(NBC News) One day after firefighters were able to gain some ground over the massive “Rocky” fire burning in northern California, hot, dry and windy conditions are once again helping fuel the flames.
Firefighters continue to attack the flames on the ground and the air, with airtankers and dozens of helicopters flying around-the-clock to push back the flare-ups.
For the first time since this fire broke out, conditions are good enough that hand-crews are being dropped in to inaccessible areas by helicopter.
The first of those teams are working now on physically cutting containment lines.
The “Rocky Fire” has forced nearly 13,000 people to evacuate, and some 7,500 homes are still at risk.
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