According to local authorities, the wildfire mushroomed to over 463,000 acres and razed most of Greenville and continues to threaten nearly 14,000 buildings, firefighters, said, underscoring the danger of climate change-fueled disasters.
Visiting Greenville on Saturday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom compared the site to Paradise — another Sierra Nevada town that burned in 2018 in the state’s deadliest wildfire on record — and said the Dixie Fire destroyed much of Greenville in less than two hours.
‘Dixie flames have spread across our territory in unusual ways,’ said Cal Fire spokesman Edwin Zuniga, adding that ‘firefighters have been unable to fight the flames from the air due to the smoke.’
Most of wildfires in California were caused by drought and steep temperatures. The impact of climate change in our territory is notorious, explained the specialist.
The fire is only 21% controlled, despite more than 5,000 people are currently putting it out.
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