Wildfire burns homes in California area hit hard this year

05 September, 2017, 19:15 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • A firefighter battles the Ponderosa Fire east of Oroville California. REUTERS  Noah Berger

The campfire escaped, and Ballenger returned to the area while fire investigators were assessing what caused the blaze, which as of Friday had grown to approximately 3,700 acres and destroyed 20 homes and seven outbuildings. "CAL FIRE has long believed in and supported the SuperTanker; we will work tirelessly with them to get the job done in Ponderosa or wherever fire threatens our fellow citizens".

Meanwhile, another wildfire broke out on Friday, more than 400 miles south of the Ponderosa blaze, in a north Los Angeles neighborhood.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for the communities of Berry Creek, Brush Creek and Mountain House, including Oro Quincy Highway from Foreman Creek, north to Mountain House and all tributaries including Bald Rock Road. A Forest Service battalion chief, 47-year-old Gary Helming, was killed in a traffic accident while making the 200-mile drive home from fighting the fire. The Cherry Fire has been contained at 25 acres.

Structure defense remains a priority and firefighters continue to establish containment lines, Cal Fire said.

Read said the Wall Fire remained "fresh in everybody's minds".


Evacuation orders were reduced to warnings Saturday for areas on Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road east to Onyett/Kanaka Ranch Road.

A 747 SuperTanker drops retardant while battling the Ponderosa Fire east of Oroville, Calif., on August 30, 2017.

An evacuation center at the Church of Nazarene in Oroville had 15 evacuees Wednesday morning, with the capacity to provide 100 beds if needed, said Lori Nichols, a volunteer with the American Red Cross from Elk Grove.

Firefighters say they're on guard as a heatwave blankets much of California. An American Red Cross shelter has been set up at the Ponderosa Community Center at 17103 Ponderosa Way in Brownsville.

The Butte County Air Quality Management District warned that the air if the foothills is unhealthy for sensitive populations - the elderly, children and those with chronic lung or heart ailments - due to the smoke from the fire.

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