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.
#ButteIncident [Update] Retardant has been dropped around the communication towers on the Sutter Buttes. Sutter County Fire has requested mutual aid from Cal Fire Nevada Yuba Placer unit to assist on 1000 acre wildland fire in Sutter County. pic.twitter.com/0Yi9vlccJZ
— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) August 1, 2018
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.