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North Complex Fire reaches over 60% containment; officials warn residents to monitor fire conditions

North Complex Fire reaches over 60% containment; officials warn residents to  monitor fire conditions

Chloe Curtis and Matthew Wreden

September 19, 2020

The North Complex Zone has burned nearly 290,000 acres and surpassed 60% containment since Friday’s community briefing. The West Zone of the fire, which is in Butte County, has burned nearly 80,000 acres at 50% containment.  Although fire conditions have subsided significantly, Butte County...

North Complex Fire reaches 40% containment; now one of California’s Top 5 deadliest and largest wildfires

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 18, 2020

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis

September 18, 2020

The North Complex Fire has burned more than 10,000 acres since Wednesday’s community briefing—although weather conditions have been favorable in its gradual containment. “Between pandemics, other fires, civil unrest, I just want to make sure that people don’t forget this incident,” sai...

1 person remains missing in North Complex Fire; more than 600 structures destroyed

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 16, 2020

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis

September 16, 2020

Cal Fire officials confirmed Wednesday that at least 3.3 million acres have burned in California at a community briefing in Chico. This estimate is up from the 2.8 million acres that was reported on Tuesday.  Areas of risk for continued fire activity include areas south of Bucks Lake and Little Grass Valley. W...

Firefighters gain ground on North Complex Fire; nearly 500 structures destroyed, 2 remain missing

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 15, 2020

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

September 15, 2020

The North Complex Fire continues to blaze throughout Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties, engulfing over 273,000 acres at 34% containment.  News items from Tuesday’s community briefing included:  More than 2.8 million acres have burned throughout California since Aug. 15, up from Monday’s ...

1 new death, 2 remain missing in North Complex Fire; favorable weather conditions impeding fire’s spread

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 13

Matthew Wreden and Chloe Curtis

September 14, 2020

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed one new death on Monday, bringing the North Complex Fire death toll to 15. News items from Monday’s community briefing included: Butte County has received 182 welfare calls; 165 people have been located, 2 are unaccounted for and 15 are confirmed dead2 new a...

2 additional deaths confirmed; unhealthy air to linger for weeks

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 13

Chloe Curtis and Matthew Wreden

September 13, 2020

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed two additional deaths Sunday, raising the North Complex Fire death toll to 14. The fire has burned more than 261,000 acres and containment is 26%. The West Zone of the fire in Butte County has burned 74,000 acres and is 18% contained. “A critical period of weath...

Chico State and CSU cancel in-person classes for Spring 2021 citing COVID-19 threat

Chico State will continue virtual instruction through spring 2021. Photo taken Sept. 2, 2020.

Julian Mendoza, Mulitmedia Editor

September 10, 2020

Chico State will continue with virtual instruction for most classes next semester. The policy, handed down by CSU Chancellor Timothy White, applies to all 23 California State University campuses, according to an announcement from the CSU Chancellor's office.  “I realize this is another disappointment...

North Complex Fire raging near Oroville; 3 dead, 12 missing, 2,000 structures damaged or destroyed

Campus on Sept. 9 during the North Complex Fire

Chloe Curtis, Kimberly Morales, and Matthew Wreden

September 9, 2020

A Butte County fire task force held a press conference Wednesday night on Facebook Live to update the community on the rapidly evolving North Complex Fire near Oroville.   “This is the part of my presentation that I’ve been dreading,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said with a somb...

COVID-19 spike for 18-24 year olds forced Chico State’s decision to close dorms, end remaining in-person classes

Kendall Hall on Sept. 1, 2020. Chico State's Administration officially moves to fully online semester amid COVID-19 spikes, empties the dorms.

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief

September 1, 2020

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson hosted a virtual press conference on Sept.1 to address several concerns and newsworthy points regarding the university’s decision to cancel all in-person classes and remove roughly 500 students from campus housing.  “As we think about COVID-19 — and I don...

Police arrest Nord Gardens shooting suspect

Police arrest Nord Gardens shooting suspect

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

Chico Police Detective Bureau arrested a shooting suspect the afternoon of Monday, April 27 following a homicide investigation regarding a shooting incident that occured on April 15th, according to a CPD news release. The shooting occured in the parking lot of 1521 Nord Avenue, Nord Gardens, and CPD off...

Attempted robbery at East Avenue Safeway

Attempted robbery at East Avenue Safeway

Keyla De Los Santos, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

On May 2 at 9:47 p.m., the Chico Police Department received a call of a battery that had just occurred at the Safeway located on East Avenue.  The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Colin Thompson, attempted to steal a bottle of liquor from the grocery store when he was stopped by the security guar...

Police arrest carjacking suspect following crash

Police arrest carjacking suspect following crash

Angelina Mendez, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

At noon on May 4, Chico Police Department officers received a report regarding a carjcking that had just occurred in the 1900 block of Esplanade in Chico, according to a CPD news release. The victim, a 71-year-old female, was by a local yarn and knitting business when her vehicle, a  white col...

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