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CAL FIRE contains early morning fire near Highway 99

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CHICO, Calif. -A homeless camp fire broke out along Highway 99 in South Chico. The call for the fire came in around 3 a.m. as a vegetation fire near 99 near the end of Entler Avenue.

Butte CAL FIRE, Chico Fire, and Durham Fire responded, and crews found a homeless camp engulfed in flames.

The fire was at 100 by 100 feet, and crews were able to knock out the flames in under 20 minutes. The camp was beside Comanche Creek.

Firefighters said no one was at the camp when they arrived, and no injuries were reported. At least one tent was destroyed, and fire crews had to use hand tools and hoses to clear up vegetation and eliminate hot spots so nothing would reignite.

Highway 99 was partially closed southbound for two hours but reopened around 5 a.m. when fire crews were finished.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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