Idyllwild fire continued to burn across southern California Monday morning, but heavy rain helped firefighters make substantial gains against a week-old wildfire that burned across 42 square miles. With the arrival of an inch and a half of rain Sunday, firefighters began to beat back the Idyllwild fire and had the blaze 68 percent contained.
Idyllwild fire burned seven homes in the mountains west of Palm Springs, Calif., late Monday and early Tuesday as the fire more than doubled in size. The Idyllwild fire was mostly moving away from small communities and toward the desert, but officials said a shift in wind could easily sweep it back toward homes.
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