The Dixie Fire, currently the second-largest wildfire in California’s history, has become the first known fire to burn across the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
On Wednesday, the wildfire made it from the western slopes of the Sierra across to the floor of the eastern valley, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Dixie Fire started on July 13th. The fire is burning on the Plumas National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and in five counties: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta, and Tehama. The Fly Fire started on July 22nd and was managed under the Dixie Fire East Zone command as the two fires eventually merged into one. The drought, combined with dry, hot weather and strong winds, has resulted in very active fire behavior.
The fire is currently 700,000-acres in size, has destroyed more than 1,00 structures, is 35% contained, and has 5,982 personnel battling it.
Many thousands have been evacuated across the state, and firefighters are currently battling to prevent the fire from engulfing Susanville, home to 18,000 people.