California Governor Brown Set to Tour Rocky Fire

Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to meet with firefighters and emergency officials that continue to battle the more than 69,000-acre Rocky Fire, reports sfgate.com (http://bit.ly/1Ec5qdd)

Brown is expected to receive a briefing on the fire from officials fighting the blaze that has now been burning for over a week in Lake County and has spread to Yolo and Colusa Counties, his office said in a statement.

More than 3,600 firefighters continue to combat the spread of the flames. It was 40 percent contained Thursday morning and had burned 69,600 acres. Thousands of local residents continue to remain stranded from their homes due to the fire, which spread rapidly over the course of the past week. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that 43 homes have been destroyed and another 6,529 remain threatened.

Firefighters continued to make progress on the fire overnight Wednesday and into Thursday, increasing containment from 30 percent to 40 percent, officials said. Fire officials said they are hoping crews gain full containment by late next week.

 

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