Cal Fire seeking witnesses of Sunday Skyway fires

There is a vehicle of interest that CAL FIRE would like to locate. If you can help with this investigation, contact the CAL FIRE Butte Unit

Posted: Aug 30, 2020 1:56 PM
Updated: Aug 31, 2020 12:42 PM

Update: 7:08 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2020 - CAL FIRE investigators want to talk to anyone who was in the area of the Skyway and Rocky bluff Drive at or just before 1:25 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, 2020. They are hoping someone saw the fires when they were small and just starting.

As an associated vehicle of interest is a light-colored Chevy truck traveling northbound on the Skyway (toward Paradise) towing a dump trailer that was carrying a Bobcat-type excavator.

If you can help with this investigation please contact CAL FIRE at their Butte Unit Prevention Bureau Office at (530) 538-7888.

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Update: 4:07 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2020 - The Skyway Fire is 80% contained at this time, said Rick Carhart of CAL FIRE's Butte Unit. It is estimated that the situation will be fully contained at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The size of the fires has been downgraded to 17.1 acres.

Carhart said it would have been very easy for the fire to expand in such an open area, but crews responded quickly from the ground and from the air, allowing them to get around the fire and stop it in its tracks.

Resources are being released at this time.

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Updated 3:30 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2020 - The Skyway Fire was stopped at 28 acres, according to CAL FIRE officials.

Firefighters quickly put a hose line around the fire. Mop up and cutting of containment lines will be keeping resources at the scene for perhaps another hour.

Traffic may still be slow heading up the Skyway from Chico, but the road never had to close completely during the firefight.

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Two roadside fires have been reported to CAL FIRE on the Skyway near Spanish Gardens at Oak Ridge Drive.

The Skyway Fire was reported at 1:25 p.m. on Sunday. Traffic is impacted. Avoid the area if possible. You can take an alternate route up to the Ridge, such as Neal Road, Clark Road, or Pentz Road.

CAL FIRE Butte Unit Public Information Officer Rick Carhart said Sunday at 1:40 p.m. that one fire is less than an acre, and the other is approximately five acres.

Carhart said CAL FIRE is sending both ground and aerial resources.

We have a reporter on the way to the scene of the fires. Keep checking back to this article for more details.

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