Southern California fire evacuation lifted

More than 2,200 firefighters are fighting the blaze, including a crew from the Southern California city of Lompoc, some 200 miles away.

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - The last remaining evacuation order has been lifted as firefighters continue to make progress in their battle against a Southern California wildfire that destroyed 23 buildings, including some homes.

People were returning to an Orange neighborhood on Wednesday evening.

A day earlier, thousands of people who had to flee the blaze Monday night were allowed to return as winds that fueled the blaze calmed.

As of Wednesday night, the blaze was 60 percent contained after burning some 9,000 acres of brush and grass - nearly 14 ½ square miles of devastation.

Authorities are hoping that cooler, more humid weather will allow them to fully surround the blaze by Sunday.

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