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Swedes Fire command center set up, evacuees are optimistic

Published On: Aug 18 2013 08:13:23 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 19 2013 01:53:12 AM CDT
BANGOR, Calif. -

There are new challenges for fire officials on day three of the "Swedes Fire", burning in Butte County.

"This incident, as most incidents, are very dynamic. It's constantly changing," said Butte County CAL FIRE Captain Scott McLean. "We're looking at the terrain, vegetation, and we're also looking at the winds. The winds are playing a big factor in this firefight."

Folks living southeast of Oroville, in the Bangor area, are just waiting to see what happens.

"We've been pretty much sticking around. We're watching the fire and all the action," said Swedes Flat Road resident Mark Cheek.

New fire incident management posts have been set up. At the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, every decision of the operation is accounted for.

"It's a base. We're building a city. We're dealing with the finance aspects directly related to this incident. In terms of logistical support, we're getting supplies here," said McLean.

With the constant changes on the front lines, evacuation orders and warnings are in effect to keep people ahead of dangerous situations. Fire crews are trying to eliminate the crowds, as well.

"Get out of harms way," McLean said. "Just think, if they stay within those areas, we have to take care of them as well as fight the fire. So it's two-fold."

Rhonda Cheek, a Swedes Flat Road resident, realizes the severity of the situation.

"They've got so many fire department and rescue vehicles down there that we can't get in," said Cheek. "We'd just be in the way."

With minimal containment, but maximum effort on the part of fire crews and emergency personnel, both Mark and Rhonda Cheek are remaining optimistic.

"I've seen a lot of men working," said Mark Cheek. "Hopefully we'll get this fire out soon. Get back into our home."

Stay with KRCR News Channel 7 for the latest updates and evacuation orders.