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Campfire near Chico: California's forest fire covers 5,000 hectares; Thousands were evacuated




Thousands of people were summoned to evacuate several Sierra foothills cities near Chico on Thursday, as wildfire spiraling out of control quickly increased to over 5,000 acres.

The flame called the campfire began at Camp Creek Road and Pulga Road off Highway 70 at Feather River Canyon, officials from California's Forestry and Fire Department or Cal Fire said.

There are no reported injuries from 10: 51h Thursday, and the investigators do not know what triggered the fire.


The villages of Counties Pulte and Concow in Butte and most of Paradise were evacuated shortly after the fire around 6:30 clock. All areas of paradise except Lower According to the California Highway Patrol, Neil Road is under evacuation orders.

Skyway Road closes at 9.40 am, CHP officials said, and residents are being asked to evacuate the road on other roads. Caltrans announced at 9:57 that the officers had closed Highway 70 south of the fire and extended to Highway 149 in the north.


The Paradise Unified School District and Butte College have canceled classes and evacuated students and staff. The Feather River Hospital in Paradise was also evacuated at 9am. The fire had jumped across a street to the hospital.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced at 10:30 am, at the request of Cal Fire officials, about 14,000 customers in Butte and neighboring Plumas Countys had cut off power.

In social media, residents reported dark orange and black skies and ashes rained on the windshields.

A smoke consultant was issued for the Bay Area until Friday. Officials said. Residents can see or smell smoke from the campfire.

Almost 27,000 people call paradise home. The incorporated town is located about 10 miles east of Chico in the foothills north of Sacramento.

Pulga and Concow are both small, rural, unincorporated communities in Butte County. Concow has about 710 inhabitants. Concow had according to media reports in 2015 two residents when he was sold in 2015.

Evacuees can be found in the Oroville Nazarene Church at 2238 Monte Vista Ave. in Oroville, neighborhood church at 2801 Notre Dame Blvd in Chico or East Ave Church at 1185 East Avenue in Chico. The Old District Hospital at 2279 Del Oro Ave. in Orovile accepts small animals.



Megan Cassidy and Gwendolyn Wu are writers of the San Francisco Chronicle. E-mail: megan.cassidy@sfchronicle.com gwendolyn.wu@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ meganrcassidy @gwendolynawu


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