Ridge Area Traffic Controls

Residents of areas impacted by the Camp Fire should prepare for traffic delays. Butte County Department of Public Works anticipates controlled traffic for the next 12 days from Pentz Road to the South Pines area along the Skyway in order for crews to work on damaged guardrails and other roadway repairs. The one-way traffic control is scheduled for the following areas:


*Dog Town Road, north to South Pines. From today through Saturday (Dec. 8th)


*Magalia Dam to Coutolenc Road from this Saturday through Wednesday December 12th


*Pentz Road to Coutolenc Road from Wednesday through Tuesday December 18th


According to the Butte County Wildfire Recovery Joint Information Center, the scheduled traffic control dates are subject to changes based on progress of the repair work.


Redding Carr Fire Firenado Study

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A new study says a rare fire tornado that raged during the deadly fire this summer in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere.

The study in the Geophysical Research Letters journal used satellite and radar data to suggest how a monstrous "firenado" the size of three football fields developed on July 26.

The churning funnel of smoke and flame killed a firefighter. The study, published last month and announced Wednesday, says a key factor was an ice-topped cloud generated by the fire itself.

That cloud stretched the air column and helped create swirling, tornado-strength winds.

The Carr Fire claimed eight lives and more than 1,000 homes in the Redding area north of San Francisco.


Glenn County Threatening Social Media Post Arrest

A threatening social media post puts one Hamilton City teen behind bars. The Glenn County Sheriff's Office received a report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Tuesday about a threatening social media post made this past summer by a 16-year-old Hamilton City student that was recently discovered. Various Glenn County law enforcement agencies searched the juvenile's residence and located multiple air soft firearms, knives and a small sword, but authorities say no real firearms were found. The teen was booked into Juvenile Hall for threats.


Butte County Sheriff's Office Missing and Dead Update

The Butte County Sheriff's Office is reporting that the number of missing persons is now at 10.

The number of accounted for individuals is currently at 3,271.

The number of fatalities is at 85 with 46 of those that have been positively identified.


New Hours for Disaster Recovery Centers in Chico and Oroville

There are New Operating Hours at Disaster Recovery Centers. Starting this Sunday, the Disaster Recovery Centers in Chico and Oroville will be Open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and closed on Sundays.

The recovery centers will still have representatives from local, state, and Federal agencies along with community organizations who will be available to answer questions about disaster assistance.

The Disaster Recover Centers are located at:


The old Sears building at the Chico Mall on East 20th Street and in Oroville at 2140 Feather River Blvd.


Officials also say that the Disaster Recovery Centers in Chico and Oroville will be closed on December 25th and January 1st.


South Pines Zone Also Reopening this Morning

The Butte County Sheriff's Office is also reporting that

the South Pines Zone will be reopened at 10 am this morning.

According to the press release, all roads and areas inside of South Pines Zone will be open to residents. ONLY residents in the South Pines Zone will be able to access their properties from Pentz Rd. Pentz Rd will open to the public and non-residents at 10:00 AM tomorrow. Meanwhile,all other Magalia Zones will need to access their properties by using Skyway Rd from Butte Meadows until 10 am Tomorrow.


Zones 3, 8, and 14 in the Town of Paradise Evacuation Orders Lifted for Residents

The Butte County Sheriff's Office and the Town of Paradise has announced that as of 10:00 this morning the evacuation orders in the following zones located within the Town of Paradise will be lifted to residents and property owners. Access for the first 24 hours, after the evacuation orders are lifted, will be restricted to only residents and property owners. Officials say residents will be required to show identification or proof of residency to access these areas. The restrictions for non-residents will be lifted tomorrow (Thursday).


The zones scheduled for repopulation include.....


Zone 3 - Pentz Road south of the intersection of Pentz Road/Skyway to the intersection of Pentz Road/Bille Road and all of the associated peripheral roadways feeding off this northern section of Pentz Road.


Zone 8 - Pentz Road south of the Pentz Road/Bille Road intersection to the Pentz Road/Pearson Road intersection and all of the associated peripheral roadways feeding off this central section of Pentz Road.


Zone 14 - Pentz Road south of the intersection of Pentz Road/Pearson Road to the southern town limits just south of Malibu Drive.


Residential and commercial properties along the Pentz Road corridor in zones 3, 8, and 14 may be identified through the Town of Paradise website:


Tehama County Man Arrested for Shooting at Mother and Step Father

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office received a call from 63-year-old Gina Bird after 6:30 Sunday morning reporting that her son, Steven Irvine, Jr. had allegedly been randomly shooting a firearm around her residence in Campbellsville. Bird and her husband reportedly fled the residence in their car after Irvine reportedly started to shoot at them. Deputies met the couple at the Cohasset Store where they found bullet holes in their vehicle. Authorities say the two were unharmed. The couple told authorities that Irvine had allegedly been drinking all night and using either cocaine or methamphetamine.

The SWAT Team arrived to the property and Irvine was found in the bathroom and arrested without incident. According to a Tehama County Sheriff's Office press release, he was charged with attempted murder, shooting in a gross negligent manner, and criminal threats.

During a search of the residence deputies reportedly found 26 firearms and several high capacity magazines. Detectives are still going over the evidence, but the sheriff's office is anticipating filing additional charges with the Tehama County District Attorney's Office.


Jon and Bon's Armed Robbery Suspect Caught By Chico Police

Chico Police Detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Jeromy Waybright as he was leaving his residence after 8:30 Monday morning. This after officers received information that Waybright, an employee of Jon and Bon's on Mangrove, was a possible the suspect. As Waybright was being detained detectives reportedly discovered a handgun in the vehicle which was reported stolen during a residential burglary in Chico. According to a Chico Police Department press release, detectives also found further evidence in his vehicle and at his residence allegedly linking Waybright to the robbery.


Meeting for Camp Fire Survivors in Oroville

A meeting for Camp Fire survivors is set for tonight at 6:30 at the Southside Community Center in Oroville. The meeting is expected to feature officials from Butte County and the Town of Paradise and other agencies to update people on recovery efforts. That meeting begins 6:30 at the Southside Community Center on Lower Wyandotte Road in Oroville. 


Concow Zone B Re-entry This Morning

The Butte County Sheriff's Office is reporting that the Concow B Zone evacuation order will be reduced to a warning today. Beginning at 9 am this morning all roads in that zone will be open to residents in order to access their properties. The Sheriff's Office says residents will have to show identification or proof of residency.

Authorities are saying that services are very limited in the area and that residents are encouraged to have enough food, water, and fuel for their vehicles.

At 9 am Wednesday the zone will be open to non-residents.

Residents are advised to review information before visiting their property at


Preparations for Paradise Homeowners and Business Owner for Re-entry

Butte County officials are advising Paradise residents and business owners to begin preparations prior to re-entry.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office and Paradise Police Department are establishing an orderly re-entry process controlled by entry points to ensure that only residents and property owners are allowed initial access.

Multiple local, state, and federal agencies, contractors, and utility providers are also are working to reduce risks for home and business owners when they return to their property.

Re-entry will be phased in based on established evacuation zones which can be seen on map at


Concow Zones Evacuation Orders Lifted

Evacuation orders for various Concow area Zones have been lifted. The evacuation orders were lifted for the following Zones at Noon Sunday for residents only. Residents will need to show identification or proof of residency to access these areas.


Concow A Zone

All roads will be open in that zone except for north on Jordan Hill Road from Granite Ridge Road as well as northbound on Concow Road at Crain Ridge Road.


Concow C Zone


Concow D Zone


Yankee Hill Zone

All roads will be open in that zone except for Rim Road northbound at Crain Ridge Road. Residents can access their properties in the Yankee Hill Zone by Highway 70 and Concow Road.


Residents are advised not to use generators to power structures due to the potential back feeding of electrical lines.


Restrictions for non-residents in these zones will be lifted at Noon today.


According to the Sheriff's Office, Concow B Zone is still under an evacuation order.


Magalia Area Zones That Have Re-Opened

Evacuation orders for various Magalia area Zones have been lifted. The evacuation orders were lifted for the following Zones at Noon Sunday for residents only.


The South Coutolenc Zone


North Pines Zone


South Firhaven Zone


Old Magalia Zone


Residents will need to show identification or proof of residency to access these areas.

All roads in those zones will be open to residents only until noon today then, at that time, the restrictions for non-residents in those zones will be lifted.

Residents can access their properties in these Zones by using the Skyway from Butte Meadows.

No traffic will be allowed into the Town of Paradise. Pentz Road will be closed southbound at the intersection of the Skyway and Lower Old Skyway Road. The Skyway will also remain closed to westbound traffic at Pentz Road.


Chico DUI, Hit and Run, and Attempted Assault with a Deadly Weapon

A man is arrested after attempting to run over a pedestrian. A witness reported to Chico Police around 1 Saturday morning that a driver of Chevy Silverado pickup had allegedly struck his vehicle and six other parked vehicles in a subdivision of West Eaton Road. Police say the driver of the suspected vehicle then turned toward the victim and allegedly drove towards him. The victim was able to get out of the way and was not harmed. A CHP officer later located the vehicle abandoned behind a restaurant on the Esplanade. Officers searched the area and found the suspsect running toward the PDQ Market on Eaton Road and the Esplanade. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the suspect, identified as 48-year-old James Rose was arrested for attempted assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run, and D-U-I.

Anyone with information related to this incident or anyone who may have incurred damage as a result of Rose's actions, are being asked to call the Chico Police Department at 897-4910.


Deputy Body Cam Footage of Camp Fire Released

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California sheriff's office released harrowing body camera footage of a deputy who was nearly overrun by flames as he helped with evacuations the night the deadly Camp Fire swept through Paradise.

Butte County Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Parmley was searching for a group of stranded nurses when he was forced to abandon his vehicle and continue the search on foot surrounded by flames.

As smoke blackened the sky, Parmley activated his body camera thinking it would capture the last moments of his life. He found the nurses and they set off on foot on the ember-lined road.

The deputy spotted a bulldozer in the distance, used his flashlight to flag down it down, and the driver took them to safety.


Butte County Sheriff's Office Flash Flooding Evacuation Orders and Warnings

Heavy rains causing flooding in parts of Butte County prompted authorities to call for evacuation orders and warnings...those orders and warnings according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office are still in affect.


An evacuation order was issued for Esquon Road from Mesa north to the end of Esquon including Garden Road over to 1624 Garden Road


Evacuation Orders were also issued Thursday for Honey Run Road from the 200 block of Skyway including Horse Run Lane.


And....all roads off of Honey Run Road including Centerville Road from Honey Run up to Harris Hills Road and all roads off Centerville.



The Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley is open for those who have been evacuated due to the flash floods. They say there is also room for small and large animals.




Evacution Warnings were issued Thursday for the area of Centerville Raod from Harris Hills Road north to Nimshew Road.


Areas of Hagen Lane at the north, south to Highway 162 and the Sacramento River east of Highway 99.


And....for the Hamlin Canyon and Lower Neal Zones.


The residents under the evacuation warning are asked to shelter in place.


Road Closures due to Flooding



An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the Hamlin Canyon and Lower Neal Zones due to Flooding 


The Butte County Sherrrif has issued Road Closures due to Flooding


Neal Rd @ Oro Chico Hwy

Hwy 99 @ Durham Dayton Hwy

Hwy 99 @ Estates Dr

Skyway @ Notre Dame Blvd

Midway @ Durham Dayton Hwy

Honeyrun Rd @ Centerville Rd


Evac Warnings South and East Chico

Evacuation Warnings have been issued fort areas South of Hegan Lane to Hwy 162 and the Sacramento River East to Hwy 99   


Notre Dame at Forest Ave Chico Traffic

Chico PD Reporting Traffic at Notre Dame Blvd at Forest Avenue being diverted SouthBound 

due to roadway flooding 


Also CODE RED Alert for FLASH FLOOD WARNING for the areas of Bruce Rd from Chico Canyon 

Road to the Skyway 


and NB 99 Onramp at Skyway is blocked due to Traffic conditions 


EVACUATION ORDER for Honeyrun to Skyway due to Flooding

An Evacuation Order has been issued for those livning on Honeyrun Road from 200 Honey Run to the Skyway including Horse Lane due to Flooding 



The National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD WARNING for areas impacted by the

CAMP FIRE  as well as Roadways and areas prone to flooding thru 3pm Thursday Nov 29 






Roadway flooding has backed up traffic on Highway 99 in the south Chico area. We're getting reports of slowdowns in the Durham Pentz area to Estates Drive. There are also reports of slow downs on the Skyway near Honey Run Road. Officer Logan Callahad with the Highway Patrol says they're marshalling all units to deal wit6h the situation.


(photos 112918, 12:50pm, Hwy 99 south of Neal road exit, South Chico)














Paradise Town Manager Lauren Gill joins the KPAY Morning News


Paradise Town Manager Joins the KPAY Morning News to discuss the road to recovery and the first steps for the Rebuild Efforts .  Plus talks about the Town Hall Meeting planned for Thursday Night 7p at the Performing Arts Center at PV High School in Chico. 


listen to the conversation at KPAY.COM  under Podcasts/Morning Show 


Chico Robbery and Shooting Death Investigation

Police are investigating a robbery and a shooting death in downtown Chico. On November 17th officers arrived to the 11 hundred block of West 2nd Street where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound in a parking lot. The man, identified as 28-year-old Christopher Qualls was transported to the hospital were he was pronounced dead.

According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers learned that there had been a disturbance inside of a nearby apartment. Tenants told officers that during an alleged robbery that one of the suspects was shot by a resident. A second suspect reportedly fled the scene and is still at-large.

The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.


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