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A wildfire in Northern California has scorched 73,381 acres, however officers say the hearth’s progress could hit “a velocity bump” on Sunday with rainfall anticipated.
The Mosquito Hearth, which is burning about 110 miles northeast of San Francisco, was 21% contained as of Sunday morning, the California Division of Forestry and Hearth Safety mentioned. Officers mentioned the blaze has destroyed not less than 78 houses and different buildings since first igniting on Sept. 6.
Firefighters have been working to include a spot hearth that occurred Saturday amid gusting winds of 20 to 25 mph close to French Meadows Highway alongside the hearth’s major japanese edge forward.
The blustery climate got here forward of an anticipated storm system that might deliver cooler climate and about 1 inch of rainfall from Sunday via Wednesday.
“Firefighters are this moist climate as a velocity bump for the hearth progress, the place they’ll benefit from the decreased hearth exercise and make good progress in growing containment,” hearth officers mentioned.
Evacuation orders have been nonetheless in place for some residents of El Dorado and Placer Counties. Final week, as many as 11,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate.
There have been 3,729 hearth personnel concerned in combating the wildfire and constructing management traces to include the blaze.