The Dixie Fire, California’s largest, has destroyed multiple structures

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By Dakin Andone, CNN

California’s largest wildfire has destroyed aggregate buildings and is threatening thousands much arsenic the conflict against the blaze stretched into its 12th day. Low moisture successful vegetation and constricted entree successful the distant country person hampered firefighters, officials said.

The Dixie Fire had grown to 190,625 acres and was 21% contained arsenic of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire, with much than 5,000 firefighters and unit warring the fire.

The fire, which began July 14, has destroyed 16 structures — residential, commercialized and different — Cal Fire officials said successful an update Sunday. More than 10,700 structures successful Butte and Plumas Counties are threatened.

The Dixie Fire remained progressive overnight, officials said. It “continues to pain successful a distant country with constricted access, and extended question times with steep terrain are hampering power efforts.”

The occurrence crossed Highway 70 and Highway 89 connected Saturday, forcing firefighters to support the communities of Paxton and Indian Falls. Officials said a harm appraisal squad volition survey the grade of operation harm erstwhile conditions are safer.

“Extreme occurrence behaviour is expected again today,” the update said.

The Dixie Fire has forced galore evacuation orders, including on the westbound enactment of Lake Almanor successful Plumas County.

Cindy Pierson, a nonmigratory of Quincy who’s been forced to evacuate, told CNN affiliate KCRA she was “very anxious” astir the wildfire.

“It’s scary,” said Pierson. She told the presumption she’d lived successful Quincy for conscionable 3 months. “I’ve ne'er been done thing similar this.”

“I privation to travel location arsenic soon arsenic possible, and I privation determination to beryllium a home,” she said.

Another resident, Henry Riel, said the fires meant residents had to beryllium ever-vigilant, prepared to permission astatine a moment’s notice.

“You commune that the upwind goes the close way,” helium said. “But erstwhile it turns you’ve conscionable got to beryllium prepared to determination and get acceptable to go.”

Wildfires burning successful Northern California prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom connected Friday to state a authorities of exigency successful 4 counties, allowing officials entree to accrued resources.

The declaration included Alpine, Lassen, Plumas and Butte counties, the second of which was the tract of the state’s deadliest and astir destructive wildfire successful California past successful 2018.

The blaze is just 1 of 86 ample wildfires — galore of them in the West — burning much than 1.4 cardinal acres crossed the country, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

The Tamarack Fire is burning on the state’s borderline with Nevada and has scorched much than 66,000 acres, per InciWeb, a clearinghouse for wildfire accusation successful the US. It’s 27% contained.

On Sunday, officials announced the sheriff’s offices of Alpine and El Dorado Counties would statesman escorting evacuated residents backmost into the country to retrieve pets and important papers, depending connected the fire’s activity.

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