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Late afternoon clouds forming into monsoon masses.

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Storm brings tantalizing traces of rain

Moisture dampens fires, but can’t break drought

Rim Country got welcome traces of rain on Wednesday, but not enough to spoil the fireworks show, mitigate the drought or significantly reduce the still worrisome fire danger. The rain, humidity near 30 percent and temperatures in the 80s instead of the high 90s also dampened the 7.532-acre Canyon Fire, burning 15 miles northeast of the Blue Ridge Reservoir. With the fire 75 percent contained, the 15 remaining firefighters assigned to the blaze spent the holiday mostly mopping up and patrolling for hot spots.


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