SLIDESHOW: Northern California wildfire now largest burning in U.S.


This photo shows cars and homes destroyed by the Dixie Fire line central Greenville on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Plumas County, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say Northern California’s Dixie Fire grew by 110 square miles (285 square kilometers) between Thursday night and Friday morning, making the blaze the largest wildfire currently raging in the country.

The Dixie Fire has consumed 432,813 acres — an increase of 71,000 acres from the night before. The Bootleg Fire in Oregon had previously been the nation’s largest active wildfire, at 413,765 acres.

The Dixie Fire is only 35% contained and is expected to grow. It currently stands as California’s third-largest wildfire in history. The Bootleg Fire, which sparked July 6, is 87% contained.

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