Jason Halley / Chico Enterprise-Record

A column of smoke rises from the Swedes fire, seen from Monte Vista Avenue, as mandatory evacuation areas south of Oroville in Butte County were expanded just after noon Saturday. The wildfire was only 20 percent contained as of sundown.

NorCal fires: Mandatory evacuations for fire south of Oroville

Published: Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 - 10:49 am

OROVILLE – Fire officials ordered mandatory evacuations Saturday for areas of Butte County where a 1,850- acre wildfire was only 20 percent contained at sundown.

The Swedes fire, 10 miles south of Oroville, has destroyed one home, three outbuildings and several vehicles. More than 400 other structures are threatened.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that strong winds overnight drove the fire into steep terrain covered with heavy brush. On Saturday close to 70 engines with more than 500 firefighters were fighting the blaze on the ground with the help of four air tankers and a helicopter.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter for evacuees at Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Ave., Oroville.

– The Associated Press

• Firefighters will restart efforts at daylight on a 200-acre fire in difficult terrain south of the Clavey River toward Jawbone Ridge in Stanislaus National Forest, U.S. Forest Service officials reported Saturday night. Aircraft made drops on the area until dusk after the fire was spotted at just before 3:30 p.m. by a plane working on another small blaze off Cottonwood Road in Tuolumne County.

• More than 31,000 acres have been charred in three separate blazes in Klamath National Forest and neighboring Six Rivers National Forest, U.S. Forest Service officials reported. The largest, on Butler Flat, is less than 25 percent contained.

– Daniel Hunt

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