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Update: Panther Fire 100 Percent Contained

By Kelli Saam
Published On: May 09 2013 11:38:04 AM CDT
Updated On: May 09 2013 11:41:15 AM CDT
Panther photo 1

Courtesy Brad Reiche

BUTTE MEADOWS, Calif. -

The Panther Fire is now fully contained in eastern Tehama County.  It's burned 6,965 acres.  Thursday morning CAL FIRE declared it 100% contained.

It started Wednesday, May 1.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The estimated cost to date is $10,623,034. There are still 821 personnel assigned to the fire.

Firefighters continue to mop up within the fire area and improve the perimeter containment lines for the next few days. However isolated pockets of downed heavy fuels, timber slash piles and dead trees, remain hot and are hampering mop-up operations.

Unstable road surfaces due to the rain are impeding resource traffic and are becoming a dangerous situation. Therefore the L Line has been closed to all traffic.

Because of this dangerous situation CAL FIRE asked that all remain out of the fire area except for fire personnel.

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 Highway 36 will remain open but be aware of the heavy fire equipment traffic on those highways throughout the day.