Big Bend fire now 60 percent contained

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A helicopter prepares for another bucket drop in the Chisos mountains. Each bucket can hold 100 gallons of water.

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (Nexstar) – An increase in cooler temperatures and higher humidity has significantly paused growth of the South Rim 4 fire in Big Bend National Park.

According to a release, the fire is now 60 percent contained.

Park officials say it will take several days of monitoring and “cold trailing” to check for hot spots to increase further containment numbers.

More accurate mapping shows the fire has burned 1,341 acres.

Crews are performing a rehabilitation analysis of trails and campsites. They will soon begin clearing hazards such as downed trees and brush across trails.

The National Park Service will open trails as quickly as possible once the risks from the fire and its impacts are lessened.

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