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Dixie Fire has burned about 900 structures in Northern California

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The burned out remains of the Pioneer Cafe off Main Street are seen in Greenville, Calif., last Friday after the Dixie fire destroyed the town. Photo by Peter DaSilva/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/4523882bec4fe5dd54e25e28321a33f3/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
The burned out remains of the Pioneer Cafe off Main Street are seen in Greenville, Calif., last Friday after the Dixie fire destroyed the town. Photo by Peter DaSilva/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Firefighters increased containment on the Dixie Fire on Tuesday, the wildfire in Northern California that has so far destroyed nearly 900 structures.

The fire grew roughly 5,000 acres to a total of almost 490,000 acres and was 25% contained as of late Tuesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said.

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The agency reported that the fire has so far destroyed 893 structures, including homes, commercial buildings and others, and has damaged more than 60. It is threatening another 16,000 structures.

"The pattern of afternoon winds from the southwest continued and fire behavior became more aggressive as the inversion lifted," the U.S. Forestry Service said in an update. "This pattern is expected to continue as the warming and drying trend with temperatures peaks on Thursday and Friday.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for counties affected by the Dixie Fire and McFarland and Monument fires.

The declaration unlocks state funding to provide resources to communities affected by the fires.

Officials said 6,000 fire personnel including 30 helicopters, almost 500 fire engines, 174 dozers and 163 water tenders are actively fighting the Dixie Fire.

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Wildfires in California this year have so far burned close to 1 million acres, a 233% increase compared to the same period last year, according to Cal Fire.

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