Weekend of fear looms for Californians in face of wildfires

California Wildfires
A firefighter uses a drip torch to ignite vegetation while trying to stop the Dixie Fire from spreading in Lassen National Forest, Calif., on Monday, July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — People living in the scenic forestlands of Northern California are facing a weekend of fear as wildfires threaten to reduce thousands of homes to ashes.

The Dixie Fire that incinerated much of the gold rush-era town of Greenville has destroyed nearly 270 homes and structures and is threatening nearly 14,000 buildings in the northern Sierra Nevada.

Fire officials say it’s the largest single wildfire in state history and the largest of 107 active fires burning across 14 states.

Evacuations also remain in effect for a number of small communities threatened by lightning-sparked fires in and around national forests.

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