Wildfire shuts highway at Nevada-California line

Ponderosa Fire Day 5 3,880 acres burned 45 percent contained

Cal Fire Public Information Office expects a hard fight due to the conditions created from years of drought and the past winter's heavy rain. The fire that started in the Custer National Forest about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of Broadus on Wednesday burned at least 47 square miles (121 square kilometers) in a single day.

Seven ranches and a geothermal plant remain threatened.

The fire is under investigation as crews battle flames from the ground and air.

Firefighters are dumping retardant on the blaze and have contained 30% of it but fear new pockets could break out because of the heat. It now hosts non-nuclear experiments and safety training.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for another wildfire as scorching temperatures complicate firefighters' efforts to extinguish blazes.

The Ponderosa Fire, burning in Butte County near Lake Oroville since Tuesday afternoon, has grown to over 3,500 acres and has already destroyed 10 homes, with 500 more under threat.

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




Residents who want to verify if their home has been loss and receive information regarding local resources to help with recovery can go to the center at 202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville, at the Department of Employment and Social Services/Public Health Administration Building.

Thousands of homes have been evacuated and the main travel route to the Burning Man festival closed after other wildfires across the US.

Ten homes have been destroyed and 500 more are threatened near the Northern California town of Oroville.

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 blaze that began Tuesday near the town of Oroville is among a series of wildfires burning across the U.S. West, including in and around California's Yosemite National Park.

Air quality from wildfire smoke is a problem in Montana and OR, where athletic events — from kayaking and half-marathons to high school football games — have been postponed in the outdoors-loving state.

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