CAL FIRE releases cause of 2017 Wall Fire

CAL FIRE investigators have released the cause of the Wall Fire, which destroyed 41 homes in southeast Butte County in 2017.

Posted: Apr 5, 2019 1:42 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2019 4:59 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. -CAL FIRE investigators have released the cause of the Wall Fire, which destroyed 41 homes in southeast Butte County in 2017.

The fire was determined to have been started by a defective electrical panel at a home on Chinese Wall Road, north of Bangor. 

The Wall Fire was first reported on July 7, 2017. It ultimately burned 6,033 acres and destroyed or damaged another 57 structures before being contained on July 15. 

“The Wall Fire was the first of four major destructive fires in Butte County in 2017,” said Unit Chief David Hawks. “We hope valuable lessons were learned by this fire and remind residents to keep electrical and other ignition sources in good repair and clear of flammable materials and vegetation.”

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