16 homes destroyed or damaged in California's Apache fire

The Apache Fire near Palermo, Butte County, California burned nearly 500 acres on Monday, June 24, 2024 and prompted evacuation orders. The operation began around 7 p.m. near Apache Hill Road.

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More than a dozen single-family homes were burned this week by the Apache Fire, which burned near Palermo in Butte County, officials said.

According to Cal Fire, 14 homes were destroyed and two more were damaged as a result of the wildfire that started Monday. Firefighters said Wednesday evening that 405 other structures remained threatened and that a total of four firefighters were injured while working to bring the wildfire under control.

As of Thursday morning, firefighters had managed to contain the fire to 75% and crews were working to completely extinguish it by the end of the day, officials said.

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According to Rick Carhart, spokesman for the Cal Fire Butte unit, crews saw no new areas of concern overnight and the unit is confident the fire will not spread beyond the 691 acres. already charred.

Carhart said resources from the Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado unit and area municipal fire departments were a big help to Butte crews.

Camila Pedrosa is a summer reporting intern at the Sacramento Bee. She grew up in Davis and is attending Arizona State University, where she is working on her master's degree in mass communications. She has previously interned at other Arizona media outlets, including The Arizona Republic.

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