Deadly Butte County wildfire grows to 113,000 acres as SF remains smoky

The deadly Butte County wildfire continued to scorch land overnight after devastating towns over the weekend and claiming 29 lives as of Sunday evening.

Cal Fire in Butte County said Monday morning that the Camp Fire had grown to 113,000 acres — up 4,000 from Sunday morning — while remaining 25 percent contained in the area of the Jarbo Gap, which is northeast of Paradise.

The number of homes destroyed remained at 6,453 as firefighters worked overnight to hold perimeter lines and protect structures, according to Cal Fire.

Strong northeast winds were expected to continue through Monday morning, but firefighters are prepared in case the wind shifts, Cal Fire said.

The fire has blown smoke throughout the Bay Area since it started last Thursday.

Smoky conditions are expected to impact air quality in the region at least through Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service Bay Area said Monday morning.

The air quality in San Francisco remained unhealthy on Monday morning, the Department of Emergency Management said. Emergency officials urged the public to close doors and windows.

Cal Fire does not expect full containment over the fire until the end of the month.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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