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Firefighters make good progress Sunday on Swedes Fire

Cal Fire says firefighters made good progress on containing the Swedes Fire Sunday, the biggest obstacle they face is the rocky terrain in the area.

Posted: Sep 8, 2019 5:45 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 9:25 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Cal Fire says firefighters made good progress on containing the Swedes Fire Sunday, the biggest obstacle they face is the rocky terrain in the area.

Rick Carhart, Cal Fire public information officer, says Saturday night's weather favored them because of high humidity and low winds.

“You can tell the wind is not much of a factor," Carhart said. 

Action News Now spoke with some firefighters who say Sunday has been a quiet day for them.

Carhart adds that "the terrain up here is pretty rugged its pretty rough. so it's not really conducive to getting engines and equipment really close to some of the areas that we have to get to.”

Fire crews are mopping up, making sure there aren't any hot spots around.

Benjamin Hulett lives on Swedes Flat Road, he says his dad and uncle were visiting him when the fire broke out.

“We look over to the mountain and there’s smoke coming out and we could actually see the flames from our backyard. It was super scary,” Hulett said. 

When Hulett found out the fire had grown from 25 acres to 400 acres, he prepared for the worst.

"We started preparations for evacuation. Putting harnesses on the dogs loading up the cars with food and water and all that. We just waited, our power shut off we got the generator going we just waited,” Hulett said. 

Hulett says he didn't get an evacuation warning for the fire so he stayed put. 

Luckily his home was not burned during the fire.

Carhart says there is no estimation when the fire will be fully contained.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

For the latest on evacuations and containment of the fire, CLICK HERE. 

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