A massive wildfire that spiraled out of control over tens of thousands of acres in the rugged region along the California-Nevada border was initially deemed not a threat by U.S. Forest Service officials and allowed to burn without warning.
Up until Friday, a total of 83 major wildfires burned across the US, which have already destroyed a total of 1.366,587 acres, according to the National Advisory Fire Center.
While the Forest Service has not released an official figure for the number of houses destroyed by the fire that spans the California-Nevada state line from crossing the Highway 395 corridor, the department did release a map of damaged or destroyed homes.
The fire killed several buildings and threatened at least 2.700 homes in Douglas County, Nevada, said state governor Steve Sisolak, who declared a state of emergency on Friday in response to the wildfire.
In recent days, crews were trying to keep flames spilling over California-Nevada Interstate 395, but the blaze burning south of Lake Tahoe exploded Thursday afternoon.
The rapidly spreading Dixie Fire close to the Feather River Canyon in Butte County, California, has scorched more than 87.200 acres as of Friday and has been contained only 18%.
Republican Tom McClintock wrote to the head of the US Forest Service on Tuesday, asking why the agency hasn’t contained and monitored the Tamarack fire in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
New #EvacuationOrders issued as #DixieFire swells to more than 85K acres. Here's a look at the updated statewide #Evacuation numbers as of 5pm (up 2,000 from Monday, July 19). DON'T WAIT, EVACUATE! ➡️Current #DixieFire Evacuation Map: https://t.co/Qe04f0KdWe pic.twitter.com/kgYocMwxaG
— Cal OES (@Cal_OES) July 21, 2021
— Abigail Vaerewyck (@abbyvaerewyck) July 22, 2021
— Jim Wheeler (@Wheeler4Nevada) July 22, 2021
Today, I declared a state of emergency in Douglas County in response to the ongoing Tamarack Fire. Thank you to all of our first responders, local government agencies, & nonprofit who continue to go above & beyond to assist our community during these trying times. pic.twitter.com/V0qLPeo7lQ
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) July 23, 2021