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Evacuation orders lifted as crews battle 450-acre fire in rural Northern California


LAKEPORT, California — Evacuation orders have been lifted for residents of a rural area of Lake County as crews rush to quell a wildfire burning through timber in steep terrain.

Cal Fire says the blaze reported Wednesday afternoon north of Clear Lake grew to about 450 acres by Thursday morning.

Residents of a wooded road within Mendocino National Forest were briefly evacuated as flames moved close to residences. The orders were lifted Wednesday night. Crews had the fire 20 percent contained Thursday.

The blaze is about 30 miles north of where wildfires last month burned more than 70 homes.

To the south, crews are still battling a massive wildfire burning for more than a month in the Sierra foothills east of Fresno. The 125-square-mile blaze is 25 percent contained.

Earlier this summer, a fire about 100 miles north of San Francisco burned more than 107 square miles in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties before being fully contained in mid-August. Another nearby fire burned nearly 40 square miles in Lake and Napa counties. It was fully contained late last month.

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