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Greenville, California (AP) —California’s largest wildfire has leveled many of the homes in and around downtown the small mountain community of Northern California.
On Wednesday evening, a wildfire struck the Green Building in Auro Building, the sky glowing orange, and businesses and homes destroyed. A photographer assigned to the Associated Press explained that he saw gas stations, hotels and bars burned down.
“If you’re still in the Greenville area, you’re in imminent danger and you have to leave now !!” The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook early Wednesday. ..
The sheriff’s department and CalFire did not respond immediately to the message.
The fire three weeks ago spread to over 428 square miles in Plumas and Butte counties.
Firefighters were trying to protect 800 towns about 280 miles northeast of San Francisco by removing debris from the roads and marking dangers.
Pandora Valle, a U.S. Forest Office spokesman, previously told the San Francisco Chronicle that “firefighters are fighting for the town of Greenville,” but can’t provide further details about the damage. There wasn’t.
The rupture occurred during a red flag warning issued by a forecaster warning of absolute dryness at high temperatures of up to 40 mph (64 kph). It can drive flames through timber, brushes and grass, especially along the north and northeast sides of the vast Dixie Fire.
“I think we’re definitely struggling for a few days before us,” said Shannon Placer of the US Forest Office.
Firefighters were able to save the house and retain most of the flames. However, fire officials said fires jumped across the border in several places on Tuesday, urging about 15,000 people east of Lake Armana to take additional evacuation orders.
Mike Wink, chief of the state’s fire department, said the heat from the flames created a flood cloud, raising smoke by 30,000 feet (10,000 yards).
At dawn, Garofaro saw clouds grow from the west side of the lake and fled with his dog and two horses from a friend’s house near Greenville.
“There is only one way and one way. I didn’t want to get stuck there in the event of a fire,” Garofalo said.
From the campsite at the bottom of the lake, she saw a fire on the horizon before dawn. “The flames were huge. They must have been 500 feet high. I’m scared,” she said.
The fire has threatened thousands of homes and destroyed 67 homes and other buildings since the outbreak on July 14. It was 35% contained.
A lightning-sparkling McFarland fire, about 150 miles (240 km) west, threatened a remote home along the Trinity River in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The fire was contained only 5%. It burned nearly 25 square miles (65 square kilometers) of drought-stricken vegetation.
Similar dangerous weather was expected throughout Southern California, where heat recommendations and warnings were issued to internal valleys, mountains and deserts for most of the week.
Historical droughts associated with heat waves and climate change make it difficult to fight wildfires in the western United States. Scientists say climate change has made the region much warmer and drier, more extreme weather, and more frequent and destructive wildfires over the last three decades.
According to the National Inter-Ministry Fire Center, more than 20,000 firefighters and support personnel were fighting 97 large and active wildfires covering 2,919 square miles in 13 states in the United States.
There were 25 big flames in Montana on Tuesday, followed by Idaho with 21 and Oregon with 13. California was 11.
In Hawaii, firefighters controlled 62 square miles of mana roadfire, forcing thousands of people to evacuate over the weekend and destroying at least two homes on the Big Island.
Oregon’s Bootleg Fire, the largest in the country at 647 square miles, was 84% contained. Firefighters were busy clearing hotspots and strengthening fire departments.
“The crew is working tirelessly to be as prepared as possible for extreme fire weather forecasts over the next few days,” according to the latest information from the US Forest Office.