. California’s Dixie Fire has burned nearly 700 square miles, larger than the size of New York City « JO LEE MAGAZINE

USA TODAY/At least five people are missing and thousands are anxiously waiting at evacuation centers as California’s Dixie Fire, now the nation’s largest wildfire, rips through Northern California communities and threatens to incinerate thousands of homes.

The Dixie Fire now spans 698 square miles, engulfing an area larger than the size of New York City, and is just 21% contained. Fire officials say 268 homes have been destroyed, but no injuries or deaths have been reported.

The fire is the third-largest wildfire in California history.

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