Locals concerned after multiple fires reported at Oroville orchard

People living near an orchard in Oroville are on edge after reports of various fires at the location.

Posted: Jul 8, 2019 7:17 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - People living near an orchard in Oroville are on edge after reports of various fires at the location.

City officials told Action News Now that the orchard has a large homeless population and has seen two fires in the last eight days and five fires throughout the year. 

"It's just kind of scary leaving your house, or is it going to continue to happen? Or if the conditions are right, can it spread even further down our street?" said Ashley Morgan, a resident in the area. 

Oroville Assistant City Administrator Bill Lagrone said he understands the concerns of locals in the area. 

However, the orchard's owner is taking steps to try to clear out the property and keep the homeless people away.

He said a part of the problem is not having the right kind of homeless shelters in the area. However, the city is working on getting the money to build one.  

"We are hoping id that money were to be awarded to our local rescue mission, then that would alleviate some of this outdoor camping," Lagrone said. 

The owner has also talked about getting permits to burn out some of the orchard in the winter in a contained burn, Lagrone said. 

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