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Rain Helps Increase Containment of Huge California Wildfire

Rain drenches streets in Chinatown in San Francisco, on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. The rainstorm is a dramatic shift of events for many residents after a record heat wave and grueling wildfire season. (Brontë Wittpenn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
Rain drenches streets in Chinatown in San Francisco, on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. The rainstorm is a dramatic shift of events for many residents after a record heat wave and grueling wildfire season. (Brontë Wittpenn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
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San Francisco (AP) -- A major storm that battered western Alaska over the weekend churned through Northern California on Monday after bringing early-season snow to mountains and dropping rain that helped firefighters increase their containment of a huge wildfire.

No growth was reported on the 119-square-mile (308-square-kilometer) Mosquito Fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills northeast of Sacramento. The blaze was 38% contained Monday after downpours allowed sheriff's officials in two counties to lift or downgrade some evacuation orders. It's the state's largest wildfire of the year so far.