A forest fire in the US state of California destroyed the city of Greenville, leading its history since the “gold rush,” reports the local TV channel KXTV.
The Dixie fire reached Greenville on Thursday night. “The city was destroyed in two hours,” one of the residents told the TV channel.
According to the Associated Press, a gas station, a bar, and a hotel were burned down among other buildings in the city.
The settlement of Greenville was founded in the middle of the XIX century when California was experiencing an influx of visitors attracted by the “gold rush.” There are still buildings in the city that were built more than 100 years ago. According to the latest census, more than 1,1 thousand people lived in the city.
According to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection of California, currently, the Dixie fire has already covered an area of 278 thousand acres (more than 112.5 thousand hectares). The fire has destroyed more than 60 buildings and threatens more than 12 thousand more. It has already been possible to extinguish 35% of its area; it is planned to cope with the fire by August 13 completely, the statement says.