New lightning fires challenge firefighters

Feather Publishing

Plumas National Forest firefighters responded to a new fire several miles west of Bucks Lake on Saturday afternoon. The fire was in steep terrain and reported to have a "moderate rate of spread". Radio traffic indicated there was some difficulty in getting the air support needed to suppress the fire. No information on the fire is available yet this morning.

Cal Fire responded to a fast moving wildfire, the Ponderosa Fire, two miles east of the community of Manton in Tehema County. The fire exhibited extreme fire behavior with crowning and long-range spotting. Numerous structures, natural gas lines and power lines are threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect. Four structures have been destroyed.

Road closures: Hwy 44 from Viola to McCumber. Manton Rd. and all roads leading out of Manton have been closed. Hwy 44 in Shingletown and Viola areas and all roads south are in controlled traffic mode.

The Red Cross has opened up Evacuation Shelters at the Manton School in Manton and the Junction School in Palo Cedro.

A Type I incident management team has been ordered to manage the Ponderosa Fire.

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