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New forest fire causes immediate evacuations in Butte County

A wildfire ignited Tuesday in Butte County and caused a compulsory evacuation order for residents.

The blaze, dubbed the Fourteenth Fire, broke out just after noon near Grand Avenue and 14th Street in the community of Thermalito, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.

By 12:15 p.m., authorities had issued urgent orders telling residents to leave.

“The structures are currently under threat at this time,” said the Butte County unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, noting that the blaze had reached about 25 acres in less than an hour.

The evacuation order applies to residents on 14th Street between Grand Avenue and Tehama Avenue, the sheriff’s office said, and on Tehama Avenue from 12th to 16th Street. The map will be updated on the ministry’s website.

An image of the incipient blaze captured by PG&E cameras showed a huge plume of black smoke rising into the air.

It was not immediately clear how many houses or people were threatened by the fire.

A much larger fire, the Dixie Fire, is already burning in Butte County.

Tuesday’s blaze spanned more than 60,000 acres and was only 15% contained.

This is a developing story.

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