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Cooler temperatures help firefighters contain antelope fire

Mild temperatures helped firefighters battling the Fawn fire north of Redding significantly boost fire containment by Sunday as fire crews try to make the most of what is expected to be a short-lived cooling trend.

antelope fire 8,537 acres had burned and 35% contained as of Sunday morning, up from 10% the day before, officials said. The fire destroyed 131 buildings and damaged 12. Alexandra Soverneva, 30, from Palo Alto, Charged with arson in connection with the fire.

More than 1,800 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, which broke out Wednesday afternoon and spread quickly amid high temperatures and gale-force winds, causing their homes to be evacuated. But on the last day, a cooling trend took hold in the area, helping firefighters make progress on the fire, said Jeremy Hollingshead, a media officer for California Incident Management Team 4.

“The workers in this fire are working around the clock to improve containment and control of this fire,” he said. “Right now we have the wind and the weather on our side and we are using that to our advantage. We are very aggressive.”

The storm system moving into the Pacific Northwest Monday night through Tuesday will maintain temperatures about 10 degrees below average in the fire zone and could cause a tenth of an inch of rain.

Precipitation of more than one-tenth of an inch can dampen some micro-fuels like weeds, said Bill Rush, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

However, Rush cautioned that this “probably won’t happen” with this system. After the storm passes, he said, the area could once again see drier, windier conditions.

Hollingshead said firefighters were still taking advantage of the low temperatures and high levels of humidity during the night to bring the blaze under control.

He said, “We will not hesitate.”

Approximately 350 miles southeast of the Fawn Fire, KNP’s 44,828-acre complex fire It continued to grow in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Authorities reported 8% containment as of Sunday morning.

stormy flames nearby, Which is burning in the Tully River Preserve and Sequoia National Forest, it has grown to 78,482 acres and is 2% contained as of Sunday morning. The fire was triggered by lightning on September 9.

Thick smoke in the area made it difficult for crews to breathe early into the weekend as the fire made its way south, burning dead, dry, beetle-infested trees. The crew hopes the cooler conditions and slightly higher humidity levels will help raise some smoke, said Chris Cimorelli, a media officer for California Incident Management Team 5.

“It’s good news for any type of air retardant, but it also means that fire activity can rebound because you’re introducing more oxygen into the fire,” he said.