Rain in forecast could ease California fires

TODAY: Sunny with highs in the mid 80s. Sierra highs in the upper 60s.TONIGHT: Mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s. Sierra lows dropping into the upper 20s.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Rain forecast for Northern California and lighter winds could help firefighters battling wildfires that have burned for more than a week.

National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Bell tells the San Francisco Chronicle that temperatures in hard hit areas will remain hot and dry for now but rain is on the way to the region where more than 40 people have died.

Bell says a storm now centered in the Gulf of Alaska should arrive in the area by Thursday and continue into Friday.
About two-tenths of an inch (0.5 centimeters) of rain is expected to fall.

Bell says that could help slow the spread of the fires.

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