Firefighters Continue To Battle Fires In Butte, Trinity Counties

Sep 1, 2017

More than 1,600 firefighters battling a wildfire in the Sierra foothills east of Oroville appear to be making progress. Following an early morning assessment, Cal Fire says the Ponderosa fire is approximately 30 percent contained. 

The fire, started by an errant campfire, incinerated 20 homes and still threatens 500 more. Officials say the fire has scorched 3,680 acres.

Firefighters continue building fire breaks by hand and with bulldozers. Nine air tankers are also making regular drops.

The evacuation center at the Church of the Nazarene in Oroville remains open.   

Lumpkin Road remains closed between Forbestown and Mill roads, and Oro Quincy Highway is closed from Foreman Creek to Upper Bald Rock Road. Damage assessment teams have arrived and figures for property damage may increase. 

Meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Trinity County, where 386 forest service firefighters are facing a 5,000-acre blaze.

About 2,000 people have been evacuated from the area between Helena and the Oregon Mountain summit.

State Highway 299 is closed from east of Junction City to west of Helena Bridge. 

The blaze is burning on both sides of the Trinity River and is zero percent contained. Several structures are threatened.  

An evacuation center is up and running at the First Baptist Church in Weaverville, 1261 Main Street. Large Animals may be taken to Lowden Park on Washington Street in Weaverville.