Moderate Santa Ana wind buffeted the area today with wind gusts between 30 and 45 MPH. The strong winds, combined with relative humidity in the single digits, produced another day of critical fire weather conditions. Fire crews and aircraft worked to contain a flareup in the Sherwood Lake area. Resources were mobilized from staging to assist with suppression efforts. Firefighting resources will pursue opportunities to build and improve direct line to minimize further perimeter growth and support containment objectives.
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Strong northeast winds diminished around midafternoon and ushered in the return to a typical
diurnal pattern. The fire area is still under the influence of low relative humidity’s, dry fuel
moistures. Moderate to extreme fire behavior was observed over the fire area including
spotting, wind and fuel driven runs. The fire will continue to burn to the northwest impacting
the communities of Magalia and Paradise Lake. Fire crews conducted structure defense and
perimeter control. The community of Stirling City is still threatened. The fire continued to burn
to the northeast on both sides of Highway 70. The fire continued to burn to the southwest into
the east Chico city limits and Highway 32. The fire is holding to the south at highway 99 and
highway 149. The fire will continue to burn to the southwest toward Big Bend and Berry Creek.
Crews continued tactical patrols in the communities of Paradise and Concow. The fire will
continue to threaten buildings and infrastructure in the communities of Town of Paradise,
Chico, Magalia, Concow, Stirling City, Yankee Hill, Butte Creek Canyon, Butte Valley, Honey
Run, Helltown, Forest Ranch, and Oroville.
Small Animal: County Hospital at 2279 Del Oro and Mono, Suite E
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