Cooler weather aids firefighters in Sequoia forest

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(AP) – Crews aided by light rain, cooler temperatures and high humidity have been able to control a 1,800-acre wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest.

The fire remained 35 percent contained Tuesday morning.

Fire officials hope to take advantage of cooler temperatures during the day and are calling for more personnel to join the 713 already on the lines. Officials say fighting the fire has been difficult because bulldozers and fire retardant are not allowed in the wilderness area.

Meanwhile, investigators are asking for the public’s help in determining the cause of the fire.

Many backcountry fires are started by lightning. But a fire spokesman said there was no lightning in the area when the fire started last Friday.

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