After an extremely active day that prompted several new evacuation orders, the Dixie Fire has now grown to be the 8th largest wildfire in recorded California history.
As of Wednesday morning, Cal Fire reports that the Dixie Fire had jumped in size to 274,139 acres. This is a nearly 20,000-acre size increase from the day before.
At the start of the week, the wildfire was already the 11th largest in state history – but it has since now topped the 2013 Rim Fire (at 257,314 acres), the 2012 Rush Fire (at 271,911 acres), and the 2003 Cedar Fire (at 273,246 acres).
Firefighters continue to be concerned with extremely dry conditions and wind. A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for parts of Northern California – including most of the Dixie Fire area.
The wildfire remains only 35 percent contained, the same number it has been at since the weekend.