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California Gold Rush town 'destroyed' by state's largest wildfire


The largest wildfire currently burning in California, known as the Dixie Fire, has destroyed nearly all of the historic Gold Rush town of Greenville.


The estimated 800 residents of the northern California community were told to evacuate before the blaze tore through the downtown area.


Officials say some people may not have heeded the order to leave. There have been no reports of deaths or injuries.


The three-week old Dixie Fire is now the eighth largest in state history.

Pictures from the scene show tall trees that have caught on fire, and structures that have been scorched and hollowed out by flames.

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