California Dixie Fire
The raging Dixie Fire in Northern California has left at least eight area residents unaccounted for.
Five of the missing people were from Greenville, two from Crescent Mills, and one from Chester.
Investigators were previously able to locate 16 other people who had been reported missing, according to the station.
The Greenville residents were identified as Danny Sczenski, Jesus and Elena Gursasola, Matthew Henly, and Glen Gallagher.
The Crescent Mills residents were identified as Sally and Howard Brown.
The Chester resident was identified as Donna Shelton.
The sheriff’s office asked that anyone with information about the missing people call 530-283-6300.
How Did This California Dixie Fire Take Place?
Many Greenville-area evacuees were gathered at a makeshift camp at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California.
“There were embers and flames everywhere by the time we left,” Greenville resident Jennifer Gonzales told the newspaper.
The college camp sheltered about 140 people Wednesday night, with about 35 others staying at a nearby high school.
Fire crews overnight continued to battle the Dixie Fire, which was present in four counties and grew by more than 100,000
acres between Thursday and Friday, according to FOX 40.
More than 5,000 fire personnel have been deployed to combat the blaze, the station reported.
The fire started July 13 and as of Friday morning, it had burned nearly 434,000 acres spread across Plumas, Butte, Tehama, and Lassen counties.
The fire tore through Greenville on Wednesday evening.
It completely destroyed the downtown areas, reducing to ashes most of the rest of the Gold Rush-era city of 1,000 residents.
Greenville is about 125 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada.
Kevin Goss, a Greenville pharmacy owner, and Plumas County supervisor, got his chance to assess the damage in his
hometown Friday for the first time since he evacuated.
Standing beside the ruin, Goss could only try to find some humor amid the Dixie fire’s ashes.
“I didn’t even know there were bricks inside some of these walls,” he said, looking at their remains in the rubble. “That’s funny.”