Continuing its spread across forests on Tuesday, California’s largest single wildfire in recorded history, destroyed 900 buildings and more, without any signs of slowing down.
The month-old Dixie Fire has now engulfed acres of forestlands, destroying everything that comes in its way. Burning through bone-dry trees, brush, and grass, the fire by Tuesday had destroyed nearly 900 homes and other buildings.
The Dixie Fire, named for the road where it started, also threatened 14,000 buildings in more than a dozen small mountain and rural communities in the northern Sierra Nevada. Crews have cut thousands of acres of new fire lines aimed at preventing the fire from spreading and officials believe the fire lines created on the blaze’s southern side will hold the fire at bay there, but the fire’s future is unknown.
Luckily enough, clear skies allowed more firefighters to work in the area. The fire that broke out July 14 had grown to an area of 762 square miles and was just 25% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
To minimize further damage, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for northern Shasta, Trinity and Tehama counties.