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Chico Traffic Increases Following Camp Fire Evacuations

Over 20,000 evacuees headed to Chico after the Camp Fire tore through areas of Butte County, which has made a noticeable impact on traffic.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2018 5:40 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Over 20,000 evacuees headed to Chico after the Camp Fire tore through areas of Butte County, which has made a noticeable impact on traffic.

Chico Public Works Officials say traffic is already up due to the holiday shopping season, but officials say the sudden influx of more vehicles is creating traffic problems in the short term.

"We are reaching up to our partners at Caltrans and looking at opportunities to do kind of immediate type of improvements with traffic signal timing to alleviate some of the traffic flows," said Brendan Ottoboni, director of Butte County Public Works. "But at the end of the day we have a capacity issue." 

The city will be putting up traffic counters early next week, to get more data and assess the real impact on the city's traffic. Transit police officers are recommending people drive slower and give themselves more breaking distance. 

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