- Title: California firefighters use break in weather to attack wildfires
- Date: 7th August 2021
- Summary: GREENVILLE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 6, 2021) (REUTERS) TIGHT SHOT OF BURNING TRUNK OF TREE SIDE SHOT OF BURNING TREE ON GROUND FIREFIGHTERS HOSING DOWN BURNT TREE PART
- Embargoed: 21st August 2021 02:38
- Keywords: California fire fire fire fighters wildfire
- Location: GREENVILLE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: GREENVILLE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Fires,United States
- Reuters ID: LVA001EPA5QO7
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- Story Text:California firefighting crews sought to take advantage of cooler, moister air and diminished winds on Friday to make headway against a massive wildfire that has already destroyed a historic gold-rush town.
The so-called Dixie Fire, which broke out on July 14 in the Sierra Nevada mountains some 160 miles (257.5 km) north of Sacramento, had burned across 432,813 acres (175,153 hectares) as of Friday afternoon, becoming one of the largest wildfires in state history.
The flames roared through the historic mining town of Greenville in on Wednesday, leaving its main street in smoldering ruins.
Greenville, with a population 800, was founded more than 150 years ago when nearby gold mines attracted settlers and merchants to the picturesque town in the Indian Valley.
California, which typically experiences peak fire season later in the year, was on pace to suffer more burnt acreage this year than last, the worst fire season on record. Roughly 16,000 people were evacuated this week from blazes burning across five counties in the northern part of the state.
California's five largest wildfires in history have all occurred in the last three seasons, burning more than 2.5 million acres and destroying 3,700 structures.
(Video: Fred Greaves: Production: Deborah Lutterbeck)
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