BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Jumping nearly 157,000 acres in a week, Public Information Officer Antonio Negrete explained aside from the difficult terrain, the wind patterns are also playing a factor in its quick spread.
“One of the things that’s happening is because of the wind pattern, you have sparks going up in the air, you have a really big ember cast and it’s taking the embers two to three miles upwind and landing in areas that create a spot fire,” Negrete explained.
Butte Meadows was recently upgraded to an evacuation order, making people in the area surrounding it on edge.
“It’s been definitely stressful,” Rick Pero, a resident of Forest Ranch, said.
Pero has evacuated numerous times from his homes in the past years.
Now only being less than 25 miles from an area that was evacuated, he and his neighbors are anxious they might have to again.
“When we see those huge smoke plumes, it definitely brings back some heart-wrenching, gut reactions to what happened before,” Pero shared.
But with that evacuation order being placed for Butte Meadows, Negrete says it’s all tactical.
“Ultimately they get to what is called a trigger point,” he said. “So, if everything happens up until this point, then we are going to do a mandatory evacuation.”
But the one thing Pero and Negrete said is to pack your things early and be prepared.
“Even if you’re in an evacuation warning, it’s best to get out now,” Negrete said. “Even though we were ready back in the Camp Fire, we looked around the house and went ‘Oh my gosh, this is real and this is honest.’ So, be ready and be prepared.”
Negrete told Action News Now they will be sending in even more firefighters throughout the weekend.
Currently, 4,200 fire personnel and 33 helicopters are fighting the Dixie Fire.