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Sunday, August 19, 2012

CA-TGU- Poderosa Fire. 7,000 acres. 0%.

     Extreme fire behavior and rapid rate of spread has been observed. Crowning, major runs and whole area ignitions are control problems. 
    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.
    Evacuation Information: The Red Cross has opened up an evacuation shelter at Big League Dreams - 20155 Viking Way - Redding.
    Evacuations for the following areas:
    Forward Rd at Graham to the C Line.
    Forward Mill Rd from Rock Creek Rd to Forward Camp Rd.
    Rock Creek Rd from Manton Rd to Long Hay Flat Rd.
    All of Long Hay Flat Rd and Woodcutter Way.
    Southside of Highway 44 from Wilson Hill Rd to Viola.
    Northside of Hwy 44 from Lake McCumber to Viola.
    One Picture - Three Fires - Ponderosa, Reading, and Chips Wildfire Plumes All three Plumes- look close- Red Bluff Air Port 8-18-12 Credit: Elisa Correa
    Ponderosa Fire
    One Picture - Three Fires - Ponderosa, Reading, and Chips Wildfire Plumes
     All three Plumes Showing - Red Bluff Airport 8-18-12
    Credit: Elisa Correa 

    Basic Information:
    County: Tehama / Shasta Counties
    Location: Off Ponderosa Way, southeast of Manton
    Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Tehama-Glenn Unit
    Date Started: August 18, 2012 11:37 am
    Phone Numbers (530) 225-2510 (Fire Information)
    Structures Destroyed: 4 structures destroyed
    Threatened: 3000 residences, 20 commercial properties and 300 outbuildings
    Cause: Under investigation
    Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Tehama and Shasta Co. Sheriff, CHP, CDCR, CAL TRANS, SPI, PGE
    Total Fire Personnel: 974 (710 CAL FIRE)
    Engines: 105 (69 CAL FIRE)
    Fire crews: 22 (18 CAL FIRE)
    Helicopters: 3 helicopters
    Dozers: 31 (17 CAL FIRE)
    Water tenders: 20 water tenders
    Conditions: The fire is spreading north-northeast from the Manton area toward the communities of Shingletown and Viola.


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