The Willow fire burning near North Fork is now 90% contained and has burned 5,702 acres, fire officials said Wednesday.
The fire has been burning since July 25 and has cost $18.3 million to fight. With the fire winding down, there are 864 personnel fighting the blaze — well below the more than 2,000 who were assigned at its peak.
“We aren’t expecting the fire perimeter to grow any further,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman Raj Singh said. “The weather is cooler. It’s overcast with mild temperatures and that’s definitely helping.”
Evacuations ended Tuesday morning, and officials estimate that the fire will reach 100% containment by 6 p.m. on Aug. 15.