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
South Zone: Weather provided an advantage of light precipitation for firefighters on the ground to help extinguish heat along the fire’s perimeter. Falling operations of hazard trees also took place, and fire-weakened trees will remain a hazard into the future.
West Zone: The fire continues to burn toward Pine Flat Reservoir and the Kings River, but slowed down due to weather. Firefighters will continue to improve existing control lines, and firefighters will use cooler conditions to continue making up ground on the blaze.
North Zone: Suppression repair activities are underway in the Rogers Ridge Area. With a weak low-pressure system over the area, lower temperatures and higher humidity helped moderate fire activity.