Two good signs from the fire lines: The number of firefighters battling California wildland blazes keeps declining while the containment figure for the huge Rim fire is headed up.
Last week, when the Yosemite-area fire was only 30 percent contained, 9,300 firefighters were involved in battling 10 major fires in the state. Today, Cal Fire reported that 6,500 firefighters were still engaged in fighting seven fires.
Most of the fires are on federal land, but Cal Fire and local fire departments are helping out and making good progress. The progress was aided, in part, by cooler temperatures over the Labor Day weekend.
The Rim Fire is now 75 percent contained. With 235,841 acres burned, the fire is the fourth largest in recorded state history.
Fire incident information from Cal Fire indicates that 97 outbuildings and three commercial structures burned in the blaze that began Aug. 17. Officially, the wildland fire is still under investigation.
However, a Twain Harte fire chief told a community meeting that an illegal marijuana grow could have sparked the fire, the San Jose Mercury News reported.