Drone photos show massive brush fire destruction

Burnt trees along a hillside
Trees burnt by the Dixie fire stand along a hillside in Greenville, Calif., on Sept. 24.
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The Dixie fire has consumed more than 900,000 acres, becoming the second-largest fire in state history. It is now 94% contained. Fueled by intense winds, the massive fire tore through the small town of Greenville on Aug. 4, destroying businesses and homes. It has become the 14th most destructive fire ever in California, destroying 1,262 structures as of last month.

With fire season far from over and much of the state in a drought, officials are warning that this year’s fires could end up competing with last year’s record-breaking season. Five of the 10 largest wildfires in state history occurred in 2020.

An aerial view of burnt cars
Cars destroyed in the Dixie fire in Greenville.
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Aerial view of a fire-destroyed neighborhood
Some of the homes and businesses destroyed by the Dixie fire.
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A religious statue stands amid rubble
A religious statue stands in the rubble of a business that was destroyed in Greenville.
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A water truck sprays both sides of a fire-ravaged street
A water truck sprays down the remains of a neighborhood in Greenville.
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A sign posted outside a home says, "We love Greenville and we will rebuild. The Parks family"
A sign is posted in front of a Greenville home destroyed in the Dixie fire.
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The remains of a burnt vehicle, seen from above.
The remains of a vehicle next to a home razed by fire in Greenville.
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The remains of a neighborhood destroyed by fire
The remains of a Greenville neighborhood.
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Two brick walls stand amid rubble, one with the word "save" painted on it
Little remains standing from a business in Greenville.
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Black trees surround a destroyed house
A home destroyed by fire is surrounded by burnt trees.
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