Butte County Fire Forces More Evacuations

Share |
(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
A wildfire in Butte County is picking up strength--forcing a thousand residents near the northern California town of Paradise to evacuate their homes today (Tuesday 7/8). Driven by gusty winds, the so-called “Camp Fire” jumped fire lines early this morning. People from a neighborhood known as “Camelot” are waiting the fire out in a shelter at Las Plumas High School in Oroville. Todd Simmons is a Calfire spokesman… "These people live in a high fire danger area. But this is never routine to leave your house under these conditions. Unfortunately they have gone through this a couple of times and hopefully we can get them back to their homes as soon as possible…” Three homes have been destroyed by wildfires in Butte County since June 21st. The “Camp Fire” is part of a group of 39 wildfires in the region known as “The Complex” that have scorched nearly 28-thousand acres. Although the “Camp Fire” continues to cross fire lines, officials say its 55-percent under control.