In Northern California, the Dixie Fire exploded in size over the weekend to become the largest single fire in California history — with a half-million acres burned. On Saturday, California Governor Gavin Newsom toured Greenville, a Gold Rush-era town north of Sacramento, its downtown almost completely destroyed by the Dixie Fire.
Gov. Gavin Newsom: “The extreme weather conditions, extreme droughts are leading to extreme conditions and wildfire challenges the likes of which we’ve never seen in our history. And as a consequence, we need to acknowledge, just straight up, these are climate-induced wildfires.”
There are 11 major wildfires now raging across California, and over 100 fires across 15 states — with more than 2 million acres burned. On Saturday, Denver, Colorado, experienced the poorest air quality of any big city in the world as smoke from western fires filled the sky with a thick, yellow-brown haze.
Meanwhile, fires continue to rage across Southern Europe, which is in a protracted heat wave. In Greece, thousands of people fled their homes on the island of Evia, some of them escaping aboard Coast Guard ships, as a massive wildfire turned the night sky red.
Vasilikia: “I am very angry. Most people here are very angry. The disaster, you can see it, right? It’s huge. Our villages are destroyed. There is nothing left from our homes, our properties. Nothing. Nothing.”