OROVILLE, Calif. - Butte County Cal Fire says a middle-aged man burning debris is to blame for starting the 40-acre fire in north Oroville Saturday afternoon.
According to the PIO, authorities gave Tracy Hinton, 57, a citation for allegedly starting the “Oregon Fire” in the area of Oregon Gulch Road near Cherokee.
Hinton was cited under “burning lands of another without permission” and “burning during a burn ban.”
Cal Fire says burn permits were suspended on June 11, 2018, and added that “debris burning has been banned due to the very real risk of a fire escaping.”
Eighteen engine companies, eight fire crews, two dozers, four water tenders, two helicopters, five air tankers, one air attack were all sent to battle the fire, adding up to 178 personnel used.
The “Oregon Fire” as of Sunday is still 40 acres with 75 percent containment, authorities expect a full containment on Monday at 7 p.m.