Ponderosa Fire Burns Near Forbestown East Of Oroville

Sep 3, 2017

Updated 9/3 at 9:04 a.m.

The Ponderosa fire burning in the Sierra foothills of Butte County has grown to nearly 4,000 acres. It is now considered 56 percent contained, according to the latest update from Cal Fire. 

Evacuation orders are in place for Lumpkin Road at Onyett/Kanaka Ranch Road to CAL FIRE Station 51, including the community of Feather Falls. Areas on Lumpkin Road west of these evacuation orders are under evacuation warnings. Evacuation warnings are in place for the community of Forbestown, south of the South Fork of the Feather River. (You can find a detailed list of evacuation locations at Cal Fire's website.

If you have special medical needs and need paratansit, call 211.

The blaze burning east of Oroville, which broke out Tuesday afternoon, at last count has destroyed 32 homes and 14 outbuildings, according to Cal Fire. About 1,300 structures remain threatened (500 homes and 800 outbuildings).

Shelters are still open for evacuees at: 

-        Church of the Nazarene at 2238 Monte Vista Avenue in Oroville

Animal shelters are still open at: 

-        Old County Hospital at 2279 Del Oro Road in Oroville (Small animals)  

-        Camelot Equestrian Park at 1985 Clark Road in Oroville (Large animals)

Cal Fire has asked that those picking up animals from a shelter have their photo ID and pink intake from on hand. Cal Fire has also advised that those returning home check that their property is safe before doing so and that they have proper containment ready for animals, as well as food and water on hand, as the heat from fire can cause normal household items to become hazardous.

A fire information line has been established for the public at 530-538-7826.

This is a developing situation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.