41 Homes Destroyed in Wall Fire, Containment Grows

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BUTTE COUNTY -- At least 41 homes have been destroyed by the Wall Fire, state fire officials said Tuesday.

Fire crews are battling the wildfire, which sparked near Chinese Wall Road in Oroville, five miles north of Bangor in Butte County.

As of Wednesday morning, 1,681 personnel were working to fight the flames of the Wall Fire, which has spread to 5,800 acres and is 60 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Three firefighters were injured as a result of the extreme temperatures and another firefighter sustained burn injuries. Cal Fire estimates that 5,400 structures in the area are threatened.

Officials believe the fire could be contained by July 15.

Sharon Reitan lost her home in the fire.

"You kind of just shut down -- almost don't even want to think about it, but like, just got to figure out the starting point of where to start over at," Reitan said.

Cal Fire assessors are surveying the area to determine exactly how many homes burned. It appears the numbers could increase dramatically.  Masny of the homes destroyed Saturday night and Sunday morning were along Crest View Drive.

Cal Fire has released a list of evacuation orders and evacuation warnings. Law enforcement will not allow anyone into the evacuated areas. Over 4,000 people have been forced to evacuate.

The Red Cross' list of items to take if you're evacuating.

Road blocks have been set up for Highway 162, Lumpkin Road and (Upper) Black Bart Road all at Forbestown Road. Highway 162 is also closed at Miners Ranch Road. Oro Bangor Highway at Avocado and Miners Ranch roads is closed off.  Swedes Flat Road at Robinson Mill Road has been blocked off.

Butte County Sheriff has reported law enforcement agencies are not giving out "travel passes" to allow access to closed roads.

An evacuation center has been set up at the Church of Nazarene on 2238 Monte Vista Ave. Small animals can be taken to the Old County Hospital on 2279 Del Oro Road, Suite E. Owners may take large animals to Camelot Equestrian Park at 1985 Clark Road. To contact the animal rescue helpline call 530-895-0000.

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