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Hot, gusty weather could mean explosive fire growth in West

California's largest wildfire grows
Hot, gusty weather could mean explosive fire growth in West
Posted at 10:38 AM, Aug 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-04 13:38:23-04

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP — California’s largest wildfire grew Wednesday as thousands of firefighters prepared for a tougher fight as dangerous weather returns.

Firefighters were able to save homes and hold large stretches of the Dixie Fire, but flames jumped perimeter lines in a few spots, prompting additional evacuation orders for some 15,000 people.

Dozens of fires are burning throughout the drought-stricken West.

The Bootleg Fire in Oregon is 84% contained and firefighters are busy strengthening lines as they face the upcoming extreme weather. The Oregon blaze is the nation’s largest burning wildfire.