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Prescribed fire lights sustainable path forward

Current botany Master’s student Mitch Bamford participates in a previous controlled burn.
Photo credit - Jason Halley - CSU Chico University Photographer

Emily Neria, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

The smoke looming over the Chico horizon Thursday afternoon was no cause for residential alarm. The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER), Terra Fuego and Cal Fire conducted a prescribed burn across a 25 acre area reducing would-be-fuel for larger fires.  Under director Eli Goodsell, the ecological...

Rawson fire north of Corning was contained overnight

The fire started off of Rawson Road in Corning. Image from Google Maps.

Ricardo Tovar

October 30, 2019

With a high wind warning in effect in Northern California, there is an increase for flash fires all across the state. On Saturday night around 10:34 p.m. that was the case when on Gayle Road, north of Corning, a vegetation fire began.According to Seargent Kyle Lovelady of the Tehama Police Departmen...

PG&E shutoffs continue all across California

PG&E's plan's to shut off power to 38 counties in northern California. 
Image credit: PG&E Twitter.

Ricardo Tovar

October 29, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Sunday as wildfires have driven 200,00 people from their homes.With a high wind warning called in on Saturday through Sunday and again for Tuesday through Wednesday, the all-too-familiar fire season in California may again wreak havoc throughou...

PG&E leaves Californians without power

Chico appears to remain unaffected, the purple spots on the map indicate that the power has been shut of for safety reasons, the screenshot was taken around 9:40 p.m. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza &  Photo from PGE Website

Julian Mendoza

October 11, 2019

As the shutoff of power by PG& E continues, Northern California has been told that they may go without power for days at this point. Chico State hasn't been affected so far. Information from PG&E has been limited, At the time of publication PG&E's website has been delayed or difficult...

One person injured in early morning Comanche Creek fire

The fire reached near the creek on Tuesday morning. Photo credit: Ricardo Tovar

Ricardo Tovar

October 9, 2019

Early Tuesday, at around 12:53 a.m. Chico Police went to received multiple calls of explosions and fire in the Comanche Creek area near the 400 block of Otterson drive.The Chico Police Department, Chico Fire Department and Butte County Emergency Medical Services Agency all went to investigate the area. When they arri...

Swedes Fire is the latest wildfire to hit Butte County

Cal Fire performs mop up operations at Chinese Wall Road in Oroville on Sunday morning. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Ricardo Tovar

September 8, 2019

Update at 9 a.m. Monday. Containment of the Swedes Fire is now at 40% according to the latest fact sheet from CAL Fire. 13 fire crews are currently involved. All evacuation orders are now reduced to evacuation warnings. In what is now the 180th incident of fire to hit California greater than 10 acres, th...

Fire on Neal Road burns four acres

The fire burned a total of four acres, leaving burnt remains of the vegetation. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

September 6, 2019

A vegetation fire broke out on Neal Road near the Butte County landfill yesterday. The Butte County Cal Fire Unit was able to quickly stop forward progress of the fire.The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. It broke out on the north side of Neal Road, about a mile above the Neal Road Recycling and Waste...

Fire at Cafe Petra in downtown Chico

A fire broke out at Cafe Petra on Monday.

Gordy Papalias

April 23, 2019

Chico Fire Department responded to a fire at Cafe Petra on 163 2nd St. at about 4 p.m. on Monday. The fire was contained between the first and second floor of the building. Fire crews worked through the afternoon to open the roof and the ceiling to ventilate and extinguish the fire.There was a significant amount of charring according to Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge, but there was no structural damage and the building should make a full recoveryNo one was injured during the fire and Chico Fire Department is currently looking into how it started.Gordon Papalias can be reached at [email protected] or @G...

CA fires: Celeb mansions vs. ‘the average joe’s’ house

Getty Images by Robyn Beck

Brooke Martin

December 7, 2018

When celebrities and the ‘average joe’ deal with the same struggles, the spotlight tends to center on the celebrity, but this shouldn’t be the case with the recent fires.Tragedy has struck California. From the Paradise fire to the Southern California fires, many are suffering. This...

‘Camp Fire’ forces thousands to evacuate

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

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, then towards the nearby town, Paradise. By the end of the day, it had become the most destructive wi...

Camp Fire Timeline

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.

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 taken by Alex Grant.  Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant can be reached at n...

Firefighters push Camp Fire from Chico city limits

Vehicles were left on the side of the Skyway as the Camp Fire burned through Paradise and forced evacuations into Chico. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

November 9, 2018

Updated 11:03 a.m. Friday The Butte County Sheriff's office confirmed that at least five people in Paradise are known to be dead. According to a press release by the BCSO Community Relations Unit, the victims were found in vehicles that had been overtaken by the fire. Burn injuries have made it dif...

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