CA: BTU or Butte Lightning Complex, July 10

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The Butte lightning complex near Concow and Paradise, California, was moderately active during the night. It still has not crossed the West Branch of the Feather River as of 7 a.m. this morning, which would open the door to the fire moving into Paradise, but it burned intensely in places east of the river. The fire is still just east of Paradise, and about 12 miles north of Oroville. It burned through and around Concow, taking out about 50 houses. Evacuation information for Paradise can be found on the city’s web site. CalFire’s web site for the fire is still broken, due probably to not being able to handle the load.

The map below shows heat, in red, orange, and black, detected by satellites, with the red areas being the most recently burned. The yellow lines are the latest perimeters uploaded by the incident management teams. Click on the map to see a larger version.

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