Firefighters combat several dozen fires in Butte County


Firefighters worked Monday to battle several dozen fires in Butte County, Calif.

The largest of them, the Potters fire, is burning north of Oroville and was at least 600 acres as of about 7 p.m., according to John Gaddie, a spokesman for Cal Fire-Butte County Fire Department. It is 0% contained.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office ordered evacuations about 3:45 p.m. for all residents living on Potters Ravine Drive and Oregon Gulch Road, west to Cherokee Road, and all roads in between, south to the Feather River.

The Sheriff’s Office later announced mandatory evacuations for people living on the north side of Orange Avenue from a roundabout to Long Bar Road, as well as for residents living on the north side of Long Bar Road up until the Feather River.

A temporary evacuation point has been designated in the parking lot for the Church of the Nazarene at 2238 Monte Vista Ave. in Oroville. Large animals will be accepted until 8:30 p.m. at the Camelot Equestrian Park at 1985 Clark Road in Paradise. Small animals can be taken overnight to a shelter at the Old County Hospital at 2279 Del Oro and Mono, Suite E.


The fires in the county are presumed to have been started by lightning, but are all under investigation, Gaddie said.