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Butte County’s Ponderosa Fire now 100 percent contained

A look at the Ponderosa Fire burning near Oroville in Butte County

A California State Park camera captures a time-lapse shot of the Ponderosa Fire burning near Oroville on August 29, 2017, around 3 p.m.
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A California State Park camera captures a time-lapse shot of the Ponderosa Fire burning near Oroville on August 29, 2017, around 3 p.m.

The Ponderosa Fire, which scorched 4,016 acres and destroyed 32 homes in Butte County, is now 100 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported Saturday.

The fire started Aug. 29 east of Lake Oroville amid extremely hot, dry conditions in the Sierra Nevada foothills. It quickly expanded.

The blaze pushed north along the Middle Fork of the Feather River as more than 900 firefighters battled it in rugged terrain. Evacuations were ordered for the communities of Berry Creek, Brush Creek and Mountain House.

Authorities said John Ballenger, 29, was arrested on suspicion of starting a campfire outside of a designated campground. It got out of control and spread, Cal Fire said in an earlier statement

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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