Tuesday, July 8, 2008

CA: BTU complex, more evacuations

The BTU complex of fires east of Chico made some big runs during the night and this morning, according to a local who called Wildfire Today using the "Call Me" button on the left side of this page. He said evacuations of the northeast side of Paradise and the southeast side of Magalia are in progress. The smoke, he said, that flows down the Feather River drainage and settles in the low lying areas at night has been very intense.

Information about the evacuation of part of Paradise can be found HERE.

According to the Geographic Area Coordination Center, an evacuation of Concow is ongoing, affecting 300 homes and 800-1,000 residents. The local media is reporting that at 8 a.m. this morning extreme fire behavior caused fire crews to be pulled off the fire line, due, in part, to 30 mph northeast winds.

Below is a map that was updated this afternoon. It shows heat, in red, orange, and black, detected by satellites, with the red areas being the most recently burned. The yellow lines are the latest perimeters uploaded by the incident management teams. Click on the map to see a larger version.

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