‘Significant’ progress on Butte, Yuba fires Thursday

Area within the burned area of the La Porte and Cascade fires in Butte and Yuba counties.
Area within the burned area of the La Porte and Cascade fires in Butte and Yuba counties. Cal Fire

The fire situation is Butte and Yuba counties was presented as the good news during this morning’s briefing by Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott.

“There’s been a significant improvement in containment” on the Wind Complex, Pimlott said. “That’s very, very good news,”

He said that would allow resources to shift to other fires that are still largely under control.

The Wind Complex is Cal Fire’s term for the La Porte, Cascade, Lobo and McCourtney fires. Between the four of them they’ve destroyed at least 111 homes, two businesses and 104 outbuildings. At least two people have been killed in the Cascade Fire.

The death toll statewide is up to 26, Pimlott said.

Pimlott also warned that weather that makes fires more dangerous is expected through the weekend.

“Fires will continue to burn dramatically, and shift direction at any time.”

Here’s the latest on the wildfires burning in Butte, Yuba and Nevada counties:

• Honey Fire, in Butte Creek Canyon just southeast of Paradise: 150 acres, 65 percent contained. Honey Run road remains closed; no evacuation orders in place although some areas are warned to be ready to flee.

• Cherokee Fire, on Table Mountain: 8,360 acres, 60 percent contained. All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted.

• La Porte Fire, in the Bangor area: 6,054 acres, 25 percent contained. Evacuation orders remain for La Porte Road from Pleasant Grove Lane to Darby Road, Oro Bangor Highway from Avocado Road to the Bangor four corners, and all of Los Verjeles Road. La Porte Road is closed at Pleasant Grove Road and Darby Road, Oro Bangor Highway is closed at Avocado Road, and Bangor Park Road is closed at Teddy Lane.

• Cascade Fire, between Loma Rica and Lake Wildwood in Yuba County: 10,171 acres, 45 percent contained. Two confirmed fatalities.

• Lobo Fire, near Rough and ready in Nevada County: 829 acres, 52 percent contained.

• McCourtney Fire, southwest of Grass Valley in Nevada County: 76 acres, 80 percent contained.

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