Ponderosa Fire Day 8: All evacuation orders, warnings have been lifted


OROVILLE, Calif. - The Ponderosa Fire, burning in Butte County, has burned 4,014 acres and was 76 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. 54 structures have been destroyed.

According to CAL FIRE, all evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted for the Ponderosa Fire.

The public can call 530-538-7826 for information about the fire. In addition, a fire notification center has been set up at 202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville. On Sunday it will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Evacuees can verify if they have lost their homes and get information on local resources toward recovery.

32 homes and 22 outbuildings have been destroyed and one outbuilding has been damaged in the fire.

The Ponderosa Fire started on Tuesday, August 29 at 1:16 p.m. Also on Tuesday, CAL FIRE law enforcement arrested John Ballenger, 29, of Oroville, on suspicion of causing the Ponderosa Fire. Officials said Ballenger is suspected of recklessly starting a campfire outside of a designated campground and allowing it to escape.

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