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Wednesday Update: Panther Fire 95 Percent Contained

By Stephanie Vatz, Online Manager
Published On: May 06 2013 05:33:15 PM CDT
Updated On: May 08 2013 09:13:00 PM CDT
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Courtesy Brad Reiche

BUTTE MEADOWS, Calif. -

The fire burning nearly 7,000 acres in the rural Butte Meadows of Tehama County is now 95 percent contained.

According to CAL FIRE, the Panther Fire, which started on May 1, remains in the Mill Creek and Deer Creek drainages and is not threatening any structures.

The fire does continue to burn in the Ishi Wilderness area but with slow growth.

As of 6:30 a.m.  on Tuesday, May 7, the fire had burned 6,964 acres and had resulted six injuries.

No structures have been destroyed or damaged.

The area between Highway 32 and Highway 36, known as the Deer Creek and Mill Creek Recreation Area as well as the Ishi Wilderness are closed to the public. Highway 32 and 36 remain open but have heavy fire equipment traffic on both highways.

Currently, CAL FIRE and Butte County Fire is using 821 personnel to fight the fire including 11 bulldozers, 50 fire engines, one helicopter and nine water tenders.

CAL FIRE says that the unstable road surfaces due to the rain and impending resource traffic are becoming a dangerous situation. Because of this, CAL FIRE has closed the L Line to all traffic. They also ask that everyone but fire personnel remain outside of the fire area.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The estimated containment date for the Panther Fire is May 9. With the current weather, CAL FIRE says the believe that the predicted containment date will be met.