(Greenville) The Dixie Fire, a gigantic fire in California, devastated a city in the north of the state on Wednesday night, twisting its lampposts in the heat and destroying several historic buildings after the population had been evacuated a few hours earlier.
Posted on Aug 5, 2021 at 5:48 pm
Josh EDELSON Agence France-Presse
Greenville, a small town of about 800 residents, is engulfed in the flames of the Dixie Fire that devastated Northern California for three weeks, fueled by sweltering heat, alarming drought, and persistent winds.
The fire has now spread to more than 110,000 hectares.
“We did everything we could,” area fire department spokesman Mitch Matlow told reporters. “Sometimes that’s not enough”.
Images by an AFP photographer show metal lampposts bent in half by the heat of the fire and some rare buildings still standing.
In this city, which was founded during the California gold rush in the mid-19th
The fire reached Greenville at around 4 p.m. (7 p.m. ET) Wednesday, according to Jake Cagle, division manager for the crisis team.
In a video released Wednesday evening, he said firefighters were being delayed by people who did not follow evacuation orders, forcing them to sacrifice time and resources to help them.
“We have firefighters who see guns pointed at them because people don’t want to evacuate,” said Cagle.
About 2,000 California residents were told Wednesday to evacuate their homes “immediately” as the flames approached.
The Dixie fire is so big that it is the origin of its own climate phenomena.
“If you stayed you should evacuate EAST IMMEDIATELY!” The Plumas County Sheriff’s office tweeted for residents of the Greenville and Chester boroughs.
“If you are still in the Greenville area, you are in imminent danger and MUST go now!” “He added in a second warning, adding,” If you stay, the emergency services may not be able to help you. ”
By the end of July, the number of acres burned in California had increased 250% from 2020, already the worst fire year in the state’s recent history.
The Dixie Fire is painfully reminiscent of the Paradise Fire of 2018, California’s deadliest fire in recent years.
Faulty power lines running through the northern town of Paradise were swept through the fire, killing 86 people.
The utility company Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), California’s largest energy company, pleaded guilty.
For the Dixie Fire, PG&E equipment comes into question again after a tree fell on a power cable on the day the fire broke out.
In late July, the company announced that it would bury its 16,000 km of power cables to prevent its devices from causing new devastating fires.