By Christine Vovakes
The Panther Fire has burned 2,000 acres and is only 10 percent contained, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection official said Thursday.
The fire began Wednesday morning near Butte Meadows in mountainous terrain about 40 miles east of Chico, and grew quickly in Mill Creek and Deer Creek drainages. Gusty down-canyon winds spread the fire, Cal Fire Capt. Matt Damon said.
The Cedar Fire, which started a few hours earlier and 12 miles away from the Panther fire, is 40 percent contained and has consumed 55 acres. The cause of both Butte County fires, which are burning in timber and timber slash, has not been determined, Damon said.