Containment of Apple Fire increases to 60%

Firefighters work to tackle the Apple Fire in Cherry Valley, Aug. 4. Valley News/Colby Morain photo
CHERRY VALLEY (CNS) - Containment of the Apple Fire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest increased to 60% as firefighters continued building containment lines around the blaze's perimeter and began to repair some of the impacts of their struggle. Since starting on July 31, the fire has charred 33,424 acres in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, according to the U.S. Forest Service. With crews fortifying control lines and fire progression diminishing, operations will be begin to transition from 24-hour shifts to day shifts, according to the USFS. The efforts will also turn to rehabilitation of the fire zone, officials noted in a statement. "Firefighters will remove debris and dirt from culverts along dirt roads. In areas near roads and trails, handlines will be cover
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