Lumpkin Fire continues to grow, evacuations remain in effect

Sep 14, 2015 8:15 PM by News Staff

The Lumpkin Fire burning in Butte County grew by another 200 acres Monday and mandatory evacuations remain in effect.

The fire, which broke out Friday afternoon, is now burning 800 acres and is just 20 percent contained.

Cal Fire officials say firefighters are continuing to aggressively battle the blaze, winds associated with the weather front that has moved through the area created erratic fire behavior.

Evacuation orders have been issued for Ponderosa Way between Lower Forbestown Road and the Ponderosa Reservoir, and Lower Forbestown Road to Upper Forbestown Road, and all connecting roads. An evacuation center has been opened at the Church of the Nazarene in Oroville at 2238 Monte Vista Avenue.

Officials say the fire is now threatening approximately 30 structures, but as of 5 p.m. Monday there have been no reports of any burned buildings.

Eight firefighters have suffered heat related injuries and are expected to make a full recovery.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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