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Evacuation warnings and flooding caused by steady rainfall

Evacuation warnings and flooding caused by steady rainfall

Gordy Papalias

February 14, 2019

Update: 2:12 p.m. According to Meghan McMahon, the Police Information Officer at the Butte County Sheriff's office, "About six houses" have been evacuated due to flooding in the Butte County area. While rain has slowed down through the afternoon hours, there is a high possibility that it will ...

University Box Office helps to organize meetings during the Camp Fire

University Box Office helps to organize meetings during the Camp Fire

Olyvia Simpson

December 4, 2018

During the two weeks of the Camp Fire emergency, many of the meetings and briefings providing information to the community were held at Laxson Auditorium. Box Office coordinator Christopher Zinna said that Cal Fire and the Town of Paradise contacted Stephen Cummins, director of Chico Performances, w...

Fire in Chapmantown destroys two sheds, no injuries

Fire in Chapmantown destroys two sheds, no injuries

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...

Bomb squad called after routine DUI reported

Bomb squad called after routine DUI reported

Josh Cozine

March 30, 2018

Erratic driving was reported by CALFire personnel Thursday night, prompting California Highway Patrol to respond, and ultimately, the bomb squad.The call “was placed around 6:30 p.m.” said CHP Sergent Robert Boyer.According to Boyer, by the time CHP arrived, the reporting CALFire personne...

Head-on collision involving CAL Fire vehicle leaves one dead

Head-on collision involving CAL Fire vehicle leaves one dead

Natalie Hanson

March 9, 2018

A head-on, fatal traffic accident was reported on Highway 99, north of Chico, Friday.According to Rick Carhart, Information Officer for CAL Fire, the incident was reported north of Keefer Road at 2:14 p.m. The area is still being cleared and investigated.Carhart stated that at the time of the incident ...

Cal Fire starts controlled burns after recent rains

Cal Fire starts controlled burns after recent rains

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...

Paradise man escapes mobile home fire

Paradise man escapes mobile home fire

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

Cause of fire on Highway 32 still unknown

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 impacts bridge, routes near Chico

Fire impacts bridge, routes near Chico

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...

Chico firefighters go to Southern California to help aid Thomas Fire

Chico firefighters go to Southern California to help aid Thomas Fire

Luke Dennison

December 6, 2017

Fires in Southern California spread rapidly burning over 45,000 acres.On Tuesday afternoon California Governor Edmund Brown declared a state of emergency alert for Ventura County and its' surrounding areas. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services requested many fire units from across the s...

Cal Fire lifts burning restrictions from Butte County

Cal Fire lifts burning restrictions from Butte County

Jacqueline Morales

November 6, 2017

Burn suspension will be lifted from Butte County by Cal Fire Monday Nov. 6 at 8a.m.The suspension was cancelled formally by Cal Fire/Butte County Chief Darren Read due to cooler temperatures, according to a press release. Some restrictions are still required for burning:- Before burning the area must...

All use of open fire is suspended in Butte County

All use of open fire is suspended in Butte County

Luke Dennison

October 14, 2017

Cal Fire has suspended all burning activities in Butte County due to critical fire weather, Friday and is set until further notice.The suspension includes campfires, open pit cooking fires, fires for warmth, and ceremonial burns. There is up to a $50,000 fine if you are caught breaking the law. Agric...

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