Fire in Upper Bidwell Park Grows to 600 Acres with 25 Percent Containment

Photo: Chico Fire Department

A vegetation fire erupted in Chico’s Upper Bidwell Park Thursday night, growing to 600 acres by Friday morning. As of 9 am Friday, the fire currently sits at 25 percent containment.

Smoke filled the air of Chico as the Park Fire continues to burn near the North Rim Trail. It is believe to have started near the popular swimming hole Bear Hole. The Chico Police Department announced that currently no homes are under evacuation, but residents in north Chico should stay prepared in case the situation worsens. Multiple agencies will work round the clock until the fire is contained, including Chico and Magalia Fire Departments. Calfire Aircraft be flying this morning to assist in further containment.

Bidwell Park is a 3,670-acre outdoor utopia sitting on the northeast side of Chico. The park is known for its swimming holes, hiking and mountain biking trails and disc golf course. The Park Fire has currently burned 18 percent of the park, likely closing Upper Bidwell Park for at least the next few days.

We will continue to report on the situation as more information is made available.

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