The scene at Crescent and Main streets in downtown Greenville on the evening of Aug. 4. Photo by Mike Grant

Aug 5 on the Dixie Fire: These are the numbers but they don’t tell the story

As of this morning, July 5, the Dixie Fire is 322,052 acres and 35 percent contained. The morning incident update from the unified command of Cal Fire and the USFS says 45 structures and 22 minor structures are destroyed. Those numbers don’t tell the story, nor are they accurate; there is no mention of a town being destroyed.

According to the official incident update:

West Zone: Extreme fire behavior through the night fueled by low relative humidity and strong winds allowed the fire to grow 50,000 acres overnight. Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire, construct direct and indirect fire line and provide structure defense.

(But what about the communities of the Almanor Basin? Has the fire entered Chester? Are there structures lost on the West Shore? Plumas News is working to find more specifics for its readers.)

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East Zone: The fire spotted over control lines in Round Valley and grew explosively with whole tree torching and a crown fire being driven by gusty winds. Despite valiant efforts of firefighters, aerial resources and law enforcement to protect life and defend property, fire spread into the community of Greenville. Damage assessment is ongoing. The fire behavior moderates some after dark. Red Flag warning will remain in effect until 8 p.m. today for dry, windy conditions and the potential for extremely active fire behavior. Today the focus is on containing active fire perimeter on the north side of the fire and holding existing wirelines.

(According to an eye witness this morning, Greenville High School, Evergreen Market, the community services district office, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are still standing.)

More information about the Dixie Fire will be presented throughout the day.