Thousands of Californians ordered to evacuate as Dixie fire nears 500,000 acres

Over 12,000 people in eight California counties are under wildfire evacuation orders — most impacted by America’s biggest blaze, the Dixie Fire.

The Dixie Fire, the second-largest in California’s history, was threatening Indian Valley homes near the fire-ravaged town of Greenville on Monday night. Images taken from the scene showed the blaze that’s razed more than 482,000 acres creating its weather overnight. Smoke from 108 large fires in the West has reduced air quality in the eastern U.S. this week, with places including New York City, Iowa, and Minnesota experiencing hazy skies.

Air quality in Denver has been particularly bad, with smoke from California’s 11 large fires traveling some 1,000 miles. Colorado city has this week recorded some of the worst air quality in the world. Firefighters across the West also now face the threat of another extreme heatwave this week. A sweeping new report from the UN’s IPCC concludes: “Human influence on the climate system is now a fact.”

The Dixie Fire has destroyed 873 buildings since igniting on July 14 and was 22% contained. Cal Fire doesn’t expect containment until Aug. 30. Heavy smoke from the blaze abated earlier Monday, enabling aircraft to help join firefighting efforts, AP notes. By Monday night, the wildfire was raging along the Moonlight fire burn scar. Plumas County Sheriff’s Office officials said at a Monday evening briefing that four people listed as unaccounted for had been found.



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