North Complex Fire resurges, causes new evacuations in Butte County

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The entire town of Paradise is once again under evacuation warnings as the North Complex Fires started to resurge Sunday night, more than a month after the fires first began.

New evacuation orders were issued for several areas including Magalia, Pulga, Big Bend, Yankee Hill and Concow, although some of those orders have since been reduced to warnings.

The North Complex Fires tore through the small town of Berry Creek and threatened the nearby communities of Paradise, Magalia and Concow, all of which were decimated by the Camp Fire in Nov. 2018, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.

The new evacuations were triggered by high fire danger due to strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity. The high winds tested the containment lines along the western edge of the fire, although CAL FIRE says those lines have held.

“Firefighters continue to aggressively mop up hotspots within the fire perimeter to prevent any chance of embers or debris crossing the fire line,” said CAL FIRE in an update Monday morning.

Those conditions are expected to continue through the day Monday.

The North Complex Fire, burning in Butte and Plumas counties, started Aug. 18 and has burned over 306,000 acres and is 78 percent contained.