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Bear Fire: Animal shelters to close Oct. 23

The Bear Fire is also known as the North Complex West Zone. It is being managed by CAL FIRE in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, who is managing the rest of the North Complex.

Posted: Sep 9, 2020 8:52 AM
Updated: Oct 8, 2020 3:54 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The Bear Fire, also known as the North Complex West Zone, has burned 84,595 acres and is officially in patrol status. Cal Fire says there is no expectation of fire growth.

A total of 2,342 structures have been destroyed and 113 have been damaged.

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Several structures in Berry Creek have been destroyed in the Bear Fire. Courtesy: Nancy Hamilton

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has begun Phase 1 of assessments of residential properties destroyed in the fire. This includes things like assessing and removing Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and bulk asbestos from burned residential properties.

DTSC will consolidate and dispose of hazardous waste including paints, cleaners, solvents, oils, batteries, herbicides and pesticides. Fuel from pressurized cylinders and tanks will be removed and marked with a white “X” and left as scrap metal.

Following a fire, these products require special handling and disposal, particularly if their containers are compromised. DTSC will also remove bulk asbestos items like transite siding, transite roofing and certain types of floor tile.

A map showing the destroyed and damaged homes is available, click here. Officials said damage inspections have been completed. You can find online maps showing before and after pictures of areas, and damage as seen from drones IN THIS STORY.


ANIMAL SHELTERS

Animal shelters are set to close Oct. 23. With 300 animals still at the shelters, owners are being urged to pick up their animals or check if their missing animals are being housed there.

Beginning Oct. 16, any remaining unclaimed animals will begin going through the process of health exams, spaying and neutering before being put up for adoption.

A large animal shelter has been set up in Butte County at the Camelot Equestrian Park at 1985 Clark Rd. Large Animals will be accepted during daylight hours beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Evacuated residents are encouraged to reach out to friends and family to make a plan for themselves and their animals, according to the county. Residents impacted by the evacuation orders and are in need of sheltering can call the shelter hotline at 530-552-6150 or email NorthComplexSheltering@ButteCounty.net

For a list of evacuation points and animal shelters in Butte, Yuba, and Plumas counties, click here. For a list of road closures related to the North Complex, click here.


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