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On the Camp Fire’s second anniversary, Paradise looks to a brighter future with ‘The Hope of Daffodils’

On Nov. 8, a wall of art in Nic's depicts local artists expressions of hope for the future of Paradise and it's residents.
November 18, 2020

Nov. 8 marked two years since the Camp Fire that ravaged the town of Paradise, a horrific event that garnered coverage across the globe. While Paradise has still been recovering even after all this time,...

Prescribed fire lights sustainable path forward

Current botany Master’s student Mitch Bamford participates in a previous controlled burn.
Photo credit - Jason Halley - CSU Chico University Photographer
February 28, 2020

The smoke looming over the Chico horizon Thursday afternoon was no cause for residential alarm. The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER), Terra Fuego and Cal Fire conducted a prescribed burn across...

Rawson fire north of Corning was contained overnight

The fire started off of Rawson Road in Corning. Image from Google Maps.
October 30, 2019

With a high wind warning in effect in Northern California, there is an increase for flash fires all across the state. On Saturday night around 10:34 p.m. that was the case when on Gayle Road, north of...

PG&E shutoffs continue all across California

PG&E's plan's to shut off power to 38 counties in northern California. 
Image credit: PG&E Twitter.
October 29, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Sunday as wildfires have driven 200,00 people from their homes.With a high wind warning called in on Saturday through Sunday and again for Tuesday...

PG&E leaves Californians without power

Chico appears to remain unaffected, the purple spots on the map indicate that the power has been shut of for safety reasons, the screenshot was taken around 9:40 p.m. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza &  Photo from PGE Website
October 11, 2019

As the shutoff of power by PG& E continues, Northern California has been told that they may go without power for days at this point. Chico State hasn't been affected so far. Information from PG&E...

One person injured in early morning Comanche Creek fire

The fire reached near the creek on Tuesday morning. Photo credit: Ricardo Tovar
October 9, 2019

Early Tuesday, at around 12:53 a.m. Chico Police went to received multiple calls of explosions and fire in the Comanche Creek area near the 400 block of Otterson drive.The Chico Police Department, Chico...

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
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...

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
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...

Fire at Cafe Petra in downtown Chico

A fire broke out at Cafe Petra on Monday.
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...

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

Getty Images by Robyn Beck
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...

‘Camp Fire’ forces thousands to evacuate

A flame-shredded American flag hangs on a mostly burnt piece of wood on Wildwood Lane in Paradise. Photo credit: Alex Grant
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,...

Camp Fire Timeline

Flames burn a hole into an oak tree near Honey Run Road off of Skyway around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 9, the morning after the Camp Fire started.
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...

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