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Orders lifted for evacuations from wildfires in California

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

Weather conditions allowed firefighters to gain ground on Wednesday after wildfires caused California residents to leave their homes.

"It's starting to pick up already," San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman, according to the Associated Press, Lee Swanson said. "But our objective is to get to 50 percent containment or more by this evening."

The city of San Diego issued between 16,000 and 17,000 evacuation orders. The Sheriff’s Department issued an additional 5,000 evacuation outside of the city. Orders were lifted for all the more than 20,000 residents in and around San Diego on Tuesday night.

Wildfires continued as hot, dry conditions fed wildfires and sparked new ones, according to Weather.com.

Firefighters are hoping to get the fire contained so that it is only 600 acres. In the Santa Barbara community of Lompoc, heavy brush and downed power lines exist for firefighters. The overnight blaze kept 689 firefighters on site.

The wildfires spread through many areas, moving through Rancho Sante Fe, one of the wealthiest communities known for its multi-million dollar homes and horseback riding.

 

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