No Twitter, no cell phones – one family was without gadgets for six days and, says Dad, was better for it.
Air tankers and helicopters have slowed the Ponderosa wildfire in efforts to protect homes in Mineral, Calif., and the Lassen Volcanic National Park.
The Ponderosa fire in northern California threatens another 900 homes. The Ponderosa fire is 57 percent contained. Elsewhere in the West, states are tallying the rising costs of big wildfires this season.
The blaze, which has destroyed seven homes and threats continued to threaten thousands of homes, as fearful residents sought safety miles away at an emergency shelter.
At least seven homes have been lost to a growing wildfire in the northern part of the Golden State.
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