The Dixie Fire, which has burned hundreds of buildings and whole towns in Northern California, is now the state's second-largest recorded wildfire.

According to CalFire, the fire has burnt over 463,000 acres and is just 21% controlled in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, and Tehama counties.

The Dixie Fire has burnt more land than the Mendocino Complex Fire (459,123 acres) in 2018 and the S.C.U. Lightning Complex fire (396,624 acres) last year.

The August Complex Fire, which burnt over 1 million acres in 2020, is the only wildfire in California that has devoured more land than the Dixie Fire.

On Fire Since July 13

A home is consumed by flames as the Dixie fire rages on in Greenville, California
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The Dixie Fire had been raging in largely isolated regions since it began on July 13th. However, on Wednesday, the scenario altered as strong winds blew flames into villages around Lake Almanor, a popular tourist destination surrounded by tiny towns.

The fire has burned across most of Greenville and Canyondam in recent days, threatening almost 14,000 properties. Three firefighters were hurt while battling the fires, according to CalFire, but no fatalities have been recorded.

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Situation Report

A home is consumed by flames as the Dixie fire rages on in Greenville, California
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While circumstances in the Sierra Mountains have improved, Plumas County Sheriff Todd Johns warned Saturday that the situation remains unpredictably volatile.

"We've seen unpredictable behavior with the Dixie Fire, as we've seen with numerous wildfires," Johns told reporters. "For the last few days, the weather has been cooperative, but that might change - and we are certainly not out of the woods yet."

As of Sunday morning, four persons remained missing in Plumas County.

Teresa Hatch, a fourth-generation Greenville native, had been evacuated, returned home, and then was advised to leave again.

"How do you get back on track?" Through tears, Hatch told A.B.C. News. "Take a look at all of the folks that are now misplaced. What are their plans for the future?"

Affected by Climate Change

Dixie fire consumes home Greenville, California
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According to climate studies, greater average temperatures lengthen the fire season and increase the number of areas where fires occur.

As a result, more than a dozen active wildfires have been reported across California, with more than 100 wildfires blazing across the western United States, according to fire officials.

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at U.C.L.A. and the Nature Conservancy, stated, "The degree of anxiety is over the sky."

California Wildfires

The Tipping Points of the Current Climate Crisis
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What is it about California that causes such devastating wildfires?

Most of California's moisture comes from the fall and winter, as it does much of the West. However, due to a lack of rainfall and higher temperatures, its vegetation spends much of the summer slowly drying off. This plant is then used to start fires.

While California has long had a fire-prone environment, the relationship between climate change and larger flames is unmistakable. "The link between climate change and fuel drying is simple: higher temperatures dry up fuels. "All you need is a spark in regions with plentiful and very dry fuels," he added.

The ten biggest fires in California history have happened since 2000, including the 2018 Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest in state history, and last year's L.N.U. Lightning Complex.

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