Dixie fire burns more than 240,000 acres, with hot weather and storms ahead
A man rides his bike past a gas station as smoke fills the sky from the Dixie fire in Greenville, California, on July 23, 2021. - JOSH EDELSON/AFP/TNS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Dixie fire surpassed 240,000 acres total burned Saturday in remote Northern California as crews braced for hot weather and the threat of thunderstorms through the weekend. The fire — which started in mid-July about 10 miles northeast of Paradise — is the state’s largest so far this year and now covers 240,795 acres in Butte, Plumas and Tehama counties, according to Cal Fire. It was about 24% contained as of Saturday morning. Starting Saturday afternoon and through Sunday, temperatures ranging into the 90s were expected to wash over the region, along with potential thunde...