Consistent rain over the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire has helped increase containment to 85 percent, though officials said isolated smoldering remains possible in the Pecos Wilderness, where accessibility is difficult.

The fire, which began April 6, is the biggest in New Mexico history. It is at 341,735 acres.

The fast-improving fortunes in the fire have reduced personnel on the scene to 1,281, the Forest Service reported in a news release. At its height, the fire required more than 3,000 people.

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