The blaze has scorched 463,477 acres of land in northeastern California and is second only to the August Complex Fire, which ravaged Northern California almost a year ago, burning more than 1 million acres.
The Dixie Fire, which started July 13, was 21% contained as of Sunday evening, according to InciWeb. It’s burning in four counties and has destroyed more than 100
buildings and almost leveled historic downtown Greenville.
Almost 40% of Plumas County residents are under evacuation orders because of the Dixie Fire, and four people are unaccounted for, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.
The blaze has now surpassed the Mendocino Complex Fire, which burned more than 450,000 acres across several counties in Northern California in 2018.
“Today there are 8,574 personnel battling 39 new wildfires that in total have burned over 876,055 acres” across the state, CalFire tweeted.
Throughout the country Sunday, there were 107 large wildfires burning in 15 states, while more than 2.2 million acres have burned, according to an update by the National Interagency Fire Center.
Critical conditions continue in Montana and Oregon as well as California. According to the NIFC, nearly 24,000 wildland firefighters and 30 incident management teams are working toward containment.