2 p.m. UPDATE: Photos from Berry Creek show some of destruction wrought by Bear Fire – Chico Enterprise-Record


OROVILLE — Most of Berry Creek has burned.

Everything on both sides of Bald Rock Road from Olive Highway to Rockefeller Road was either burned or on fire when Enterprise-Record photographers were there early Wednesday morning.

On the southern edge of the Bear Fire, flames were seen near Stringtown and Hurleton roads in Oroville around 2:30 p.m.

As of 10:45 a.m. according to the U.S. Forest Service midday report the North Complex is at 254,000 acres and 38% contained.

As of 10 a.m. the Bear Fire was 60,000 acres and 0% contained in Butte County, according to Cal Fire. Overnight wind conditions allowed many fires to grow significantly with extreme fire behavior, including the Bear Fire.

At 2:15 p.m., Cal Fire-Butte County Public Information Officer Rick Carhart said how many structures have been destroyed by the fire may not be known until evaluations can begin, possibly Thursday.

Butte County Sheriff’s Office also may not know how many people were evacuated in each structure for some time, he said.

“This fire is extremely different from anything I’ve ever dealt with,” Carhart said.

There will be a Facebook Live press conference with Cal Fire-Butte County at 6 p.m., Carhart said. There are currently approximately 83 engines, 43 hand crews, 20 bulldozers and 13 water tenders deployed for this incident.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has created a map using Google Maps to show all current evacuated areas live.

Residents are asked to be prepared for possible evacuation by gathering personal belongings and to make arrangements for pets and animals.  Residents should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

Evacuation orders, warnings

The town of Paradise issued an evacuation warning at 8:30 a.m. for an area east of Pentz Road.

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The evacuation warning affects a portion Zone 14, east of Pentz Road. Residents are reminded that Paradise is still under a PG&E public safety power shut-off, and that traffic lights at intersections are not working.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has issued immediate evacuation orders for several areas in the Oroville area because of the Bear Fire.

Areas under evacuation order include: Cherokee Road at Highway 70, south to Thompson Flat Cemetery Road and all areas east to Lake Oroville, the communities of Kelly Ridge and Copley Acres, the area east of Miners Ranch Road at Highway 162 and Oro-Bangor Highway, Bangor and part of the Mount Ida area.

A new evacuation warning was issued at 7:40 a.m. today for the north side of Highway 70 in the area of lower Concow. Jim Broshears of Paradise Fire Safe Council said around 10 a.m. that due to the current location of the fire, for those in Paradise, “I’d either be evacuating out of precaution, or certainly prepared to evacuate.”

Also under evacuation warning are Oroville, South Oroville, Palermo, and Honcut. Also  under evacuation warnings are Highway 70 from Garden Drive, south to Lower Honcut Road, Lower Honcut Road east to Bangor, and everything east to the borders of the current evacuation orders.

The current evacuation zones can be found at https://sartopo.com/m/bd55.

An evacuation advisory has been issued by the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office for Highway 70  in the Feather River Canyon, from the Plumas/Butte County Line east to Belden, and includes Belden.

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Shelter

A temporary evacuation point has been set up at the Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 East Hazel St. in Gridley. Other centers are open in Yuba County at Dobbins Alcouffee Center on 9185 Marysville Road in Oregon House and at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds at 442 Franklin Ave. in Yuba City.

As of 11 a.m. Durham Community Park is also now open for evacuees, with bathrooms and a horse arena for large animals. People are asked to tie animals to the gate. The park will be open overnight.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, those who are evacuating must remain in their vehicle and a representative of Butte County and the American Red Cross will assist with sheltering needs.

A small-animal shelter has been set up at the Old County Hospital, 2279 Del Oro St. at Mono Street in Oroville. Residents should bring pets in carriers, with food and water if possible.

A large-animal center is open at Camelot Equestrian Park, 1985 Clark Road, Paradise, near Butte College. Do not leave large animals in barns, but out in pastures. North Valley Animal Disaster Group has also been activated to respond to requests for evacuation at 895-0000.





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