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Some residents evacuated by wildfire near Yosemite allowed to go home as crews gain upper hand

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OAKHURST, California — Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes.

State fire spokesman Chris Christopherson said Tuesday afternoon that the wildfire near the Madera County town of Oakhurst burned less than a square mile, revising earlier estimates of about twice that size.

PHOTO: Residents wait at the road closed sign on Bristlecone in Wofford Heights, Calif, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. The fire in Wofford Heights near Lake Isabella has grown to about slightly more than 1 square mile, or 800 acres, the U.S. Forest Service said.  (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)  MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; ONLINE OUT; TV OUT
Residents wait at the road closed sign on Bristlecone in Wofford Heights, Calif, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. The fire in Wofford Heights near Lake Isabella has grown to about slightly more than 1 square mile, or 800 acres, the U.S. Forest Service said. (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; ONLINE OUT; TV OUT

Flames erupted Monday near the town about 16 miles from Yosemite, forcing evacuations of more than 1,000 people overnight. Some residents are now being allowed to return home, but it's unclear how many.

The fire that destroyed eight buildings is 30 percent contained.

Drivers are allowed back on State Route 41, a road to the park that had been closed. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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PHOTO: A child's bike sits among the ruins of a burned home destroyed in a widlfire along Highway 41 outside Oakhurst, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The wildfire  forced about 1,000 people from their homes in the foothills near Yosemite National Park. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Mark Crosse) LOCAL PRINT OUT (VISALIA TIMES-DELTA, REEDY EXPONENT, KINGBURG RECORDER, SELMA ENTERPRISE, HANFORD SENTINEL, PORTERVILLE RECORDER, MADERA TRIBUNE, THE BUSINESS JOURANL FRENSO); LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (KSEE24, KFSN30, KGE47, KMPH26)
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