1,000-Acre Wildfire Prompts Evacuations Near Lake Oroville Amid Heatwave - NBC Bay Area

1,000-Acre Wildfire Prompts Evacuations Near Lake Oroville Amid Heatwave

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    Firefighters in Northern California have ordered residents to evacuate the rural hills above Lake Oroville under threat from a wildfire. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017)

    Firefighters in Northern California on Tuesday ordered residents to evacuate the rural hills above Lake Oroville under threat from a fast-spreading wildfire.

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday that flames have burned 1,000 acres and 10 structures in what has been dubbed the Ponderosa Fire.

    An immediate evacuation order was issued for the area of Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road to the community of Feather Falls, Cal Fire said.

    The fire sparked Tuesday afternoon as a heatwave blanketed much of California.

    The wildfire is burning in the sparsely populated area east of Lake Oroville, about 70 miles north of Sacramento.

    It was not immediately clear how many homes and other structures were threatened by the wildfire.

    NBC Bay Area staff contributed to this report.

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