The Rough fire in the Sierra east of Fresno has now burned 143,559 acres and is 75% contained, fire officials said Wednesday.
The fire started July 31 after a lightning strike and has grown into Fresno County’s largest fire in recorded history. Four structures were destroyed by fire, although buildings in Grant Grove and the Hume Lake areas have been spared.
At its peak, the fire was attacked by more than 3,700 firefighters; that number is now down to 1,334.
The Sequoia and Sierra national forests, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park remain closed. Highway 180 remains closed north of the Grant Tree main parking area.
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The public is reminded to be cautious of fire equipment still working in the area.