Dixie Fire: SPECIAL COVERAGE
Thursdays 6:30 p.m., Fridays & Mondays 8:30 a.m.
This is NSPR’s special program about the Dixie Fire effects in the North State.
The show is now weekly — airing Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and rebroadcast at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Monday.
NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about the Dixie Fire in our region.
Firefighters continue to battle more than a dozen major fires across the state. Cal Fire is urging residents to remember that fire season is far from over.
The Dixie Fire has been burning for nearly two months, and it continues to prompt evacuation orders for communities in its path. As of Wednesday morning, the Dixie Fire is threatening nearly 13,000 structures. Smoke from the fire and others burning in the North State has also caused hazardous air quality, putting residents at risk of respiratory illness, including COVID-19. More dry and warm weather is forecast through Labor Day weekend, but incident meteorologist Derek Williams said Wednesday there is a slight possibility of some relief next week.
The Dixie Fire is no longer the state’s top priority wildfire. This week, the Caldor fire surpassed the Dixie fire in terms of Cal Fire’s priorities for resources. Nevertheless, it continues to threaten communities throughout the North State.
The Dixie Fire has been breaking records since it sparked on July 13. It is now the first fire Cal Fire recorded to have burned from west to east across the Sierra Crest.
It's been 30 days since the Dixie Fire was sparked on July 13. At more than half a million acres, the fire this week became the largest single wildfire in California history, coming in second only to last year's August Complex that was made up of multiple fires that burned more than a million acres.
In this special, we mourn the loss of Greenville and other communities devastated by this fire, like Indian Falls, Belden, and Rich Bar. We also look at the history of wildfires in our region and why we’re living with these types of fires in the North State.