New wildfire spurs immediate mandatory evacuations in Butte County

A vegetation fire ignited in Butte County on Tuesday and spurred an almost immediate mandatory evacuation order for nearby residents.

The fire, dubbed the Fourteenth fire, ignited just after noon near Grand Avenue and 14th Street in the community of Thermalito, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.

By 12:15 p.m., officials had issued urgent orders telling residents to to leave.

“Structures are currently threatened at this time,” the Butte County Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, noting that the fire had grown to about 25 acres in less than an hour.

The evacuation order applies to residents on 14th Street between Grand Avenue and Tehama Avenue, the Sheriff’s Office said, and on Tehama Avenue from 12th to 16th streets. The map will be updated on the department’s website.

An image of the burgeoning fire captured by PG&E cameras showed a massive plume of black smoke rising into the air.

It was not immediately clear how many homes or people were threatened by fire.

A much larger fire, the Dixie fire, is already burning in Butte County.

That blaze on Tuesday was at more than 60,000 acres and only 15% contained.

This is a developing story.

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