Highway 99 spot fire caused by bird, power line

CAL FIRE has determined that the Nelson Fire was caused by a large bird flying into a power line in the area of Highway 99, near Richvale.

Posted: Jun 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Updated: Jun 21, 2019 12:18 PM

UPDATE 12:16 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2019 - CAL FIRE has determined that the Nelson Fire was caused by a large bird flying into a power line in the area of Highway 99, near Richvale. 

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - CAL FIRE crews are at the scene of a spot fire off of Highway 99, near Richvale.

CAL FIRE first reported the fire just after 10:30 a.m. on the side of Highway 99, north of Nelson Road. 

Fire officials said the fire is a 100 by 50-foot spot fire.

There are also reports of a downed power line. PG&E is at the scene working to de-energize the downed power line. 

CAL FIRE said the area the spot fire is burning is near wet rice fields. The water and greenery are helping with containment efforts. 

Stay with Action News Now for the latest updates as they become available. 

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