BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Officials provided an update on the North Complex fire Thursday. Topics ranged from the status of the fire to important recovery information.
CAL FIRE officials said the North Complex is still very active from Bucks Lake down towards Highway 70. There are still no reports of any spots crossing the highway. Crews said that aircraft is flying as much as they can, but the smoke and winds have been causing issues.
Butte County Operations Chief of Care and Shelter, Shelby Boston, said so far they have 673 survivors staying in non-congregate shelters. The shelter hotline hours will be changing on Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the hotline is 530-552-6150.
The local assistance center at 1875 Feather River Boulevard, in Oroville, will be operating Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boston said they still plan to close the local assistance center on Oct. 9.
Butte County is also sheltering 487 small and large animals at three shelters. The animal shelter in Gridley has closed and they are not accepting any new animals unless they're brought in from first responders and or animal rescue teams.
Boston says individuals should call 895-0000 with plans for your animal if you can't retrieve them within the upcoming days or weeks. People may visit the PetHarbor website, to view photos of the 125 animals in the county that remain unclaimed. If you feel that your missing pet is on this site, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the briefing, Boston confirmed there has been a canine parvovirus outbreak at one of the small animal shelters. They have confirmed seven cases of the parvovirus. It is a highly contagious virus, dogs under the age of one that are unvaccinated are most susceptible.
The affected animals are currently being isolated and provided with the highest level of treatment, according to the county.
“Our top priority is the care and well-being of all animals at the emergency shelter,” stated Butte County Animal Control Officer Ryan Soulsby. “We immediately put the affected animals in the care of some of the top veterinary professionals from across the county as well as mutual aid veterinarians from Texas A&M University and UC Davis. Every animal has received full medical support from our team while in our care.”
Parvovirus is a virus that affects the gastrointestinal function in canines and often sheds when animals are exposed to stress. The most susceptible canines are young and unvaccinated. Primary treatment includes hydration support, GI stabilizing medications and antibiotics for secondary infections. While it can be contagious, parvovirus does not spread across species.
The Butte County animal emergency operations for the North Complex Fire have been activated since Sept. 8. Mutual aid from Texas A&M University have been activated since Sept. 27. The mutual aid professionals have supported in continued veterinary care within the emergency shelters and are currently implementing additional isolation and biosecurity protocols to control the outbreak.
Owners of the affected animals have been contacted and are aware of next steps moving forward, according to county officials.