TEHAMACOUNTY, CA - Fire crews continue to battle a large wildfire that has charred 12,000 acres in both Shasta and Tehama Counties with 5 percent containment.

The Ponderosa Fire started in the town of Manton on Saturday morning and quickly spread.

Cal Fire says that the fire's size grew substantially overnight from 5,000 to 7,000 acres with zero percent containment.

7homes have been destroyed and the fire threatens 3,000 homes, 20 commercial properties and 300 outbuildings.

Evacuees are being told to head to Big League Dreams located in Redding.

The cause of the fire is reported to be the result of lightning.

According to Cal Fire the fire is spreading north-northeast from the Manton area toward the communities of Shingletown and Viola. The fire is approximately 1 mile from Hwy 44.

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