Massive Dixie Fire merges with Fly Fire, tears through small town as California burns

Massive Dixie fire merges with Fly Fire

More homes burned and 10,000 others remained threatened Monday as a fast-growing Northern California wildfire merged with another blaze and swept through the Plumas County community of Indian Falls.

"The Dixie Fire experienced significant growth and very challenging fire conditions," fire managers said in an incident report late Sunday.

A damage assessment of the town was not available early Monday. Firefighters carrying hand tools were forced to hike through rugged terrain where engines can’t go, said Rick Carhart, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire, which started burning less than two weeks ago, already has consumed 300 square miles of forest, brush and homes. More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the combined blaze now that the Dixie and Fly Fires have merged.