The wildfire, now named Dixie Fire, is the third largest in the state of Northern California. The fire spread across the border to Oregon, causing extensive damage.
The fire has become so large that it has developed its own weather system Areas of lightning and strong winds.
So far, the fire has engulfed 17,000 square kilometers, and officials fear it could spread over an area.
After 24 days, firefighters did not bring the fire under control.
– Major damage
This week, parts of the historic gold mining city of Greenville caught fire.
By the weekend, there were only burnt rubble, while the wooden structures were completely gone.
The damage was extensive, said Sheriff Todd Jones of Pluma County.
– I have lived in Greenville all my life. My heart was broken after what happened there. There is talk of immense destruction, he says.
Ken Donnell was one of those who equalized his livelihood. His shop “Tonels Musicland” is now in ruins.
– This is so horrible, when he met the news agency Reuters again after the catastrophe of the fire, says a pessimistic Donnel.
And across the Oregon border, flames have engulfed large areas of ruins.
Jim was one of the victims.
– My friends live in tents and I can do nothing but thank God for being alive, he says.
Jim breaks down: – My friends live in tents
The wind, steep terrain and over-arid vegetation make the fires more difficult for the more than 5,000 people involved in the firefighting work.
– It’s so bad, a small spark landing in a new place starts a big, new fire. Rick Garhard, communications manager for the California Fire Department, says it’s spreading everywhere. Los Angeles Times.
Large areas have also been evacuated, including where the fire started and where authorities fear it could spread.
– It was very serious, says Regina Rutledge, who lives in Chester, California.
She now lives in the car and brought some belongings and her two dogs with him when she had to flee the house.
She was told she had at least ten days to return to her home – or at least what was in it.
– We could see flames coming towards us at home last night, it was like a monster, she says.