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Update: Highways 20, 16 reopen with Rocky fire 50 percent contained

Video: Rocky fire scenes

Here are a few scenes from Rocky fire on Highway 20 in Lake County from Sunday and Monday. Video by Hector Amezcua, The Sacramento Bee
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Here are a few scenes from Rocky fire on Highway 20 in Lake County from Sunday and Monday. Video by Hector Amezcua, The Sacramento Bee

Aided by cooler temperatures and higher humidity, crews fighting the Rocky fire achieved 50 percent containment Friday, with 69,600 acres consumed.

Highways 20 and 16 reopened Friday at 10 a.m., according to the California Department of Transportation.

A closure of the two highways had been in effect since Aug. 1, when the Rocky fire expanded to 27,000 acres. With containment reported at 45 percent early Friday morning, those highways were cleared for traffic.

Evacuation orders and road closures in the Spring Valley area also were lifted Friday morning, allowing about 800 residents to return to their homes, according to Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Overnight and throughout the day, the affected acreage remained constant as containment steadily climbed. If the weather continues to cooperate, Berlant said full containment is expected next week.

Thunderstorms raging through the Sierra and northern San Joaquin Valley overnight Thursday narrowly missed the Rocky fire region, according to the National Weather Service. Lightning in the areas affected by the Rocky fire could have increased the chances of new blazes, forecasters said.

Here are a few scenes from Rocky fire on Highway 20 in Lake County from Sunday and Monday. Video by Hector Amezcua, The Sacramento Bee

After controlling the fire overnight near Highway 16 and 20 in Colusa County and Lake County the Rocky fire made its way to the northern part of Highway 20 in Lake County.

Bee staff writer Cathy Locke contributed to this report.

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