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Man arrested, homes burn in Ponderosa Fire

Man arrested, homes burn in Ponderosa Fire

Airtankers dumped retardant on flaming desert shrubs in Nevada, just 40 miles from the massive counter-culture event.

The pilot and a spokesperson of a Boeing 747 airplane, converted to help blanket wildfires in water and fire retardant, on Thursday confirmed the news many in Eastern Madera County and California were waiting to hear.

In California, temperatures exceeding 110 will be possible in interior valley areas east of San Francisco Bay on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

The 10,600 square miles (27,500 square kilometers) that have burned at this point rank the 2017 wildfire season as the third worst in the last decade.

Seven ranches and a geothermal plant remain threatened.

The fire could make air unhealthy to breathe in parts of Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest city, and nearby suburbs, the South Coast Air Quality Management District said in an advisory. The fire is projected to have full containment September 6.

"We are confident the unsurpassed firefighting ability of the Global SuperTanker will be a tremendous asset for CAL FIRE and its team on the ground as they suppress the Ponderosa Fire".

Fire officials say a wildfire burning near the Northern California town of Oroville has destroyed 20 homes.

CAL FIRE law enforcement arrested John Ballenger, 29, of Oroville, on suspicion of causing the Ponderosa Fire. But neither he nor the U.S. Forest Service have said how many.

The fire Wednesday was burning in dry manzanita, timber and brush northwest of Forbestown, Read said.

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.

Elsewhere in California, more than 1,000 firefighters were able to slow the growth of a almost 5-square-mile wildfire (13-square-kilometer) overnight near the town of Oroville, an area already hard-hit by fire and a massive evacuation earlier this year caused by damage to sections of the nation's tallest dam.

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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