More Wildfire Evacuations Ordered in Butte County

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Firefighters are dealing with excessive heat as they scramble to control 320 wildfires in northern California. One blaze near the rural community of Paradise has destroyed 40 buildings and forced evacuations of more than a thousand residents. The fire started by lightning two weeks ago and has since jumped fire lines after firefighters declared it nearly under control earlier this week. Gusty winds pushed the flames into the communities of Paradise, Concow and Camelot…where residents were evacuated and allowed to return to their homes twice since June 21st. Philip Myers is a furniture designer and sculptor who was forced to leave his home in Paradise early Tuesday morning. He’s afraid he may lose everything. “If it comes up the hill then I’m sure its going to burn because there are trees everywhere…small trees, big trees. If it gets in there there’s no way they will be able to stop it…” The fire is among nearly 40 wildfires in Butte County alone…where local officials say efforts to battle the blazes have nearly drained their budgets. That’s in addition to afternoon temperatures in the triple digits which will continue in areas of northern California for the rest of the week.