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Over 100 California Homes Razed by Wildfires, Some Residents Missing

 Friday, August 6, 2021


Two Northern California wildfires have destroyed dozens of homes, left people unaccounted for or injured and prompted additional evacuations Thursday -- all in less than 48 hours.

The Dixie Fire -- California’s largest active fire -- has destroyed "well over 100 homes" and is on its way to damage more structures, Plumas County Sheriff Todd Johns said.

He added that authorities are searching for four people who were unaccounted for in the area Thursday.

"What I am telling folks at this time is if a plume of smoke is anywhere near your direction and you’re still miles away from it, you need to prepare [to leave] even if you haven’t heard that you are under a warning," Johns said.

The massive blaze has already burned 361,812 acres and was 35% contained Thursday night, according to Cal Fire. The historic town of Greenville in Plumas County has been nearly leveled to the ground