Ponderosa fire prompts evacuations and emergency order

A 12,000-acre wildfire southeast of Redding has spurred Shasta County officials to declare a state of emergency and prompted an evacuation order for an estimated 2,000 residents, officials said Sunday.

The Ponderosa fire has destroyed seven homes and threatens 3,000 residences, said Cal Fire spokeswoman Mary Ann Aldrich. Nearly 1,000 firefighters have yet to make a dent in containing the fire, she said.

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