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One Year after the Dixie Fire, a California Town comes Together

GREENVILLE, CALIF. - Residents of the Northern California town of Greenville are pausing to remember how the Dixie Fire forever changed their community a year ago.

A gathering was held Thursday, August 4th to mark one year since one of the largest wildfires in state history destroyed the town.

"We all though it was important," said music teacher Marsha Roby, a longtime Greenville resident. "That brings with it a lot of emotional trauma and good memories of when you're remembering back of what town used to be like and then what the town has been going through this year."


In this photo combination, a before and after series shows downtown Greenville, California before it burned on July 23, 2021 (above) and the day it burned (below) on August 4, 2021 during the Dixie fire. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

The event featured art and music and a chance for people to come together as a community.

"For some people, it's still too traumatic," said Roby. "I have friends that said no I can't do it, I can't come, just too stressful to think about it. But there's a lot of people that have been coming back to Greenville."

Community United Methodist Church

In this undated photo, the historic Community United Methodist Church stands in Greenville, CA. The church, along with most of the town, was destroyed by the Dixie Fire in 2021.Photo: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

While Roby's church, the Community United Methodist Church, won't be rebuilt because there aren't enough members remaining in the area, signs are going up on properties to let residents know who will be rebuilding. Through a book drive and space made available at a nearby school the town's library has reopened.

The Plumas Unified School District is also reopening K through 12 schools in the area for the fall semester.

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GREENVILLE, CALIFORNIA - In an aerial view, the remains of homes and businesses that were destroyed by the Dixie Fire are visible on September 24, 2021 in Greenville, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

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