Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Rough Fire Nears 25 Percent Containment

The Rough Fire is now 25 percent contained and has burned more than 66,000 acres in the Sierra National Forest, reports

The wildfire has now moved away from homes and is nearing some iconic trees. The cost to fight the Rough Fire is now at $32 million and growing. Just one drop of water or fire retardant from a very large air tanker is about $40,000.

Finance Chief Dennis Stevens said, “We’re at probably one of the most expensive parts of the fire. I think as we go on and get more containment, there will be less need for the big expensive days.”

Firefighters say they’re making progress but the nights are not offering the relief they need to put the fire out anytime soon.

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