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What you need to know about the Bear Fire: Thursday morning

About 20,000 people were under evacuation orders or warnings in Plumas, Yuba and Butte counties. Action News Now is tracking the latest updates on the Bear Fire / North Complex.

Posted: Sep 10, 2020 9:05 AM
Updated: Sep 10, 2020 10:09 AM

Editors note: Cal Fire released an incident report that stated the North Complex is now 247,358 acres and 23% contained. Previous reports were at 252,163 acres and 24% containment.

KHSL - In the last 48 hours, the Bear Fire has exploded in size after a lightning strike sparked the blaze in the Plumas National Forest in mid-August. 

Several structures in Berry Creek have been destroyed in the Bear Fire. Courtesy: Nancy Hamilton

Sept. 10 morning map of the Bear Fire / North Complex.

As of Thursday morning, officials said the North Complex fires have burned 247,358 acres. The fires are 23% contained. Winds will be
moderate today, but conditions are still favorable for moderate to high fire activity, according to authorities. Some continued fire growth is expected.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced the remains of three people were found within the fire area on Wednesday. The sheriff did not say where they were found. Authorities are working to identify the victims and notify their next-of-kin.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said they received 85 missing person reports or requests for welfare checks in the area affected by the fire. Honea said deputies have safely located 73 individuals.

In a Cal Fire briefing Wednesday evening, authorities confirmed that at least 200 homes and other structures have been destroyed across communities in the Bear Fire zone, including Berry Creek, Brush Creek, and Feather Falls.

Action News Now reporter Kristian Lopez spoke with an Oroville man who stayed behind to try and protect his home. Anderson shared a video he took Tuesday night which shows flames ripping through his neighborhood on Lumpkin Road.

He says he tried to save his home but it was ultimately completely consumed by the flames.

"I was sprinkling drops of water around my house while this crazy inferno is devouring everything around me. I stayed around to see how fast it progressed and it progressed faster than anything I've ever seen before," he said. Read More

All evacuation orders and warnings in Butte County remain in place. Click Here for a full list of those orders, along with an interactive map provided by the sheriff’s office. Click here for a list of road closures in place across Butte County.

The Butte County Courthouse in Oroville will remain closed today, due to the evacuation warnings and orders in place; and the impacts of the fire on the public. An emergency order shutdown the courthouse on Wednesday – it’s in place until Friday. All cases disrupted by the shutdown are now being rescheduled.

Oroville Union High School District said its schools and offices will be closed today. The announcement was made on Wednesday after staff and students were displaced by the fire. District representatives said they are still deciding whether to reopen on Friday or stay closed.

About 20,000 people were under evacuation orders or warnings in Plumas, Yuba and Butte counties due to the North Complex fires.

Below is a map of the Bear Fire provided by authorities Thursday morning:

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 803660

Reported Deaths: 15516
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2657756488
Riverside581781189
San Bernardino53669922
Orange529041204
San Diego46001775
Kern31785361
Fresno28106382
Sacramento22026402
Alameda21028404
Santa Clara20882306
San Joaquin20194441
Stanislaus16452348
Contra Costa16327204
Tulare15897259
Ventura12617147
Imperial11781317
San Francisco1103899
San Mateo9785150
Monterey977270
Santa Barbara9003113
Merced8846140
Kings763177
Sonoma7320120
Marin6672117
Solano630963
Madera448165
Placer354244
San Luis Obispo351029
Butte280343
Yolo278955
Santa Cruz23199
Sutter169611
Napa166113
San Benito133111
Yuba11437
El Dorado10984
Mendocino89918
Shasta77717
Lassen7370
Glenn5743
Tehama5404
Lake53411
Nevada5317
Colusa5276
Humboldt5017
Calaveras31414
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1650
Del Norte1391
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc270
Trinity160
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Broken Clouds
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Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
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Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 90° Lo: 68°
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Paradise
Broken Clouds
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Chester
Clear
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Hi: 75° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 69°
Red Bluff
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Willows
Broken Clouds
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A RED FLAG WARNING will be in place Saturday night through Monday evening due to strong winds and dry weather predicted.
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