California wildfire explodes in size, destroys historic town
The small Sierra town of Greenville, Calif., was heavily damaged on Wednesday night into early Thursday as the Dixie Fire surged northward amid high winds, extremely dry air and hot temperatures.
The big picture: The Dixie Fire, California's biggest blaze and the sixth-largest wildfire in state history, razed houses and businesses as it ripped through Greenville and surrounding areas in Plumas County.
Authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for Greenville, about 240 miles northeast of San Francisco, and other communities as the blaze moved in.
“If you are still in the Greenville area, you are in imminent danger and you MUST leave now!!” the Plumas County Sherrif's Office posted on Facebook.
According to the AP, the blaze gutted downtown buildings dating back a century or more. “We did everything we could,” fire spokesman Mitch Matlow told the news service. “Sometimes it’s just not enough.”