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Paradise community concerned as Dixie Fire burns nearby

The Dixie Fire is spreading away from Butte County, but has people living on the Ridge doing what they can to be prepared.

Posted: Jul 14, 2021 5:37 PM
Updated: Jul 14, 2021 10:30 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Dixie Fire is spreading away from Butte County, but the pain from the Camp Fire remains fresh for many.

"Anytime you got a fire after what we went through, and another one is coming up, you got to be concerned,” Larry Petersen, whose home in Magalia survived the Camp Fire said.

Petersen hopes he will not have to pack up his car to evacuate again.

"A few of my neighbors said they are starting to get there stuff together,” Petersen said. “Everybody is all a little worried about it, just no one wants to go through that again."

The wind is working in their favor today, pushing the Dixie Fire away from the Ridge.

"We have got the things that I want to grab, you know the valuable things so that I can get to them,” Petersen said. “We have ever since the Camp Fire. We set aside things so that we can get to them."

Some people were out at the store today stocking up on little things like water, to be safe.

"Like everybody, you know we get a little bit of that PTSD,” Jennifer Younie, who lives in Paradise said. “It's just about being prepared."

Younie remembers what it was like during the Camp Fire.

"We didn't get anything out,” Younie said. “We pretty much left with our clothes on our backs, so this time we are looking to be more prepared and more vigilant."

This vigilance is something Younie sees in the whole town.

"It's very empowering and it's a very tight-knit community and strength,” Younie said. “I feel like everybody watches out for each other, so I feel like it's a very special thing to be a part of."

Joyce Mclean who has rebuilt her home in Paradise believes that the community has gotten through this once and they will again if they need to.

"We started all over again and got our home again and we just take each day as it comes and if it happens, it happens," Mclean said. "There's not much that we can do about it."

From Paradise, the sky was looking pretty clear for most of the day, but some people living in Magalia told Action News Now that they could smell smoke when they woke up this morning.

"Everybody is going to be watching real close,” Petersen said. “We want to be prepared this time."

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The weather will be pulling a 180 as we head into the evening hours and kick off our work week. A north wind will be taking hold, bringing gusty conditions and increased fire danger to the valley, foothills, and the Sierra Mountains. Gusts between 25-35mph are possible from late this evening through Monday night for the valley while the foothills and the Sierra will continue to see the windy conditions through Tuesday morning. This has prompted a Red Flag Warning for the Valley 11pm tonight through 8pm Monday while the Sierra and Foothills will last through Tuesday morning.
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