Ponderosa wildfire calming down
CalFire spokeswoman Julie Hutchinson said Monday that the Ponderosa Fire located 25 miles southeast of Redding is now 85 percent contained after consuming more than 43 square miles and destroying more than 142 structures. Hutchinson says despite possible winds, crews expect to have the fire fully contained Tuesday.
A second major fire in the region, this one burning in Plumas National Forest, is now 65 percent contained after scorching more than 104 square miles. Hutchinson says crews still expect the blaze that began on July 29 fully contained by Friday.