California's Dixie Fire Grows to Over 749k Acres, at Least 690 Residences Destroyed

At least 690 residences have been destroyed by California's Dixie Fire, as it has grown to over 749,000 acres.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or Cal Fire, the Dixie Fire has burned at least 749,713 acres and is currently 45 percent contained.

WildFire Today reported that at least 690 residential structures and 139 commercial structures have been destroyed by the Dixie Fire. Data from Cal Fire shows that the Dixie Fire has also damaged at least 92 commercial, residential and other structures as it has continued to grow.

In an update to the Dixie Fire's West Zone on Thursday, Cal Fire officials said, "A multi-day warming trend that started today will bring warmer than normal temperatures with possible single-digit daytime humidities through the weekend."

The Dixie Fire, which was first reported on July 14, is burning across the counties of Butte, Plumas and Shasta.

In response to the Dixie Fire, officials have issued numerous evacuation orders for nearby residents and have also closed down several national forests. According to Cal Fire, the Lassen National Forest and the Plumas National Forest, have been closed down due to the Dixie Fire.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento said on Friday, "Smoke from area wildfires will continue to result in poor air quality," across parts of northern California.

According to Cal Fire, at least 21 helicopters, 370 engines, 172 dozers, 167 water tenders and 4,833 personnel, have been assigned to combat the Dixie Fire.

Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter said in an earlier statement that the Dixie Fire was the first fire "that has burned from the west side of the mountain range over into the valley floor on the east side of the mountain range."

The Dixie Fire previously became the second largest wildfire in California history. California's largest wildfire in history occurred in 2020 when the August Complex Fire burned 1,032,648 acres.

Over the past several months, northern California has faced numerous large wildfires and Cal Fire officials have said that the area is expected to "experience an extended fire season."

There are currently 11 active wildfires in California, which have burned over 1.3 million acres. The Monument Fire, in Trinity County, is currently the second largest wildfire in the state as it has burned 157,557 acres and is currently 20 percent contained.

The Caldor Fire and the McFarland Fire have also burned over 100,000 acres, according to Cal Fire.

In addition to the numerous large active wildfires in California, Cal Fire officials reported four new fires on Thursday.

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The Dixie Fire in California has grown to over 749,000 acres as of August 27 and has destroyed at least 690 residential structures. Above, the town of Greenville, in Northern California, was reduced to mostly rubble and burned-out cars after the Dixie Fire raged through on August 5. Barbara Davidson/Getty