Fire crews battling a Northern California blaze that leveled a town and killed at least 48 people made gains overnight and prevented the blaze from advancing toward a town of 19,000 people.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday that firefighters held containment lines to slow the wildfire's advance toward Oroville.

Officials say more than 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that destroyed the town of Paradise and has charred 130,000 acres since it started Thursday. The blaze is 35% contained.

Milder winds of up to 25 mph (40 kph) are expected in the area Tuesday. But fire behavior specialist at Cal Fire Jonathan Pangburn says the there's plenty of bone dry vegetation ready to burn "really fast and hot."

The wildfire has destroyed more than 6,500 homes and displaced 52,000 people.

CAL FIRE says about 260 commercial buildings are reported destroyed, and 32 are damaged. 

CAL FIRE says it expects to fully contain the fire by November 30th. 

An official cause remains under investigation.

More than 5,100 personnel are fighting the fire, including 622 engines and 21 helicopters. 

Butte County Sheriff say they've arrested several people caught looting as well. Those arrests can be found below.


The Salvation Army is collecting monetary donations for fire victims. 

The Salvation Army will utilize the funds to provide ongoing and future assistance in the Butte County area. To give, visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). 

Donations by mail can be sent to: 

The Salvation Army 
PO Box 348000 
Sacramento, CA 95834

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)