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    Haunting photos show California wildfire aftermath


    Burned cars, incinerated buildings and a thick blanket of heavy smoke trail California’s Dixie Fire, now the nation’s largest wildfire.

    The wildfire continues to rip through Northern California communities and threatens thousands of homes. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

    The fire raged through Greenville, a Gold Rush-era Sierra Nevada community of about 1,000, incinerating much of the downtown on Wednesday. The destruction included wooden buildings that were more than a century old.

    Sheriff Todd Johns, who said he was a lifelong Greenville resident, said more than 100 homes were destroyed in the Greenville and Indian Falls areas.  

    “To the folks that have lost residences and businesses,” Johns said, “their life is now forever changed. And all I can tell you is I’m sorry.”

    Here are photos of damage the fire left behind:

    A burned church rests in heavy smoke during the Dixie fire in Greenville, California on Aug. 6, 2021.
    A deer wanders among homes and vehicles destroyed by the Dixie Fire in the Greenville community of Plumas County, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.
    The Dixie Fire has been burning for over three weeks and has leveled both Indian Falls and Greenville, two small communities in Northern California. Weather conditions have played a huge part in the explosive growth this fire has shown. Photo taken on August 5, 2021.
    A burned residence rest in heavy smoke during the Dixie fire in Greenville, California on Aug. 6, 2021.
    A firefighter surveys a destroyed downtown during the Dixie fire in Greenville, California on Aug. 5, 2021.
    The Dixie Fire has been burning for over three weeks and has leveled both Indian Falls and Greenville, two small communities in Northern California. Weather conditions have played a huge part in the explosive growth this fire has shown. Photo taken on August 5, 2021.
    The inside of a burned fire engine smolders in a decimated downtown Greenville, California during the Dixie fire on Aug. 5, 2021.
    The Dixie Fire has been burning for over three weeks and has leveled both Indian Falls and Greenville, two small communities in Northern California. Weather conditions have played a huge part in the explosive growth this fire has shown. Photo taken on August 5, 2021.
    Dozens of burned vehicles rest in heavy smoke during the Dixie fire in Greenville, California on Aug. 6, 2021.

    Contact News Now Reporter Christine Fernando at cfernando@usatoday.com or follow her on Twitter at @christinetfern.



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