UPDATE: Branch Fire Near Lake Oroville is now Fully Contained

Aug 1, 2013 7:57 PM

(UPDATE) 5:00 a.m.- Firefighters have now fully contained the Branch Fire burning at the North Fork of Lake Oroville. They even got it contained before schedule. They had originally said it would be out by 8 Sunday night, but by 3 Sunday afternoon they reported it contained. A total of 92 acres burned. Two firefighters received minor burns. They were treated and went back to fighting the blaze. The cause, according to CAL Fire, was a large turkey vulture that flew into some power lines. No structures burned.

(UPDATE) 4:53 p.m.-
The Branch Fire has increased to 110 acres, but containment has also increased to 30%. The total personnel remains at 190. Although acreage of the fire has increased, Cal Fire stated their hand crews and helicopters were able to strengthen existing lines and slightly improve containment. The fire’s location remains remote and is not threatening any structures.

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.

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.

A fire is still burning near the north fork in Lake Oroville Friday morning.
Cal Fire is calling it the "Branch Fire."

It's a small fire, but crews are taking it very seriously.
At last report, the fire has grown to 50 acres and is still 15 percent contained.

It's burning in an area that's difficult to access, in steep terrain.
Air tankers and helicopters were working the fire yesterday afternoon, but were grounded for the night.

About one hundred firefighters are battling the fire, working to get a containment line around it.
No structures are threatened, and the cause is being investigated.


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