Butte County Fire Grows Overnight, Some Evacuations Lifted

Ponderosa Fire Grows Destroys 20 Homes Near Lake Oroville

NBC Bay Area The Ponderosa fire has burned 20 homes in Butte County

The so-called Ponderosa Fire has burned 3,715 acres and destroyed 30 homes in Butte County, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders to residents of some 500 homes in the area, officials said.

The evacuation center at the Church of the Nazarene in Oroville, 2238 Monte Vista Ave., remains open as are the animals shelters at the old county hospital at 2278 Del Oro Ave.in Oroville, and a large animal center at Camelot Equestrian Center, 1985 Clark Road, Oroville.

Meanwhile, the 6,042-acre Mud Fire, also caused by lightning, is located along Highway 395 north of the Lassen County community of Litchfield.

Firefighters are battling a brush fire just north of Los Angeles that has shut down both sides of a key freeway for holiday weekend travel.

Cal Fire reported that as of Wednesday afternoon, 1,176 people, 107 fire engines, 19 water tenders, 10 helicopters, nine air tankers, 10 bulldozers and 23 hand crews were working the fire.

The blaze is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Burning Man.

Seven ranches and a geothermal plant remain threatened.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for another wildfire as scorching temperatures complicate firefighters' efforts to extinguish blazes.

Flames from the Ponderosa Fire burn a home east of Oroville, Calif., on August 29, 2017.

The fire has burned in priority habitat for greater sage-grouse.

For the first time in several years the 747 SuperTanker dropped retardant on a wildfire in the United States.

The blaze is burning east of the town of Oroville, about 85 miles north of the state capital of Sacramento. The Cherry Fire has been contained at 25 acres.

It's one of many wildfires burning across the U.S. West, including blazes in and around California's Yosemite National Park that have closed a popular road into the park, shuttered the iconic Wawona Hotel and evacuated nearby towns.

Ballenger is charged with two counts of arson for recklessly starting the fire and was ordered held on a $1 million bond, Ramsey said.

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