Butte Fire ranks 14 on Cal Fire’s most dangerous list

Chico Firefighters on their way to help citizens. Photo credit: Carly Plemons

In Cal Fires’ list of Top 20 Most Dangerous Wildfires, Butte Fire has ranked number 14 in the Amador and Calaveras counties. The fire has spread 71,780 acres and 47 percent is contained.

Damages from the fire include 2 civilian deaths, 252 residences, 188 outbuildings and 17 structures.

Although Butte Fire is a major fire, it is outside of Chico and is not seen as a major threat to our community.

“It’s not something we can see just pushing through the city of Chico,” said Thorin Rice, local firefighter and acting captain. “We don’t worry about vegetation (causing wildfires), but for instance, the Humboldt Fire went South so fast.”

Locally, Bidwell Park is threatened due to how dry it is. To help with fire prevention, It is advised to not park on dry grass, smoke or light fires in the park.

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