Over 4K Evacuated As Wildfire Grows In Butte County

Four thousand people have been evacuated as a wildfire in Butte County grows. Cal Fire Captain Amy Head said they have a long road ahead of them. 

"We're doing our best to get our upper hand on it, but we have a lot to contend with, with the weather, and the fuels that are out there are very dry." 

A state of emergency for Butte County has been declared by Governor Brown so that the California National Guard can mobilize and assist with disaster response and relief efforts. So far, the Wall Fire has charred well over 5,600 acres and is just 25 percent contained. Six people have reportedly been injured in the fire and according to Cal Fire 17 structures, including homes, have been destroyed. Another 5,400 structures are under threat by the fast-moving blaze. 

At least 14 wildfires are currently burning across the state, including two major brushfires in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. The Whittier fire continues to burn near Lake Cachuma where that blaze has already burned 7,800 acres and was just 5 percent contained. Twenty structures have been destroyed in that fire. 

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