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Scheduled burn at Loafer Creek

Loafer Creek Campground during the daytime. Image provided by California's Best Campgrounds Photo credit: Angelina Mendez

Angelina Mendez

October 14, 2019

Firefighters from Butte County conducted a control burn at Loafer Creek Tuesday near Lake Oroville. The purpose of the burn is to improve natural habitat and rangeland, and to reduce hazards, according to a news release. During this conducted burn, multiple areas of grass and oak woodland were burned, ...

Photos: Camp Fire devastates Paradise, forces evacuations

A man was walking alone up Skyway towards Paradise. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

November 9, 2018

  Christian Solis and Natalie Hanson can be reached at [email protected] or @c_alexander20 or @NatalieH_Orion on Twitter....

Cal Fire starts controlled burns after recent rains

California Conservations Corps members burned vegetation on Doe Mill Road near Butte Creek. Image courtesy of Rick Carhart, Information Officer for CAL Fire.

Josh Cozine

March 8, 2018

Cal Fire plans to clear out and burn hundreds of acres of underbrush in Butte County, and oversaw controlled burns in the forest canyons between Magalia and Forest Ranch Wednesday. Rick Carhart, Public Information Officer for Cal Fire said the burns were just a small part of many “fuel reduction...

Butte County opens an assistance center for wildfire victims

Cherokee fire burned across table mountain and came close to highway 70. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

October 17, 2017

Butte County announced that it will open a local assistance center for victims of recent fires to learn how to rebuild.La Porte Fire destroyed 37 homes, four commercial buildings and 45 outbuildings while the Cherokee fire destroyed four homes and five outbuildings, according to a public announcement....

The Cherokee and Honey fires are contained

Fires are contained and shelters will be closing soon. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Gennisis Mendoza Cruz

October 16, 2017

On Friday morning, evacuation orders were lifted for all of the fires due to high containment in Butte County. The Cherokee Fire north of Oroville has been 100 percent contained at 8, 417 acres according to a press release from Cal Fire. The La Porte Fire is is 90 percent contained and the Honey Fir...

Samsung’s ‘Note 7’ exploding phone fiasco

Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Carson Predovich

November 2, 2016

How one wrong move might bring the world's top technology manufacturer straight to the bottom. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was set to be the year's greatest smartphone. It received some of the best reviews of any device of 2016, beating the iPhone 7in many cases. There was just one flaw wit...

Chico Fire Department hopes students ‘Drop and Dash’ old couches

A couch fire  set in April last year. Photo Credit: Brittany McClintock

Bridget Comito

May 18, 2016

Chico State's history of setting couches on fire has caused much risk and hazard to the community, according to the Chico Fire Department. Because of this trend, the department has created a program known as Drop and Dash. The event will be hosted on May 24 and 26 at the Chico Fire Department from 10 ...

Student firefighter-in-training founded in community

Campbell attends to a fire with a high-pressure hose. Photo Courtesy of Jesse Campbell.

Dominique Diaz

March 30, 2014

Jesse Campbell started riding around in firetrucks with his dad when he was 13 years old."I've been on three fatal fires with a total of four people dead," said Campbell, a first year health science major.Campbell became an official cadet at age 14.At 2 a.m. Oct. 3, 2009 — he remembers the exac...

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