BREAKING NEWS CAL FIRE has stopped forward progress of fire at LaMalfa Ranch Full Story

Stopping the spread of the Park Fire

Fire crews have been working through the night and day to keep the Park Fire to just over 400 acres and is now at 50% containment.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 7:02 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2021 10:45 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The Park Fire started at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night just north of Shadybrook Lane across from the creek.

"The fire spread rapidly and we continued to put resources in strategic locations,” said Chief Steve Standridge, from Chico Fire.

Engines hooked up to tanker trucks, hoses snaked through the canyon and helicopters watched for hot spots from the sky.

More than 200 firefighters from two departments, all with one goal to contain the Park Fire.

"It's a unique situation in this portion of the county where resources converge regardless of jurisdiction,” said Chief John Messina, from CAL FIRE Butte County. “So this allows us to create a force multiplier of resources, so we can take care of the situation as quickly as possible."

Some of the damage included the popular Chico hiking spot known as “Monkey Face.”

Crews were out all day working to clean up the hot spots.

RELATED: Park Fire in Bidwell Park 100% contained

"What makes that park beautiful is the fact that it has some terrain and a canyon in it, and that canyon generates some down canyon winds,” said Messina. “That is what affected us last night is the cool wind pulls in the canyon and blows through the valley, so we do expect some down canyon flow."

Standridge hopes they continue to make good progress.

"We anticipate by this evening we will have a solid containment line,” said Standridge. “It will not be considered 100%, but we are making our way towards that and then in the next several days we will continue to throw resources to mop up."

For now, the city is asking people to stay out of the area.

"We ask that people stay out of Upper Park for the day as trails for bicyclists and pedestrians or equestrians, but the golf course is open,” said Erik Gustafson, Public Works Director for the City of Chico.

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Get out and enjoy this beautiful weather tonight! If you do head out and plan to stay out late, probably bring an extra later to throw on for when the sun sets as temperatures will be cooling off into the low to mid 60s for the valley by midnight and low to mid 40s by tomorrow morning.
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