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Forward progress of Neal Fire stopped

All evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings for the 15-acre Neal Fire.

Posted: Jul 22, 2021 3:06 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2021 12:58 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - All evacuation orders and evacuation warnings for the Neal Fire have been lifted and residents may return to their homes, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

The fire burned a total of 15 acres and there is still some heavy mop up for crews on the ground, according to the CAL FIRE Butte Unit. 

The forward progress of the Neal Fire has been stopped, according to Rick Carhart, CAL FIRE Butte's Public Information Office.

Neal Rd. was closed between Indian Springs Rd. and the Neal Rd. Landfill due to the fire but has reopened. 

The fire moved into the canyon and was spreading in different directions, CAL FIRE said. 

The evacuation warnings are for McCann Dr., Royal Meadow Lane, Sunnyside Lane and for Neal Rd. south to Little Dry Creek. A map of evacuations can be found here.

Aircraft that was battling the Dixie Fire was able to leave the fire and begin battling the Neal Fire. 

Carhart said this fire is not due to the Dixie Fire. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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