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Swedes Fire is the latest wildfire to hit Butte County

Swedes Fire is the latest wildfire to hit Butte County

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

Fire on Neal Road burns four acres

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...

Fire at Cafe Petra in downtown Chico

Fire at Cafe Petra in downtown Chico

Gordy Papalias

April 23, 2019

Chico Fire Department responded to a fire at Cafe Petra on 163 2nd St. at about 4 p.m. on Monday. The fire was contained between the first and second floor of the building. Fire crews worked through the afternoon to open the roof and the ceiling to ventilate and extinguish the fire.There was a significant amount of charring according to Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge, but there was no structural damage and the building should make a full recoveryNo one was injured during the fire and Chico Fire Department is currently looking into how it started.Gordon Papalias can be reached at [email protected] or @G...

CA fires: Celeb mansions vs. ‘the average joe’s’ house

CA fires: Celeb mansions vs. ‘the average joe’s’ house

Brooke Martin

December 7, 2018

When celebrities and the ‘average joe’ deal with the same struggles, the spotlight tends to center on the celebrity, but this shouldn’t be the case with the recent fires.Tragedy has struck California. From the Paradise fire to the Southern California fires, many are suffering. This...

‘Camp Fire’ forces thousands to evacuate

‘Camp Fire’ forces thousands to evacuate

Natalie Hanson and Josh Cozine

November 28, 2018

As the sun rose on Thursday, Nov. 8, the sky in Butte County filled with smoke and began to darken. At about 6:30 a.m., fire had ignited in the small community of Pulga and rapidly advanced to Concow, then towards the nearby town, Paradise. By the end of the day, it had become the most destructive wi...

Camp Fire Timeline

Camp Fire Timeline

Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant

November 28, 2018

The following photos are from the Camp Fire taken in Chico and Paradise. The photos are from the first two days of the fire on Nov. 8 and 9 and from Nov. 15 and 16, a week after the fire began. All photos taken by Alex Grant.  Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant can be reached at n...

Firefighters push Camp Fire from Chico city limits

Firefighters push Camp Fire from Chico city limits

Natalie Hanson

November 9, 2018

Updated 11:03 a.m. Friday The Butte County Sheriff's office confirmed that at least five people in Paradise are known to be dead. According to a press release by the BCSO Community Relations Unit, the victims were found in vehicles that had been overtaken by the fire. Burn injuries have made it dif...

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...

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 in Chico leads to mobile home evacuations

Fire in Chico leads to mobile home evacuations

February 7, 2018

A fire broke out in a neighborhood in north Chico Tuesday.The fire, near several mobile residences, began just after 11 p.m. on 3200 Rockin M. Drive. Evacuations were ordered for residents at Troy Lane whose homes were at risk, according to a news release.It took about two hours for Chico's fire dep...

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...

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