Cal Fire: Five Small Fires Combined to Create Saddle Fire

BUTTE COUNTY -- Residents near Paradise are living through thick smoke, as the Saddle Fire continues to grow.

According to Cal Fire, five small fires along Pentz Road combined to make the Saddle Fire.

This forced residents like Brian Heinz to spend their Labor Day scrambling to save their valuables, instead of relaxing.

"It came fast, real fast," Heinz said.

Evacuation orders have been declared for those who live along Pentz Road from Malibu Drive to Missilla Valley Road and all roads connecting to Pentz Road. Concow Road from Highway 70 to and including Jordan Hill Road, Granite Ridge Road and Deadwood Road, Pinkston Canyon Road and all roads leading off of Pinkston Canton Road and Nelson Bar Road.

An evacuation shelter has been set up at Neighborhood Church off Notre Dame Boulevard in Chico.

A large area North of Lake Oroville burned Monday. Tuesday, the fire has shifted south of the lake, where the topography is even more difficult for firefighters.

"Your topography is very steep, your vegetation is extremely dry, we're looking at mid-90s today with humidity going into mid- to lower-teens," Battalion Chief Scott McLean of Cal Fire said.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. It had spread to 840 acres and was 10 percent contained Tuesday.