A huge wildfire in northern California entered the small community of Greenville on Wednesday and appeared to burn down much of downtown, according to reports.

Video showed homes and vehicles engulfed by flames, commercial structures gutted and buildings collapsed in the mountain community of around 800.

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office had issued a dire warning earlier in the day: “If you are still in the Greenville area, you are in imminent danger and you MUST leave now!”

There was no immediate word of any injuries.

A public information officer for the fire response said late Wednesday there was still fire in Greenville and no damage assessment available.

The Dixie Fire, the largest wildfire burning in California, has been raging in the region since July 14, burned more than 278,000 acres and destroyed at least 45 structures, which includes homes. It is burning in Butte and Plumas counties.

Around 4 p.m., the fire “slopped over this hairpin road system, and it got into Greenville,” Jake Cagle, incident management team operations section chief, said in a video update Wednesday night.

Messages to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office were not immediately returned Wednesday night.

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