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California wildfire evacuations lifted

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 11:12 p.m. CDT

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. – All evacuation orders have been lifted after firefighters made significant progress containing 50 percent of a smoky mountain wildfire near Bakersfield.

The blaze has destroyed three houses, damaged another and forced hundreds to flee their homes. The U.S. Forest Service said it’s burned through more than 4 square miles of trees and brush as of Monday evening.

Firefighters used air tankers and helicopters to battle the blaze in and around Sequoia National Forest. The fire’s been pushed by gusty winds amid drought conditions.

The fire broke out Friday night in a remote area 40 miles northeast of Bakersfield and expanded Saturday as dry winds pushed the flames toward homes, prompting Kern County sheriff’s deputies to knock on doors into the night urging residents in 1,000 homes to leave.

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