The Orion

Camp Fire mapping forum discusses data and demographics following the fire

Kimberly Morales

February 12, 2020

A year following the Camp Fire, details and further understanding of California’s deadliest wildfire continue to emerge. On Thursday, Feb 5th, Peter Hansen, an IT consultant for Chico State with a background on geospatial data, discussed the information found through mapping which highlighted ...

‘The Ridge Lives On’ remembers fire in Magalia

The U.S. Forest Service Department of Agriculture was in attendance providing games, prizes and information about their organization. Photo credit: Ricardo Tovar

Ricardo Tovar

November 13, 2019

Pine Ridge School was packed full of food trucks, local vendors, games and entertainment, all in remembrance of the anniversary of the Camp Fire. Saturday marked a day for the town of Magalia to remember what they had lost and to celebrate its resilience. The event was sponsored and partnered with...

Pacific Gas and Electric leave Butte County in the dark

Pacific Gas and Electric leave Butte County in the dark

Kimberly Morales

November 7, 2019

Through this past year, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the largest electricity and gas provider in California, has been in Butte County's spotlight. For the past year, cities across the county have persevered through the devastation of the Camp Fire. The Orion has observed PG&E’s re...

Swedes Fire is the latest wildfire to hit Butte County

Cal Fire performs mop up operations at Chinese Wall Road in Oroville on Sunday morning. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Ricardo Tovar

September 8, 2019

Update at 9 a.m. Monday. Containment of the Swedes Fire is now at 40% according to the latest fact sheet from CAL Fire. 13 fire crews are currently involved. All evacuation orders are now reduced to evacuation warnings. In what is now the 180th incident of fire to hit California greater than 10 acres, th...

Fire on Neal Road burns four acres

The fire burned a total of four acres, leaving burnt remains of the vegetation. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

September 6, 2019

A vegetation fire broke out on Neal Road near the Butte County landfill yesterday. The Butte County Cal Fire Unit was able to quickly stop forward progress of the fire.The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. It broke out on the north side of Neal Road, about a mile above the Neal Road Recycling and Waste...

Evacuation warnings and flooding caused by steady rainfall

Evacuation Warning courtesy of @ButteSheriff on Twitter Photo credit: Butte County Sheriff's Office

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

Laxson Auditorium usually hosts recitals, plays, concerts and musical productions but during the Camp Fire, it was the location for the Town of Paradise meetings and Cal Fire briefings. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

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

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...

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

Emergency responders are currently investigating the scene of a fatal crash on Highway 99 near Keefer Road. Image courtesy of Rick Carhart, Informations Officer for CAL Fire.

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

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...

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 ...

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