Dixie fire becomes largest in California history

The Dixie Fire in northern California is on its way to becoming the largest wildfire in state history, officials report.

The fire has burned 917,579 acres and is only 59 percent contained as of Tuesday. The Augusta Complex, which burned 1,032,648 acres in 2020, is currently the largest fire in the state by area.

The Dixie Fire started July 14 and has damaged or destroyed at least 1,282 structures, according to Cal Fire.

Of the 20 largest wildfires since 1932, 17 have occurred since 2000; 11 since 2016; five in 2020; and three this year.

“From September through December, there is drier weather across the state, increased wind events and continued major fire activity over the next three months,” said Cal Fire Chief Tom Porter.

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