California's Largest Wildfire Burns 300 Square Miles, Threatens 10,000 Homes

Erratic winds and the potential for dry lightning added to the challenges facing firefighters battling California’s largest wildfire, one of numerous blazes burning Monday across the U.S. West.

Over the weekend, the massive Dixie Fire merged with the smaller Fly Fire and tore through the remote Northern California community of Indian Falls.

The blaze had already leveled at least 16 houses and other structures, but a new damage estimate wasn’t immediately available because flames were still raging in the mountain area.

Gusty winds also hindered containment efforts and the problem could get worse with the predicted arrival later Monday of pyrocumulus clouds — literally meaning ” fire clouds ” — which can bring lightning and the risk of new ignitions.

Fire officials said the blaze had charred nearly 309 square miles (800 square kilometers) of timber and brush in Plumas and Butte counties, about two hours northeast of Sacramento. It was 22% contained and more than 10,000 homes were still under threat.

Authorities were hopeful that improving weather will help them continue to make progress against the nation’s largest wildfire, the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon.

It was 53% contained after scorching 640 square miles (1,657 square kilometers) of remote land.

On Monday, an additional crew of Oregon National Guardsmen were sent to help out the more than 2,200 people battling the blaze.

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  5. You mean you destroyed all your aqua-cultural and horticultural infrastructure and it resulted in a massive series of uncontrollable blazes set to help reduce the vibrant forests and grasslands back to the parched desert from whence the land once came? Now who could’ve seen that coming? Man, if only there was an obvious way to avoid that!

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  7. They don’t do forest restoration /clean out anymore and your governor lets all your water go to the ocean; instead he could have built reservoirs throughout the state; you vote stupid you get stupid with no common sense; maybe you should look up their records and see what they believe in before you vote next time.
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