"Our biggest nightmare": Dixie Fire destroys much of northern California town

Officials in the northern California city of Greenville said Thursday they lacked the words to describe the widespread destruction left by the massive Dixie fire that destroyed shops and homes on Wednesday night.
What They Say: "Our beloved small town, Greenville, CA, was facing our greatest nightmare," Plumas County supervisor Kevin Goss wrote on Facebook. "Our historic buildings, family houses, small businesses and our children's schools are completely lost."
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"Every square inch of downtown holds countless memories for every member of our small community and abundant ancestral history," he added. "Words fail me and my heart goes out to all of you who have suffered losses, evacuated and tired of what is to come."
Context: The extremely arid conditions in Northern California are the result of a severe drought, the worst drought the West has seen this century, reports Andrew Freedman of Axios.
Studies show that man-made climate change has increased the likelihood and severity of heat waves and droughts and has led to major forest fires in much of the west in recent years, Freedman adds.
On photos:
Flames rise from a building during the Dixie Fire near Chico in Greenville, California on August 5th. Photo: Neal Waters / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The Dixie Fire is sweeping Greenville, California. Photo: Neal Waters / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Firefighters attempt to extinguish the Dixie Fire near Chico in Greenville, California. Photo: Neal Waters / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The Dixie Fire near Greenville, California on August 5th. Photo: Neal Waters / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Battalion Commander Sergio Mora watches the Dixie Fire burn through downtown Greenville, California on August 4th. Photo by Josh EdelsonAFP via Getty Images
Businesses burn as the Dixie Fire sweeps through downtown Greenville, California on August 4th. Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP via Getty Images
Vehicles and a building burn during the Dixie Fire in downtown Greenville, California on August 4th. Photo: Josh Edleson / AFP via Getty Images
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