Cotton Fire 98 percent contained, Wash fire completely surrounded


The brush fire that started west of New Cuyama Saturday and spread onto the Carrizo Plain National Monument is nearly under control.



Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Michelle Puckett said Monday morning that crews have the Cotton Fire 98 percent contained and anticipate full containment later in the day.



The fire broke out Saturday morning just off Highway 166 about five miles west of New Cuyama and has burned 2,044 acres.



Cool, moist weather overnight Sunday and rain that fell early Monday helped slow the fire, and it did not grow overnight in fog and 100 percent humidity.



“The weather is cooperating with us,” Puckett said.



There were still more than 300 firefighters assigned to the fire on Monday, but many were going to be released during the day, she said.



Firefighters have also completely surrounded a 949-acre fire near the Washburn ranch on Carrizo Plain and were patrolling it Monday to prevent any flare-ups.