Dixie Fire scorches more than 190K acres in Calif.
UPDATED 3:32 PM PT – Sunday, July 25, 2021
A new wave of evacuations have been issued for residents of Plumas and Butte counties as the Golden State’s largest wildfire has only continued to intensify. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said the blaze grew to more than 190,000 acres and was 21 percent contained as of Sunday morning.
The fire sparked on July 14 and has already destroyed several structures since, continuing to threaten more than 10,000 others. Officials added the blaze remained active overnight and the fire is continuing to burn in a remote area with limited access, obstructing their control efforts.
More than 5,000 personnel are on the scene as the Dixie Fire has marked the largest of seven currently ravaging across California.
CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit Strike Team 9163G is engaged on Division Q of the #DixieFire. These explosive Mega Fires in California leave no room for error. Please heed all evacuation orders. pic.twitter.com/z1qU6j8K8J
— CAL FIRE SCU (@calfireSCU) July 20, 2021
“The threats and risks associated to this fire are very real,” said Mike Minton, an incident commander. “We’re observing fire behavior conditions and fuel conditions that are not common for this area. So the rapid rates of fire growth that we’re seeing are very real.”
Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has declared a state of emergency in four counties due to the multiple fires igniting across the state.