10 homes destroyed, hundreds threatened as Ponderosa Fire grows

A 3,150-acre fire burning about 25 miles east of Oroville has now destroyed five homes and at least 10 other buildings, according to Cal Fire.

A 3,150-acre fire burning about 25 miles east of Oroville has now destroyed five homes and at least 10 other buildings, according to Cal Fire.

Immediate evacuation orders remain in place for those living along Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Rd. to Station 51 and all connecting roads.

Cal Fire investigators say they have made an arrest in connection with the fast-spreading grass fire still burning east of Oroville in Butte County.

Cal Fire expanded its mandatory evacuation orders for the entire communities of Berry Creek, Brush Creek and Mountain House. This includes Oro Quincy Highway from Foreman Creek north to Mountain House and all tributaries including Bald Rock Rd., according to Cal Fire. Berry Creek residents are being advised to evacuate south from Berry Creek to the Oroville area.

Evacuation Centers are set up to help victims in the following areas:

American Red Cross: Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Ave, Oroville, 95966

American Red Cross: The Ponderosa Community Center, 17103 Ponderosa Way, Brownsville, 95919

Small Animal Shelter: The Old County Hospital, Oroville 2279 Del Oro.

Large Animal Shelter: Camelot Equestrian Park at 1985 Clark Rd.

Cal Fire officials have also issued evacuation warnings for Lumpkin Rd. from the Enterprise Bridge to Lake View Tarrace.

All roads and areas within the perimeter of these boundaries have also been issued evacuation warnings:

  • (North West) Bald Rock Road at Catella
  • (South West) Big Ridge Road to Oro Quincy Hwy, Including Little Ridge Road 
  • (South East) Bean Creek at Eckards Lane 
  • (North East) Bald Rock Road to Enumclaw Road

An immediate evacuation order has been issued for the entire communities of Berry Creek, Brush Creek, and Mountain House. This includes Oro Quincy Hwy from Foreman Creek north to Mountain House and all tributaries including Bald Rock Rd. Berry Creek resident are advised to evacuate south from Berry Creek to the Oroville area.

Since first being reported Tuesday, the fire has more than doubled in size overnight.

As many as 500 structures are currently threatened by the fire, with five homes and 10 outbuildings also damaged.

Containment of the fire remains at 10 percent.

More than 900 fire crews are currently battling the blaze, with firefighters coming from Cal Fire, Butte County Fire Department, South Feather Water and Power, California Highway Patrol, Butte County Sheriff's Office and Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

 

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