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Firefighters gain ground on Utah wildfire

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Twitchell Canyon fire has burned 44,966 acres
  • Light rain and high humidity help slow fire growth
  • Fire started in late July, is now 65% contained, officials said

(CNN) -- Weather conditions are finally working in favor of firefighters battling a large wildfire in Elsinore, Utah, according to fire officials.

Light rain and high humidity slowed the spread of the fire Sunday, allowing crews to make progress, said Annette Grijalva-Disert, incident information officer for the Twitchell Canyon fire.

Lightning is blamed for the blaze, which began July 20, according the to fire officials.

It has burned close to 45,000 acres, but is now 65 percent contained, officials said.