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Stoney Fire Still Smoldering Within Perimeter

Six days after the Stoney Fire broke out in Bidwell Park, crews are working to put out hot spots and pull hose line.

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 8:34 AM

Chico, Calif.-- The Stoney Fire is still smoldering in sections of Upper Bidwell Park in Chico.

Chico Fire and Cal Fire say they are making good progress today on the fire that started near Bear Hole on Thursday night at about 10:45 p.m.

The fire is now 85-percent contained at 960 acres but there is a lot of fuel and ember still burning within the perimeter.

"Today's major objectives are to remove the 40,000 feet of hose that was deployed upon this fire, to put that in perspective that 7 and a half miles of hose that was out here," said Chico Fire Division Chief Jesse Alexander.

Alexander says mountain lions, bear and rattlesnakes were among the challenges firefighters faced in the Bidwell Park terrain, with two firefighters pulled from duty as a result of excessive bee stings.

The fire started on the steep slope of a canyon, making it difficult for firefighters to even access the line and begin to cut containment lines.

"The steep terrain was the key factor, with some very heavy fuels and structures threatened at Canyon Oaks. So a lot of different things were going on a the same time, having dozers, hand-crews; on this side of the slope you can see we had to use hand lines to put in our containment lines," said Alexander.

The park should be opened within in the next few days, but even when the gates are open, visitor are warned to stay on the north side of Chico Creek.

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