Wildfire Prompts Evacuation Orders for Rural Community in Northern California

Improved weather conditions are aiding firefighters in their efforts to combat a wildfire threatening the rural community of Palermo in northern California. The town is located near Paradise, the site of California’s deadliest wildfire six years ago.

The fire, named the Apache Fire, spread over about 1 square mile (2.6 square kilometers) on Monday evening. However, it remained static overnight, and containment reached 15%, according to Capt. Dan Collins of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

“Wind conditions have improved, and the marine air has brought some cooling, making conditions favorable for us this morning,” said Collins. An early start to aircraft operations was requested to help in the firefighting efforts.

The cause of the Apache Fire is still under investigation. Evacuation orders are in effect for several areas, though the number of affected residents is currently unknown. Two structures have been destroyed, and one firefighter sustained a minor injury.

Palermo, with a population of approximately 9,400 as of the 2020 census, is about 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of Sacramento. It is part of Butte County, which also includes Paradise, where the 2018 wildfire claimed 85 lives and destroyed 11,000 homes.

Improved weather conditions are proving beneficial in the battle against the wildfire, but the community remains on high alert as firefighters work to contain the blaze and protect residents and property.

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