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. 

Article Comments

Chico
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 54°
Oroville
Broken Clouds
51° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 51°
Paradise
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 54°
Chester
Overcast
35° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 28°
Red Bluff
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 53°
Willows
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 54°
Widespread rain this afternoon through Sunday with thunderstorms possible Saturday & Sunday. Dry weather enters the forecast for next week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events