CONCOW — The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has issued an immediate evacuation order for the areas of Pulga, Concow, Big Bend, and Yankee Hill due to fire. The order comes after Cal Fire-Butte County said tonight that a flare-up in the Bucks Lake area of the North Complex Fire was a concern to them.
Winds tonight in that area were expected to have gusts up to 35 MPH.
Stirling City, Magalia, and Paradise are under an evacuation warning for the entire Town of Paradise. Town officials are asking residents to prepare for possible evacuation by gathering personal belongings that will fit in your vehicle, make arrangements for pets and animals. Residents should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
Please be aware that many intersections are dark, the stoplights are out due to the PSPS. Please pay attention to the stop signs and treat dark intersections as a 4 way stop. If you feel you need to evacuate, please do so. If you feel unsafe, please take action, do not wait for a formal evacuation order.
Residents are advised to use extreme caution, drive safely and follow the directions of all public safety and public agency personnel and representatives.
That was the official statement, now here’s my unofficial one:
I’m thinking right now, its a good thing we haven’t defunded the police or harassed them to the point of quitting their jobs. Because right now things don’t look so good for a lot of folks just east of us, above Paradise.
I stood outside my home today around 4 pm and watched with dred as the blue sky quickly filled with reddish brown clouds like Hell was coming. This dirty red/brown smoke rolled over the town in less than 10 minutes and blotted out the sun.
I can only imagine what is happening up the road from us, the chaos, the homes and barns burning, people making a mad dash to escape a wall of 60′ high flames. Those who wait too long to leave will soon be danger close to the fire. That could result in their vehicles not starting, there won’t be enough oxygen in the air. If that happens there is no way to outrun a wild fire on foot. You have to head for ditches, culverts, swimming pools, whatever you can and pray. We saw that happen in Paradise the last time and here it comes again. What a place to live.