California: Dixie fire rages across 1,200 acres, evacuation warning issued

NEW DELHI: As firefighters struggle to contain exploding wildfires as the heat wave hits the US West, yet another fire has broken out in California‘s Butte County. The Dixie fire, which ignited around 5pm on Tuesday, has spread across 1,200 acres, burning towards the north away from populated areas.
The Butte County sheriff’s office (BCSO) has issued an evacuation warning for the Pulga and East Concow areas due to the raging blaze. The fire broke out above Cresta Dam off Highway 70. The fire had initially burned only two acres of vegetation before airtankers dropped at least 7,000 gallons of retardant. A helicopter was also used to drop water from Feather river to contain the fire.

“The fire is still around 1200 acres, is burning completely in Plumas County away from any populated areas in Butte County. Aircraft are flying the fire including the DC-10,” the Butte County fire department informed in a tweet. Crews worked throughout the night to slow the spread.

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