The Swedes Fire near Oroville in Butte County is currently burning almost 2,000 acres with 20% containment.

Evacuation orders and warnings have been issued with hundreds of structures being threatened. Over 700 firrefighting personnel are battling the blaze in steep and rugged terrain.

Swedes Fire Updates

  • Last Updated: August 18, 2013 3:45 pm
  • Date/Time Started: August 16, 2013 4:37 pm
  • Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Butte Unit
  • County: Butte County 
  • Location: Swedes Flat Road and Chinese Wall Road, SE of Oroville
  • Acres Burned – Containment: 1,850 acres – 20% contained 
  • Structures Threatened:  400 
  • Structures Destroyed: 1 residential structure, 1 garage, 3 outbuildings and multiple vehicles 
    Evacuations:  Note – Because the spread of this fire is dynamic, the evacuation orders and warning below can change rapidly. Be prepared. Be aware of your surroundings. Evacuate if you feel you are in danger, with or without an order or warning.


Butte County – Warning Evacuations are being issued for Forbestown Road from Lumpkin Road to Old Olive Highway and for all portions of Hurleton Road. All of Hurleton Road, Hurles Circle, Mackey Court, Mather Lane, Hershel Lane, Roosa Way, Romelt Lane, Angel Way, Nice Place, Finlayson Court, Stringtown Road, Diamond Bar Court, Gold View Court, Gloriana Road, Harry Lane, Old Post Drive, Kim Drive, Mountain Oak Road, Empire Point Drive, Lothrop Lane, Maidu Run, Dancing Wind Drive, Summer View Drive, Rebel Lane, Elams Ranch Road, Wicks Way, Lakeview Ridge Road.

Evacuation Orders

Chinese Wall Road, Swedes Flat Road from Chinese Wall Road to Oro Bangor Highway, Fox Lane, Romo Road, Nichols Ranch Road, Spring Creek Road, Cole Lane, Cornett Lane, Mission Crest Drive, Rutherford Lane and the east side of Oro Bangor Highway from Swedes Flat to Mission Crest. All of Hurleton Swedes Flat and all roads that run off it between Swedes Flat and ForbestownRd. Swedes Flat Road from Turkey Creek to Hurlton Swedes Flat Road, Deer Valley Road, Cedarwood Drive, Stoney Oak Loop, Stoney Oak Blvd., Gold Mountain Road, Olive Gaston Booth Road, Olive Obert Drive. An Evacuation Order requires the immediate movement of people out of an affected area due to imminent threat to life.

Evacuation Warnings

All residents that are not covered by the Order above within the boundary of Miners Ranch Road from Oro Bangor Highway to Oroville Quincy Highway (Hwy 162), Oroville Quincy Highway to Forbestown Road, Hurleton Swedes Flat Road to Swedes Flat Road. An Evacuation Warning alerts people in an affected area of potential threat to life and property. 

Road Closures : Swedes Flat Road 
Cause:  Under Investigation
Total Fire Personnel:  709 
Total Fire Engines:  59 
Total Fire crews:  20 
Total Airtankers:  4 
Total Helicopters:  6 
Total Dozers:  14 
Total Water Tenders:  7 


Current Situation: Crews continue to strengthen existing containment lines and build additional containment lines. Shifting and erratic winds and steep and difficult terrain remain a challenge. All evacuation warnings and orders remain in effect.

Evacuation Center:

Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Avenue, Oroville

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group has been activated for assistance with animal evacuations. For assistance with animals contact 530-895-0000.

Animal Shelters:

Small Animals – dogs, cats, birds, and self contained rodents: 2279 Del Oro Avenue, Oroville (Old County Hospital)
Large animals and small livestock – sheep, goats, pigs, horses, llamas, and mules: 1985 Clark Road, Butte Valley (Camelot) 

Phone Numbers  (530) 538-7826 (Public Fire Information Line )