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Rocky Fire Thursday: Growth Halted, Containment Increases

Jeff Chiu / AP

Firefighters walk up a hill near Clearlake, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Thousands of firefighters battling an unruly northern California wildfire were aided overnight by cooler temperatures and higher humidity.

Jeff Chiu / AP

Rocky Fire Wednesday: Containment Grows; 43 Homes; 53 Outbuildings Burned

5:40 p.m. - Cal Fire says containment on the Rocky Fire has grown to 45 percent as of late Thursday afternoon.

About 800 residents were allowed to return to their homes.

6:30 a.m. - Cal Fire crews are turning the tide against the Rocky Fire in Colusa, Lake and Yolo Counties. The blaze has burned nearly 70,000 acres, but firefighters have it 40 percent contained. They've taken advantage of favorable weather to tie in support and contingency lines.

Here's Battalion Chief Rick Frawley:

"Currently the fire is relatively static, it's not aggressively moving in one specific direction."

The Rocky Fire is still threatening almost 7,000 structures, and has destroyed nearly 100 homes and outbuildings. Damage assessment teams are evaluating the areas and notifying homeowners who have been evacuated. Cal Fire has set Monday as the target date for full containment.

- Capital Public Radio Staff

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