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Explosive Butte County fire kills 3; Thousands flee as Paradise threatened again; 12 still listed as missing; Explosive blaze kills three in Butte County, destroys 2,000 structures

Sep 10, 2020 - The San Francisco Chronicle

GRIDLEY, Butte County - An explosive wildfire tore across Butte County Wednesday, killing three people, chasing thousands from their homes and threatening Paradise, a town devastated two years ago by wind-fueled flames.

High winds and dry vegetation fueled the North Complex fires, which raced toward Oroville, growing by an estimated 230,000 acres in a 24-hour period in the Plumas National Forest, officials said Wednesday.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed the deaths at a Wedn...