A firefighter battles the Dixie Fire in the mountainous and forested terrain near Janesville
A firefighter battles the Dixie fire in the mountainous and forested terrain near Janesville, Calif., on Thursday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Wildfires

Photos: Heartbreaking images document a million acres burned already during this California fire season

Images of the Caldor fire and the Dixie fire, driven in part by warming temperatures and worsening drought.

Dixie fire

Firefighters clear away combustible material at the head of the Dixie fire near Janesville.
Firefighters clear away combustible material at the head of the Dixie fire near Janesville. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

A pall of yellow smoke from the Dixie fire blankets the town of Susanville.
A pall of yellow smoke from the Dixie fire blankets the town of Susanville. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Flames burn through trees on a mountainside at night
The Dixie fire burns in the mountains of Lassen County on Thursday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Flames and embers rise up from a thin tree branch
Part of an evergreen tree explodes into a ball of flame as the Dixie fire burns near Janesville on Thursday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters use hand tools to dig lines in the forest ground as flames burn behind them
A crew battles the Dixie fire in harsh terrain near Janesville on Thursday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters watch a helicopter battle the Dixie fire as it burns through mountainous and forested terrain
Firefighters watch a helicopter battle the Dixie fire as it burns through mountainous and forested terrain near Janesville on Thursday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The monstrous Dixie fire — the second-largest in the state’s recorded history — has been burning for more than a month, and the danger zone now stretches from Lassen to Butte.

A plane drops red liquid over a burning forest.
A DC-10 jumbo jet drops fire retardant on the Dixie fire. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Caldor fire

The Caldor fire in El Dorado County is at nearly 63,000 acres, with 0% containment. Thousands of rural residents have had to evacuate as flames tore through rugged terrain.

Burned vehicles and trees.
The Caldor fire left a moonscape of burned forest, homes and cars in Grizzly Flats. ( Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

A chair frame in a burned home in the woods
The frame of a chair sits in the remains of a home in Grizzly Flats. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

A burned stop sign at Evergreen and Grizzly Flat roads.
Burned trees surround a scorched intersection in the community of Grizzly Flats. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

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Dixie fire

Greenville residents Gould Fickardt, 71, left, and Woody Hovland, 70, sit with their dogs, Primer, right, and Sheva, left,
Gould Fickardt, 71, left, and Woody Hovland, 70, sit with their dogs, Primer, right, and Sheva after their Greenville homes were destroyed. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Rows of burned cars sit amid blackened trees.
Burned cars and scorched trees in Greenville. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Cache fire

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