Thanks to hard work and some helpful weather, containment of California’s largest wildfire jumped nearly 20% overnight.
The Rough Fire, east of Fresno, was at 140,760 acres Wednesday morning with 67% contained, after being 49% contained Tuesday evening.
Firefighting officials said cooler weather and some rainfall significantly assisted fire crews in gaining an advantage over the blaze, which started July 31 from a lightning strike.
Many evacuation orders from the inferno’s spread were lifted earlier this week, including the Dunlap area.
Some 3,700 firefighting personnel, including dozens of bulldozers, more than 340 engines, and at least 19 helicopters are at work on the Rough Fire.
Morning update this week