The Dixie California wildfire has destroyed or damaged 954 buildings since mid-July. The state fire department announced this on Tuesday.
According to him, the fire completely destroyed 893 buildings, another 61 buildings were damaged.
Dixie covered 487,000 acres (197,000 hectares) of forest in nearly four weeks, becoming the largest single fire in California and the second largest wildfire in the state on record. Now it is second only to the complex fire that raged last August. Currently, firefighters have managed to localize only 25% of the fire source.
According to CNN, about 16,000 buildings are under threat. In total, 11 large forest fires were recorded in the state, 9,600 people are involved in extinguishing them, the California authorities ordered 12 thousand residents to be evacuated.
Dixie has become a new challenge for experienced firefighters. "We see a really frightening behavior of the fire, I do not know how this can be exaggerated. We have many veteran firefighters who have been in service for 20, 30 years, and they have not seen anything like this before," the TV channel quotes a representative of the forestry department. Plumas County by Chris Carlton.
Meteorologists are not expecting rain this week, but the gusts that contributed to the rapid spread of the fire last week will subside. Wildfires are expected to have a negative impact on 16 states, in particular, air quality deteriorates, residents of the affected areas will observe haze and smell burning.
According to the National Interdepartmental Fire Center, based in Idaho, in just a year, more than 37 thousand fires were recorded in the United States, which destroyed 1.77 million hectares of forest. Almost 26 thousand firefighters are fighting fire across the country.