One firefighter has died from disease in one of California’s biggest wildfires that swept through parts of the state, officials said Sunday, making it the first death in a season when flames destroyed thousands of buildings and sent entire towns fleeing.

The fire has been tackled by 3,800 firefighters from different agencies.

Firefighters’ efforts now have to focus on clearing up incidents and further consolidating and maintaining containment lines, Cal Fire said, instead focusing on resolute extinguishing efforts in the early days of the fire.

Calmer winds and increased humidity over the past two days helped crews contain the blaze that, at its height in a single day, had raged through more than 100.000 acres of woods, the fire department said.

The incident, which burned through five counties and has become the second biggest wildfire in California history, accounted for 3.270 crews.

Authorities had earlier reported injuries to three first responders battling the blaze, but did not offer any civilian casualties or injuries.

The fire wounded five firefighters and civilians and burned more than 700 homes, the fire department said.

Almost 28.000 homes, shops and other buildings, from cabins to ski resorts, remained under threat.

Dixie Fire

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The Dixie Fire is an active wildfire in Butte, Plumas and Lassen Counties, California. It is named after the road where it started. (wikipedia)


Caldor Fire

The Caldor Fire is an active wildfire burning in El Dorado County, California, about 15 miles southeast of Placerville. By August 31, 2021, it had burned more than 191, (wikipedia)


August Complex fire

The August Complex was a massive wildfire that burned in the Coast Range of Northern California, in Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama, Trinity, and Shasta Counties. (wikipedia)


Bootleg Fire

The Bootleg Fire, named after the nearby Bootleg Spring, is a large wildfire that started near Beatty, Oregon, on July 6, 2021. As of 6 August 2021 it had burned 413,765 acres . (wikipedia)