Dixie Fire destroys much of California town as officials warn: ‘You MUST leave now’

The fire is one of 100 active large blazes in the United States, mostly torching parts of Western states that have been plagued by exceptional heat and drought, exacerbated by climate change. Those tinderbox conditions have fueled historically large wildfires in what’s anticipated to be a severe fire season in California.

“These are not the normal fires anymore,” Jake Cagle, an operations section chief.