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Butte County, August 17, 2020 – CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department firefighters, with help from surrounding agencies, are responding to multiple fires this morning as a result of 1,500 lightning strikes that hit the Northern Region.

The first fire was reported early this morning, August 17, 2020. Since then, there have been several confirmed lightning fires throughout Butte County. Rainfall associated with the storm has aided firefighters in getting these fires contained, however, due to the severe drought conditions, the fire danger is still very high.

CAL FIRE/Butte County have provided an aggressive attack on these fires, and continue to be prepared, by staffing additional fire engines, fire lookouts and maintaining personnel on duty to support any additional fires that may occur.

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“Although some rainfall accompanied this storm, it’s important for residents to continue to be extremely cautious in their outdoor activities because there is still a very high fire danger”
said Chief, John Messina.

There are no evacuations at this time in Butte County, residents are reminded to be ready, get set and be ready to go.