It has been several days but no matter how much work has been done, the Dixie Fire is still just 21 percent contained. It is the second-largest fire in state history, so far, said NPR. Thus far eight people are unaccounted for and the fires are still spreading.
The destruction path spans Butte, Plumas, Lassen and Tehama counties, according to CalFire. Thus far it has burned more than 463,000 acres, including homes, cars, farmland, historical sites and others.
Perhaps the most tragic is that the Dixie Fire first ignited around July 13 and has been burning for nearly one full month. It began getting worse when winds changed Wednesday, sending flames in other directions like Lake Almanor, which has several small lake communities around it.
As one official explained to CNN, the area is so dry from the drought that a single match could be dropped and it would ignite.
For communities in safer areas, it isn't about the fire but smoke. Air has been so filled with smoke, ash and other particles from buildings that it's making people sick and impacting those with asthma and other breathing problems.
To help those who have been impacted by the massive fire, you can donate to the California Disaster Help and Information Center, the Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund, the Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center, the California Fire Foundation, and help for furry friends at The Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Adoption page, or the Gold Country Wildlife Rescue.
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RIP #Greenville Library #DixieFire https://t.co/oMoHDxIAa3— eatImperialists && compostCapitalists // 🚩🏴 (@eatImperialists && compostCapitalists // 🚩🏴) 1628131221.0
5000 pompiers n’en finissent pas de lutter contre l’un des incendies les plus ravageurs de l’histoire de la Califor… https://t.co/SE2bw423tR— moonbee (@moonbee) 1628451885.0
I'd say the majority of downtown Greenville is completely destroyed. All I see standing on the main st. Is a dollar… https://t.co/HwzWMlJp5u— Stuart Palley (@Stuart Palley) 1628143370.0
Sunday August 8th #DixieFire CA 463,477 acres per infrared flight 9:58pm last night. Want to learn more about MODIS… https://t.co/yz4rUsU0sw— Joseph Elfelt (@Joseph Elfelt) 1628452106.0
Progression of the #DixieFire over the last 2 weeks as it more than doubled in size from ~190,000 acres to 463,477… https://t.co/4CfYA2dNO5— US StormWatch (@US StormWatch) 1628452173.0
#DixieFire The trees are starting to sway as it gets windy at Dyer mountain https://t.co/mstO1fM4XF— CA_wildfires (@CA_wildfires) 1628452203.0
1 hour timelapse of the #RiverFire showing how quickly the fire has exploded in size already producing a massive sm… https://t.co/1KpovWlJuN— US StormWatch (@US StormWatch) 1628117183.0
#DixieFire The evacuation WARNING was issued for: Janesville area west of Hwy 395 from Bass Hill to Janesville… https://t.co/gSrZB1MMB3— jdawg (@jdawg) 1628454036.0
How wild #animals cope with wildfires . The intensity of today’s #wildfires is something even many fire-adapted sp… https://t.co/gkplRSdMAh— To The Outside Of Everything (@To The Outside Of Everything) 1628454048.0
Such destruction in the town of #Greenville. The #DixieFire is now the largest in California’s history. Locals he… https://t.co/zmAItvkjqg— Mark Stone (@Mark Stone) 1628453493.0
Another year, the same old ‘whoops’ | Editor’s notes California in a nutshell #dixiefire https://t.co/aj8apGNdWP— diesel dog (@diesel dog) 1628454107.0
Dixie Fire: 2 people remain unaccounted for in California's 3rd largest wildfire #DixieFire https://t.co/arPkbVxRLz— CaliforniaDisasters (@CaliforniaDisasters) 1628454623.0
Horrific situation in Northern California... The #DixieFire has ballooned into California's 6th largest fire on rec… https://t.co/eb75i1uHLh— Capital Weather Gang (@Capital Weather Gang) 1628177873.0
View of #DixieFire tonight sent from my husband on a strike team. https://t.co/0NJhVokf8E— Gianna (@Gianna) 1628223321.0
8/2/2021 - 20:00 hrs Truly incredible fire behavior this afternoon as the #DixieFire blew across Humboldt Road and… https://t.co/UB3D0Qjp0f— Zeke Lunder (@Zeke Lunder) 1627964712.0
Really bad situation in Greenville, Ca. #DixieFire I'd doing widespread destruction. https://t.co/f5M9VpUo0t— WXChasing (Brandon Clement) (@WXChasing (Brandon Clement)) 1628124855.0
Heartbreaking news from #DixieFire and the loss of Greenville CA in Plumas County. #Greenville https://t.co/J3OjEmK71V— craig philpott (@craig philpott) 1628144073.0
#DixieFire - 8/5/2021 - Afternoon Update. Well, things are really going to hell on the Dixie Fire. The forecast fro… https://t.co/BaKlzHkcIk— Zeke Lunder (@Zeke Lunder) 1628207508.0
“We didn’t expect a monster like this”: Dixie Fire grows to become largest single wildfire in California history… https://t.co/pqBxByDBtw— worldblog (@worldblog) 1628455342.0
Heavy damage to the town of #Greenville. The elementary school is still standing as well as the dollar general. Ver… https://t.co/ltPW1jFEO8— Tyler Day (@Tyler Day) 1628137803.0
Greenville Main Street #DixieFire 📸 Cindy Villa https://t.co/uKAk53ZqJ9— Mobones (@Mobones) 1627957451.0
If you are being told to leave, **do it now**. The fire does not give one single fuck. #DixieFire https://t.co/1zpctdCZVl— Cascadia Fire Season (@Cascadia Fire Season) 1628036087.0
Shot from Lake Almanor Peninsula, looking back towards Lake Almanor West. #DixieFire https://t.co/U04q35HWhl— WXChasing (Brandon Clement) (@WXChasing (Brandon Clement)) 1628058511.0