Update: California DWR says Camp Fire no threat to Oroville Dam

The California Department of Water Resources issued a press release Nov. 13 saying there is no threat to Oroville Dam from the Camp Fire and it is “taking precautionary measures … to ensure the safety of other water infrastructure including power plants and power lines.

DWR said the Oroville spillways and Thermalito construction operations have been shut down and DWR’s precautionary measures include wetting down the potentially at-risk areas with water trucks, placing backup generators at key facilities in Oroville Field Division for the possibility of a power outage or loss of the powerlines due to the fires, and creating staffing plans to continue managing State Water Project operations remotely if Oroville Field Division staff and facilities are evacuated.

“Our sympathies are with those impacted by the Camp Fire, particularly those who have lost their homes and loved ones,” DWR said in a release.

DWR said it is in close communication with Cal Fire, OES and local emergency manager to track the status of this dynamic situation.

As previously reported on Nov. 13:

The Camp Fire wildfire currently burning in Butte County, California, has killed 42 people, making it the “deadliest wildfire in California history.”

The blaze ignited the morning of Nov. 8 in the Feather River Canyon and was 30% contained as of the evening of Nov. 12. Cal Fire reports the fire is expected to be fully contained on Nov. 30.

At least 7,102 structures have been destroyed by the fire, including 6,453 homes and 260 commercial buildings.

This fire comes just two months after the Ranch Fire, which in mid-August 2018 had burned nearly 300,000 acres.

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