December 19, 2014
Firefighters report big gains in their struggle against a wildland fire that forced residents of a scenic eastern Sierra community to evacuate earlier this week.
The Larson fire has burned a total of 1,080 acres and is now 100% contained. The success was reported Sunday night, as crews approached full containment on Saturday.
About 200 residents of Coleville, California and 70 people from a U.S. Marine Corps family housing complex were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday.
The fire was sparked by lightning last Friday. It was nearly contained before it roared back to life Tuesday, fanned by 65 mile per hour wind gusts.