As of this morning, Fire Fighters have increased their containment of the Panther Fire to 80% and "The predicted containment date of Thursday, May 9th will be met." According to Cal Fire.
The increase in the relative humidity and isolated rain showers over the fire area has reduced the fire activity. However isolated pockets of downed heavy fuels, timber slash piles and dead trees, remain hot and are hampering mop-up operations.Aircraft and fire equipment are being released as the containment increases, making these resources available for other incidents statewide should the need arise.
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 they ask that all remain out of the fire area except for fire personnel.
We will continue to follow the status of the Panther Fire throughout the day.