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Evacuations lifted for homes near Southern California wildfire

Posted: August 17, 2012 11:00 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2012 11:00 a.m.
 

 

RANCHITA, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of people who were ordered to leave their rural homes because of San Diego County wildfires are being allowed to return.

State fire officials say evacuation orders were lifted Friday for about 400 people in the northern county communities of Ranchita and San Felipe. Flames came within a half-mile of some houses but none burned.

A cluster of wildfires caused by lighting have been burning since Tuesday, consuming more than 35½ square miles of brush. Only two are still burning, and they are 75 percent and 90 percent contained.

Firefighters on Friday also announced containment of a 4-square-mile Riverside County blaze land, burned a home and injured six people.

Lightning sparked the fire on Tuesday in rocky terrain near Aguanga, east of Temecula.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 

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