The Ponderosa Fire, 22 miles northeast of Red Bluff, California, has grown to over 24,000 acres according to CAL FIRE in their 2:30 p.m. update today. The number of structures burned remains at 50. CAL FIRE has not announced the location of the structures.
The map of the fire shows heat detected by a satellite at 1:18 p.m. PT time today. There are some heat signatures that appear indicate that the fire crossed Highway 36 on the south side of the fire, but this satellite data can have errors of up to a mile. Most of the current heat, as shown by the red squares, was on the south and southeast sides.
According to CAL FIRE at 2:30 p.m. today, evacuations for the following areas were in effect near Manton, Shingletown, Viola, and Mineral:
- Canyon View Loop north of Hwy 36.
- Forward Mill Rd from Rock Creek Rd to Forward Camp Rd
- Rock Creek Rd from Manton Rd to Long Hay Flat Rd
- Forward Rd at Yuen-Veritas Ln to the C Line
- Southside of Highway 44 from S-Line and A-Line including S-Line, P-Line, Long Hay Flat Rd, Rock Creek Rd & Viola Rd
- Evacuation Warning – Hwy 36 at Oasis Springs Ranch Rd to Lassen Lodge on both sides of the Highway including Ponderosa Sky Ranch and Lassen Lodge.
- Evacuation Warning – Hwy 36 from Lassen Lodge east to, and including, the community of Mineral.
At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday many of the evacuations for the Shingletown, Lake McCumber area and roads north of Hwy 44 were lifted.