At noon today road closures in the affected evacuation areas were lifted.
The following areas will be open to residents only with proper identification: Rock Creek Road, Ponderosa Way and Forward Mills Rd.
There are still fire personnel working in the areas listed below, and the conditions are not in favor of opening the entire area.
• Closed areas still in effect include south of Hwy 44 between S-line and A-line Road. That includes the following roads leading south of Highway 44: A-line, S-line, P-line, Long Hay Flat Road and Bailey Creek, and Rock Creek Road at Bailey.
• All private roads and Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) roads, south of Hwy 44 are still closed until further notice.
• All burned areas are closed until further notice.
All dirt roads and SPI roads are closed south of Shingletown, please refrain from trying to enter this area. This will only delay fire suppression in the area.
All areas within the fire perimeter remain closed to all persons, including residents and property owners.
The Ponderosa Fire has burned 27,676 acres and is 74 percent contained. It has destroyed 64 residences and 20 outbuildings. Three hundred residences, 10 commercial properties and 30 outbuildings remain threatened.
Cal Fire will be continuing to work in the Ponderosa Fire area and recommends that the public travel in this area only if necessary, and to be cautious when doing so.
The Red Cross Shelter at Big League Dreams is closed.
Source: CAL FIRE and Shasta County Sheriff Office press releases.