Sutter Buttes wildfire held in check through the day, revised down to 1,200 acres

Fire crews made quick progress overnight and through the day Wednesday against a blaze on the western edge of the Sutter Butte, officials reported.

By Wednesday afternoon, the Sutter County emergency officials said the fire was 80 percent contained and firefighters had built a perimeter to guard against the northwesterly winds expected to kick up in the evening. Sutter County emergency spokesman Chuck Smith said officials do not expect the fire to increase in size.

Fire officials also revised the number of acres burned to 1,200 from 1,500 that was previously reported.

The fire started about 5 p.m. Tuesday 45 miles northwest of Sacramento and posed a threat to communication towers atop South Butte, the largest peak in the range, and gas wells in the area, as well as four homes. As of Wednesday morning, no homes were threatened, officials said.

Fire engines from multiple agencies and Cal Fire helicopters and tankers contributed to the effort led by the Sutter County Fire Protection District.

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