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2nd largest wildfire in California burns over 700,000 acres
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2nd largest wildfire in California burns over 700,000 acres
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San Francisco, Aug 21 (TIWN) The Dixie Fire, the second-largest wildfire in California's history and the biggest one so far this year in the US, has so far burned more than 700,000 acres of land since it erupted on July 14, according to authorities.

The fire, which started on July 14 about 10 miles northeast of Paradise, is the second-largest blaze in California's history and the largest one so far this year in the country.

It now covers 700,630 acres (about 2,835 square km) in five counties, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).  It was about 35 percent contained as of Friday afternoon. 

Active for 37 days, the Dixie Fire has destroyed more than 650 homes and was still threatening more than 16,000 structures across Butte, Plumas, Tehama, Lassen and Shasta counties.

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