Aug 1, 2013 7:57 PM
Earlier in the afternoon at the direction of Cal Fire, PG&E cut power to lines that affected roughly 900 customers in the Big Bend area. This was to allow for safer conditions for fire crews. PG&E has restored power to all 900 customers near Big Bend after flames burning near PG&E poles were extinguished and the lines inspected.
PG&E has restored power to all 900 customers near Big Bend after flames burning near PG&E poles were extinguished and the lines inspected.
Estimated time of full containment is 8 p.m. Saturday.
(UPDATE) 11:40 a.m- The Branch Fire burning in the Cherokee/Rocky Peak area near Lake Oroville is currently burning 60 acres with 25% containment. Steep terrain and the high power lines underneath the blaze continue to impede Cal Fire’s efforts. Cal Fire Indicated smoke from the fire will be highly visible and will drift throughout most of south Butte County. Two firefighters suffered heat related injuries, but we have been informed they will be fine. The total personnel at the scene is 190. No evacuations or road closures have been ordered.
(UPDATE) 10:05 a.m.- Butte County Cal Fire has informed us 911 Dispatch Centers have been inundated with calls regarding the smoke from the Branch Fire burning in the Cherokee/Rocky Peak area near Lake Oroville. In response they have opened up a public information line for anyone to call to get updated info regarding the Branch Fire. The number is (530) 538-7826. We are expected to receive the latest numbers on the Branch Fire around 11 a.m.