Oroville man arraigned on charges he started Ponderosa Fire

Fire in Butte County leads to evacuations

Ponderosa Fire in Butte impacts Plumas

The Ponderosa Fire has grown to over 3,500 acres, has destroyed 10 homes and is still threatening about 500 more.

Flames from the Ponderosa Fire burn a home east of Oroville, Calif., on August 29, 2017.

Meanwhile, another wildfire broke out on Friday, more than 400 miles south of the Ponderosa blaze, in a north Los Angeles neighborhood.

The fire that started Wednesday night for unknown reasons is burning out of control in extreme heat and very dry conditions. On Wednesday, authorities issued an immediate evacuation order for "the entire communities of Berry Creek, Brush Creek and Mountain House".

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.

The fire was 30 percent contained Friday.

Several agencies, including the Red Cross, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Butte County Fire Department, Cal OES and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to contain the fire and help those affected.

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Read said the Wall Fire remained "fresh in everybody's minds".

A wildfire on the northern edge of Los Angeles rapidly grew on Saturday into what the mayor called the largest blaze in the city's history, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of people and the closure of a major highway.

Cal Fire law enforcement officers on Tuesday arrested Ballenger on suspicion of causing the blaze that sparked Tuesday afternoon northwest of Forbestown and burned into the Feather Falls area about 15 miles east of Oroville.

Butte County has set up an evacuation center at the Church of the Nazarene in Oroville, 2238 Monte Vista Ave.

Ballenger is charged with two counts of arson for recklessly starting the fire and was ordered held on a $1 million bond, Ramsey said.

The Butte County Air Quality Management District warned that the air if the foothills is unhealthy for sensitive populations - the elderly, children and those with chronic lung or heart ailments - due to the smoke from the fire.

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