Dixie Fire: California’s second-largest wildfire is fully contained

Dixie Fire SOURCE: Cal Fire

After rain pummeled Northern California on Sunday, the Dixie Fire, California’s second-largest wildfire in history, was reported as fully contained Monday, Cal Fire said.

The Dixie Fire burned 963,309 acres, or more than 1,505 square miles, in Butte, Lassen, Shasta and Tehama counties after igniting July 13 north of the Cresta Dam, which is not far from where the 2018 Camp Fire northeast of Paradise claimed the lives of more than 80 people.

The Dixie Fire destroyed at least 1,329 structures, including more than 700 homes, and nearly obliterated the town of Greenville in August. It is the 14th-most-destructive wildfire in state history, according to Cal Fire.

The Dixie Fire is one of several destructive wildfires that have sparked in California this year. Before California’s recent wave of storms, the state’s landscape had been covered in extremely dry vegetation after a dry winter and early heat waves this year. Experts have said climate change has made the West warmer and drier in recent years, which has increased the potential for wildfires to be more frequent and destructive.

Pacific Gas & Electric reported to California utility regulators in July that its equipment may have been involved in the start of the Dixie Fire. PG&E equipment has repeatedly been linked to major wildfires, including the 2018 Camp Fire.

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