

During the night a Dixie fire It expanded over 174,000 acres, surpassing the Bootleg Fire that devastated part of Oregon last month.

By mid-July, California was scorched over 250% of 2020, which in turn was the worst year in the state’s recent history.

Healdsburg firefighter Justin Potter rests as his team prepares to fight the Dixie Fire in the Clear Creek community of Lassen County, California
Healdsburg firefighter Justin Potter rests as his team prepares to fight the Dixie Fire in the Clear Creek community of Lassen County, CaliforniaNoah Berger – AFP

The Dixie Fire brought back memories of Paradise, the deadliest fire-ravaged city in California in recent history.

California's largest wildfire devastated a small town, destroying historic buildings hours after residents were ordered to flee.
California’s largest wildfire devastated a small town, destroying historic buildings hours after residents were ordered to flee.Josh Adelson – AFP

Faulted power lines then ignited the fires that swept north of Paradise Town in 2018, killing 86 people. Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s largest electric company, has been held responsible.

Greenville resident Kesia Studebaker, who lost her home in the Dixie fire, secured her property before leaving an evacuation shelter in Susanville, California.  Accompanied by her dog Logan. "I lost everything.  That's all I left"Studebaker said and added "It's a new beginning, a new adventure"
Greenville resident Kesia Studebaker, who lost her home in the Dixie fire, secured her property before leaving an evacuation shelter in Susanville, California. Accompanied by her dog Logan. “I’ve lost everything. That’s all I have left,” Studebaker said, adding, “It’s a new beginning, a new adventure.”Noah Berger – AFP

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