- Posted August 19, 2013 by
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Swedes Flat Fire Approaches 2000 Acres
Warning evacuations have been issued for Forbestown Road from Lumpkin Road to Old Olive Highway and for all portions of Hurleton Road, all of Hurleton Road, Hurles Circle, Mackey Court, Mather Lane, Hershel Lane, Roosa Way, Romelt Lane, Angel Way, Nice Place, Finlayson Court, Stringtown Road, Diamond Bar Court, Gold View Court, Gloriana Road, Harry Lane, Old Post Drive, Kim Drive, Mountain Oak Road, Empire Point Drive, Lothrop Lane, Maidu Run, Dancing Wind Drive, Summer View Drive, Rebel Lane, Elams Ranch Road, Wicks Way, Lakeview Ridge Road.
While residents in these areas are not required to leave as of yet, the warning alerts them to the potential threat to life and property. These warnings are designed to inform residents of the probability of an area being affected and prepares them for a possible future evacuation order.
CalFire/Butte County Fire is urging residents in these areas that have special needs to make plans in case they need assistance with evacuating.
The dangers of possible injury are very real. CalFire reported that two injuries had taken place as a result of this fire. Four firefighter injuries reportedly occurred Sunday afternoon due to heat exhaustion. One case apparently involved an inmate involved in the firefighting efforts who suffered a severe bloody nose.
It is important to be informed of current circumstances and prepared to act at a moment’s notice.
Evacuation orders have been lifted in some areas, according to the Butte County Fire Safe Council. These areas include Rutherford Lane, Mission Crest, Cole Lane. Entry can also be made into Springs Creek Road, Romo Road and Nichols Ranch Road with identification
Personnel working on the fire include 90 fire engines, 6 water tenders, 4 air tankers, 2 helicopters, and 900 individuals. This includes members of the United States Forest Service, Oroville Fire Department, El Medio Fire Department, Chico Fire Department, Butte County Sheriff, STARS, California Highway Patrol, California Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Bureau of Land Management, South Feather Water and Power, Red Cross, North Valley Animal Rescue Group.
Each and every one of these people deserve a great deal of thanks and respect. They are doing a grueling and painstaking job. Whether it is a firefighter on the frontlines or an officer standing on his feet for hours a day in the heat to direct traffic or give information, each is working very hard.
Many of those involved in the firefighting efforts are volunteers. This includes some of those at the multiple command centers that dot the community. One of these command centers is located at the Wyandotte Grange. Another is the helibase at the Oroville Airport.
Videos of the helicopter activity at the helibase can be seen by clicking going to http://youtu.be/Hhhr3v29IU4. There is also a video of a helicopter flying over Forbestown Road on its way to dump water on the fire.