The Latest: Firefighters Battling 2 Spot Fires Near Paradise

Fire officials in Butte County say firefighters are battling two spot fires south of the town leveled by a blaze that has killed at least 29 people. Cal Fire Deputy Operations Chief Monty Smith says dense, dry vegetation is fueling the spot fires Monday on each side of Lake Oroville. A fire behavior specialist at Cal Fire, Jonathan Pangburn, said earlier that major winds combined with tinder dry conditions helped the fire jump over the lake Sunday night. The area near Paradise is expected to see wind gusts as high as 40 mph by Monday evening. Smith says firefighters are working to build a contingency line to stop the fire from reaching Oroville, a town of 19,000 people.


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