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The Latest: a Number of California residents allowed to return home

SAN FRANCISCO – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):

5:20 pm

Evacuation orders have been lifted for some of the hundreds of residents who had to flee from their houses in the vicinity of a Northern California wildfire.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department said it had lifted a mandatory evacuation order for the Spring Valley community of Lake County from 4 a.m. Wednesday, but was keeping an evacuation order in place for the Double Eagle Ranch area.

Evacuation orders since the weekend that forced at least 1,500 people to leave their homes.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire in Lake County, which is north of San Francisco, was 25 percent contained Wednesday morning, a 17 percent increase on Tuesday.

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7:50 pm

Firemen are on the rise against a Northern California wildfire that forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes and destroyed 12 houses.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire in Lake County, north of San Francisco is 25 percent contained Wednesday morning, a 17 percent increase on Tuesday.

The flame burns through dry brush, grass and wood has scorched 21 square miles (54 square kilometers) since it began on Saturday and is threatening 600 buildings.

State fire officials say the high temperatures in the 80s, low humidity and erratic winds helped the blaze to expand and on Tuesday and that same weather was expected on Wednesday.

At least 1500 people remain under mandatory evacuation.

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