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New evacuation orders for Ponderosa Fire in Butte County

The Ponderosa Fire in Butte County was reported 30 percent contained, burning across 3,680 acres on Friday morning, according to Cal Fire.
The Ponderosa Fire in Butte County was reported 30 percent contained, burning across 3,680 acres on Friday morning, according to Cal Fire. Cal Fire

Firefighters, contending with hot and dry weather, continued to build containment lines around fires in Butte and Nevada counties on Friday.

The Ponderosa Fire in Butte County was reported 40 percent contained, burning across 3,715 acres Friday evening, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Pleasant Fire, burning off Highway 49 and Pleasant Valley, south of North San Juan, was reported 65 percent contained, with 392 acres burned Friday evening.

The Ponderosa Fire started early Tuesday afternoon at Ponderosa Way and Lumpkin Road, east of Lake Oroville As of Friday evening, it had burned 3o homes and 14 outbuildings, according to Cal Fire.

On Friday morning, evacuation orders were 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, according to Cal Fire. Evacuations orders remain for Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road to Cal Fire Station 51, including the community of Feather Falls, Cal Fire reports.

Early Friday afternoon, the Butte and Yuba County sheriff’s offices issued evacuation warnings for the community of Forbestown, south of the south fork of the Feather River, including:

▪ East of Forbestown Road at the north end of Lower Forbestown Road.

▪ North of the intersection of New York Flat Road at Lower Idlewood Circle.

▪ North of the intersection of Challenge Cutoff Road at Mt. Hope Road.

▪ West of the intersection of Forbestown Road at Abernathy Road.

An evacuation warning alerts people to a potential threat to property and to be prepared for an immediate evacuation order. Residents are advised to make arrangements for animals.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Office announced that a temporary evacuation center for affected residents was opened Friday afternoon at the Oregon House Alcouffe Community Center, 9185 Marysville Road, Oregon House.

Evacuations have been lifted in Nevada County, where the Pleasant Fire was burning in heavy brush and timber, according to Cal Fire. One building was destroyed and one structure was damaged in the fire.

The blaze was reported at 3:38 p.m. Wednesday. Highway 49, which was closed north of Pleasant Valley Road, has been reopened.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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