California | Five people are missing after the Dixie Fire

(Los Angeles) California authorities still had no news of at least five people on Saturday after the Dixie Fire, the devastating fire that is currently hitting the American West and continues its insane race.

Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 3:19 pm Updated at 10:03 pm

The gigantic fire, the third largest fire in California history, devastated shops and houses in the small town of Greenville and the village of Canyondam this week.

Since its declaration in mid-July, it has already eaten more than 180 hectares in four counties and, according to the California fire department, could only be contained on 21% of its area.

The Plumas County Sheriff’s office has received reports of five people missing in Greenville and a search is ongoing, he said.

PHOTO JOSH EDELSON, FRANCE PRESS AGENCY

Five other missing persons were found.

Refusal to evacuate

Despite repeated evacuation orders from the authorities, some residents insisted on fighting the fire alone so as not to entrust their safety to strangers.

However, warmer weather should give the 5,000 firefighters fighting day and night against the flames, which are already bigger than the city of Los Angeles, some respite.

PHOTO FRED GREAVES, REUTERS

A firefighter fights the fire near Greenville, California.

“Our units continue to operate around Silver Lake,” said Jake Cagle, a California fire officer, not far from the firefighters who rest between shifts.

The ongoing drought, which scientists believe to be related to climate change, has made the western United States particularly vulnerable to these very devastating fires.

And the Dixie Fire is now so big that it now creates its own climate, including its lightning bolts, making its trajectory even more uncertain.

According to a preliminary investigation, the fall of a tree on one of the thousands of power cables that traverse the American countryside is the origin of the fire.

That power line is that of Pacific Gas & Company (PG&E), a private operator who is already guilty of causing the Camp Fire, a fire that nearly wiped the city of Paradise off the map and saw 86 people in just a few kilometers in 2018 Distance killed.

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