Environment & Science

Rocky Fire: Evacuations lifted as containment grows

CLEARLAKE, CA - AUGUST 04:  Inmate firefighters hike down a hill as they mop up hot spots from the Rocky on August 4, 2015 near Clearlake, California. Nearly 3,000 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that has burned  65,000 acres has forced the evacuation of 12,000 residents in Lake County. The fire is currently 12 percent contained and has destroyed at least 14 homes. 6,300 homes are threatened by the fast moving blaze.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CLEARLAKE, CA - AUGUST 04: Inmate firefighters hike down a hill as they mop up hot spots from the Rocky on August 4, 2015 near Clearlake, California. Nearly 3,000 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that has burned 65,000 acres has forced the evacuation of 12,000 residents in Lake County. The fire is currently 12 percent contained and has destroyed at least 14 homes. 6,300 homes are threatened by the fast moving blaze. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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All evacuations have been lifted after cooler weather helped firefighters gain more ground against the Rocky Fire in Northern California, which forced hundreds of people from their homes.

According to Cal Fire, the blaze is 62 percent contained after sweeping through nearly 109 square miles of rural timberlands and brushy hills in three counties.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said cooler weather overnight and relative humidity allowed fire crews to make progress.

He says reinforcements sent to California from Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona have helped relieve fire personnel who have been working two weeks straight.

About 3,000 firefighters are fighting the blaze Saturday, down from 3,600 during the peak of the fire, which erupted July 29.