Walmart urges Camp Fire evacuees to leave tent city for shelters

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( CNN) With rainfall falling and temperatures dropping, Walmart is encouraging people to leave the temporary encampment that jump up in one of its parking lots as the Camp Fire burned through northern California.

The Walmart parking lot in Chico became an immediate refuge for Butte County residents fleeing the deadly blaze. Located about 10 minutes down the hill from the town of Paradise, which bore the brunt of the Camp Fire’s fury, it was a familiar place to settle for evacuees with no other options.

What began as a temporary shelter turned into a makeshift village. Volunteers distributed renders such as smoke masks, puppy food, clothes and other essentials. As period wore on, both the City of Chico and Walmart began encouraging people to leave.

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