As of 3:45 p.m. Saturday, the Swedes Fire grew to 1,500 acres with 25 percent containment. Despite the increase in acreage today, Cal Fire has indicated they estimate to have containment of the fire sometime Sunday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
So far one home has been destroyed along with one garage and three outbuildings. Currently, there are between 400 and 600 homes in the area threatened by the fire, according to Mary Aldrich with Cal Fire.
Currently, Cal Fire has six hand crews, eight dozers, 31 engines, 4 air tankers, 2 helicopters, and four water tenders on scene. A total of 242 fire personnel are battling the fire in the Swedes Flat Road and Chinese Wall Road area southeast of Oroville. There has been no reported injuries to any of the fire personnel.
Evacuation orders (calls for immediate evacuation) remain in effect for residents on Chinese Wall Road, Swedes Flat Road from Chinese Wall Road to Oro Bangor Highway, Fox Lane, Romo Road, Nichols Ranch Road, Spring Creek Road, Cole Lane, Cornett Lane, Mission Crest Drive, Rutherford Lane and the east side of Oro Bangor Highway from Swedes Flat to Mission Crest. All of Hurleton Swedes Flat and all roads that run off it between Swedes Flat and Forbestown Road.
Evacuation warnings (be prepared to evacuated) continue to be advised for all residents not covered by the order above within the boundary of Miners Ranch Road from Oro Bangor Highway to Oroville Quincy Highway (Hwy 162), Oroville Quincy Highway to Forbestown Road, Hurleton Swedes Flat Road to Swedes Flat Road.
Cal Fire would like citizens of the area to note because the spread of this fire is “dynamic”, evacuation orders and warnings can change rapidly. They are asking residents to be prepared, be aware of their surroundings, and evacuate if they feel they are in any danger with or without an order or warning.
An evacuation center has been established at the Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Avenue at Oroville.
Small animals are being accepted at 2279 Del Oro Avenue, Oroville at the old County Hospital, while larger animals are being sheltered at 1985 Clark Road in Butte Valley (Camelot). Residents can call North Valley Animal Disaster Group at 895-0000 for assistance with animal evacuations.
The fire first reported at less than 20 acres 4:45 p.m. yesterday exploded to 200 plus acres by the end of last night, then to 1,200 acres by this morning. An additional 300 acres were consumed this afternoon. Shifting winds have driven the blaze into steep terrain with areas of heavy brush.
Cal Fire has opened an information line for the public at (530) 538-7826.