Wednesday, December 1

The ‘Dixie’ wildfire is already the second largest in California history

The wildfire in Greenville, California.

The wildfire in Greenville, California.

The ‘Dixie’ forest fire has now become the second largest in the history of California, in the United States, having destroyed more than 187,000 hectares so far, leaving behind a large swath of devastation in the north of the state, destroying more than 400 homes and businesses, while the firefighters do the impossible to try to take control of the situation.

The fire has swept through the counties of Plumas, Butte, Lassen y Tehama, although during the weekend it has been slowed in part due to the increase in low temperatures, although it has not prevented the evacuation of thousands of residents from small mountain communities, such as Greenville, completely destroyed.

The authorities have explained that the “large layer of smoke covering the area” where the fires have occurred is helping to reduce fire activity by keeping temperatures low, thanks to the slightly higher humidity and slightly lower wind speed.

However, the smoke is also preventing emergency crews from deploying their aerial firefighting teams due to lack of visibility. “When we have cleaner air, aircraft will be able to go out and do their jobs better, but there is also the possibility that these conditions are extreme, “they point out from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The tragedy broke out on July 13 near a service station of the Pacific Gas and Electric Co (PG&E) company, in Feather River Canyon. The investigation carried out by the company maintains that it could have been caused by the fall of a fir tree on the power line and does not rule out its responsibility in the fire baptized as’ Fly ‘that occurred nine days later and that finally merged with’ Dixie ‘, as well as a separate forest fire in Magalia, put out on July 14 after consuming ten hectares.

Despite the better weather conditions, fire crews remain on alert for the possibility that the situation will worsen, due not only to the historically dry weather in the region, but also to the possibility that events may occur again. Wednesday, when the fire broke through the containment lines and destroyed the small community Greenville.

The authorities are fighting against the clock to try to control the situation while the weather conditions are favorable, although they anticipate that the situation will begin to change at the beginning of the week, with high temperatures above normal.

It’s going to be hot, it’s going to be sunny and the wind is going to blow … This is life in Northern California, “said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Rick Carhart. more than we can before the weather turns against us. ”

Over the weekend, four firefighters have been injured after being dropped the branch of a tree this Saturday, one of whom continues to be hospitalized, although his situation is stable. On the other hand, five people remain missing.

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