Ponderosa Fire

The Ponderosa Fire was a destructive wildfire during the 2012 California wildfire season. While the fire only burned 27,676 acres (11,200 ha),[2] it destroyed 133 structures, the most of any fire that year for the state.[1] At the height of the fire on August 24, over 2,300 firefighters were involved in the suppression effort, which also included 254 fire engines, 46 bulldozers and 54 water tenders.[1]

Ponderosa Fire
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A California Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk dips water out of a local pond during the Ponderosa Fire
LocationNorthern California
Date(s)August 18, 2012 (2012-08-18) – August 31, 2012 (2012-08-31)
Burned area27,676 acres (11,200 ha)
Buildings destroyed
  • 52 residences
  • 81 outbuildings
Non-fatal injuries7

The fireEdit

The Ponderosa Fire started at around 11:30 AM PDT, on August 18, 2012.[3] The fire was ignited by a lightning strike west of the community of Manton.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Ponderosa Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  2. ^ Ryan Sabalow; Phillip Reese; Dale Kasler (April 14, 2019). "A real life gamble: California races to predict which town could be the next victim". Destined to Burn. Reno Gazette Journal. The Sacramento Bee. p. 1A.
  3. ^ "Ponderosa Fire Prompts Evacuations and Emergency Order". Los Angeles Times. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  4. ^ So, Ericka (4 May 2015). "Science Used to Fight Fires Before the Flames". KRCR News. Retrieved 31 August 2015.