Eight Homes, 10 Buildings Destroyed by California Wildfire

August 21, 2014

A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield, Calif.  has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening.

The fire was 15 percent contained after consuming some  5 square miles. Firefighters working in drought conditions continued building containment lines after stopping the spread of the flames, and danger remained.

Eight single-family homes and 10 outbuildings have been destroyed since the fire broke out on Monday, fire officials said.

wildfireAll evacuation orders and road closures were canceled at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

To the north, the remaining residents evacuated because of a wildfire that led to mass evacuations near Yosemite National Park were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday.

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