USA — The Deer Fire in the Tehama County foothills east of Los Molinos is being reined in, growing just 53 acres today while containment increased from 45 to 70 percent, according to Cal Fire. Full containment is expected Friday.
Twenty miles north of Chico, the wildfire is in rugged county with few structures. One outbuilding has burned and eight are threatened. The fire could be a danger to a major electrical transmission line serving 15 states, according to a Cal Fire press release.
It is burning in the Ishi Wilderness, and all hiking trails in the area have been temporarily closed.
There are 1,305 personnel fighting the fire, including 38 hand crews. Three people have been hurt.
There are 76 engines, 23 bulldozers and eight water trucks assigned, with nine helicopters overhead.
Due to the remoteness and rugged terrain, 340 firefighters had to be flown in to cut line. Unpredictable canyon winds that increase in the afternoon, making the fire even more difficult to fight.
Hunting season remains open, and no roads have been closed.
The fire started about 2:15 p.m. Friday. The cause is still under investigation.