Dixie Fire in US California burns over 244,000 acres

Flames from the Dixie Fire crest a hill in Lassen National Forest, Calif., near Jonesville on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Photo: AP)

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Dixie Fire has burned more than 244,000 acres as of Sunday in remote Northern California of the United States.

The fire, which started on July 14 about 10 miles northeast of Paradise, is California's largest blaze so far this year and now covers 244,888 acres (991 square km) in Butte and Plumas counties, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).

It was about 32 percent contained as of Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There were 67 structures destroyed and nine structures damaged. A total of 10,435 structures were threatened, CAL FIRE said.

As firefighters continue making progress on the incident, evacuation orders and warnings in many zones have been lifted.