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How to Prepare for Evacuation during California’s Fire Season

Jack Lewis, Reporter // September 15, 2020

Imagine waking up at 8 a.m. to your alarm clock going off. You drowsily silence it and get out of bed, but notice that something feels off. You double check the time thinking that it must be wrong, as...

Chief John Reid of University Police. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

University Police respond to library evacuation controversy

Kimberly Morales // November 20, 2019

Student safety has been in the public eye, with two incidents involving a sudden, improvised evacuation in the Meriam Library and a suspicious message carved into the wall of a bathroom in the library.While...

Police deny students information on library public safety. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Police fail to provide timely information in second Meriam Library shooter threat

Natalie Hanson // November 13, 2019

Once again this semester, it's time to address the ongoing failure of our University Police Department to provide information to the student body, as well as to faculty and staff, in a timely manner. Last...

The American flag hangs over the entrance of the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, CA on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Red Cross shelter evacuation slows as protests stall

Julian Mendoza and Josh Cozine // February 1, 2019

Cars and trailers leaving the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds slowed towards the end of the day Thursday, the day slated as a soft deadline for emptying the grounds, as those staying at the shelter continued...

A flame-shredded American flag hangs on a mostly burnt piece of wood on Wildwood Lane in Paradise. Photo credit: Alex Grant

‘Camp Fire’ forces thousands to evacuate

Natalie Hanson and Josh Cozine // November 28, 2018

As the sun rose on Thursday, Nov. 8, the sky in Butte County filled with smoke and began to darken. At about 6:30 a.m., fire had ignited in the small community of Pulga and rapidly advanced to Concow,...

A burnt American flag hangs on a mostly burnt piece of wood on Wildwood Lane in Paradise. Photo credit: Alex Grant

Camp Fire flames finally settle, yet the housing crisis rages on

Alex Grant // November 28, 2018

A flame-shredded American flag hangs in the still, grey air. It's flagpole barely holds on to a vertical gutter that's attached to a burnt piece of wood. A charred chimney stands intact behind the flag....

Flames burn a hole into an oak tree near Honey Run Road off of Skyway around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 9, the morning after the Camp Fire started.

Camp Fire Timeline

Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant // November 28, 2018

The following photos are from the Camp Fire taken in Chico and Paradise. The photos are from the first two days of the fire on Nov. 8 and 9 and from Nov. 15 and 16, a week after the fire began. All photos...

A flame-shredded American flag hangs on a mostly burnt piece of wood on Wildwood Lane in Paradise. Photo Credit: Alex Grant

The Orion’s Camp Fire Newscast

Christian Solis // November 28, 2018

Nearly three weeks ago the Camp Fire flames ignited Paradise and several neighboring Butte County communities. The fire burned through 153,336 acres of Butte County. The thick, toxic smoke spread to cities...

A truck on Skyway destroyed by the destruction of Camp Fire. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Camp Fire Day One: Thousands evacuate through Paradise and Chico

Extreme western winds push flames and smoke through Paradise on the first day of the Camp Fire. Updated 9:45 a.m. Friday CalFire's most recent briefing confirmed that the Camp Fire is at an estimated...

First responders at the scene of Monday's incident after gas leak alert was sent out. Photo credit: Lizzie Helmer

Gas leak alert leads to evacuations

Alejandra Fraga and Natalie Hanson // February 19, 2018

Chico State alerted students and faculty to a gas leak near Shurmer Gym and Yolo Hall Monday around 4:30 p.m. Gas leak on campus near Shurmer Gym and Yolo Hall. Those buildings are being evacuated....

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