California’s largest fire burns homes as blazes scorch West

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Following the Dixie Fire, scorched cars are seen in a clearing in the Indian Falls community of Plumas County, California, Sunday, July 25. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
California’s largest wildfire merged with a smaller blaze and destroyed homes in rugged and remote areas, as numerous other fires burned across the U.S. West. The Dixie Fire had already leveled over a dozen houses and other structures in Northern California when it combined with the Fly Fire and tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls after dark July 24. An updated damage estimate was not available the next day, though fire officials said the blaze had charred more than 301 square miles (779 square kilometers) of timber and brush in Plumas and Butte counties. It was 21% contained. The fire prompted evacuation orders in several small mountain communities and along the west shore of Lake Almanor, a popular resort area. More than 10,000 homes were under threat, officials sa
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