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Fire in Chapmantown destroys two sheds, no injuries

Firefighters responded to an alley fire in Chapmantown Saturday afternoon. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

September 15, 2018

A fire broke out in Chapmantown around 3:10 p.m. on Saturday. CAL Fire responded to the fire when it started in an alley on Guill Street near Virginia Street. Two sheds and one fence were burned. According to CAL Fire, at 4:20 p.m. units reported they had been able to quickly put out the fire by...

Paradise man escapes mobile home fire

Firefighters attempted to salvage parts of burnt homes in the fire. Image courtesy of CAL Fire Butte County.

Tisha Cheney

February 28, 2018

A fire began inside a mobile home while a resident was sleeping Tuesday night.According to Rick Carhart of Cal Fire, the homeowner was woken by a loud explosion that immediately burst his home into flames. The fire began around 7:30 p.m. on Kemen Lane in Paradise.The man then quickly grabbed his two ...

Cause of fire on Highway 32 still unknown

Flames on either side of Highway 32 took four hours to extinguish. Photo courtesy of footage from CAL Fire.

Tisha Cheney

February 13, 2018

A vegetation fire struck near Forest Ranch on Highway 32 Monday evening. The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. The fire was located near Platt Mountain Road outside of Forest Ranch, and burned on both sides of the highway, according to Joshua Olszewski of Cal Fire. "It burnt about a half to a...

Fire in Chico leads to mobile home evacuations

Photo credit: Sean Martens

February 7, 2018

A fire broke out in a neighborhood in north Chico Tuesday.The fire, near several mobile residences, began just after 11 p.m. on 3200 Rockin M. Drive. Evacuations were ordered for residents at Troy Lane whose homes were at risk, according to a news release.It took about two hours for Chico's fire dep...

Fire impacts bridge, routes near Chico

Access was shut down as firefighters worked to contain the bridge flames. Photo courtesy CALFIRE Butte County,

Josh Cozine

February 6, 2018

A fire broke out on a bridge north of Hegan Lane Monday.The fire at the trestle type bridge was reported at 8:16 p.m. according to Public Information Officer Rick Carhart of CALFIRE Butte County.Five engines and 25 personnel were deployed to contain the fire.Carhart said the fire was “knocked down...

Explosive structure fire sends man to hospital

A fire erupted in a garage located at 1302 Dayton Road Wednesday. Photo credit: Tisha Cheney

Tisha Cheney

February 2, 2018

A man was hospitalized after an explosion set fire to a garage Wednesday.The incident took place on Dayton Road just after 1:30 p.m., according to the Chico Fire Department's incident report."The street garage just exploded," added the report.The fire was then fueled by oil, gas cans and other highly f...

Chico State students take initiative to help aid wildfire victims

Students will be collecting items and driving to deliver them to people dislocated from their homes. Photo credit: Jacqueline Morales

Jacqueline Morales

October 12, 2017

Students at Chico State are collecting donations to help aid families affected by wildfires in Northern California. Families and friends of the campus community have been affected by the federally declared major disaster. Students seek to collect items from sleeping bags, apparel, hygiene products to ani...

Wild fires force local evacuations in Butte County

Many areas were affected due to multiple fires, leading to evacuations. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Natalie Hanson

October 9, 2017

Cal Fire called for evacuations in response to a wide spread fire near Oroville Sunday night.The Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane fire spread to Hwy 70. Evacuation orders were called for:-The west side of Cherokee Road from Red Tape Road south to Derrick Road-Table Mountain Ranch east of Table Mountain R...

Ponderosa fire victims learn to rebuild their homes

Victims of the fire attended the meeting in Feather Falls for information about what to do next. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

September 22, 2017

People who lost their homes during the Ponderosa fire gathered Thursday night to learn about what aid is available to them. Feather Falls Fire Safe Council hosted a meeting at the Mt. Springs Grange to help victims get the appropriate information they need to solve the obstacles ahead. Som...

Fire assistance center now open for victims of Ponderosa Fire

The fire has damages many homes. Photo courtesy of Butte County Sheriff's Office

Luke Dennison

September 12, 2017

Ponderosa Fire victims can receive assistance at the Fire Assistance Center.The fire started August 29 by Ponderosa Way and it has destroyed 32 homes and 22 other buildings.A local Assistance Center has now opened its comfort to the victims of the fire.The FAC will offer residents whose homes were d...

Fire Department hosts a 911 remembrance ceremony

Miller attended the 9-11 rememberance ceremony. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

September 11, 2017

Chico Fire Station held a Sept. 11 memorial for victims and heroes of the attack.Members of the community gathered around a 9-11 monument, 16 years later, on Monday. It took place at the Chico Fire Station Five. Commemorating the sacrifice of the the firefighters who valiantly fought to save victims of...

Fire in Butte County leads to evacuations

Photo courtesy of Butte County Sheriff's Office

Christian Solis

August 31, 2017

A fire in Ponderosa started Tuesday afternoon, growing to cover 2,500 acres. The fire, nine-miles northeast of Oroville, is zero percent contained and expected to expand further north, according to Cal Fire. 25 damaged, destroyed homes have been reported. Cal Fire has arrested 29-ye...

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