Apple Fire almost fully contained, firefighters dealing with hot weather

Firefighters work to tackle the Apple Fire in Cherry Valley, Aug. 4. Valley News/Colby Morain photo
CHERRY VALLEY (CNS) - Firefighters today moved closer to full containment of the Apple Fire, which has burned 33,424 acres, mostly in the San Bernardino National Forest, as crews focused on monitoring and patrolling fire lines and extinguishing hot spots.Containment of the fire is at 95%.Firefighters are working in extreme heat and steep terrain, and an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday.High-intensity thunderstorm cells fueled by monsoonal moisture developed over the San Bernardino National Forest early Tuesday afternoon and were tracking to the north, looking as though they would stall over the portion of the burn scar close to Forest Falls in San Bernardino County. However, several hours later, radar returns show
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