Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Ponderosa Fire in Butte impacts Plumas

Ponderosa Fire in Butte impacts Plumas

The so-called Ponderosa Fire has burned 3,680 acres (1,490 hectares) and destroyed 20 homes in Butte County, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders to residents of some 500 homes in the area.

Fire officials say the estimated burn area almost doubled after a flyover Thursday but the blaze is still far from the celebration in the Black Rock Desert.

More than 1,600 firefighters are battling the so-called Ponderosa Fire, another natural disaster striking the USA while the South battles tropical storm Harvey.

Cal Fire law enforcement officers arrested John Ballenger, 29, of Oroville, on Tuesday.

It's being fought by security site fire crews, with help from a helicopter able to detect any aerial release of radiation.

It has also damaged power lines and closed roads north of Sacramento.

California prosecutors accused a man of starting a wildfire that has already forced the governor to declare a state of emergency.

"We take our responsibility to assess this new tool during the interim approval process very seriously", said Chief Dave Teter, CAL FIRE's Deputy Director of Fire Protection.

The temperature in Oroville hit 108 degrees (42 degrees C).

The 10,600 square miles (27,500 square kilometers) that have burned at this point rank the 2017 wildfire season as the third worst in the last decade.

Ten homes have been destroyed and 500 more are threatened near the Northern California town of Oroville.

The converted Boeing 747-400, which is based in Colorado Springs, is dropping retardant on the Ponderosa fire that's burning 10 miles east of Lake Oroville. The Cherry Fire has been contained at 25 acres.

The blaze that began Tuesday near the town of Oroville is among a series of wildfires burning across the U.S. West, including in and around California's Yosemite National Park.

Firefighters say the wildfire has burned 60 acres (24 hectares) of steep terrain covered by pine trees and brush.

Officials said while investigating the cause of the fire, Ballenger walked back into the campsite and admitted to CAL FIRE investigators that he started the fire.

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