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Evacuations lifted for homes near So. Cal wildfire

Posted: August 18, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: August 18, 2012 6:00 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, and firefighters have nearly surrounded the biggest of the blazes.

State fire officials say evacuation orders were lifted Friday for about 400 people in the 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. Only two are still burning, and both are more than 90 percent contained.

Firefighters on Friday also announced containment of a 4-square-mile fire east of Temecula in Riverside County that burned a home and injured six people.

A 273-acre wildfire in Joshua Tree National Park was contained Thursday.

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