Chips Fire inches closer to Seneca

The Chips Fire burned another 450 acres to the east of Butte Valley Reservoir on Saturday, bringing the now 44,793 -acre fire closer to Seneca.

Crews spent most of their time in the southeast area of the fire between Red Hill and the reservoir, said Public Information Officer John Nichols. While hand crews and dozers were able to lay more line than expected, the 450-acre growth occurred in a canyon area where expansion outstripped the speed of crews.

Air surveillance and helicopter water drops stayed with the expansion to help hold it back, he said.

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