Posted: Jul 18, 2012 11:33 AM by Associated Press
FORESTHILL, Calif. (AP) - Most of the evacuations ordered in Placer County have been lifted as firefighters made significant gains on a blaze that has been burning for a week and threatening dozens of homes.
State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Wednesday that the so-called Robbers fire near Foresthill was 70 percent contained. It had scorched more than four square miles.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said colder temperatures and higher humidity helped fire crews make gains on the stubborn blaze, which was burning in steep, heavily wooded terrain.
So far, the fire had destroyed one home and four outbuildings, and injured 12 people.
Another blaze in Mendocino National Forest known as the Mill fire was 95-percent contained on Wednesday. It burned more than 46 square miles.
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