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Rain Helps Drench Calif. Wildfires

July 22, 2013

Heavy rains that fell on Mount San Jacinto in California helped firefighters battling the Mountain Fire and prompted the lift of an evacuation, officials said.

About an inch of rain fell in the area early Sunday, aiding in increasing containment of the Mountain Fire from 49 percent to 68 percent by late Sunday, USA Today reported.

Cal Fire spokesman Edwin Simpson said fire crews expect to have the fire completely contained by Wednesday.

After the rainfall, officials lifted an evacuation order for about 4,000 residents of the Idyllwild-Fern Valley area, allowing them to return to their homes.

The fire, which started on on July 15, has so far burned 27,279 acres, reported.

Twenty-three structures have been destroyed by the fire, including seven homes. Five firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling the blaze.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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