The investigation continues to investigate what caused the fire, which has now spread to an area larger than Houston, Texas.
The Dixie Fire, which is still raging in northern California, is now the second largest fire in the state’s history. Officials said on Sunday that it was a few days after the fire broke out. Destroyed a historic city And forcing thousands of people to evacuate the area.
The California Fire Department said in an update on Sunday morning that the wildfire has now spread 187,562 hectares (463,477 acres), which is only 21%, but favorable conditions will enable staff to fight the flames.
“The fire activity is expected to decrease throughout the morning. The smoke shielding of the fire in the area will reduce the intensity of the fire and increase the likelihood that the staff will make progress in constructing the containment line,” the official said in a statement (PDF).
The statement also said that so far, at least 404 buildings have been destroyed by the fire, and more than 13,800 buildings have been threatened.
Only the August Complex, which consumed more than 404,700 hectares (1 million acres) in California last August, had a larger fire.
Heat waves and historic droughts related to climate change Make wildfires harder to extinguish In the western United States.
Scientists say that climate change has made the area warmer and drier in the past 30 years, and will continue to make the weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.
In June, Experts told Al Jazeera US President Joe Biden should adopt ambitious long-term strategies to mitigate wildfires caused by climate change, including providing more funds to help the authorities reduce the dense forests that cause fire hazards.
Back in California, this week’s Dixie fire destroyed downtown Greenville, an ancient mining town about 257 kilometers (160 miles) north of Sacramento.
“We knew we didn’t get enough rain and there might be fires, but we didn’t expect such monsters to appear,” local resident Kesia Studebaker told The Associated Press.
On Saturday, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said it had received descriptions from five people. Missing in Greenville And are looking for them. It was confirmed that five other missing persons were found on the same day.
The cause of the fire has now spread to an area larger than Houston, Texas, and is still under investigation.
Pacific Gas & Electric stated that this may be because a tree fell on a power line of the utility company.