Butte County Calif. April 5, 2019 – – CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire investigators have released the cause of the Wall Fire that destroyed 41 homes and damaged 3 others in southeast Butte County. The blaze was determined to have been started by a defective electrical panel at a residence on Chinese Wall Road north of Bangor.

The Wall Fire was reported July 7, 2017, at 2:52 pm. It ultimately burned 6033 acres and destroyed or damaged another 57 structures before being contained more than a week later, 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.”

No civil or criminal case was filed after review by the Butte County District Attorney. CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department reminds residents to make sure their homes and properties are well maintained.

For more information on defensible space requirements, go to www.ReadyForWildfire.org.