Rain, cool temps help containment efforts

But forecasts calling for the rain to continue over the fire area until Wednesday have prompted warnings of possible thunderstorms that could trigger mudslides, rockslides and and ash and debris flows where the 76,290-acre fire has already burned.

“It adds another layer of complexity to the firefight,” said Scott McLean, a Cal Fire spokesman.

According to the National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Kurth, who is assigned to the Mosquito Fire, the storm sitting over Northern California dropped between ½ of an inch and an inch of rainfall over the fire on Sunday. It also brought cooler temperatures and higher humidity — favorable conditions for firefighters, who took advantage of those conditions to extend containment lines around 39% of the fire.

Moderate rains were expected to continue through Wednesday, dropping about an inch over the fire Monday, with possible isolated thunderstorms bringing locally heavy rains that could cause flooding and ash and debris slides. On Wednesday, the scattered showers are expected, with conditions expected to dry up and warm up on Thursday, with temperatures returning to normal — in the 80s — on Friday.

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