Firefighters look to rain to help curb wildfires

July 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Firefighters are looking to scattered showers forecast for California's northern mountains to help rein in the last wildfires still keeping people from their homes.Residents of Junction City remained under mandatory evacuation orders for a third day Sunday as a huge blaze crept across the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

The month-old fire had spread across nearly 87 square miles by Sunday and was 49 percent contained.

Fire officials said cool, moist coastal air was bringing falling temperatures and a possibility of rain for late Sunday.

All but 34 of the nearly 2,100 fires started by lightning across the state last month have been contained after charring almost 1 million acres.
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