A-D re­porter evac­u­ates Chico; now safe

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - CAMP FIRE -

Noth­ing com­pares to the dev­as­ta­tion at the heart of the Camp Fire, but the scope was tremen­dous, too. Fire spread right up to the edge of Chico.

Ap­peal-demo­crat re­porter Ruby Lar­son and her boyfriend, dog and cat evac­u­ated from their Nord Av­enue, Chico apart­ment Thurs­day night as a pre­cau­tion. Her neigh­bors were also pack­ing up.

She said all day Thurs­day the street­lights were on be­cause the sky was so dark, and win­dows had to be closed be­cause of the smoke. Gas sta­tion lines were backed up to the main streets and dur­ing their two-and-a-half hour drive to Red­ding, at times they were trav­el­ing at only 5 mph.

“It was con­cern­ing how fast it started, I couldn’t be­lieve it made it so far,” Lar­son said Fri­day.

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