Update (Sept. 9, 12:50 a.m.): Evacuation orders in Butte County have expanded. In addition to the areas below, Cherokee Road at Hwy 70 south to Thompson Flat Cemetery Road and all areas east to Lake Oroville; Kelly Ridge, Copley Acres, residents living east of Miners Ranch Road at Highway 162 and Oro-Bangor Highway, including Bangor and part of the Mt. Ida area, are included. (See link at bottom of the page for map of evacuation area.) A temporary evacuation point has been set up at Gridley Fairgrounds (199 E. Hazel St., Gridley).
The Bear Fire is moving toward Butte County. At a press briefing this afternoon (Sept. 8), a National Forest Service representative explained that winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour have pushed the Plumas County wildfire (part of the North Complex) toward Lake Oroville at a rate of 1,000 acres per half hour. As a result, the Butte County Sheriff’s office has issued an evacuation order for the areas of Feather Falls, Clipper Mills, Berry Creek, Brush Creek and Forbestown. (Map of evacuation area can be found here.)
Winds are expected to die down this evening.
Stay up to date on the fires and evacuation orders at the links below:
North Complex fires (including Bear Fire):