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400-Acre Fire Rips Through Butte County Farmland near Hwy 99

A 400-acre fire ripped through farmland east of Durham Tuesday afternoon.

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 5:42 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2018 5:43 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A 400-acre fire ripped through farmland east of Durham Tuesday afternoon.

The fire burned just before 12:30 p.m. in between Esquon Road and Highway 99, where it initially burned 100 acres but quickly grew 300 more acres.

It took firefighters quite awhile to reach the fire but no structures or people were threatened.

"That was one of the problems getting to the fire was access. We had some access issues whether it be coming from the Richvale side or the Durham side so now that we got resources here we were able to stop the forward progress of the fire,” said Fire Captain John Gaddie, a member of CalFire-Butte County.

Crews were still on scene Tuesday afternoon to mop everything up.

The fire was 100 percent contained before 5 p.m.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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