Dixie Fire Explodes to Become the 3rd Largest Fire in California’s History
With extreme fire conditions throughout Northern California this week, the Dixie Fire exploded to an astounding 432,813 acres by Friday morning, quickly becoming the third largest fire in California’s history. The fire is still just 35 percent contained.
Following a devastating day where the town of Greenville was completely destroyed by the flames, the town of Canyondam suffered a similar fate. While there is still much to do in terms of damage assessment, the fire has currently burned more than 100 structures.
And now Canyon Dam, heavily damaged in #DixieFire pic.twitter.com/Pbckvzotk4— craig philpott (@CphilpottCraig) August 6, 2021
Earlier in the week, the fire entered the east side of Lassen Volcanic National Park, closing the park indefinitely. Nearby communities surrounding Lake Almanor remain under evacuation order including Chester, Prattville, Big Meadows, and Lake Almanor West along with the Rocky Point Campground and the Canyon Dam Boat Launch. See the up to date evacuation orders here.
Looking at the updated map on Friday morning, it seems that firefighters performed an incredible job of structure defense on Thursday night, pushing the fire away from the town of Chester.
With fire conditions becoming more favorable in the coming days, fire officials will hope to increase containment on the fire and continue to protect the structures in the area. Just two days ago, the Dixie Fire was the 11th largest fire in California’s history. With extreme fire weather, the fire nearly doubled in 48 hours, passing notorious 2020 fires on the list including the North Complex Fire, LNU Complex Fire and SCU Complex Fire.
We will continue to update the situation as more information is made available.