Last modified on May 09, 2013

Panther Fire

Panther Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: May 9, 2013 9:00 am   FINAL
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 - Containment: 6,965 acres  
Estimated - Containment: 6,965 acres - 100% contained.  
Injuries: 6 injuries  
Cause: Under Investigation 
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, USFS (Lassen and Plumas NF), CDCR, SPI, Collins Pine, Chico Fire Department,  
Total Fire Personnel: 821 Firefighters (1,811 at peak  
Total Fire Engines: 50 Engines (131 at peak 05/06)  
Total Fire crews: 29 Fire Crews (53 at peak 05/06)  
Total Helicopters: 1 Helicopters (5 at peak 05/06)  
Total Dozers: 11 Dozers (22 at peak 05/06)  
Total Water Tenders: 9 Water Tenders (40 at peak 05/06)  
Long/Lat: -121.595555/40.190062  
Conditions: 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. The Butte unit assuming control of fire at 0800 5/9/13.

Road Closures: 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 we ask 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.

Additional Information: Sections of the fire have moved into fire suppression repairstages. More than 80 local government agencies have assisted with the suppression of this fire. Every Year the first full week of May is proclaimed “Wildfire Awareness Week”. This will serve as the final fact sheet for the incident.  

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