OROVILLE, Calif. - Firefighters are starting to gain the upper hand on an explosive fire in Butte County that has burned nearly 2000 acres and threatened hundreds of homes.
Sunday night, the fire was is nearly 45-percent contained.
Shifting winds, heavy brush, and steep rugged terrain all posed serious challenges for firefighters.
The dynamic nature of the fire meant evacuation warnings expanded early Sunday evening, keeping many residents on edge
"We've been on pins and needles. But got us out, kids out, animals out," said Shannon Neilson who was evacuating from her home.
Other residents like James Anthony are relieved the fire is no longer a serious threat to their home. He and his wife came face to face with the flames when the fire came within 60 feet of his home. He believes the defensible space around his house and the help of firefighters helped save his home.
"My house is still here and firefighters did a great job. It came right up to my door," said Anthony.
"I heard a 'shhhh.' Everything was 'shsss.' Trees were going up. It sounded like a big growl," said Anthony's wife. "it was so crazy!"
Sunday evening, crews monitored the area around Anthony's home.
Meanwhile, evacuation warnings remained in effect in various areas.
According to CalFire, one firefighter was hurt Sunday in the Swedes Fire, though his injuries are minor.
CalFire hopes to have this fire fully contained by Tuesday.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org