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California’s Largest Fire Torches Homes As Blazes Lash West

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Flames from the Dixie Fire consume a home in the Indian Falls community of Plumas County, Calif., Saturday, July 24, 2021. The fire destroyed multiple residences as it tore through the area. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

(AP) — A wildfire raging in rugged terrain in Northern California has destroyed multiple homes as the state’s largest fire intensifies and numerous other blazes batter the U.S. West.

The Dixie fire had already destroyed over a dozen homes and other structures when it tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls, in Plumas County, on Saturday night. An updated damage estimate wasn’t immediately available. But fire officials say the blaze has charred more than 181,000 acres and is 20% contained.  It’s burning in a rocky, remote area, hampering firefighters’ efforts as it expands eastward.

Meanwhile, more than 2,200 crew members are working to corral the nation’s largest wildfire, Oregon’s Bootleg fire. It’s over 40% contained.

 

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