Update: At 4:40 p.m. today (Aug. 18), Cal Fire updated the the Butte Lightning Complex situation, raising the number of all active fires in the county to 35, and the acreage burned to 1,500 (including Potters Fire). Containment is still at 10 percent, but the Sheriff has lifted all evacuation orders for the Potters Fire.
Cal Fire announced last night (Aug. 17) that lighting strikes from yesterday’s summer thunderstorms sparked 26 fires in Butte County. Many of the smaller fires, including two in Upper Bidwell Park, already have been contained.
According to Cal Fire, as of approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning, the 25 fires of the Butte Lightning Complex together had burned 356 acres and were at 15 percent containment. The separate Potters Fire at Potters Ravine Drive and Oregon Gulch Road northeast of Oroville is at 600 acres and 10 percent containment.
Evacuation orders are in place for multiple areas in and around Oroville (visit the Butte County Sheriff’s website or call 833-512-5378 for the most recent info).
A temporary evacuation point has been set up by Butte County and the American Red Cross at the Church of the Nazarene Parking Lot (2238 Monte Vista Ave., Oroville). A large-animal shelter has been established at Camelot Equestrian Park (91985 Clark Road, Paradise) and a small-animal shelter at Old County Hospital (2279 Del Oro and Mono avenues, Ste. E, Oroville).
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