Fire Near Paradise Still Burning

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 10, 2008

Lightning-sparked wildfires have merged and have now destroyed at least 50 houses. One of the homes belonged to Jeannette Lowery and her husband. On KXJZ’s Insight, Lowery said she doesn’t think they’ll ever move back to the neighborhood.   

"It’s so ugly there it looks like a bomb went off. The whole hillside, all those houses that are black. You know, right now we can’t picture living there."  

The so-called Butte Lightening Complex has scorched 49,000 acres near the town of Paradise. Daniel Berlant is with Cal-Fire. He says fire crews are trying to prevent the blaze from jumping the Feather River…in an area with thousands of homes.

"The river itself acts as a natural containment line to help that fire’s forward progression to the other side. But again it’s that ember that we’re worried about floating to the other side." 

So far, the fire is 45% contained. It’s been burning for 20-days and has forced the evacuation of as many as 10,000 residents.