‘The city is completely gone’: Photos and video show devastation caused by fires in California | national
GREENVILLE, Calif .– A 3-week-old wildfire engulfed a small northern California mountain town, wiping out historic buildings and leaving much of the downtown area to ashes, while a new blaze lashed out by the Wind also destroyed homes as teams prepared for another explosive run of flames on Thursday amid dangerous weather.
The Dixie Fire, swollen by dry vegetation and gusts of 40 mph, raged Wednesday night in the community of Greenville in the northern Sierra Nevada. As of Thursday, it had become the sixth largest fire in state history. Authorities have closed Lassen Volcanic National Park due to the fire.
A gas station, hotel, and bar were among many destroyed facilities in Greenville, which dates back to the era of the California Gold Rush and some structures are over a century old.
Plumas County Supervisor Kevin Goss wrote on Facebook Thursday that the fire “has burned our entire downtown area. Our historic buildings, family homes, small businesses and our children’s schools are completely lost.”
Eva Gorman, who runs a boutique called Josefina Fine Knits, said in an interview: “The city is completely gone. The city has been devastated and razed to the ground. There is nothing left, almost nothing left of the city. His own business was destroyed and many historic buildings appear to have been destroyed.
Authorities could not immediately say how many buildings were razed, but photos and videos from the scene indicate that the destruction was widespread.