Rain Gives Firefighters Some Help

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (July 22, 20130—A wildfire that destroyed seven homes and threatened the mountain town of Idyllwild, Calif., was slowed after a thunderstorm.

Lee Meyer of the U.S. Forest Service said the fire above Palm Springs didn't move overnight.

Crews were concentrating Monday on surrounding it on ridges thousands of feet up in the San Jacinto Mountains.

The fire was 68 percent contained Monday.

Thousands of evacuees were allowed to return home Sunday after a thunderstorm dumped as much as 2 inches of rain on portions of the 42½-square-mile fire.

Meyer says more storms are expected, but along with rain they could bring a chance of floods, lightning and mudslides.

Crews are looking out for falling trees.


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