Weather helps fight against Bully Fire

Jul 16, 2014 1:23 PM by News Staff

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity are helping firefighters battling the Bully Fire.

The Bully Fire in Igo, which authorities blame on marijuana-growing activity, had burned through more than 13 and ½ square miles, or 8,700 acres, as of Wednesday morning. But crews increased containment to 35 percent, up from 20 percent the previous day.

State fire spokesman Dennis Mathisen says the fire is threatening 55 homes, some of which remain under mandatory evacuation orders. Eight homes have been destroyed.

Mathisen says the weather began changing on Tuesday after days of hot, dry conditions.

A 27-year-old Sacramento man has been arrested and accused of recklessly causing the fire when the exhaust from his truck ignited dry grass while he was delivering material to a pot site.

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