Posted on August 7, 2021
Chloe Xiang·ReporterSat, August 7, 2021, 6:31 AM·4 min read
Battalion Chief Sergio Mora reacts as the Dixie Fire tears through Plumas County, Calif., on Wednesday. (Noah Berger/AP)
Nichoel Farris had been living on an apple farm in Greenville, Calif., for four years with her husband, Paul. The farm, located in the High Sierra of Northern California, about 150 miles north of Sacramento, was where they grew sunflowers, raised chicks, rode horses and grew apples. Now all that’s left is a pile of ash and blackened tree trunks.
The Dixie Fire, driven by strong winds, tore through the Gold Rush-era town of Greenville overnight on Wednesday, destroying 75 percent of the town, according to federal fire officials.
“Our Hideaway homestead in Greenville is completely gone from #Dixiefire. House, car, farm, contents, garden, bees, animals, cat…everything we so deeply loved. Our entire town burned. I’ve never felt such a mourning for our normal life,” Nichoel wrote on Facebook.
Nichoel Farris’s farmstead in Greenville, Calif., before and after the Dixie Fire. (Nichoel Farris)
Dixie is the largest fire in California this year and the third-largest on record in the state’s history. By Thursday evening, the three-week-old fire grew to 361,812 acres, expanding 25 percent since reaching Greenville on Wednesday. As of Friday, the fire has burned through 432,813 acres, increasing another 20 percent overnight, and becoming the largest active blaze in the U.S.
“If you are still in the Greenville area, you are in imminent danger and you MUST leave now!! Evacuate to the south to Quincy. If you remain, emergency responders may not be able to assist you,” the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook on Wednesday.
Following [url=https://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=sto&wwa=red flag warning]a red-flag warning[/url], indicating that there is an increased risk of fire danger, the Farris’s evacuated, just hours after returning from their previous evacuation. That order had been lifted but quickly reinstated as the fire grew increasingly out of control.
“We got out in our truck with our 3 dogs and [a] few suitcases. And everything else is ash,” Nichoel wrote on Facebook. “Birthday cards in my mother’s handwriting, Christmas ornaments Trey made as [a] kid, the earrings I wore on my wedding day. The stuff you touch and feel the warm love of good memories.”
Story continues: https://news.yahoo.com/we-are-shattered-and-lost-largest-wildfire-in-us-decimates-a-northern-california-town-133138598.html
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