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Evacuations lifted after firefighters stop progress on Neal Fire in Paradise

According to Cal Fire, the fire burned 20 acres near Neal Road in Paradise.

PARADISE, Calif. — Update: 5:30 p.m.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office has lifted all evacuation orders and evacuation warnings for the Neal Fire in Paradise. 

Authorities said people are able to return to their homes.

Original story:

Firefighters have stopped forward progress for a vegetation fire that broke out in lower Paradise on Thursday.

According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, the fire has burned 20 acres near Neal Road in Paradise. The sheriff's office issued an evacuation order for McCann Dr, Royal Meadow Lane and Sunnyside Lane in Paradise due to the fire.

An evacuation warning is in place Neal Rd south to Little Dry Creek in Paradise due to a fire burning in the area.

The Cal Fire Butte County Unit is calling it the Neal Fire, according to a tweet.

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According to Cal Fire, 2020 was one of the most severe fire seasons on record as 9,917 wildfires burned 4.2 million acres. Over 9,000 structures were destroyed, and 31 people (civilians and firefighters) were killed. 

California also experienced its first "Gigafire" because of the August Complex Fire, burning over 1 million acres by itself. Four of California's top five largest wildfires in state history happened in 2020. 

If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.

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