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Wildfire threatens homes near Lake Oroville; now 100% contained

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jun 17 2013 12:28:46 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 17 2013 12:30:45 AM CDT
OROVILLE, Calif. -

Firefighters in Butte County were mopping up Sunday night after a fire near Lake Oroville nearly got out of control.

Dozens of firefighters took to the air and ground late Sunday as a quiet Father's Day quickly turned hectic.

“In the park is where the fire began on the access on Foreman Creek Road,” said CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Mike Brown.

Cal Fire says the blaze started around 5:30 p.m. in the Foreman Creek Recreation Area spreading uphill towards homes in the area.

“It was like...well, it's really close. We have had quite a few scares in the past but nothing this close. It was kind of a shocker,” said Ross Ozanne.

Ozanne has lived off Foreman Creek Road with his parents for his entire life. The approaching flames made for an uneasy evening.

“We had to make sure it wasn't too close and make sure that it was contained,” said Ozanne.

Firefighters rushed to put the blaze out and luckily kept it within the park.

“It ran quickly away from the road where it started and it cast embers and started spotting but with the aircraft and the prompt response the containment came quick,” said Brown.

Cal Fire also told us if the fire had jumped Highway 162 it would have threatened the homes of about 2,000 people in Berry Creek.

“The fire spread uphill pretty quickly but we just contained it within the half hour at about five acres and there are several spot fires that were also contained,” said Brown.

Cal Fire closed the park Sunday night and will reopen it Monday morning after they clean everything up and even though it was a mild day Sunday, fire officials say it doesn't hurt to pay attention.

“Fire season is here and people need to be cautious,” said Brown.

Cal Fire says no one was hurt during the fire and no homes were destroyed but people in the recreation area were sheltered in place.

The fire is now 100% contained.