Wildfire Threatens Homes, Communication Towers near Sutter Buttes

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SUTTER COUNTY -- Several fire agencies are battling a wildfire as it threatens homes, several gas wells and communications towers.

Cal Fire reports the Butte Fire broke out just after 5 p.m. at West Butte and Pass roads near the Sutter Buttes.

As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, Cal Fire said the wildfire was between 1,500 and 1,800 acres. It was 40 percent contained.

Helicopter crews worked quickly to get ahead of the flames threatening four homes and some livestock. But residents were only advised to evacuate.

Crews focused at the peak of the hilltop and an area vital to the area's communication.

"That is the communication tower area. So what’s up there is a lot of communication towers," said Lynn Tolmachoff with Cal Fire. "It’s very critical to the infrastructure of the communications within the central valley here. The Sutter Buttes kind of is that high spot in the middle of this flat valley. So it's very critical that these towers stay intact and keep power to them."

Stay with FOX40 as a reporter heads to the scene.

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