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Dixie Fire Grows to Second Largest in California History

The blaze grew to nearly half a million acres Sunday

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The Dixie Fire became the second largest wildfire in California history Sunday as thousands of residents remained under evacuation orders and more than 10,000 buildings stood in the blaze’s path.

The fire, which leveled much of the historic Sierra Nevada town of Greenville last week, grew to 463,477 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. Less than a quarter of the blaze is surrounded by containment lines.

Only the August Complex fire, which scorched more than 1 million acres across seven counties in 2020, was larger, according to Cal Fire data.

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