June Fire grows to 550 acres, threatens structures in Butte County

Firefighters are working to get a handle on a wildfire that has grown to 550 acres Tuesday just south of Palermo in Butte County, which is threatening structures in the area.

Cal Fire first reported the June Fire just after 2:30 p.m. near Four Junes Way and Palermo-Honcut Highway, where it grew from 15 to 550 acres in the course of about two hours.

By 6:15 p.m., the fire had reached 40 percent containment, according to Cal Fire.

As of 4:30 p.m., the fire’s forward spread had been stopped and it was 20 percent contained, Capt. Kevin Finkenkeller of Cal Fire’s Butte County unit said.

At 3:45, the fire was spreading southeast rapidly and although evacuation orders were expected near Dunstone Drive, none was issued, Finkenkeller said.

The fire began after the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning in the Sacramento Valley for Tuesday through Wednesday morning, citing minimum humidity as low as 10 percent and wind gusts up to 40 mph.

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