By Sunday, hundreds of Camp Fire evacuees, with their few belongings and mementos, their children and their pets will be forced to leave the Walmart parking lot at Chico. The portable bathrooms will be removed, the tables for food and water will be packed up, and the tents ordered to be dismantled.
According to the Sacramento Bee, a handwritten sign posted by local volunteers and Butte County officials stated people can move to the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley where indoor shelter space run by the American Red Cross is being made available.
“We understand that our parking lots are not a viable long-term housing solution and are working closely with the American Red Cross, the county and local organizations to best preserve the health and safety of those impacted by the Camp Fire,” stated Tiffany Wilson in an emailed statement from Walmart.
“On Wednesday we transferred 29 animals from the Camp Fire area to the SF SPCA. Their injuries range from mild to severe burns, and they’re receiving treatment at our hospital. We haven’t been able to find the owners for most of these pets. Please help us by sharing this album! If you believe one of these animals is yours, call us at 415-554-3030.”