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.

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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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