(KERO) — Crews could have the French Fire burning in the Kern River Valley contained by Saturday.
The blaze has covered a 26,745 acres and as of Friday morning is 87% contained.
Portions of the fire area received up to one-half inch of rain Thursday, which should aid with mop up and containment, according to the U.S. Forest Service. There is also a continued chance of thunderstorms Friday and gusty, erratic winds and possible lightning are expected. Cooler temperatures and slightly higher relative humidity are expected on Saturday.
The only sections of the fire that remain uncontained are a rugged section around Black Mountain, where crews will monitor the fireline.
The fire started Aug. 18th and its cause was determined to be human.