California's Dixie Fire First to Burn from One Side of Sierra Nevada to the Other

California's Dixie Fire First to Burn from One Side of
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The ongoing Dixie Fire in California is the first in the state’s recorded history to burn from one side of the Sierra Nevada to the other.

As of Wednesday, the fire — the second-largest in California history — had burned 662,647 acres and was 35% contained.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the grim historic feat of the fire, northeast of Chico:

As firefighters battled to keep the month-old Dixie Fire from burning into Susanville, California’s top fire official said it had become the first in state history to burn from the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada across the mountains to the eastern valley floor.

The fire ignited July 14 in the western slopes of Butte County and has since burned eastward across the mountains. Cal Fire Director Thom Porter revealed Wednesday during a briefing on the dire fire conditions across the state that it was an unprecedented spread never before recorded in California history.

In addition, a new fire, the Caldor Fire, has “exploded” southwest of Lake Tahoe, forcing thousands of people to be evacuated. The San Jose Mercury-News reported:

An “unprecedented” wildfire southwest of Lake Tahoe has exploded dramatically, forcing thousands to flee their homes in late-night evacuations and prompting the emergency closure of a national forest as firefighters struggle to catch up with the blaze’s overwhelming spread.

In just four days, the Caldor Fire has charred 62,586 acres in El Dorado County, burning through the 1,200-person town of Grizzly Flats and encroaching rapidly on other small communities nestled in the Sierra foothills. At least two civilians have been injured so far.

POLLOCK PINES, CA – AUGUST 18: The sun and burnt trees lining Mormon Emigrant Trail are seen through a thick cloud of wildfire smoke on August 18, 2021 in Pollock Pines, California. The Caldor Fire raged without containment through rugged forested areas of El Dorado County destroying structures as it grew to over 50,000 acres. (Photo by Allison Dinner/Getty Images)

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is being faulted by opponents in the ongoing recall election for failing to implement a forest management plan aimed at reducing the amount of fuel available for wildfires to burn. The media have attacked some of Newsom’s challengers, notably conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, for supposedly “ignoring” climate change.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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