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Potters Fire reaches 1,012 acres, new evacuation warning issued | Update

The Potters Fire, the largest in a series of fires called Butte Lightning Complex, continues to rain down smoke and ash.

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. — Update (1 p.m.):

The Butte County Sheriff's Office has issued new evacuation warnings due to the Butte Lightning Complex. 

The new evacuation warning includes:

  • Inskip east to Browns Ravine Road
  • Browns Ravine Road east to 40-D/Concow Road
  • 40-D/Concow Road north to 40-D/Philbrook Road
  • 40-D/Philbrook Road west to Skyway
  • Skyway south to Inskip

For more information, visit www.buttecounty.net/sheriffcoroner/ or call 833-512-5378.

Original Story:

The Potters Fire outside of Oroville continues to blaze, though all evacuations warnings for the fire have been lifted

According to a CAL FIRE report on Aug. 20, the fire is 50% contained but has spread to 1,012 acres. 

"Many of the 34 confirmed lightning-caused fires in Butte County have been controlled," CalFire said.

The Butte Lightning Complex Fire, of which the Potters Fire is the largest, currently spans 1,900 acres as of this morning and is only 20% contained. One first responder has been injured battling the blaze, according to the CAL FIRE report. In total, CAL FIRE has 240 personnel working to control these fires.

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While CAL FIRE says neither the Potters Fire nor the 2-24 fire in Butte Creek Canyon are expected to grow or impact residents, the agency remains alert.

With evacuation warnings now lifted for areas affected by the Potters Fire, Butte County Sheriff's Office and CAL Fire are warning residents to be cautious and careful, especially when it comes to smoke and ash. 

Town of Paradise Fire Chief Garrett Sjolund gave a press conference where he shared some insight on where the hazy layer of ash was coming from. 

RELATED: Air quality concerns: Dozens of fires in Northern California choke the area with smoke and haze

"The smoke that we're seeing that's coming into Butte County is coming from the west,' Fire Chief Sjolund said. "There's a number of fires in the Mendocino County area as well as the Bay Area, and the smoke is coming in from that direction and blowing across Butte County."

WATCH: California wildfire morning update | August 20, 2020

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