Tuesday, May 17, 2022

How the Dixie Fire Fits Butte County Fire History

PULGA – As the Dixie Fire roars on its 16th day, not only is it the largest fire currently in the state, but it is now officially the second largest fire to affect Butte County in its history.

On the evening of July 18, the fire was 18,702 acres, making it the 13th largest fire in the province’s history, just behind the 1951 Milk Ranch fire that burned 21,979 acres in the Feather River Canyon.

Retired firefighter Wayne Wilson said when he joined Cal Fire in 1973, the fire in Milk Ranch was still a topic of discussion by firefighters.

Since July 18, it has burned an average of 18,436 acres per day, meaning a Dixie Fire has since nearly repeated 11 days in a row on average.

It now stands at 221,504 acres, just behind the North Complex fires caused by lightning in 2019 that burned 318,935 acres.

Although the growth of 1 492 hectares yesterday seems small compared to the rapid growth rate that the fire has shown since 18 July, it is by no means small.

In fact, if yesterday’s growth in the fire was a stand-alone fire, it would be between a 1917 unnamed fire that burned 1,481 acres, and the 1996 Palermo fire that burned 1,515 acres.

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