The state of emergency declaration will free up additional resources to battle the blaze, which erupted on Tuesday from a campfire that was started outside a designated area.
Ballenger made his first court appearance in Butte County Superior Court on Friday, District Attorney Michael Ramsey said in a telephone interview.
Also burning to our north is the Tohakum 2 Fire in Nevada, which began with a lightning strike near the site of Burning Man, which briefly closed the main artery into the festival on Sunday. "A campfire should never be left unattended and must be extinguished completely before everyone leaves".
Several agencies, including the Red Cross, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Butte County Fire Department, Cal OES and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to contain the fire and help those affected. "And if you don't, you're literally taking your life into your own hands".
La Tuna Fire, named after the canyon area where it erupted on Friday, has led authorities to evacuate more than 700 homes in a north Los Angeles neighborhood and in nearby Burbank and Glendale, officials said.
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The Ponderosa Fire comes on the heels of the approximately 6,000-acre Wall Fire that burned in the foothills east of Oroville in July.
A wildfire on the northern edge of Los Angeles rapidly grew on Saturday into what the mayor called the largest blaze in the city's history, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of people and the closure of a major highway. An evacuation center has been set up for displaced residents.
The fire was only 10 percent contained with more than 500 firefighters battling it.
Cal Fire Public Information Office expects a hard fight due to the conditions created from years of drought and the past winter's heavy rain.
A small animal shelter has opened at the old county hospital at 2278 Del Oro Ave.in Oroville, and a large animal center at Camelot Equestrian Center, 1985 Clark Road, Oroville.