OROVILLE — Fire crews are fighting a grass fire in Oroville near Cherokee Road.
The fire started around 9 p.m. Sunday night and by Monday it had reached 7,500 acres and was 20 percent contained.
High winds recorded from 40-50 mph are contributing to the fast spread of the fire.
The fire has burned down to Highway 70. Highway 70 is closed from Highway 49 to Table Mountain over crossing.
Authorities released evacuation orders for Red Tape Road west to the Sand Mine, for the west side of Cherokee Road, from Red Tape Road south to Derrick Road and Nelson Avenue from the bridge over the Forebay west to Wilbur Road. Evacuation warnings for Nelson Avenue and Wilbur Road were lifted Monday morning.
An evacuation center, staffed with Red Cross, has been opened at the Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Avenue Oroville.
Large animals can be taken to Camelot Equestrian Park on Clark Road.
Stay with FOX40 for updates on this fire.
#CherorkeeFire [Update] Fire has burned down to Hwy 70, Hwy 70 closed from Hwy 49 So to Table Mtn. over crossing. Fire 800 acres.
— CAL FIRE Butte Unit/Butte County Fire Department (@CALFIRE_ButteCo) October 9, 2017