LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Ponderosa Fire Map 2012 prompted new Manton concerns for Canyon View Loop homes today. Canyon View Loop, Forward Road, and homes near the Battle Creek Drainage are now the subject of fire efforts today. The Ponderosa Fire Map has continued to grow as the fire remains only at fifty percent containment today. But officials on Wednesday August 22, 2012 updated residents, indicating that fifty homes are now confirmed destroyed and that new homes are threatened.
In a news briefing today, Cal Fire reported that the fire has burned more than twenty-four thousand acres. Moreover, the fire is prompting alerts today for two hundred home. The news from Cal Fire comes as NPR reports that nearly seven million acres have burned nationally this year, an increase of six percent from 2011.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office was asked by residents last night if some of them could return. But the Office said that would not yet be the case. “The hard closure of Highway 44 will not be lifted. At this time it is too early to speculate when the Highway 44 road closure will be lifted. Law enforcement and fire personnel are evaluating the fire. We are looking at the weather and safety conditions hour by hour in hopes to allow the residents to return to their homes safely.”
Cal Fire is now reporting mandatory evacuations in Manton, Shingletown & Viola for the additional following areas: Canyon View Loop north of Hwy 36, Forward Rd at Graham to the C Line, Forward Mill Rd from Rock Creek Rd to Forward Camp Rd, and Rock Creek Rd from Manton Rd to Long Hay Flat Rd.
The fire which is being battled by more than two thousand personnel today has eleven helicopters on scene, fifty-three dozens, thirty-nine water tenders, and thirty-eight crews. Officials tell news “Firefighters are working aggressively to build approximately 11 miles of line and strengthen existing containment lines”.
The Sheriff’s office also told news last night that “Resources are stretched thin and fire suppression activities are still in effect. We do not want to lift closures prematurely and open up the area with unsafe conditions. When it is determined the road opening can be sustained, the residents will be allowed to return to their homes.”
Officials have closed three schools in the area: Black Butte Elementary School in Shingletown, Manton Elementary and Plum Valley in Paynes Creek. The evacuation shelter remains open at Big League Dreams in Redding. For the latest fire evacuations and road closures, click HERE. For the fire evacuation zone map, click HERE.