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California blaze chars more than 3,500 acres; growth apparently stopped

by Dan Reidel, Chico Enterprise-Record |

OROVILLE, Calif. — The Thompson Fire cin Northern California ontinues to burn, but Cal Fire reported around 6:30 a.m. Thursday that it had not grown overnight.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

Just four structures have been counted destroyed in the 3,568 acres fire, but more may be found damaged after firefighters contain the blaze and begin mop-up operations. The fire agency reports that 12,180 structures are still threatened.

According the Cal Fire’s incident report, the fire is 7 percent contained and four firefighters have been injured. There have been no fatalities reported.

“Over the past 12 hours there has been no change in the noted acreage, but today we are expecting high temperatures which increases the chances for fire growth,” the incident report said Thursday morning. “Firefighters on the line will continue to remain hydrated and ready in the event the fire activity increases.”

The National Weather Service in Sacramento reported that Wednesday’s red flag warning had expired, but extreme heat risk with increased fire risk continues through Sunday.

Temperatures in Oroville are expected to reach 110 degrees Thursday, and rise to 113 and 114 degrees Friday and Saturday, respectively, the weather service said.

Cal Fire said the are 1,962 total personnel fighting the fire. That includes 214 engines, 43 water trucks, 20 helicopters, 46 bulldozers and 37 hand crews.