700 allowed home as N. Calif. wildfire slows

Associated Press

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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