The Dixie Wildfire is now the largest in California’s history.
Thousands of homes were threatened by the Northern California blaze on Sunday, according to USA Today, which cited data from Cal Fire and the National Interagency Fire Center.
The fire has been raging for days and fueled by record dry conditions in the area in recent weeks, as well as high winds.
“The fire outlook continues to reflect warmer and drier conditions leading to the high potential for severe wildfire activity throughout the (West) through the rest of summer and into the fall,” the fire center said in a statement on Sunday. “Widespread high temperatures … with periods of lightning activity continue to exacerbate the wildfire situation.”
The Dixie Fire, which started July 13, was 21% contained as of Sunday evening, according to InciWeb. It’s burning in four counties and has destroyed more than 100 buildings and almost leveled historic downtown Greenville.
Throughout the country Sunday, there were 107 large wildfires burning in 15 states, while more than 2.2 million acres have burned, according to an update by the National Interagency Fire Center.
Critical conditions continue in Montana and Oregon as well as California. According to the NIFC, nearly 24,000 wildland firefighters and 30 incident management teams are working toward containment.
Strong winds have fanned active fires in Montana and Oregon, the NIFC said.Montana with 25 active fires, Idaho with 20 and Oregon with 16 are the top three in the United States, according to NIFC.
The outlook “continues to reflect warmer and drier conditions leading to the high potential for severe wildfire activity throughout the western United States through the rest of the summer and into the fall,” the center said.