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Local firefighters dispatched to Panther fire

Local firefighters were dispatched Thursday to a fire in Tehama County that has cast a haze in local skies.

The Grass Valley Emergency Command Center issued a call for a local government strike team to assemble and head out to the Panther Fire Thursday afternoon.

The team consists of members of Nevada County Consolidated, Peardale-Chicago Park, Ophir Hill, Rough and Ready and Higgins fire departments; Consolidated Battalion Chief Jim Turner is leading the strike team.

The 7,000 acre blaze started Wednesday in Tehama County, eight miles northwest of Butte Meadows.

As of 7 a.m. Friday, the fire was at 6,393 acres with 10 percent containment. There were 1,094 firefighters on hand, with 81 engines, seven helicopters, 14 dozers and six water tenders.

As of Friday morning, conditions were windy and dry with fire burning in timber and timber slash. Firefighters were seeing moderate to rapid rate of spread in steep terrain, with the fire being driven by gusty down-canyon winds.

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