Today could be a critical day on the Panther Fire as fire crews try to expand containment in the face of red flag weather conditions.
Here is the latest from Calfire:
Last Updated: May 4, 2013 6:45 am
Date/Time Started: May 1, 2013 9:12 am
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Butte Unit
County: Tehama County
Location: 140K3 Line, 8 miles northwest of Butte Meadows
Acres Burned: 6,705 acres
Containment 6,705 acres -20% containment
Threatened: 10 residences, 2 commercial properties and 1 outbuilding are threatened.
Injuries: 3 injuries
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Lassen and Plumas National Forest, CDCR, Collins, Pine, Chico Fire Department, CHP, Butte County Sherriff Department, Tehama County Sheriff Department, and SPI
Total Fire Personnel: 1,258 Firefighters
Engines: 97 Engines
Fire crews: 54 Fire Crews
Airtankers: 3 Air Tankers
Helicopters: 12 Helicopters
Dozers: 15 Dozers
Water tenders: 34 Water Tenders
Conditions: Red Flag Warning in the fire area will remain in effect until 9:00 pm tonight. More unstable weather is predicted for today. Conditions continue to be windy and dry. Burning in timber and timber slash. Moderate to rapid rate of spread in steep terrain. Fire is in the Mill Creek and Deer Creek drainages. There is no imminent structure or infrastructure threat.
Fire is being driven by gusty down-canyon winds and the predicted erratic winds could increase fire behavior. Use of fire crews is critical due to rugged terrain.
Fire activities will not impact planned activities at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds this weekend. Fire is actively burning in the Ishi Wilderness Area.