Sacto 9-1-1
August 20, 2013
Update: Butte County fire 75% contained; American Fire rages on

Firefighters in Butte County are making headway in the Swedes Fire, which is now 75 percent contained.

The Swedes Fire, burning southeast of Oroville, has charred 2,139 acres. About 1,500 firefighter personnel from local, state and federal agencies are taming the flames. All evacuation orders have been lifted, according to Cal Fire.

Near Foresthill, the American Fire continues to rage on, reaching 53 percent containment overnight. The fire now straddles 14,822 acres on extreme slopes and other rugged terrain. More than 1,800 firefighters are battling the flames. Officials expect full containment by Sept. 1.

Meanwhile, the smaller Rim Fire has closed an eight-mile stretch of Highway 120, the major gateway into Yosemite National Park. So far, the fire has burned 4,400 acres.

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