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Flames on either side of Highway 32 took four hours to extinguish. Photo courtesy of footage from CAL Fire.

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...

Access was shut down as firefighters worked to contain the bridge flames. Photo courtesy CALFIRE Butte County,

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...

CFD sends firefighters to help aid Southern California fires. Photo credit: Sean Martens

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....

Cal Fire removes burn ban. Photo credit: Sean Martens

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...

Butte County suspends use of any open fire, except agricultural burning which is on a case by case basis. Photo credit: Sean Martens

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...

The areas affected may qualify to receive federal funding. Image screenshot.

President Trump declares major disaster for California; Federal funding available

Natalie Hanson // October 11, 2017

President Trump has approved a declaration of major disaster due to widespread fires in California.The Federal Emergency Management Agency will assist state, tribal and local recovery efforts. Funding...

Cal Fire lifts Saddle Fire evacuations

Lexi Hoedt // September 8, 2016

All evacuations have been lifted for the Saddle fire, according to the Cal Fire website. The fire started on September 5, around 4:48 p.m. and is currently 60 percent contained. It has burned over 850...

The view of Butte Creek Canyon as seen from Lookout Point on Skyway is muddied with smoke from local fires on Monday, Sept. 14. Photo credit: Alicia Brogden

Fire prevention in wake of destructive fires

Austin Herbaugh // September 29, 2015

The Valley fire north of Napa is now one of the top three most destructive wildfires in California history, burning more than 1,200 homes near Middletown. There have been more than 5,300 wildfires...

Multiple fire fighters flee to the hills of destruction caused by the Valley fire. Photo courtesy of NBC.

Fighting fire with well-organized relief efforts, not with fire

Nathan Graves // September 29, 2015

Charred trees and the burnt skeletons of buildings are beginning to dominate the landscape in certain regions of California. Over the past weeks, several wildfires have been raging across Northern California,...

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

Carly Plemons // September 18, 2015

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...

The Chico Municipal Airport has been sending planes to provide aid to the 14 active California wildfires Photo credit: John Domogma

Chico airport used as an air base to fight wildfires

Austin Herbaugh // August 24, 2015

Fourteen major wildfires are burning across California, leaving thousands of acres charred and covering much of the state in a blanket of smoke. Resources are being pulled from all over California to fight...

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