Evacuation Lifted for NorCal Wildfire

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BURNEY, Calif. (AP) - Officials say evacuation orders have been lifted for one of two wildfires in Northern California.

State fire spokeswoman Lynne Polmachoff says the evacuation for residents who live in about a dozen homes near the Bald Fire was lifted Tuesday afternoon.

The evacuation comes after the U.S. Forest Service says the containment for the fire rose from 20 to 30 percent overnight Monday.

Polmachoff says the containment total was expected to further increase Tuesday evening because of light rain, cloudy conditions and increased humidity in the area.

The Bald Fire has already burned 62 square miles in the Lassen National Forest.


BURNEY, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say light rain and increased humidity helped crews make progress against two wildfires in a Northern California forest that are just miles apart and are threatening hundreds of homes.

The smaller of the two fires in the Lassen National Forest is within sight of the small Shasta County town of Burney, though officials said it remained about 4 miles away on Tuesday morning.

The Eiler Fire, which has burned through nearly 45 square miles, did not grow substantially overnight. Crews also increased containment from 10 to 20 percent.

The fire is threatening more than 700 homes, some of which have been evacuated.

The nearby Bald Fire has forced the evacuation of about a dozen homes. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jim Mackensen says containment on that fire jumped from 20 percent to 30 percent overnight. The fire has burned through 62 square miles.