What’s causing all of the wildfires in California?

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What’s causing all of the wildfires in California?

Nearly 85% of all wildfires in the United States are caused by humans, according to the National Park Service. Another leading cause of fires is lightning, which caused most of the destructive fires in 2020 across the state of California. Related | See a map of active wildfires in California. This year, California is on pace to have another record-setting wildfire season in 2021 as the state faces another year of drought conditions and climate change. Fire CausesDixie Fire: Cause still under investigation. Possibly started by PG&E. Monument Fire: Started by lightningCaldor Fire: Cause still under investigation. McFarland Fire: Started by lightningBeckwourth Complex: Started by lightningRiver Complex: Started by lightningAntelope Fire: Started by lightningTamarack Fire: Started by lightningFrench Fire: Cause still under investigationDixie FireThe more than 1-month-old wildfire has burned at least 750,672 acres, more than 1,172 square miles, in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta and Tehama counties.Recently, some evacuees had been allowed to return home. Crews have been strengthening control lines around the fire, which was 46% contained as of Friday morning, Cal Fire said.Roughly 11,996 structures remain threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire officials said. More than 4,700 personnel are helping battle the fire, a decrease from earlier this month.Dixie Fire timelineThe blaze sparked July 13 north of the Cresta Dam, which is not far from where the 2018 Camp Fire northeast of Paradise claimed the lives of more than 80 people.The fire had already leveled more than a dozen houses and other structures when it combined with the Fly Fire and tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls in late July. The Plumas County sheriff said more than 100 homes in the Indian Falls and surrounding areas were reported destroyed.On Aug. 4, the fire nearly obliterated the town of Greenville, which dates back to California’s Gold Rush era and has some structures more than a century old.

Nearly 85% of all wildfires in the United States are caused by humans, according to the National Park Service. Another leading cause of fires is lightning, which caused most of the destructive fires in 2020 across the state of California.

Related | See a map of active wildfires in California.

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This year, California is on pace to have another record-setting wildfire season in 2021 as the state faces another year of drought conditions and climate change.

Fire Causes

  • Dixie Fire: Cause still under investigation. Possibly started by PG&E.
  • Monument Fire: Started by lightning
  • Caldor Fire: Cause still under investigation.
  • McFarland Fire: Started by lightning
  • Beckwourth Complex: Started by lightning
  • River Complex: Started by lightning
  • Antelope Fire: Started by lightning
  • Tamarack Fire: Started by lightning
  • French Fire: Cause still under investigation

Dixie Fire

The more than 1-month-old wildfire has burned at least 750,672 acres, more than 1,172 square miles, in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta and Tehama counties.

Recently, some evacuees had been allowed to return home. Crews have been strengthening control lines around the fire, which was 46% contained as of Friday morning, Cal Fire said.

Roughly 11,996 structures remain threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire officials said. More than 4,700 personnel are helping battle the fire, a decrease from earlier this month.

Dixie Fire timeline

The blaze sparked July 13 north of the Cresta Dam, which is not far from where the 2018 Camp Fire northeast of Paradise claimed the lives of more than 80 people.

The fire had already leveled more than a dozen houses and other structures when it combined with the Fly Fire and tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls in late July. The Plumas County sheriff said more than 100 homes in the Indian Falls and surrounding areas were reported destroyed.

On Aug. 4, the fire nearly obliterated the town of Greenville, which dates back to California’s Gold Rush era and has some structures more than a century old.

Contributed by local news sources

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