A wildfire that started early Tuesday afternoon has burned multiple structures and prompted evacuations near the community of Feather Falls in Butte County.
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The Ponderosa Fire was reported at 1:16 p.m. at Ponderosa Way and Lumpkin Road, two miles northwest of Forbestown in an area east of Lake Oroville. It had burned 1,000 acres as of about 5:45 p.m., according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s incident website. The fire is zero percent contained.
An estimate nine or 10 homes have been destroyed, according to news reports.
An immediate evacuation order was issued for Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road to the community of Feather Fall, Cal Fire reported. An evacuation warning was in effect for Lumpkin Road from the Enterprise Bridge to Lake View Terrace.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office reported that an evacuation center has been opened at the Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Ave., Oroville. A shelter for small animals is available at the old county hospital, 2279 Del Oro Road, in Oroville. Large animals may be taken to the Camelot Equestrian Park, 1985 Clark Road, Oroville.