A quick response by Butte County fire crews contained a wildfire that burned seven acres in Butte Creek Canyon Thursday afternoon.
The fire was reported around 4:30 on Honey Run Road near Centerville Road. The flames threatened homes just southwest of Paradise.
Firefighters said Butte Creek Canyon is a dangerous spot for wildfires because they can spread very quickly with the canyon winds and dry fuels, and can cause serious damage.
More than 40 firefighters responded because fires in this area can quickly get out of hand.
“It was burning up slope at a rapid rate of spread because of the dry conditions and the winds in the canyon,” said Mary Ann Aldrich with Butte County CAL FIRE.
The California Highway Patrol closed Honey Run Road, delaying residents who were on their way home to enjoy their 4th of July holiday.
“Sure I would like to able to motor right home but they are doing their jobs and they will let us through when it's safe,” said Honey Run Road resident Jerry Knight.
Forty-five firefighters, eight engines, two dozers and three aircraft worked to stop the fire at seven acres. Firefighters said with the hot, dry conditions the fire could have grown to 100 acres and was heading towards Paradise.
“It would have kept going up the canyon,” said Aldrich.
Aldrich said Butte Creek Canyon acts like a wind tunnel under the right conditions, and with dry fuels everywhere they had to act quickly.
“That's pretty phenomenal given the conditions that we are working with now because of the drought and the severe dry conditions,” said Aldrich.
Fire experts said these conditions are what we what they would usually expect to see in August. Officials said they're worried about fireworks going off for the 4th of July.
It's illegal to shoot fireworks in most parts of Butte County. The fire is under investigation. No one was hurt and no structures were damaged.