Firefighting

Rain Aids Fight Against California Fire

Rain arrived Wednesday to help in the fight on a 3,800-acre fire in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, reports the Associated Press.

Remnants of Tropical Storm John brought the precipitation and darkened the skies over the Angeles National Forest where firefighters have been working on steep slopes since Sunday to put out a fire in chaparral that hasn’t burned in 15 or 20 years.

With the showers came the risk of dry lightning, which has already started more than 50 fires in California this summer, said National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto.

The latest fire started northeast of Los Angeles and was 24 percent contained before the rains came, officials said. It was expected to be fully surrounded on Sept. 13.

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