Three years after Paradise, a neighboring town destroyed by the flames of the “Dixie fire”


Lunar landscapes. A charred city center, where the only walls still standing are the stone walls of the facade of the church. Three years after Paradise, it was the small town of Greenville, 100 km further north, on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada, which was devastated by flames on Wednesday. This time, it was the Dixie fire, a gigantic fire that has already burned more than 100,000 hectares in California that caused desolation.

“We lost Greenville,” said firefighter spokeswoman Serena Baker on Thursday morning, estimating that 75% of the center of this city of 1,000 inhabitants built during the California gold rush, in the middle of the 19th century, had been shaved.

2,000 people evacuated

Fortunately, the human toll should be much less heavy than in Paradise, where 86 people had perished, with only one road. 2,000 people had been ordered to evacuate, and no casualties were to be deplored, Thursday afternoon.

“If you stayed, you should evacuate EAST, IMMEDIATELY!” The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office tweeted, addressing residents of the communities of Greenville and Chester. “If you are still in the Greenville area, you are in imminent danger and you MUST go now!” “, He added in a second alert message, adding:” If you stay, the emergency services may not be able to come to your aid. “

The PG & E company still questioned

The Dixie Fire is so vast that it is at the origin of its own climatic phenomena. By the end of July, the number of acres burned in California was up 250% from 2020, which was already the worst year for fires in recent state history.

Energy supplier Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), California’s largest energy company, pleaded guilty to Camp Fire, which razed Paradise. PG&E equipment is again in question for the Dixie Fire, after a tree fell on a power cable the day the fire started. At the end of July, the company announced that it would bury its 16,000 km of electric cables to prevent its equipment from causing new devastating fires.


Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.

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