The Latest: Firefighters Move To Protect Lake Oroville’s Spillway

A newspaper says firefighters and state employees are clearing brush and spreading water to prevent damage to Lake Oroville and the Oroville Dam if a wildfire passes through. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the work was underway Monday at Lake Oroville while the fire is still about 10 miles from the reservoir’s power plants and water-supply facilities. State Department of Water Resources spokeswoman Erin Mellon said officials were closely monitoring the blaze. The fire has killed at least 29 people and destroyed the town of Paradise. Spillways at the 770-foot Oroville Dam crumbled and fell away during heavy rains in early 2017, prompting thousands to flee over fears of a possible catastrophic release of water. A $1.1 billion reconstruction project was completed last month.

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