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Air quality improves after California wildfire that threatened homes gets partially contained

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CORONA, California — Air quality authorities in Southern California say improved weather conditions have decreased smoke from a wildfire that forced the evacuation of 300 homes over the weekend.

But officials note that there could still be heavy smoke at times Monday.

PHOTO: In this Saturday, April 18, 2015 photo provided by Daniel Cole, flames burn in the Prado Dam Flood Control Basin adjacent to homes, foreground, as seen from Corona, Calif. Cooperative weather and the efforts of firefighters helped beat back flames Sunday that had threatened hundreds of homes near the Southern California dam. Evacuation orders were lifted just before dawn for about 300 homes in an area along the border of the cities of Norco and Corona, about 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. (Daniel Cole via AP)
In this Saturday, April 18, 2015 photo provided by Daniel Cole, flames burn in the Prado Dam Flood Control Basin adjacent to homes, foreground, as seen from Corona, Calif. Cooperative weather and the efforts of firefighters helped beat back flames Sunday that had threatened hundreds of homes near the Southern California dam. Evacuation orders were lifted just before dawn for about 300 homes in an area along the border of the cities of Norco and Corona, about 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. (Daniel Cole via AP)

The fire erupted Saturday and spread across more than a thousand acres in thick vegetation in the Prado Dam Flood Control Basin 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Officials say the fire is just partially contained, but all evacuation orders and road closures have been lifted. No damage or injuries have been reported.

Authorities say an unattended cooking fire sparked the blaze.

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