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Jun 19, 2013 10:43 AM by Associated Press

Hundreds more allowed back home in Calif. wildfire

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of additional residents have been allowed to return to their homes, as crews aided by lower temperatures and higher humidity made progress overnight against a wildfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park in Northern California.

State fire spokeswoman Tina Rose says a total of 1,000 evacuees have now gone back home since Tuesday night, including an additional 300 or so overnight. About 400 to 500 people remain evacuated, and it's not clear exactly when they'll receive permission to return.

But Rose says fire crews have almost completely stopped the blaze's forward progress. It has burned about 2 and ½ square miles and is 40 percent contained.

Crews plan to light backfires on Wednesday to take out any potential fuel for the blaze, which was started by a campfire.

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