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(Greenville) California officials have still been without news from three people after the monstrous Dixie Fire hit, a fire that on Sunday became the second largest fire in state history.
Posted on Aug 8, 2021 at 3:52 pm
The Plumas County Sheriff’s office still had no news of three people in Greenville, a market town that was caught in the 180,000-acre flames mid-week.
State Governor Gavin Newsom visited the ruins of the city this weekend and expressed “deep appreciation” for the tireless work of the firefighters.
This fire has only grown since mid-July, fueled by stifling heat, alarming drought and persistent winds.
Three firefighters were injured during operations on extremely steep paths.
Thousands of residents have fled the area, many have sought refuge in makeshift camps – even tents – often not knowing whether their houses have withstood the flames. About 370 structures (houses and other buildings) have already been destroyed.
Despite repeated evacuation orders from the authorities, some still insist on fighting the fire alone so as not to entrust their safety to strangers.
Wildfires are widespread in California – so common that sometimes locals wonder what else should be burning. But due to climate change, this summer is particularly intense.
A golf course with yellowed grass, boaters swimming in a lake that is only a shadow of itself … There are signs of the drought that is feeding the flames everywhere in the region.
The milder weather that weekend gave the 5,000 firefighters who fight the flames day and night a little respite that is already bigger than the city of Los Angeles.
However, during the week, brooding temperatures are expected, and fire departments believe the fire, which began on July 13, will not be permanently extinguished until August 20.
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.