The "Onion Fire" Near Butte Meadows Currently 50 Percent Contained

Apr 23, 2013 3:47 PM

DEVELOPING: At approximately 1:15 p.m. this afternoon, a controlled burn broke containment in the Butte Meadows area. Cal Fire has confirmed the break in containment and is en route to assess the situation and contain the fire. We will update you on the latest as it comes in.

(UPDATE) 3:24 p.m.- Cal Fire has reported a controlled burn which jumped containment earlier this afternoon is currently holding 20 acres. The fire is near the K-line/T-140 logging roads east of Butte Meadows and west of the Hwy 32 and 36 junction. Cal Fire has confirmed five water tinders, nine engines, four hand crews, one bull dozer, and one helicopter are arriving at the scene. The Oroville Cal Fire station stated it was not their station who conducted the controlled burn, but would not speculate which organization was in charge of the burn. Cal Fire did not state how much of the fire they have contained, but they believe they should have the fire under control in the next couple hours.

(UPDATE) 4:36 p.m.- The vegetation fire which started this afternoon, now being called the "Onion" fire, is now 25 percent contained according to Cal Fire. The Lassen National Forrest agency has also been brought in to assist with the effort.

Cal Fire has indicated strong down canyon winds are contributing to spotting and torching conditions. The Incident Commander does not anticipate any additional resource orders. No road closures or evacuation orders have been issued. The fire is in the vicinity of last year's Mill Fire.

(UPDATE) 5:58 p.m.- The Onion Fire has stopped its forward advancement at 27 acres and is 50% contained. Cal Fire has established a perimeter around the fire and will utilize resources throughout tonight and a day shift will be assigned to it tomorrow. No cause has been determined.


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