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The most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history ripped through "The Ridge" on NOV 8, 2018 forcing thousands to flee. The wind whipped flames literally destroyed the whole town and this historic covered bridge pictured above (Honey Run Bridge). Rebuilding is slow and ongoing.
elevation: 1708'
population: 4,600
zip code: 95969


pine trees atop of a volcanic ridgeline

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Butte County
E of Chico
on Hwy. 191



  • backpacking
  • biking
  • camping
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • mountain biking
  • wineries
  • Gold Nugget Museum
  • Honey Run Covered Bridge
  • houseboats
  • pioneer cemeteries
  • swimming holes
  • golfing
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Billie Park
  • Plumas National Forest
  • Lake Oroville
  • Lassen National Forest
  • Concow Reservoir
  • Feather River
  • Dogtown Nugget Discovery Site
  • Gold Nugget Museum
  • description:
    Volcanic foothills, minimal residential (2020). Auto services, restaurants. Pine forest w/ river ranches, remote cabins, and forest homes. Rivers and creeks, swimming holes, hiking trails and private time in secluded canyons. Off the beaten path, up the hill from busy downtown Chico.

    nearby towns:
    Berry Creek
    Stirling City
    Butte Meadows

    Dark as Hell: Wildfire like none other

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