Containment of Butte County 'Wall Fire' grows to 95%

Although more than 6,000 acres have been affected, Cal Fire is reporting that 75 percent of the fire has been contained.

Crews have increased containment of a major Northern California wildfire that sent thousands fleeing homes over the weekend.

Officials on Friday downgraded the number of structures threatened by the fire near Oroville from several thousand to roughly 600. Evacuees are slowly returning to their homes. At least 41 homes and 55 other buildings have been destroyed.

The blaze in the grassy foothills of the Sierra Nevada has burned nearly 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) and injured four firefighters. It's 95 percent contained.

A small wildfire east of San Jose has destroyed three homes and forced evacuations. It's 50 percent contained.

At least 3,500 people remain out of their homes from a pair of blazes in Santa Barbara County and officials have not said when the evacuation orders might be lifted.  

The following roads are currently under an evacuation order:

  • All roads/areas north and south of Forbestown Rd. from the intersection of Highway 162 at Hurleton Swedes Flat Rd.  
  • All roads/areas west of Forbestown Rd. at Hurleton Swedes Flat Rd. including Hurleton Swedes Flat Rd. south from Forbestown.
  • All roads/areas east of Miners Ranch Rd. from Hwy. 162 to Oro Bangor Hwy.
  • All roads/areas east of Oro Bangor Hwy. from Miners Ranch Rd. to Avocado Rd.
  • All roads/areas east of Oro Bangor Hwy. from Miners Ranch Rd. to Avocado Rd.
  • All roads/areas west of Oro Bangor Hwy. from Swedes Flat Rd. to Avocado Rd.
  • All roads/areas west of Robinson Mill Rd. from Swedes flat Rd. to Upham Rd.
  • All roads/areas west of Upham Rd. from Swedes Flat Rd. to La Porte Rd.

The following roads are currently under an evacuation warning:

  • Areas north of Forbestown Rd. at Hurleton Swedes Flat Rd. east to Robinson Mill Rd. This includes the Hurles Circle Rd. area.
  • Areas east of Forbestown Rd. at Hurleton Swedes Flat Rd. not including Hurleton Swedes Flat Rd. south from Forbestown Rd.
  • Areas south of Forbestown Rd. at Hurleton Swedes Flat Rd. to Robinson Mill Rd.
  • Areas north of Robinson Mill Rd. between Swedes Flat Rd. to Forbestown Rd.

The blaze began at Chinese Wall Road, five miles north of Bangor.

PHOTOS: Butte County 'Wall Fire'

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