Peter fire destroys homes, damages tortoise sanctuary in Anderson

Firefighters made significant progress on Friday against a wildfire in Shasta County that burned more than 300 acres and destroyed several homes after it first flared up Thursday afternoon.

Evacuation orders were lifted Friday night for residents near the northern California town of Anderson, south of Redding, but nearby roads otherwise remained closed. The Peter Fire had burned 304 acres and was 50% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Twelve buildings were destroyed in the fire, although authorities have not confirmed how many were residential. Photos show at least one house on fire and a local newspaper reported that at least three houses were destroyed.

Crews continued to expand and strengthen containment lines Friday and work to repair damage from hand and bulldozers continued, Cal Fire said.

Firefighters first responded to the blaze burning on Peter Pan Gulch and Olinda streets west of the town of Anderson just before 3 p.m. Thursday.

Ground crew and air tankers dropped water over the dry vegetation west of Anderson and were able to halt the fire’s advance by nightfall.

The fire nearly destroyed the Tortoise Acres Rescue & Sanctuary and injured several turtles, co-owner Katie Hoffman wrote on Facebook.

“The turtles are safe right now,” Hoffman said. “A lot of people have thrown turtles in their cars and we don’t yet know where half of them are. We’re still trying to figure out who’s who and where to put them.”

Hoffman shared images of reptiles covered in bright pink fire retardant dropped from planes and other images of burned enclosures where they once lived.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Cal Fire said.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-15/peter-fire-destroys-homes-damages-tortoise-sanctuary-in-anderson Peter fire destroys homes, damages tortoise sanctuary in Anderson

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