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Gold Rush-Era California Town Left in Ashes by the Sixth-Largest Ever Wildfire in State History

© REUTERS / FRED GREAVESView of a burned out car and commercial building following the Dixie Fire, a wildfire that tore through the town of Greenville, California, U.S. August 5, 2021.
View of a burned out car and commercial building following the Dixie Fire, a wildfire that tore through the town of Greenville, California, U.S. August 5, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.08.2021
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The wildfire broke out on 21 July and has "blackened" a swath of land bigger that the city of Los Angeles.
A historic California town dating back to the Gold Rush ended has been devastated by a massive wildfire.
According to AP, the fire – "swollen by bone-dry vegetation" and powerful gusts of wind – swept through the town of Greenvile located in northern Sierra Nevada, leaving much of the community in ashes and gutting numerous buildings, including a gas station, hotel, and bar.
"We lost Greenville tonight," US Rep. Doug LaMalfa, who represents the area in question, said in a Facebook video. "There's just no words."
"We did everything we could," said Fire Spokesman Mitch Matlow. "Sometimes it's just not enough."
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The wildfire broke out on 21 July and was branded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as the sixth-largest wildfire in the history of the state, as it “blackened a territory bigger than the city of Los Angeles by Thursday,” the media outlet notes.
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