Thunderstorm threat a wildcard for Calif. wildfire

July 21, 2013 • National News

This image provided by NASA shows the agency’s Terra spacecraft photo showing smoke from a wildfire near Idyllwild, Calif., right, and the Los Angeles area, left. The blaze in the San Jacinto Mountains has expanded to roughly 39 square miles and was 15 percent contained Friday July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/NASA)

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters got little help from Mother Nature on Saturday as much-needed rainfall from expected thunderstorms didn’t materialize for a huge wildfire burning in the Southern California mountains near Palm Springs.

Fire officials were hopeful the storms, which can also bring wind, lightning and other volatile conditions, would douse some of the flames, but they said there hadn’t been any significant rainfall.

Cooler temperatures overnight, however, helped firefighters make progress on the fire’s northern and southern flanks in the San Jacinto Login to read more

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