December 17, 2014
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Nearly half the people who had to evacuate their Northern California homes are being allowed to return as firefighters catch up with a wildfire near the main route into Yosemite National Park.
Officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said evacuation orders for some 700 people would expire at 8 p.m. local time Tuesday. About 800 people remain evacuated.
Firefighters increased containment of the nearly 3-square-mile blaze from 15 to 40 percent Tuesday amid cooling temperatures.
Fire officials said earlier Tuesday that the cause was an unattended campfire.
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