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Wildfire sets California record

Gov. Gavin Newsom (right) and Cal Fire’s Curtis Brown survey fire damage in Greenville, Calif., on Saturday. Associated Press/Photo by Noah Berger

Wildfire sets California record

The Dixie Fire in Northern California engulfed 765 square miles to become the largest single wildfire on record in the state. It so far destroyed at least 370 homes and structures—including much of the town of Greenville—and threatened nearly 14,000 other buildings. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said it had the blaze just 21 percent contained.

Has anyone been hurt? Four firefighters were taken to the hospital on Friday after a falling branch struck them. More than 20 people were initially reported missing, but by Sunday evening authorities had contacted all but four of them.

Dig deeper: Read Sarah Schweinsberg’s report on California’s fire suppression strategy.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is WORLD’s executive editor for news. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.


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