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Chico firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire in the Canyon Oaks area, up Highway 32. Multiple air and ground resources are being deployed.

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 11:23 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2018 3:54 PM

Update 12:00 p.m. - All evacuations have been lifted on the Stoney Fire. The 650 acre fire is now 20% contained.

Click the link for the latest fire numbers: Stoney Fire - Latest Acreage and Containment

Stoney Fire Map

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Update 11:20 a.m. - According to the California Highway Patrol, Highway 32 is now open for traffic again due to the Stoney Fire. Please be aware that many firefighters are using Highway 32, so please avoid the area if possible while the firefight is active.

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Update 10:45 a.m. - According to CAL FIRE Public Information Officer John Gaddie, the Stoney Fire started as a Chico Fire incident, but was close to a mutual aid jurisdiction and a mutual aid "threat zone," so CAL FIRE moved in quickly.

Air attack started early start Friday morning. They usually head to the air by 10:45 a.m., but Friday morning they got a three hour head start.

CAL FIRE's Gaddie said that cooperation between Chico and Butte County Fire was imperative to get a jump on this fire quickly, especially because the fire is so close to homes."

CAL FIRE spokesperson Rick Carhart says 50 homes are impacted right now by the fire. Action News Now reporter Laura Eng went to the Red Cross Shelter in Chico, but no evacuees had shown up, as of 10:45 a.m. Volunteers were making preparations for evacuees, however.

The fire is not currently threatening the 50-kv high power transmission lines that cut through the canyon where the fire is located, but 228 customers are without power in Forest Ranch and in east Chico. The power was turned off by PG&E because the fire is burning in close proximity to utility poles. PG&E spokesperson Paul Moreno says they will restore power to as many customers as they can, as quickly as possible.

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Update 10:20 a.m. Friday, July 13, 2018 - The Stony Fire has grown to 650 acres, and is still five percent contained. CAL FIRE says multiple air resources are being deployed Friday morning.

Highway 32 is closed near Chico from Bruce Road to Humboldt Road.

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Update 9:07 a.m. Friday, July 13, 2018 - The Stoney Fire is now 500 acres in size, and is five percent contained. There are 30 engines responding. Multiple hand crews and bulldozers are on scene. There is one air attack and two tankers attacking this fire, according to Public Information Officer Rick Carhart.

The fire jumped a containment line Friday morning, crossing over Highway 32, but was quickly contained again by firefighters.

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Update: 6:45 a.m.

Cal Fire says everything east of the intersection of Shady Brooke Lane and Canyon Oaks Terrace is now under an evacuation order. Evacuees can go to the evacuation shelter at Neighborhood Church at 2801 Notre Dame Boulevard. 

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Update: 6:30 a.m.

Cal Fire now responding. The Stoney Fire is now over 150 acres. Highway 32 is now closed from Bruce Road to Highway 36 due to the fire. One home on Highway 32 is now under an evacuation order. All other evacuations listed are warnings. 

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Update: 3 a.m. 7/13

Chico Fire says evacuations are underway for parts of the Canyon Oaks area.

The streets under evacuation:

Shadow Tree Lane
Whispering Winds Lane
Shady Brook Lane
Pinnacle Height Court
Rising Ridge Court
Stoney Meadow Terrace
Stone Woods Commons

Chico Police Officers are going door to door to notify residents. An evacuation shelter has been set up at Neighborhood Church at 2801 Notre Dame Boulevard.

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Chico, Calif.--  10:49 p.m The Chico Fire Department is responding to a vegetation fire in the Canyon Oaks area. 

Chico Fire says just over 35 acres have burned on the southside of Upper Bidwell Park, below Highway 32 near the disc golf course. Highway 32 remains open at this time. Firefighters are standing watch on the Highway to make sure the fire does not threaten the highway or homes. Crews say the fire is in a hard to reach area of the park, and cres can not yet access the fire with apparatus. 

Chico Fire Department Twitter: @ChicoFD "Firefighters are responding to a possible vegetation fire in the Canyon Oaks area (East Chico). #ChicoFD"

Action News Now will be following the latest developments on this fire. Stay with us on air and online as we provide updates. 

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