Oroville olive orchard fire may have started in homeless camp

The half-acre orchard fire fought on Sunday by the Oroville Fire Department may have started in a homeless encampment.

Posted: Jul 1, 2019 12:34 PM

UPDATE 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2019 - We have added video to this story showing an interview with Oroville Fire Department Lt. Joel Harper, who says historically fires in the olive orchard originated from homeless cooking fires.


OROVILLE, Calif. - Oroville Fire Department stopped a fire at about half an acre in an olive orchard off of Table Mountain Blvd. and Grand Avenue this evening.

They got the call just after 6 p.m. Sunday.

Police shut down Table Mountain Boulevard after the fire spotted across the road.

The fire burned about a half acre.

As for what started it?

It's still under investigation, but Oroville Fire tells Action News Now they go on a lot of calls to cook fires from a homeless camp in that area.

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