UPDATE: Cal Fire: Pleasant Fire 65 percent contained; Ponderosa Fire evac order reduced to warning | TheUnion.com

UPDATE: Cal Fire: Pleasant Fire 65 percent contained; Ponderosa Fire evac order reduced to warning

The Pleasant Fire swept through 392 acres by Friday, leaving a charred path in its wake.
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Update 12:05 p.m.

From a Cal Fire press release:

Butte County- All areas and residences on Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road east to Onyett/Kanaka Ranch Road (Grange Hall).

This includes all tributary roads connecting to Lumpkin Road, including: Blackhawk Trail, Bridgeview Circle, Burr Lane, Canfield Drive, Carter Road, Cedar Tree Lane, Chinook Way, Cochise Drive, Craig Access Road, Crystal Ranch Road, Dollar Road, DWR Access Road, Eagle Crest Road, Eagle Point Lane, Echo Ridge Road, Echo Road, Edgehill Drive, Faye Mar Drive, Granite Peak Court, Happy Hollow Lane, Hecker Way, Kanaka Ranch Road, Lake Haven Way, Lakeview Terrace, Mills Ranch Road, Onyett Road, Rocky Point Road, Saint Arlene Way, Springer Road, Toyon Hills Drive, Union Bar Road, and Wojiek. All other evacuation orders and warnings remain in place.

When entering the evacuation warning area, please be cautious of emergency equipment and personnel as they are operating in and around the area. Please follow all posted speed limits.

Update 9:50 a.m.

According to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Mary Eldridge, the Pleasant fire near North San Juan has stalled at 392 acres and is 65 percent contained.

According to a release, “Containment lines held the fire within its current boundaries with gusty winds Friday. High temperatures and gusty winds with low humidity will continue to be a factor today (Saturday).”

By the numbers, 23 engine and truck companies remain on the scene, including seven water tenders and three volunteer companies. Three helicopters are involved along with three air tankers and seven bulldozers. Total personnel on scene sits at 417.

The Ponderosa fire in Butte County, meanwhile, has grown to 3,880 acres and is 45 percent contained, Cal Fire stated in a release. The fire has destroyed 44 buildings (30 homes, 14 outbuildings) and threatens 1,300 buildings, including 500 homes.

According to Cal Fire: “The steep, rugged terrain paired with the hot and dry temperatures make firefighting efforts challenging. Firefighters continue to reinforce and build containment lines around the fire. The fire is burning a mix of grass, brush and timber litter that are extremely dry with short range spotting.”

Original story

Cal Fire officials have no estimate when the Pleasant Fire will reach 100 percent containment, though they doubt it’ll last much longer.

The blaze, which started Wednesday off Highway 49 and Pleasant Valley Road, south of North San Juan, was mapped at 392 acres on Friday. It’s led to one injury — a dozer driver, who got too close to the flames, Cal Fire said in a release.

It’s also destroyed one structure and damaged another, said Mary Eldridge, public information officer with Cal Fire.

“We believe that they are residences,” Eldridge said of the buildings.

According to Eldridge, the fire’s size hasn’t grown. Instead officials have properly mapped its actual size at 392 acres.

“We don’t expect this to continue for very long,” she added.

All evacuations and road closures that stemmed from the blaze have been lifted. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

In Butte County, the Ponderosa Fire also continues to burn. That blaze reached 3,680 acres by Friday afternoon and was 30 percent contained, Cal Fire said in a release.

The Ponderosa Fire has destroyed 27 buildings, 20 of them homes, and threatens 1,300 structures.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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