Dixie Fire Engulfs Greenville, Firefighters Face Another Day Of Red Flag Conditions

For days, fire crews have been battling hard to protect homes in the pretty little Plumas County Town of Greenville. Wednesday night that battle was lost as the Dixie Fire virtually consumed the downtown area and destroyed many buildings that had stood since the 1880s. The Dixie has burned more than 322,500 acres by the latest official estimate. The fire remains 35% contained. Thousands of people are fleeing their homes as the fire is threatening to run around both sides of Lake Almanor, forcing the evacuation of the entire Town of Chester and all of the western shore, as well as much of the eastern shore and peninsula. Evacuation orders in Eastern Tehama County have been expanded to include Wilson Lake, Wilson Creek and Slate Creek. Around 12,400 structures are threatened, and an unknown number have been destroyed. The fight is not expected to get any easier Thursday, with winds of up to 40 miles an hour forecast along with very low humidity. The Dixie Fire started in the Feather River Canyon July 13th, apparently from a PG&E equipment failure.