Rough Fire Grows Again, Containment Drops

Staff Writer

The Rough Fire has grown to 119,694 acres as of Sept. 11 and is currently the largest active fire in California, with many evacuation orders in place for western slopes communities and residents.

Containment is at 29 percent, down from 31 percent a few days ago.

Heavy concentrations of smoke are expected near the fire, and to the west in the foothills today. Smoke will be slow to lift and transport will be primarily terrain and diurnally driven. Limited ventilation is forecast for today with continued increased impacts expected in the San Joaquin Valley west, southwest, and north of fire. Residual smoke that has not cleared the area will add to impacts from new smoke being produced.

Unhealthy to Hazardous conditions are expected in communities near the fire with some improving conditions for the Owens Valley today.