Southern California wildfire 85 percent contained

Southern California wildfire 85 percent contained
A Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System drops retardant on the Mountain Fire in a photo from the U.S. Air Force.

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — A series of rainstorms has taken the heat out of the 9-day-old wildfire in the mountains above Palm Springs.

State fire officials say the fire, which blackened some 43 square miles of forest, is 85 percent contained Tuesday and it's only smoldering.

Thunderstorms hit the region for the past two days, dumping up to 2 inches of rain in some places, and forecasters expect another half-inch to fall.

The concern now is that burnt, dead trees could come lose and roll down on some of the nearly 1,200 firefighters mopping up and completing fire lines on high ridges of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains.

At its peak, the fire burned seven homes and forced 6,000 people to evacuate. Authorities say it was human-caused.