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Evacuation warning lifted for Nelson Fire in Butte County

The Nelson Fire sparked between Nelson Road and Cottonwood Road between Highway 70 and Highway 99.

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. — The Butte County Sheriff's Office has lifted an evacuation warning for the so-called Nelson Fire.

The Nelson Fire sparked between Nelson Road and Cottonwood Road between Highway 70 and Highway 99. According to Cal Fire, the blaze burned around 275 acres. As of their most recent update, officials said the fire has 50% containment.

The sheriff's office issued the evacuation warning for north of the Afterbay for Zone 737, but it has since been lifted.

The fire temporarily threatened PG&E's Table Mountain Substation on Cottonwood Road, but officials said they were able to mitigate the threat. Crews stopped forward spread of the fire within two hours.

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Evacuation Map

For up-to-date information on evacuations and evacuation warnings, view the evacuation map from Butte County below.

Fire Map

This wildfire map was created using data from NASA, NGA, USGS and FEMA.


According to Cal Fire, the 2021 fire season started earlier than previous years, but also ended earlier, as well. January 2021 saw just under 1,200 acres burned from nearly 300 wildfires. Fires picked up in the summer when the Dixie Fire burned in five Northern California counties — Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen and Tehama. The Dixie Fire started on July 13 and wasn't contained until Oct. 25, burning nearly 1 million acres. It has since become the second-largest wildfire in state history and the largest non-complex fire.

Overall, 2.5 million acres were burned in 2021 from 8,835 wildfires. Over 3,600 structures were destroyed and 3 people were killed. 

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.

WATCH: What you need to know to prepare, stay safe for wildfires

The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, and supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and knowing your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.

Some counties use Nixle alerts to update residents on severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your zip code to 888777 to start receiving alerts. 

Read more: Are you wildfire ready? Here's what to do to prepare for fire season.

PG&E customers can also subscribe to alerts via text, email, or phone call. If you're a PG&E customer, visit the Profile & Alerts section of your account to register.

What questions do you have about the latest wildfires? If you're impacted by the wildfires, what would you like to know? Text the ABC10 team at (916) 321-3310.


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