The raging Dixie Fire in Northern California – the third largest wildfire in state history — has left at least eight area residents unaccounted for, according to a local sheriff.
Five of the missing people were from Greenville, two from Crescent Mills and one from Chester, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 40 of Sacramento.
Investigators were previously able to locate 16 other people who had been reported missing, according to the station.
The Greenville residents were identified as Danny Sczenski, Jesus and Elena Gursasola, Matthew Henly and Glen Gallagher. The Crescent Mills residents were identified as Sally and Howard Brown, while the Chester resident was identified as Donna Shelton.
The sheriff’s office asked that anyone with information about the missing people call 530-283-6300.
Many Greenville-area evacuees were gathered at a makeshift camp at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
“There were embers and flames everywhere by the time we left,” Greenville resident Jennifer Gonzales told the newspaper.
Operations Chief Jay Walter moves a light post that was blocking Highway 89 as the Dixie Fire tears through the Greenville community in Plumas County, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. (Associated Press)
The college camp sheltered about 140 people Wednesday night, with about 35 others staying at a nearby high school, the report said.