Butte County: Swedes Fire containment up to 40 percent; remains at 400 acres

  • Source: Chico Enterprise Record
  • Published: 09/09/2019 11:44 AM

Firefighters working the Swedes Fire successfully raised containment to 40 percent in the hills east of Oroville. The department released an update to the fire this morning saying the mild weather has helped aid the firefighters in the containment process and the fire remains at 400 acres. All evacuation warnings have been lifted for the Swedes Fire, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office tweeted at 9:56 a.m. today. Evacuation orders were switched to warnings at 6 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday, the blaze began and quickly ripped through much of the greenery in the same landscape burned by the Wall Fire in 2017. Air resources such as fire fighting planes have been released from the incident and crews are now providing support inside the burn zone by clearing out burning embers. As of this morning, there are still 25 fire trucks, 13 fire crews, eight bulldozers, five volunteer companies, 12 water trucks and 65 supervisors working the fire at a total of 375 personnel.


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