Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Fire Threatens Second California Town as Heat Stokes Flames

  • Climate change growing threat to planet, says major UN report
  • Fire swells to become second-biggest in California history
Bloomberg business news
Dixie Wildfire Scorches More Than 1,000 Buildings
Updated on

Hot, dry weather is hampering California firefighters’ efforts to combat the Dixie blaze, which swelled over the weekend to become the second-largest in state history and is threatening to engulf a second town.

The fire, which troubled utility giant PG&E Corp. said may have been sparked by one of its power lines, has ripped through more than 489,000 acres (198,000 hectares), destroying the Gold-Rush-era town of Greenville last week. It’s now spreading toward Janesville, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast.